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February 21, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Friday Memo: Workers finally get OT pay … Mariners need Hawks’ energy … weekend freeway slowdowns

Here’s one for the little guy: A drywall contractor in Issaquah has agreed to pay $550,000 to settle a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit alleging it shortchanged nearly 400 workers on overtime wages over a 3½-year period.

The Mariners are big Seahawks fans. Can that winning Super Bowl energy give a boost to Seattle baseball?  Mixed in with the declarations of Seahawks love throughout the Mariner organization – and they’ve jumped en masse on the bandwagon – is a tinge of unspoken wistfulness. The football team owns the town. The Mariners are at best an afterthought, at worst the whipping boys of a frustrated fan base, columnist Larry Stone says.

Headed south on I-5 this weekend? You might want to plan a different route through downtown. The southbound Interstate 5 collector-distributor to Interstate 90 will be reduced to one lane through the weekend while construction crews replace aging expansion joints, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Though the closure is not on the main southbound I-5 lanes, downtown Seattle traffic will be congested as exiting drivers merge into one lane. More about the closures.

Weather: There’s a 30 percent chance of rain this morning, with a high of 47. This weekend we could see a mix of rain and snow in Seattle and as much as a foot of snow in the Cascades. National Weather Service forecast

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