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April 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Morning Memo/Saturday: $1 Space Needle rides … beer stealing … poached crabs

Weather: Sun today, more sun tomorrow with highs in the mid-60s. You won’t hear any complaints from us about this weekend’s weather, unless we hear you aren’t outside enjoying the sunshine. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The Ballard Bridge will be closed from midnight until 6 a.m. tomorrow so crews can continue painting the bridge. The bridge will be closed next weekend, as well. The map and cams.

Saturday opens the "Next 50" celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair, from which the landmarks originated. (Photo by Courtney Blethen Riffkin / The Seattle Times)

Ride up to see the (orange) Space Needle today? As you may have noticed, the Space Needle is looking — how shall we say it? — less than futuristic this week in its original color, “Galaxy Gold.” Rides up to the Space Needle, usually $19 for adults, cost just $1, which was the price in 1962. Tickets are expected to run out, so head over early as the observation deck closes at 3 p.m. If you’re interested in other events that celebrate the Seattle Center’s 50th anniversary, check out the rest of the lineup in today’s celebration kickoff.

Beer fight: Seattle police are investigating a stabbing Friday night after one man stole another man’s beer out of his hand. The suspect ran off with the beer owner in pursuit. The thief was stabbed once he caught up to the suspect. The injury was not life-threatening, according to police. The incident occurred in the  3200 block of  Northeast 145th Street.

Carjacked while buying a car: Moments after a man handed over $1400 in cash to a woman for a used car she had advertised online, his car was stolen by two armed men. As he waited in the car for the women to retrieve the car’s paperwork, the carjackers demanded his keys and cellphone and drove off with the victim’s car. The incident occurred near 17th Avenue and East Columbia Street in Seattle.

King crab poaching: A New York seafood importer has agreed to forfeit $2.1 million after prosecutors accuse the importer of smuggling 112 tons of king crab illegally harvested from Russia. The importer was first caught as it tried to import mislabeled containers through the Port of Seattle. Unfortunately for him, Seattle knows its crab.

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