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February 8, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Saturday Memo: Bertha has damage … Inflated parade count? … Russell Wilson’s college days

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Traffic: The 520 bridge is closed this weekend, set to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday. The closure is related to work for the bridge-replacement project.

Tunnel machine damaged: Now comes word that a critical seal is damaged inside tunnel-machine Bertha, and work may not resume for weeks. The shutdown has already gone on for more than two months. Read transportation reporter Mike Lindblom’s account of what officials are saying now — and didn’t say before.

Was the Seahawks parade crowd count inflated? The crowd at the Seahawks victory parade Wednesday may still set a city record.  But maybe there weren’t quite the 700,000 people out there as advertised. Expert crowd counters tell reporter Erik Lacitis that even if the entire parade route was jammed with fans, and intersections were packed 125 feet deep on each side, that couldn’t have added up to a crowd of 700,000. Read the story. And, it was still a lovely party.

More nice things about Russell Wilson: Too good to be true? Too nice? No. The Seahawks QB has long been just this nice, and today, we hear from — a former college professor (what would yours say about you?). “He rarely missed class. He showed up prepared,” writes Jay Gerlach, an assistant professor of political science and public affairs at Western Carolina University — but who, back in Wilson’s college years, was at North Carolina State. “He never had an excuse,” Gerlach continues in his guest column. “He never sought, nor was he afforded, a shortcut.” Read more about Gerlach’s memories of Wilson, and what he says Wilson teaches him.

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