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August 29, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Thursday Memo: Puppy tossed … Our high sales tax … Robber cam

Hey, pick on someone your own size: A guy in Tacoma has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly tossing his neighbor’s Chihuahua out a second-story window. On Monday, the man  said someone had broken into his apartment, and he accused a neighbor. On Tuesday, a neighbor and her kids were looking for their 9-month-old puppy when they saw it being thrown out the window. They called police. The man was arrested. The pup was limping and bleeding, but is expected to be OK. The News Tribune has the details.

High sales tax: You’ll not be surprised when we tell you that Washington has the fourth highest average sales tax in the U.S., behind Tennessee (9.44 percent), Arkansas (9.18 percent) and Louisiana (8.89 percent), according to a nonpartisan national think tank. Oh, yeah, our combined average sales tax is 8.87 percent.

Police are searching for a man suspected in a robbery of a Key Bank in the Westgate area of Edmonds. (Edmonds Police)

Police are searching for this man suspected in a robbery of a Key Bank in the Westgate area of Edmonds. (Edmonds Police)

Smile, you’re on candid camera: Police like to say criminals aren’t too smart, and here’s a good example. The guy who robbed a Key Bank in Edmonds the other day didn’t bother with a mask or anything to hide his identity. A desperate man? Probably.

Fast-food workers will be protesting across the country today — Seattle included — seeking higher wages, as in $15 an hour. We’ll have more on this as the morning progresses. A similar protest was held back in May.

Rain again this morning, as if you didn’t know. But we did get sun by the afternoon yesterday, didn’t we? We won’t be so lucky today. Rain and showers forecast throughout the day and into tonight and tomorrow morning. It’s expected to start drying out later Friday, and Saturday looks downright sunny — not too bad.

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


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