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October 5, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Saturday Memo: Shutdown continues … SPD officer hits power pole … game day

Patchy fog is clearing up, and promises of sunshine are in the forecast. Go get yourself something pumpkin-flavored and enjoy the nice fall weather while it lasts.

Traffic could be less than pleasant due to some scheduled road closures, including parts of Highway 99 and the Montlake Bridge. The Washington State Department of Transportation has details.

Shutdown, day 5: The standoff between House Republicans and Senate Democrats over a federal budget plan continues with little sign of resolution. And, although area home sales were brisk last month, there are concerns that the shutdown could snarl homebuyers and sellers who are trying to close deals. But hey, at least the 800,000 federal workers told to stay off the job could receive back pay through a bill the House passed this morning. The Senate is expected to OK it, too, although specific timing is unclear.

Police officer strikes pole: A Seattle police officer was injured early this morning when his marked patrol car struck a power pole, three parked cars and a tree on Rainier Avenue South. The officer, whose name was not immediately released, somehow lost control of the southbound patrol car around 1:20 a.m. while approaching South Garden Street, Detective Mark Jamieson reported. The power pole snapped and the police car struck the parked cars before coming to rest against the tree.

The officer was taken to Harborview Medical Center with injuries that were described as serious but not life-threatening. Detectives in the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad are trying to reconstruct the circumstances that led to the crash, Jamieson reported.

Play ball: The UW Huskies are squaring off against No. 5 Stanford tonight in what reporter Adam Jude says amounts to something of a Pac-12 North semifinal championship game. Tonight’s game at Stanford Stadium marks the start of a tough three-game stretch for Washington, with a home game versus Oregon and a road game at Arizona State looming. But Sark’s pretty sure the Dawgs can take ‘em.

The Sounders, playing at Colorado this evening, are gearing up for their final push of the season. For the first time, the team is in the driver’s seat to finish with the best record in MLS.

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