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In brief: WSU student injured in fall off balcony

PULLMAN – A Washington State University student was injured in a fall from the third-story balcony of an off-campus apartment in Pullman.

Police said 22-year-old Jonathan Meyer had been drinking with a friend Friday night when he tried to drop to a second-story balcony and missed.

The Lewiston Tribune reported he was unconscious when police arrived. He was taken to Pullman Regional Hospital and later transferred to a Spokane hospital.

The university said Meyer is a senior from Kirkland, Wash.

This is the third alcohol-related fall at WSU and the University of Idaho in the past month. A 19-year-old WSU student was injured in a three-story fall Sept. 14 at a fraternity. A 21-year-old University of Idaho student was injured in a two-story fall Sept. 12 at his fraternity.

Michelle Obama visits Seattle

SEATTLE – Michelle Obama has visited Seattle to help raise money for the president’s re-election campaign.

Speaking Tuesday evening to a crowd of about 700 at the Seattle Westin, she asked supporters to “work like never before” from now until Election Day.

The Seattle Times reported that guests paid between $500 and $10,000 to attend the fundraiser.

Tonight, the Obamas will mark their 20th wedding anniversary with the president’s first debate with Republican rival Mitt Romney.

The first lady plans to be in the audience in Denver during the debate.

The president said he and his wife have planned a belated anniversary celebration on Saturday.

Family, missing pet python reunite

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A Vancouver, Wash.-area family has been reunited with a 4-foot-long pet python inadvertently left behind in a move two months ago.

The python named “Snake” caused a stir when it was found Monday. A Clark County animal control officer went to an apartment Tuesday to evict the creature and found it hiding behind a baseboard below a sink.

Snake’s owner Carrie Olin said there was a mix-up during her move over who exactly had the python. She said she looked everywhere but then assumed a friend had taken the snake.

She described the python as a “very mellow snake” that “seems to enjoy people” and said he’s been a family pet for six years.

Animal Control Officer Bill Burrus said it’s legal in Clark County to own snakes that are less than 6 feet long, although longer snakes require special licenses.

Olin said her 2-year-old son was so happy to see the reptile that he gave Snake a kiss.

Next on Snake’s agenda: a meal.

Algae spurs ban at Seattle’s Green Lake

SEATTLE – Add Seattle’s popular Green Lake to the list of Puget Sound-area lakes hit by toxic algae blooms.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams has closed the lake to swimming, wading and “wet-water boating” activities like sailboarding. Parks officials also cautioned dog owners Tuesday not to let dogs drink from the lake while the bloom persists.

The lake remains open to fishing and boating, since people engaging in those activities are unlikely to ingest the water. The parks department said the closure will last until the algae bloom completes its life cycle – which could be weeks or months.

Water quality experts have recently issued toxic algae warnings for several other lakes in King and Pierce counties.

Ingesting the water can cause flu-like symptoms.