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October 6, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Sunday memo: Boarding the mentally ill … Huskies lose on close call … Seahawks take on Luck

Huskies heartbreaker:  A fourth-down catch was recalled on review last night, stripping the UW football team of an weatheropportunity to finish a game-winning drive. The Huskies lost 31-28. Still, as columnist Larry Stone writes, the Huskies proved they deserve the analysts’ early buzz .

Mentally ill being left in ERs, hallways without treatment: Those with mental illness who are involuntarily committed are now far more likely to wait for treatment because of a shortage of beds in this state. As they wait, they are increasingly stuck in chaotic hospital ERs and ill-equipped medical rooms, a practice called “boarding.” The practice is traumatizing thousands of mentally ill residents, wreaking havoc on hospitals, and wasting millions of taxpayer dollars, an examination by staff reporter Brian M. Rosenthal has found.

More football — Hawks playing against Luck, Colts: The 4-0 Seahawks face proficient young QB Andrew Luck and the upstart Indianapolis Colts. Will Wilson and the Hawks prevail in this early 10 a.m. game? Follow along with our GameCenter.

Elwha dam teardown continues: Workers blasted a 40-foot-wide hole in the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha river yesterday afternoon as the project to remove the dam and restore salmon runs continues. Dam removal is scheduled to be finished by next September.

Bag-ban repeal: An initiative to repeal the prohibition on plastic shopping bags in Issaquah got enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. The City Council must now decide whether to repeal the ban, which took effect in March, or to ask voters to decide the issue.

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