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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

December 18, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Wednesday Memo: Boeing’s handful … Lots of pot … Car vs. moose

Boeing’s 777x work going, going, gone? Like the weather, wait a day and things likely will change. This week the plane maker is expected to narrow “down to a handful” its list of possible sites to build the 777X jet. Times columnist Danny Westneat asks this: If Democrats and Republicans in Wash. D.C. — “the capital of perpetual bickering” — can reach a compromise on a budget, why can’t Boeing and the machinists come to terms on a new contract? Yeah, why not? Pension issues loom large.

How much pot do we smoke? Well, here’s an estimate as the state tries to figure out what the annual demand would be in Washington. A RAND Corp. report says that the state’s estimated 750,000 pot users will have used 135 to 225 metric tons of marijuana this year. That’s a lot of maryjane, no? The state wants to know because if too much is produced, some of it could go out-of-state or to youngsters. To little production and users might continue to get their stash from illegal dealers. The Associated Press has the story.

Moose hit by car: The 1,200-pound critter died Tuesday night in Stevens County near Loon Lake when it was struck by a car driven by 67-year-old William Watersman of Valley. Watersman was knocked unconscious, but he’s expected to survive. The moose will end up at a food bank. Loon Lake is northwest of Spokane.  KHQ reports.

Tumwater teen threatened to shoot classmates? A 14-year-old boy was arrested Monday after a friend reported the teen had threatened to shoot students at his school. The teen reportedly searched the Internet on school shootings and expressed a “fascination with Columbine,” a prosecutor said yesterday. A search of the boy’s home turned up three guns and ammunition. The Olympian has the story.

Weather : Showers today, but mostly sunny tomorrow. Don’t get too comfy. There’s a 70 percent chance of rain and SNOW likely on Friday. National Weather Service forecast

Most-read stories on seattletimes.com:

  1. Expanded Medicaid’s fine print holds surprise: ‘payback’ from estate after death
  2. Chris Petersen’s first UW recruits switch from WSU, Boise State
  3. Labor upset with Inslee’s call for new Machinists vote
  4. Why do lottery players think they can defy odds?
  5. Boeing to narrow list of 777X sites this week

Memo light: 

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


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