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October 3, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Thursday Memo: Tesla fire … Perturbed in Pullman … Razor clam digs

Uh-oh: Tesla car fire involved battery. The Model S electric car was traveling near Kent when a battery under the passenger seat went ablaze. Firefighters had a hard time putting it out, especially because putting water on it seemed to make matters worse. A dry chemical extinguisher was used to put out the fire. Problems with lithium-ion batteries, such as in Boeing’s 787 and Chevrolet’s Volt plug-in car, reportedly have  companies and investors a bit concerned.

Pullman city councilman acting a bit weird … This is as sad as it is odd. Councilman Derrick Skaug was taken into protective custody yesterday after he was seen reportedly heaving furniture from his apartment deck, putting stickers on cars and just acting strange.

Razor clam digs given the OK:  A five-day razor clam dig beginning Friday on four ocean beaches has been approved by the state, and another dig has tentatively been scheduled for Oct. 17-22, after future toxin tests. The beaches are Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks. KBKW radio has the details.

Alaska’s oil-wealth money will be distributed today: Residents who have lived in the state for at least one calendar year will get $900 each. The money comes from the state’s Permanent Fund Dividend. Nearly 593,000 Alaskans will share the wealth. The fund was established in 1976 after North Slope oil was discovered in the state.

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Memo light: 

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


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