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March 29, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Saturday Memo: Profiling Travis Hots … Eat your vegetables … Zoo to boost elephant program

sat_weatherWeather: Rainy, in the 50s. National Weather Service forecast

Mudslide-response leader: Anyone who has watched the daily news briefings from Snohomish County on the mudslide response has seen Fire Chief Travis Hots at the microphone.  Jet-black hair, weary face, bloodshot eyes — Hots is the face of the grim rescue and recovery effort. Staff reporter Brian M. Rosenthal profiles Hots, who just took over this fire district three months ago.

Moment of silence: Gov. Jay Inslee has asked state residents to pause at 10:37 a.m. today, the time one week ago when the mudslide struck.

Seattle zoo to expand elephant program: The Woodland Park Zoo intends to spend up to $3 million to expand its elephant program and swap its only African female for a new Asian female, writes reporter  Michael J. Berens.  The plans come as mounting research shows that captivity is harmful to the world’s largest land mammals.

Vegfest: Vegetarian food festival today and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Come by for cooking demonstrations, hundreds of food samples, doctors talking nutrition, free health checks. Adult admission is $8 (cash or checks); kids 12 and under get in free. Find out more.

Head-shaving event to fight childhood cancer: Shanti Salon at Mind Unwind in Seattle will host a St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event tonight to raise money and awareness for childhood-cancer research. You can come shave your head in support, volunteer, or donate. There will also be a silent auction and raffle.  The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Shanti Salon, 2206A California Ave. SW. More information.

Studded-tire deadline coming up: A reminder while you have some time this weekend: Studded tires are not allowed after March 31. You have until midnight Monday to remove them.

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