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Whew, at least the cinnamon buns are safe: A Cinnabon employee in Kennewick said a gun-toting robber assaulted her, tied her up and made off with the store’s bank deposit money last week. Police, however, say it now appears she made the whole thing up and took the money herself, according to KNDO-TV. Like we said, those big, doughy, sweet treats were not touched. At least we don’t think they were …

Yay, gas prices down: AAA says the average price for a gallon in our state is $3.40, down 6 cents in a month and a couple of cents under this time last year. The numbers around the state: Bellingham $3.56, Bellevue $3.45, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.45, Tacoma $3.43, Olympia $3.44, Vancouver $3.37, Yakima $3.31, Tri-Cities $3.24, Spokane $3.14.

A remarkable young man: In a story by Seattle Times staff writer Katherine Long, we learn how a young man, undaunted by terminal cancer, was granted a degree posthumously by the University of Washington.

Tweet mania. Seattle police have the fourth most Twitter followers of any department in the country. Not everyone is happy about it, though. Seattle Times staff reporter Brian Rosenthal has the story.

That oil rig bouncing around on the rocks of an island in the Gulf of Alaska can’t be anything but troubling news. It broke free of the tugs pulling it to Seattle because of high winds and seas, and everyone is trying to figure out what to do next. Here’s hoping the rig doesn’t spill any of the 150,000 gallons of fuel and such on board. Rig owner Shell Oil can’t be happy with this development.

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