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April 22, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Tuesday Memo: Bertha’s bill … Toenail-clipper jailbreak try … Apolo Ohno ironman?

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Yeah, but how much will it cost? Now that repairing the stalled tunnel digger Bertha will delay the project for about 16 months in all, don’t you want to know what that’s going to cost us? No one has the answer to that yet, of course. Just remember that public gasoline taxes fund the work.

Toenail clippers? Seriously? Clippers and a towel rack were used by a couple of guys in a furtive attempt to dig their way out of a Spokane County Jail cell. They did manage to make a 4- to 8-inch by 2- to 4-inch hole in a wall. Even if they had been successful, the wall didn’t lead to the outside.

You probably know this already, but just in case: President Obama flies into Snohomish County this afternoon to view the massive mudslide and to meet with the families of victims and first responders. His visit engenders a variety of hopes and expectations from mudslide survivors and other area residents.

Apolo Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympics athlete ever, plans to participate in the Ironman triathlon world championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in October. That’s 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking, then running a marathon. No skating involved.

Weather: We told you it was going to rain, so don’t complain. OK, sometimes we say it’s going to rain and it doesn’t, but that’s better than saying it’s going to be clear and then it rains, right? By the way, it’s supposed to rain tomorrow and Thursday, too. Sorry.  National Weather Service forecast

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


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