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Weather: Scattered snow showers this morning changing to rain showers as temperatures rise. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

Afghan killings: Two conflicting images of Robert Bales, the Army staff sergeant accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, have emerged: one, a picture of a jocular high-school football player who became a family man and respected soldier; the other, of someone dealing with apparent financial stress, failed advancement and previous run-ins with police.

Space treasures: A geology professor affiliated with the University of Washington and two brothers have formed an unlikely trio of treasure hunters seeking valuable chunks of meteorites scattered across the world. But, they’re not in it for the money, says one brother. “This was a form of treasure-hunting, but a lot more rewarding than just going after gold. We could hunt for something with scientific value.”

A brother gone missing:  A sister describes the heartbreak her family endured when her older brother, a charismatic musician with schizophrenia, disappeared in 1993 without a trace. The search for her brother finally ended in 2010.

Hat-trick victory: Sounders FC forward David Estrada scored three goals on opening night to lead Seattle to a 3-1 victory last night against Toronto FC. That takes a lot of skill, but wearing Kelly green on St. Patrick’s Day might have brought an extra stroke of luck.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Friends call Afghan killing suspect Robert Bales trusted soldier, family man
  2. Gay leaders from Israel snubbed by Seattle’s gay commission
  3. Hawks sign D-lineman, while quarterback Flynn visits Miami
  4. A soldier’s life: Pride and pain
  5. David Estrada nets a hat trick in Sounders’ opening MLS victory