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June 30, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Monday Memo: Warming up … Liquor sales … Surprise, you’re married

Are you ready for some heat? The temperature is expected to climb into the mid- to upper 70s today, the mid-80s tomorrow and 80 degrees Wednesday. In fact, we can look forward to sunny skies all week. Ah, summer. Gotta love it. Get out your sunscreen, flipflops and those cool new shades while it lasts.

Liquor sales: When the state’s two-year-old liquor privatization law went into effect, there were all sorts of fears. Did they come true? Highway deaths are down and ER visits linked to alcohol are up, but drawing clear conclusions linking those statistics and others to the alcohol law isn’t so easy.

Wedding day, sort of: Same-sex couples in domestic partnerships are waking up married this morning whether they know it or not under the state’s same-sex marriage law. If a couple hasn’t filed paperwork to prevent their relationship from converting automatically to marriage, they’ve tied the knot.

Woman killed by falling tree: KING5 is reporting this morning that a Skagit County woman died when a tree fell on her Sunday morning.

At the pump: The AAA says the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington has hit $4. In the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area it’s $4.06 a gallon. Gas has been so expensive for so long, does anyone pay attention to price anymore? Vote in our poll.

Man injured in Kent fire:  He suffered burns and smoke inhalation in the fire yesterday. Firefighters found him in the backyard of the home, which sustained smoke and fire damage. No one else was in the home.

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


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