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July 4, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Friday Memo: Fourth of July … Carrasco apologizes … Mariners in Chicago

fri_weatherThe long holiday weekend is off to a nice start, with temperatures in the low 70s in the forecast. Perhaps the rain clouds have declared their own independence and relocated elsewhere. More from the National Weather Service forecast.

Where to celebrate the Fourth of July: If you procrastinated on planning your holiday, we have you covered. Here’s a list of 26 things to do, with options in Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, Renton, Kenmore, Everett and more. In Seattle, gates open at noon at both Gas Works Park and Lake Union Park for the Seafair Summer Fourth,  an afternoon of entertainment leading up to tonight’s 20-minute fireworks show over Lake Union. Admission is free. Among the items Seafair says are NOT welcome: personal barbecues, alcohol, marijuana, fireworks of any kind, firearms, glass bottles and pets other than service animals. Be safe out there, folks. And for a sneak peek of tonight’s fireworks show, take  a look at our preview.

Carrasco apologizes: After weeks of bad publicity, Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco apologized Thursday for controversies that caused him to lose a $60,000 raise. The thing he says he most regrets? That recent events have “taken attention away from all the work that our people are doing every day to serve our customers, and that’s a big disappointment on my part.”

For-profit colleges to be sold or closed: Under a signed agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Corinthian Colleges will sell 85 of its U.S. schools and gradually wind down operations at 12 others. The California company runs six Everest College campuses in Western Washington and is being investigated by the Washington Attorney General’s Office, according to federal security filings, amid allegations of preying on low-income students and falsifying job-placement rates. Find more details here.

Another American tradition: The red-hot Mariners are in Chicago today, taking on the White Sox at 4 p.m. after sweeping the Astros in Houston. The Mariners have won 10 of their past 12 games to improve to 47-38.

Register to vote: While you’re humming along to “The Star Spangled Banner” and contemplating the anniversary of our country’s Declaration of Independence, bear in mind that Monday is the voter-registration deadline for the Aug. 5 primary. You get to participate in the time-honored democratic practice of choosing your elected officials, but there aren’t any fireworks. All the information you need is right here.

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