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December 21, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Saturday Memo: Bertha’s taking on water … Insurance deadline is Monday … Geoduck area closed

sat_weatherThe weather: Wet, with temperatures in the upper 40s. The National Weather Service forecast.

Bertha has more than just a toe in the water:  Groundwater is now flowing into the Highway 99 tunnel machine’s front end, hindering workers from getting a view of the mystery object that has been blocking Bertha’s path since Dec. 6. Transportation reporter Mike Lindblom explains how contractors are attacking the problem and what they say don’t know yet (like how much extra these problems might cost).

Insurance deadline coming up Monday: At Washington Healthplanfinder, the online-exchange marketplace processing applications for health insurance and tax credits, customer-support staff will work through the weekend, as the deadline for coverage beginning Jan. 1 is 11:59 p.m. Monday. However, people who start applications by the deadline but can’t complete them will have extra time to straighten out errors and arrange payment. Get tips and keep up with the latest on our HealthCare Checkup blog.

Social media spreads the word on the firing at Eastside Catholic: Protests over the dismissal of Eastside Catholic School’s vice principal are spreading well beyond the school. Mark Zmuda’s dismissal, for marrying his partner, ignited student protests Thursday, and now of course, social media is spreading the word and helping protesters organize.

Geoduck harvesting area closed: State and tribal officials have closed a 135-acre geoduck-harvesting area outside Federal Way until they can fully investigate the toxicity levels that China said led it to ban shellfish imported from the West Coast. “We know this has been a hardship on our state’s shellfish industry and we will work diligently to find resolution as quickly as possible,” Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a statement Friday. “While state and federal testing results to date have not raised any health concerns, we take these steps out of an abundance of caution.” Reporter Coral Garnick has the story of alleged health concerns and international trade.

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