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September 19, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Thursday Memo: M’s owner dies … Coffee, guns … Overnight shootings

Weather: Nice today, in the mid-70s. The forecast for the next few days.

Hiroshi Yamauchi: The Mariners’ majority owner and the patriarch of Nintendo Corp. has died in Japan. He was 85. Yamauchi held a 55 percent stake in the baseball team he bought in 1992, along with a group of minority investors from the Seattle area. Read more from Seattle Times Mariners reporter Geoff Baker.

Starbucks asks that you leave the guns at home: The coffee giant says guns aren’t welcome in its stores, but isn’t banning them outright. The gun issue has hounded Starbucks since the company said in 2010 it adheres to laws in states where it operates — permitting guns in states with open-carry laws and prohibiting them where such laws don’t exist. Open-carry activists have staged “Starbucks Appreciation Days,” and those on the other side of the debate have staged Saturday boycotts. The company is running ads in some major newspapers today, explaining that Starbucks has been used as a political stage, and guns in stores make customers uneasy. Read about CEO Howard Schultz’s reasoning, and the reaction to the latest announcement.

Overnight shootings: A King County sheriff’s deputy is on leave after shooting and wounding a man who authorities say tried to hit her with a van in the Snoqualmie area. In Seatac, two men in a car were shot and seriously wounded. No arrests have been made, and the sheriff’s office says it is not known if the shooting was random or the men were targeted.

Sports: Mariners win with pitching — and hitting! — in Detroit, while the Seahawks work to reduce those pesky penalties as they prepare for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville. Seriously, don’t gloat about the team yet. Seattle is 13th  among 16 teams in the NFC and 23rd in the NFL in penalty yards per game at 330, writes Seahawks reporter Bob Condotta.

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