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The Today File

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December 17, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Tuesday Memo: How green is CEO’s Valley … Teens die in crash … Amanda Knox emails it in

Some retirement package: Valley Medical Center CEO Rich Roodman’s contract runs out at the end of the month — the contract that makes him the state’s highest-paid public hospital chief. But even if the hospital’s board doesn’t keep him on, he’ll walk away with a lot of money.

Two teen girls are dead after their car hit a tree near Port Orchard last night. A third person in the car survived.

Knox emails the court: In an unusual move, Seattle’s Amanda Knox sent an email to the court in Florence, Italy, that is hearing her murder retrial, declaring her innocence in the slaying of her British roommate Meredith Kercher:  “I didn’t kill. I didn’t rape. I didn’t rob. I didn’t plot. I didn’t instigate. I didn’t kill Meredith,” Knox wrote. Her Italian attorneys read the email in court, but the presiding judge noted that her statement was not normal procedure and wasn’t the same as if Knox was making it in person. Knox has not attended the hearing.

Amanda Knox (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

Amanda Knox (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

A $27 fine for smoking pot in public: But don’t get your knickers in a knot. While the Seattle City Council has approved the measure giving Seattle police officers authority to write tickets for lighting up in public, the law calls for police to give warnings “whenever possible” before issuing fines. After that, though, you’re on your own.

Weather: Rain, showers, rain. Typical Seattle. National Weather Service forecast

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


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