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January 25, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Saturday Memo: Women’s earnings lag …. Protect Lolita the orca? … Boat show and FanFest

sat_weatherWeather: The fog is expected to lift before noon and give way to the sun. Low 50s for the high. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: Some lanes of northbound Interstate 5 between the Interstate 90 interchange and Yesler Way are closed this weekend for expansion-joint repairs. Expect long delays. Lanes will reopen at 11 p.m. Sunday. Also, the southbound Alaskan Way Viaduct exit to South Atlantic Street will be closed all weekend — which could create some extra clogs, as crowds head to the Seattle Boat Show at CenturyLink and Mariners FanFest at Safeco Field. The exit closure occurs as workers put the final touches on a new truck overpass, set to open at 5 a.m. Monday, connecting Sodo streets with Terminal 46 at the Port of Seattle. The crossing will help trucks bypass a freight-railroad track — and the risk of substantial delays.

Washington state’s gender pay gap: New federal data show only five states had a larger pay gap between men and women than Washington state. A new report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the typical woman in Washington makes 76 percent of what a typical man makes. Read business reporter Amy Martinez’s story to see what Washington pays, how Washington compares and earning ratios of women to men around the country.

Lolita the orca: The federal government wants Lolita — the orca taken 44 years ago in Penn Cove by whale hunters who sold her to a Florida aquarium — protected under the Endangered Species Act. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Friday reversed itself and recommended the killer whale held by the Miami Seaquarium be covered by the same law protecting Puget Sound’s wild southern resident killer whales. What might this mean for Lolita and other endangered species held by zoos and aquariums? Read today’s story by environment reporter Craig Welch.

Russell Wilson to face old college teammates in the Super Bowl: Read what Broncos RB Montee Ball, who played with Wilson at University of Wisconsin, and LB Nate Irving, who played with him at North Carolina State, have to say about the younger Mr. Wilson. A wild and crazy guy? Jokester? Of course not. When Wilson arrived at UW for his last year of eligibility and in a rush to learn the offense,  Ball recalls Wilson’s approach: “As soon as he got there, he was walking around with notecards …” Read more about Wilson’s college years from the Broncos who knew him when.

Seattle Boat Show: The boat show, which runs through next Saturday bills itself as the West Coast’s largest boat show, with more than 1,000 recreational watercraft, seminars and every accessory you could need or covet for a boat. The event is at CenturyLink Field, and afloat on South Lake Union. A free shuttle is available between locations. More info on hours and exhibits.

Mariners FanFest: Get autographs, run around the bases, play catch in the Safeco Field outfield, tour the clubhouse, and get ready to hope that the Mariners’ coming season is better than the last. FanFest runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday at Safeco Field. Traffic could be a little tricky in the area with the closures of some I-5 lanes and of the southbound Alaskan Way Viaduct exit to South Atlantic Street.

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