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Get off the bus, ma’am. Your kid stinks. That’s reportedly what a Metro bus driver told a woman with her diarrhea-afflicted infant. The woman was taking the baby to a clinic when she was asked to get off the bus, which she did. She changed the baby’s diaper, got on another bus and continued her trip. Metro is investigating the complaint, according to KOMO TV who broke the story.

Walmarts, Walmarts everywhere! The retail giant opened three stores in our state yesterday: in Bellevue, Lynnwood and Spokane Valley.  According to the KXLY report, Walmart has some 18,000 employees at 58 locations in Washington. As the greeters say, “Welcome to Walmart.”

Boy Scouts sex abuse files: The files on some 1,250 Boy Scouts of America volunteers suspected of child sex abuse are expected to be made public today. An Oregon attorney will post the information in a searchable database of  the suspected abuse incidents from 1965 to 1985.

Hamster on the loose! A woman stopped for DUI in Beaverton, Ore., had a hamster in her car at the time. The woman told police to just “kill it,” but they didn’t, and it took three of them to catch the critter as it scrambled about the vehicle. Officers took the woman’s little buddy to a vet clinic where the owner later fetched him.

Most-read local stories today on

  1. Seattle homeless man arrested, suspected in 1976 Maine killing: A homeless Seattle man who was tricked into giving a DNA sample was arrested on Monday in connection with one of Maine’s oldest cold-case slayings.
  2. Times Co. criticized for McKenna, gay-marriage ad campaigns: The Seattle Times Co. jumped into two of the state’s hottest political contests Wednesday, launching an $80,000 independent-expenditure campaign promoting Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and announcing a similar effort in support of gay marriage
  3. Woman aims to hitch a ride by air to all 50 states: Amber Nolan, 28, landed in Seattle last week on her trek to hitch rides on small planes to every state in the country. That is one way to travel on the cheap. Our state was No. 11 in that journey. Wednesday she arrived in Portland
  4. Man who shot border guard lived in Seattle: The man who shot and wounded a Canadian border guard Tuesday before taking his own life was identified Wednesday as Andrew M. Crews, a 32-year-old who recently moved from Bremerton to Seattle.
  5. City attorney, council members rip McGinn over monitor objection: Amid a cheering crowd of Sonics fans and community leaders Tuesday, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine signed legally binding agreements to move ahead on a new sports and entertainment arena to host professional basketball and hockey.

Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or On Twitter @NickProvenza1