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August 23, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Saturday Memo: Food on a stick … Help for mental health … Sad zoo news … Seattle winners

Weather: Looks like we’re in for a sunny day with highs in the upper 70s, according to the National Weather Service forecast. We should see clear skies over the next few days.

Fair days: It should be perfect weather to check out pigs, quilts, carnival rides and eat too many food items on a stick. The Evergreen State Fair in Monroe continues through Sept. 1. Get all your info here.

Inslee approves millions for psychiatric treatment: Gov. Jay Inslee has approved $30 million to pay for treatment for psychiatric patients being warehoused in emergency rooms or other non-mental-health facilities while they wait for long-term beds to open. Also Friday, the state Attorney General’s Office filed a motion asking the state Supreme Court  to delay for 120 days its newly-ordered ban on so-called “psychiatric boarding.” The motion says if the decision takes effect Wednesday as planned, it could pose a serious public-safety risk. Earlier this month, the state Supreme Court issued a ban on boarding. The state determined that about 200 people were being boarded in Washington and would be affected by the court’s ruling. Read more on Friday’s actions by the government, and the health and civil-rights issues at stake, as the Wednesday deadline approaches.

watotoElephant dies at Seattle zoo: Woodland Park Zoo’s African elephant, Watoto, on display for more than four decades, was euthanized Friday morning after Seattle zookeepers found her collapsed and unable to rise in an outdoor exhibit yard. The 45-year-old elephant was discovered about 7 a.m. after zookeepers arrived to work. Attempts to lift her with cloth straps and heavy machinery failed. Watoto’s death elicited widespread public condolences, and underscored the continuing debate over whether it’s right to hold elephants captive.

Seahawks bury the Bears: Sure, exhibition games don’t matter. Be sure to tell that to some Bears fans. Maybe it will help. The Seahawks scored every time they had the ball in the first half in the 34-6 pre-season rout.

Mariners: In a game that does matter, the M’s came from way back in the ninth inning to beat the Red Sox 5-3 at Fenway Park. Catch Saturday’s game at 10:35 a.m. on ROOT sports (Channel 30).

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