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May 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Sunday Memo: Embracing a new pot economy … Staying in school … Do you know what you’re chewing?

Sunday weatherWeather: Saturday turned out to be much nicer than expected, so here’s hoping today will, too. Though I’m sure I just jinxed it.  The National Weather Service calls for a high of 64 with showers likely. The rest of the week ranges from cloudy to mostly sunny, with highs nearing 70. Enjoy.  National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: It’s clear right now, but here’s a warnings from WSDOT: Stars on Ice begins at 4 p.m. at KeyArena and will cause additional congestion on highways leading into Seattle, including I-5, I-90, SR 520 and SR 99. The Nordstrom Beat the Bridge Run caused congestion in the Montlake area this morning, but it’s just wrapping up now.

Port of pot: The Pacific County town of Raymond (not nearby Tokeland) is embracing the marijuana industry as a way to reboot its economy. There are 31 pending growing-license applications on Port of Willapa property, which also is where the two lottery winners for the county’s only two recreational retail stores plan to set up. “We were a logging and fishing town and those jobs have largely disappeared,” Port Manager Rebecca Chaffee explained to Times pot reporter Bob Young. “… I think it’s going to rejuvenate the town with new people and new ideas.”

Fewer dropouts, more degrees: A new focus on individualized advice and counseling, boosted by software tools, is helping hundreds more students earn degrees and certificates each year at Walla Walla Community College. What can colleges in the rest of the state learn from that?

Please pass the salt: How dirty are the restaurants where you eat? An updated Seattle-King County system and a possible partnership with Yelp might make it easier to find out.

Wat to go, Danny: Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat was named Journalist of the Year by the Western Washington Society of Professional Journalists on Saturday. Today, he argues for impact fees instead of taxes.

Football! (futbol?): I understand the Sounders won a tough 1-0 match against San Jose Saturday. But Nick Provenza is off today so this is my memo and I like football. So here’s a link to some notes about Seahawks rookie minicamp.

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Memo light: On the heels of yesterday’s “Garfield” comic in this spot, here’s a treat in case you haven’t seen it. “Garfield Minus Garfield” is a brilliant series in which Garfield the cat is removed from Jim Davis’ famous strip. The result is “a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.” Enjoy.


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