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April 17, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Thursday Memo: Mustang mania … Husky sentenced … Small-town tenacity in Oso

You don’t look a day over 49: Today is the 50th birthday of one of America’s classics: the Ford Mustang. This area lays claim to having the oldest Mustang club in the country, along with one in Tucson. It was among 500 Mustang clubs formed within the first three years of the car’s existence, says Ford. “A lot of Mustangs have that nice rumble. I roll down my windows so I can hear the engine,” says Linda Hallberg. Got a great story about a Mustang? We want to hear about it.

Do they make safety vests in purple and gold?   Huskies wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow was sentenced to five days on a work crew, fined $693 and ordered to attend anger-management counseling after pleading guilty Wednesday to two counts of fourth-degree assault against Seahawks fans in separate post-Super Bowl altercations. The receiver was “backing up his quarterback,” who is a “staunch” Broncos fan, his attorney James Burnell said.  Prosecutors did not pursue charges against quarterback Cyler Miles because of insufficient evidence. Stringfellow says he has learned from his mistake and has been “channeling my energy toward counseling.”

Small-town tenacity: A village of just 180 people, Oso lost about 20 percent of its population when a massive mudslide took out  an entire neighborhood on March 22.  While many out-of-town volunteers have left, a core group of local volunteers continues on — some giving full-time hours at the slide, others sandwiching volunteer time during days off from work. “You just do what you have to do,” Teresa Smith said. “You don’t think about it.”

Nikki Stinson and her son Mack, 21, bow their heads as the family says grace before dinner at their home in Oso.(Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Nikki Stinson and her son Mack, 21, bow their heads as the family says grace before dinner at their home in Oso. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

 

Weather: It’s wet. It’s windy. It’s going to stay that way for a few days, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Apparently Seattle-area drivers occasionally forget how how to drive in the rain (how is this possible?), because the Washington State Department of Transportation is reporting traffic problems and slowness everywhere. Easter? You might want to consider using waterproof egg dyes.

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