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May 24, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Saturday Memo: China ends ban on West Coast shellfish … Trouble for Tully’s … Folklife plays on

China lifts ban on live shellfish from West Coast waters: China had imposed the ban on the import of clams, oysters, mussels and scallops harvested from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California. The ban was announced in December after China said it had detected high levels of inorganic arsenic in geoducks from Puget Sound, among other problems. It has been a blow to the Washington’s geoduck industry, as China typically accounts for about 90 percent of the state’s geoduck exports. Read the story.

Can’t we discuss this over a cup of coffee? Coffee roaster Keurig Green Mountain, which owns the rights to the Tully’s brand, is suing the Seattle company that runs the coffee shops and terminated the licensing deal for the name. Keurig also says that Global Baristas, the Seattle company that rescued the coffee shops from bankruptcy, violated licensing agreements by selling coffee from local firm Dillanos without Keurig’s permission. Reporter Angel Gonzalez explains the tussle over Tully’s.

Northwest Folklife Festival, Day 2:  Once again, Seattle Center is the site for the event that combines music, dance and other cultural expression from around the world. More information here or at 206-684-7300. Admission is free, though donations of $10 a person or $20 per family or group per day, are encouraged. They will be collected at all Seattle Center entrances.

Mariners win: Felix Hernandez allowed one run on five hits Friday night, and got support from the offense in a 6-1 win over the Houston Astros. Game coverage from Adam Jude.

Cascadia Cup showdown: Sounders FC takes on its rival to the north, the Vancouver Whitecaps, at 4 p.m. today at BC Place. The Whitecaps, after a few bumps over the past few years, have gelled into a young and fast team, one that, as coach Sigi Schmid put it, “strike(s) fear into you just with their speed.” Sounders reporter Joshua Mayers will be live-chatting during the game.

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