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October 11, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Friday Memo: Bae’s mother in North Korea . . . fishing boats at the dock . . . sun on the way

A mother’s love:  Kenneth Bae’s mother, Myunghee Bae,  is in North Korea, where she’d like to do what Dennis Rodman either couldn’t or wouldn’t, which is to see her son and call attention to his plight, hopefully leading to his release. The family arranged the trip through the Swedish ambassador to North Korea.  Bae, a Lynnwood man, has been detained in North Korea for 11 months after being arrested while leading a tour.  His mother said she saw her son in a video:  “He looked so different, and he lost so much weight, I could not …believe that prisoner was my son.”

Some are calling it “Deadliest Catch-22.”  Fishing for crab in Alaska can be a big-money game, but not if you’re stuck in port because the federal agency that hands out fishing permits is shut down. Our D.C. reporter Kyung Song has the story.

Giving naked men a bad name . . . Yikes. A naked man attacked a hunter in Oregon. This comes less than a month after a man with no pants rammed a bunch of boats at Seattle’s Queen City Yacht Club. Clearly, some guys should just keep their clothes on.

Sunshine ahead.   Today and Saturday look showery, but hold on for this:  A stretch of sunny or mostly-sunny days is expected to arrive Sunday and last at least five days. With highs reaching the mid-60s, this could be a good time to get outside. See the forecast.

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