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April 30, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Wednesday Memo: Warm-weather warning … Tunnel diggers? … Stolen screenplay?

Hot, hot, hot, but be careful out there: As you know, temperatures are expected to reach into the 70s today and the mid-80s tomorrow, and warnings are going out to be careful around rivers and lakes. River water is 45-50 degrees and moving very fast. We’re talking hypothermia and drowning. Enjoy the warm weather, but be smart. Things will start to cool down Friday. National Weather Service forecast

There are other ways to finish digging the Viaduct replacement tunnel: And you can read some of them as told to columnist Danny Westneat. If Bertha can’t do the job, how about using picks and shovels to do it the old-fashioned way …

Even the federal government is getting into the act: The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) continues to advise you to skip using Internet Explorer versions 6-11 until Microsoft fixes a problem with the browser that could make your computer vulnerable to cyber attackers who already are taking advantage of the situation.

Hey, they stole my screenplay: Well, who knows. … A Bellevue native who now works for the government in the Tri-Cities claims that George Lucas, father of “Star Wars” and the “Indiana Jones” series of films, stole some of his ideas and the story from a screenplay he wrote about the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II. John Dudley says in a federal suit that elements from the screenplay  “Red Tails,” that he wrote back in the 90s and shopped around in Hollywood back then, turned up in the film of the same name, for which Lucas was executive producer . It’s complicated, but details can be found in the story by The Spokesman Review.

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


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