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July 18, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Thursday Memo: Warmer … Thousands of root canals … Shotgun Joe Biden

Still summer: The cloudy, cool weather this morning might convince a few of you otherwise, but temperatures are expected to rise into the mid-70s, bringing clear blue skies for the weekend.

Police standoff: Police temporarily closed both Interstate 90 exits to Bellevue Way as they continue negotiations with a gunman who has barricaded himself in an apartment building. The incident started when a man pulled a gun on a neighbor who had come over to play a late-night chess match.

Dental negligence: 29 patients will split $35 million in what may be one of the largest awards in state history for dental negligence. A former Shoreline dentist performed thousands of unnecessary root canals for nearly 30 years before surrendering his license in 2010 with a promise to never practice dentistry in the state again. All we can say: Ouch.

Gun owner says he followed VP’s advice: A Vancouver man who fired a shotgun in the air after he thought he heard car prowlers says he was following Vice President Joe Biden‘s advice. The vice president in February said Americans don’t need assault-type weapons because a couple of shotgun blasts will scare off intruders. The 52-year-old pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of illegally discharging a firearm.

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