Weather: We’ve finally struck gold with the weather forecast. Mostly sunny with temperatures hitting the 50s today, and a sunny Saturday expected. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The Alaskan Way Viaduct will close this weekend from 6 a.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday for construction. The closure will surely be a nuisance to some, but the work will help prevent rock showers from falling on pedestrians and drivers under the viaduct. The map and cams.
Afghan killings: The military will formally charge Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales with 17 counts of murder Friday, according to a U.S. official. The murder charges indicate Army prosecutors have concluded that the slayings were premeditated. We’ll be following the story today.
Courthouse dog: A yellow Labrador retriever is on trial as a courthouse dog to see if an animal companion will calm people appearing in court in Pierce County.
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The Hunger Games: Fans stayed up to watch “The Hunger Games,” which opened late last night in Seattle-area theaters. Times movie critic Moira Macdonald called the film a smart, tense adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ mega-best-selling novel.
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