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Bye Bye, Gertie: Oldest animal living at the Woodland Park Zoo—47-year-old Gertie the hippo, who has been there since 1966—was euthanized last week. The 5,000 pound hippo’s "ability to move became more challenging and her discomfort was more apparent," reports Fremont Universe.

Crime Down in East Precinct: At last week’s East Precinct Crime Prevention Coalition meeting, city records showed felonies have dropped 36 percent between 2005-2009, reports CD News.

Fast Food Heist: An assistant manager at Jack in the Box in the West Seattle is charged with staging a robbery in connection with a holdup at the restaurant last February, reports West Seattle Blog.

Move Over, Cal Anderson: The city will purchase an empty lot at the corner of Federal Avenue and East Republican Street to create a new Capitol Hill park, reports Capitol Hill Seattle.

Attack-By-Chain: A man and a woman were robbed Monday morning just after midnight on E. Pike and 18th by a group of three men, reports Capitol Hill Seattle. The woman was reportedly hit in the head with a chain as the man was knocked to the sidewalk, dislodging several of his teeth.

Composting: Check your mailbox this week for a free compost-starter kit coupon; the Wedgewood View reports that you can pick up the kit starting April 15 at several neighborhood service centers.

Health Care Justice: Official signing ceremony this Wednesday in Lakewood for the “Jason McKissack Act,” the act named after the West Seattle police officer who was seriously injured in an attack while on duty but lost his (and his family’s) health coverage.

Save Yourself: The New York Times opinion piece on Seattle's mega-quake vulnerability has prompted Capitol Hill Seattle to offer a few tips on how to survive if the big one hits.

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Grammas Make the Best Baked Goods: The executive director for Grammas for Ganja, Jeanne Black-Ferguson, will host a public forum tonight, March 30, which she hopes will raise awareness of reforming marijuana laws. 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Ballard House Community Room (2445 NW 57th St).

Creepy: View Ridge residents are sending out another Block Watch Alert after another home was broken into, again while a family was inside sleeping.