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May 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Saturday Memo: Scamming grandma . . . Folklife Day Two . . . Bridge detours

Weather-5-25Scamming grandma: Seattle police say a con artist posing as a law-enforcement officer has scammed five Seattle area women out of $75,000. The women are between the ages of 78 and 93. The man calls and claims to be investigating a counterfeit ring operating out of the victim’s bank. They are told to withdraw thousands of dollars so police can check the serial numbers on the bills. And once the money is turned over to an accomplice at an arranged spot away from the bank, guess what happens? The woman never sees the man or the money again.

Folklife today: Toothless Jake (formerly Artis the Spoonman), a Woody Guthrie sing-along for kids, Wu Jiying on Chinese zither, the Anzanga Marimba Ensemble, Sampada Bhalerao on sitar and the Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble. That’s right, it’s the Northwest Folklife Festival, Day Two, at the Seattle Center. Gates open at 11 a.m. through Monday. Check here for more information and a schedule.

Bridge still closed: As it will be for some time. Gov. Jay Inslee says replacing the Interstate 5 span over the Skagit River could cost $15 million. In the meantime, the state Department of Transportation is adjusting detour routes around the failed bridge and asking travelers to avoid the area if they can. Another consideration is a Bailey bridge, a temporary and portable structure that could be used as a quick fix.

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