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November 1, 2013 at 6:56 AM

Friday Memo: He blew up a whale … Artifact-honoring orcas? … Big, bloody knife fight

To get rid of a stinking, 8-ton whale on an Oregon beach in 1970, an engineer gained national fame when he blew up the huge critter with a half-ton of dynamite. George Thomas Thornton has died at 84. (The Seattle Times)

Speaking of whales, on Tuesday, a rather large pod of orcas circled a state ferry that was carrying tribal artifacts bound for a new museum at the ancestral home of Chief Seattle, almost as if escorting them. (The Associated Press)

A knife fight involving four people in Rainier Valley last night left all four of them injured, some with life-threatening wounds. This story will be updated this morning. (The Seattle Times)

A memorial for former House Speaker Tom Foley is scheduled this morning at St. Aloysius Church near Gonzaga University, his alma mater, in Spokane. Foley died last month at 84. (The Seattle Times)

The president of WSU canceled classes yesterday to showcase the campus of the state’s second-largest university on national television. The Cougs took a drubbing. Bud Withers: Cougars lose 55-21 to Arizona State. (The Seattle Times)

Weather this weekend: Rain, showers and more showers. The National Weather Service

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


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