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December 12, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Thursday Memo: Golden guns … Retired justice dies … Bertha poll

Gun-rights groups are big spenders: At least when it comes to giving money to our state’s politicians. They’ve spent more than 18 times as much money as gun-control groups over the past two dozen years, says a new report.

Supreme Court justice dies: Retired state Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers, who grew up working on cars with his father at a gas station in the Yakima Valley, died yesterday in his Issaquah home. He was 70.

Big Bertha coughs: Well, it’s likely more serious than that now that we hear it could take weeks to determine what’s stopped the massive tunnel-digging monster in its tracks. With union squabbles, tangles with fiberglass and now a mysterious blockage, Ms. Bertha’s journey has been awfully slow going. There’s a $1.44 billion contract to build the Highway 99 tunnel project’s tube, road decks, and electronic systems by the end of 2015. Do you think the project will be completed on time? Vote in our poll.

We shake our heads when we see headlines like this: Couple accused of pocketing donations meant for disabled kids

Dancing in the rain: This morning’s fog is expected to be followed by rain, with wet weather expected into next week, says the National Weather Service. Expect temperatures in the mid-40s. Up to 6 inches of snow is expected in the mountain passes by tonight. National Weather Service forecast

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  3. $50M awarded over birth defect; test said baby would be OK
  4. Heavy-duty tools lined up to get Bertha back on track
  5. Mariners must learn from mistakes, move forward | Larry Stone

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


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