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November 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Sunday memo: Obama in Seattle . . . No Seahawks . . . The Fund For The Needy

weatherPresident visits: President Obama will be in Seattle this  afternoon and evening, but he won’t be returning to Washington, D.C., with any warm memories from the city’s general public. That’s because he will not be at any events open to the general public. However, he may return to D.C. with some moolah from the area as he is here to attend two fund-raising events. One in North Seattle and one in Medina. That means the general public in those areas — and at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport — will get to experience the President’s visit through closed roads, traffic delays and what is expected to be a short interruption in air traffic at the airport Monday morning when President Obama leaves.

Pipeline demonstration: President Obama’s visit comes with a demonstration: Organizers expect about 350 people to gather either at the intersection of North 145th Street and 3rd Avenue Northwest or North 140th Street and 3rd Avenue Northwest to make sure the president’s passing motorcade gets the message that these people do not want the Keystone XL pipeline built. This proposed pipeline would carry oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico. Organizers of the demonstration say the extraction of oil from Alberta’s tar sands will intensify climate change.

No game traffic: The Seahawks will not be contributing to today’s expected traffic tie-ups. Seattle’s NFL team is taking a rest this weekend and won’t be back in action until they take on the New Orleans Saints in a Monday night game here on Dec. 2.

Time to give: The Seattle Times starts its 35th Fund For The Needy drive today. Over the years, the fund has raised more than $16 million for 12 agencies that help families, children and seniors. And all the money comes from you. So if you did not get an invitation to an Obama fundraiser — or even if you did — please accept our invitation to give generously to the Fund for the Needy.

Candlelight vigil: Ethiopian-Americans of Washington State plan a candlelight vigil at 5. p.m. today at the Ethiopian Community Center, 8323 Rainier Ave. S., to call attention to the 25,000 Ethiopian citizens the group says are being held illegally and mistreated in Saudi Arabia.

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