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August 28, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Wednesday Memo: Bertha … Seattle driving poll … Rainy morning

Big Bertha bogged down: The giant drill chewing its way underground to make way for a tunnel to replace the viaduct isn’t making much progress, moving just 24 feet in a month due to labor issues and some technical woes. This isn’t fair, but we’re going to say it anyway. That’s about 9 1/2 inches every 24 hours.

Safe driving in Seattle: Well, not so much. Our FYI Guy Gene Balk said yesterday that a new survey put Seattle as the Northwest’s least-safest city to drive in, with Seattle drivers 28.8 percent more likely than the national average to get into an accident. Do you think we’re really that bad? Vote in our poll.

What the heck is that falling from the sky? Oh, yeah, rain. It’s hitting harder in some areas than others, but don’t be too discouraged. We might have sun breaks by afternoon, and the temperature is expected to reach the low 80s. We think they call that muggy. Nonetheless, drive safely and give some distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Rain on long-dry roads can be a bad combo, as things get slick.

What do we do with the kids: If teachers in Seattle Public Schools go on strike — and who knows how likely that is —  the district is warning parents to be prepared to deal with the possibility. Like we said yesterday, the dance has begun.

Bumbershoot this weekend: If you’re going — and we hope it doesn’t rain — here is a complete guide to all things Bumbershoot 2013. And no, you can’t light up a doobie in public. It’s the law. Yeah, right.

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


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