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February 19, 2014 at 6:58 AM

Wednesday Memo: Boeing, Machinists to make up? … Driving stoned … School-bus drivers strike?

We’re sorry? Boeing, politicians vow to heal rift with Machinists union

Stevens and Snoqualmie passes are both open this morning, although driving is still a bit dicey. Be careful out there. We have a closer look at what’s happening weather-wise in the mountains.

And guess what? Another storm that could bring another foot or two of snow to the mountains is on the way later today. Skiers are smiling, no doubt. National Weather Service forecast

Who knew? Some evidence suggests you may not have as much to fear from stoned drivers as from drunken drivers, say some researchers. In a nutshell, stoned driving is simply less dangerous, they say. Don’t get too excited, though. Being high still leaves a stoned driver impaired.  There’s a twofold increase in the risk of an accident if there’s any measurable amount of THC in the bloodstream.

A lot of parents surely are hoping school-bus drivers in Seattle don’t go on strike. The bus-drivers union for the Seattle school district is preparing for a strike against the private contractor that provides busing for nearly 28,000 students.

Former judge gets new trial. You might remember the case of former Pierce County Superior Court Judge Michael Hecht, who was convicted of felony harassment and patronizing a prostitute back in 2009. Well, an appeals court has ordered a new trial, saying that flagrant misconduct by the assistant attorney general who prosecuted Hecht prevented him from getting a fair trial.

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  3. Elite Seattle climber Chad Kellogg dies on Patagonia peak | Obituary
  4. Several storms hit Washington with rain, snow
  5. Seattle company gets OK to move ahead on offshore wind farm

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


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