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March 26, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Wednesday Memo: Report: Mudslide hill dangerous … Police shootout … Garrison Keillor

Snohomish County’s own report said the hill that gave way in the deadly mudslide was dangerous. Why is it that reports such as this surface only after the damage is done? You have to ask, “Was anyone paying attention? Snohomish County? The developers who built homes the path of the slide? Just asking. … Columnist Danny Westneat is tackling this issue, too.

This won’t help things: More rain is expected in the mudslide area today.

Police shootout in Northeast Washington town: An off-duty Stevens County sheriff’s detective shot and killed a man Tuesday night in a shootout in the small community of Rice. The detective was responding to a report of a man trying to kick in the door of a neighbor’s house. When the detective arrived, the man turned and fired a shotgun, hitting the detective in the hand and ear. The detective fired back, killing the man, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.

It’s always a nice fit: Garrison Keillor, raconteur, author, lyricist and host of  “A Prairie Home Companion,” comes to Seattle on April 1. Don’t say you don’t listen to him. OK, maybe some of you don’t. Just saying.

Weather: It’s going to be wet for the next several days, we’re afraid, but temperatures should be in the mid-50s.  National Weather Service forecast

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


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