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5 things you need to know this Friday

Pay-per-view autopsy event canceled; School vaccination rates; Seattle sets new rainfall record; Cargo ships stalled in bad weather; Lanterfly sighting.

Pay-per-view autopsy event canceled

The organizer of a public, pay-per-view autopsy “class” scheduled for Halloween day in Seattle says the event has been canceled.

Tickets to view the autopsy and dissection of an actual human body cost up to $500. The event was scheduled to take place Sunday in a Marriott hotel conference room in Seattle.

Criticism of the first show, which took place in a Marriott hotel in Portland on Oct. 17, sparked questions from the authorities and the KING 5 Investigators and led to the cancellation in Seattle. Read more

Seattle sets new rainfall record

Seattle set a new record for daily rainfall on Thursday.

The National Weather Service said the previous record for Oct. 28 was 1.53 inches, set in 1982. Thursday's rain total was 1.99 inches at midnight, making it the “wettest October day since the all time wettest day in Seattle history (5.02" Oct. 20th, 2003).”

Thursday's soaker will dry up Friday for a sunny weekend. Read more

Seattle mayoral debate

Seattle mayoral candidates Lorena González and Bruce Harrell met for their final televised debate Thursday.

The debate was centered around public health and safety, but both candidates also addressed a controversial political ad. Read more

School vaccination rates

Nearly 90% of Washington state's K-12 and higher education employees are in compliance with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which means they either got the vaccine or received an exemption accommodation.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal said, "Schools are quite frankly the safest place for kids to be.” Read more

Lanterfly sighting

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is asking the public to keep their eyes peeled for a new, potentially destructive pest that was possibly seen in central northern Washington.

In a Thursday bulletin, WSDA said the spotted lanternfly was possibly seen in the area of Omak. The species is native to Asia and attacks mostly grapes, but it has been spotted attacking other crops like apples, hops, peaches and other fruit. Read more

Also see: Seattle local forecast

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