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January 18, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Saturday Memo: … I-5 lane closures … Seattle’s income gap … Pre-Hawks

Weather: Near 50 today, as we continue a dry stretch. National Weather Service forecast.


Traffic: Three lanes of northbound I-5 in Seattle are closed near Yesler Way, so construction workers can repair damaged expansion joints. The lanes will open by 10 a.m. Sunday.

Man jailed for alleged threats to Mayor Murray: A Seattle man accused of threatening Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Kshama Sawant was ordered held on $600,000 bail. Murray’s staff found more than 20 threatening, anti-gay postings from the man’s account on the mayor’s Facebook page, according to court documents.

Stop and frisk in Seattle: A federal judge has approved new policies aimed at curbing biased policing by Seattle officers and setting rules for how and when they stop and frisk people.

A look at the numbers behind income inequality in Seattle:  The most recent census data shows the top fifth of Seattle households earning an average 18 times more than the bottom fifth.  That would seem a wide gap, but Seattle is just in the middle of the pack among major U.S. cities. By contrast, in Manhattan, the top fifth earn 40 times that of the bottom fifth. Why? FYI Guy Gene Balk explains how our minimum wage and other factors figure in.

Seahawks previews aplenty: Columnist Larry Stone used to work in the Bay Area, when Joe Montana and Bill Walsh ruled. He writes today about some parallels he sees between between the 49ers and Hawks. We review the national media’s predictions for the Seattle-San Francisco game. Oh, and another dose of Russell Wilson. Can’t get enough. Here’s what Russell Wilson told the media Friday about how he visualizes game situations, how well he sleeps the night before a game, and more. Does he have superstitions, someone asked? “I’m not really a superstitious guy. I believe in habits. I believe in certain techniques that you do to prepare yourself, and I think that’s important. I do listen to my music; I listen to my gospel music and my R&B music before the game just to relax me, so maybe that’s one. I really wouldn’t call that a superstition, it’s just something that I do to keep me calm and get ready for the game.”  Of course, Russell. Whatever works.

And if you are not a Seahawks fan, or just don’t much care? We have a story about your kind, too: The bored, the annoyed, the ones who will be heading to the movies Sunday and just living their lives without the blue and green.

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