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November 27, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Wednesday Memo: Child and knife … NFL and pot … Holiday weather

A Spokane Valley student brought a knife to school Tuesday and threatened other students with it. Did we mention she’s only a second-grader? The girl is so young that the East Valley School District has brought in law enforcement to determine, among other things, if she even knew it was wrong to bring a knife to school. All we can do is shake our heads and be relieved it wasn’t a gun. KXLY reports.

A great legacy for a quiet man: Only a small circle of family and friends knew that Jack MacDonald — former attorney, frugal soul and wise investor — had amassed a fortune over his long life. His secret is out now. MacDonald has left $187.6 million to Seattle Children’s, the UW Law School and the Salvation Army. All we can say is, wow and whoa. Says his stepdaughter: “He felt really good about what he was doing with his money, and our family feels good about what he’s doing with his money.”

Got pot? Don’t get Seahawked, says our columnist Danny Westneat. He’s talking about the two Seahawks who were either banished from the game or suspended for reportedly using marijuana. He explores how outdated the NFL policy banning marijuana use is when, for example, the league has swept “brain injuries under the rug for years.” Voters overwhelmingly said no in our poll Tuesday when asked whether pro football players should be suspended for pot use.

A 23-year-old man was fatally shot about 2:15 a.m. today in White Center in South Seattle, according to King County sheriff’s deputies. We’ll have more on this as the day progresses.

No rain Thanksgiving Day. At least that’s what the Weather Service says. But dare we say this? There’s a chance, only a chance mind you, that some snow might fall Monday night down in the lowlands, as in down here. Heavy snow is forecast for the Cascades Sunday evening and Monday, so if you’re heading home across the mountains Sunday night or Monday, be prepared for the possibility of some bad weather. National Weather Service forecast. And if you’re traveling elsewhere by plane, that’s going to be tough too.

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