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December 14, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Saturday Memo: Mercer closed … Inslee wants Boeing vote … Health-insurance advice

Weather: All in all, not bad today (have you looked around the country?). High 40s and cloudy.

Traffic: Stretches of Aurora Avenue North and eastbound Mercer Street will be closed to traffic until 5 a.m. Monday. Aurora Avenue North is closed between Valley Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel. Here’s a map of closures and suggested detour routes. Also, Mercer Street is closed between Fifth Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North. The closures are due to demolition of the Aurora Avenue North bridge over Mercer Street. Read more about the detours in effect.

Boeing, the Machinists and Inslee: Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday that union membership means each worker has a say in his or her future and should have the opportunity to exercise that right. But as the governor made the pitch for a vote on a contract to keep thousands of jobs in Washington, local and national union leaders publicly differed on whether to bring the latest contract proposal to the membership. The latest.

Tips for signing up for health insurance: Deadlines are fast approaching for thousands of Washington residents who still need to sign up for health insurance if they want coverage to start Jan. 1, 2014. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued some tips this week and we, too, offered some advice on what to know before you buy.

Ice skating — outdoors or in: Twirl, spin and try not to spill at Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena, in the city’s Downtown Park — the region’s largest open-air rink — or at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. The rinks are open for a few more weeks. Check out the hours and prices.

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