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July 23, 2014 at 6:51 AM

Wednesday Memo: Progress in high-profile case … Long-lost dog … Disturbing journal

Here’s a surprise statement in a long unsolved case: The new head of the Seattle FBI office says there is “momentum” in the 13-year-old investigation into the fatal shooting of Seattle federal prosecutor Thomas Wales.

These stories are always worth a look: An East Texas family’s dog that ran away seven years ago has been found in Tacoma, and returned thanks to a microchip implanted in the pooch. The question is, why didn’t anyone check the chip before now?

The writings of the man charged in the shooting at Seattle Pacific University: Aaron Ybarra kept a journal that contains a myriad of things about his life. Among the more chilling ones is a note about getting revenge on peopleOne was a man he described as a “junkie who robbed our house when my brother wasn’t doing to good.” He wrote that he wanted to cut up the man and secretly sell the pieces to grocery stores. Ybarra has had a history of severe mental illness.

And stories such as this are alarming and sad: A Moses Lake boy, now 4, suffered a heart attack and brain damage when he was 2 because his parents starved him by adhering to their belief in alternative medicine. The boy likely will be battling the results of what happened to him for the rest of his life. Meanwhile, his parents were sentenced to six months of home detention.

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


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