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July 5, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Friday Memo: Standoff in Seattle … No Sounder service … That boat fire

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A man has barricaded himself  in the 100 block of Bellevue Avenue East on Capitol Hill this morning and Seattle police have called in a SWAT team and negotiators. Some streets have been blocked as police try to resolve the situation. Details to come.

The dangers of fireworks: We’ll have an update as soon as we can on the fire that destroyed 14 boats at a North Lake Union boatyard last night. The fire is believed to have been started by fireworks. And sadly there is this, in a separate incident: a Seattle man may lose part of arm, leg after fireworks explosion.

Speaking of safety: If you hit the streams in a vessel, including an inner tube, without a life jacket, you could get another hit: an $87 fine. You get a warning the first time, however. We’ve already had a few drownings around here this season. Surprisingly, some people have fought the citations and won. KING5 had the story.

No Sounder service between Seattle and Everett this morning because a train derailed. We’ll have more information as we get it.

A new mascot to be chosen: The Redskins mascot at Port Townsend High School is going away after 87-years now that the school board has decide to get rid of the name. And an effort to come up with a new name has begun. That doesn’t mean the nearly 300 people who let the board know a couple of weeks ago that they aren’t happy with plans to change the name.

Politics by any other name would be called, well, politics …Mayor McGinn plays politics with street parking rates, critics say. Must be an election coming up.

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 Memo light: Pickles | By Brian Crane

Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or nprovenza@seattletimes.com


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