September 20, 2013 at 7:28 AM
Friday Memo: Rain is coming … Scammers on prowl for renters … Amanda Knox
Weather: Nice this morning, and the high will be around 70. But rain is coming later today and will stay the weekend. Likely soggy for football, for the 3-Day Komen walk, and for at least some of the last weekend of the Washington State Fair. Too bad. But too early in the rainy season to be a deal-breaker, right? The forecast.
Don’t get fooled: Staff reporter Erik Lacitis looks at scammers taking advantage of the hot rental market. They pose as landlords (grabbing onto the identities of real landlords) on sites such as Craigslist, and offer to rent out properties they don’t even own. They grab the money and run. A man who recently moved to Seattle says he lost about $3,500 to such a scheme.
Don’t get fooled again: Officials and consumer groups are warning consumers not to be fooled by a website similar to the official Washington Healthplanfinder, the state online exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act to help people find individual insurance plans. The real, official site: http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/. The name of the other site — again, not the official one — spells out “Washington.” The insurance brokerage that runs the non-official site says it’s on the up and up. But Michael Marchand, director of communications for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, said he worries about the potential for confusion. “We are aware of this particular website and we have forwarded it on to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner for investigation,” he said. “We are the only official Affordable Care Act-compliant health-insurance marketplace for the state, and we’re the only place where you get tax credits or subsidies.” Read more of our story on the dueling websites, and how this happened.
Amanda Knox: In an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show, Amanda Knox defends her decision not to return to Italy for a new appeals trial in the 2007 killing of her British roommate. Lauer asked Knox if she worried that she would appear to be admitting guilt by not attending the trial. Answered Knox, “I look at it as an admission of innocence, to be quite honest.”
I want what I want: At Seattle’s University Village, people with time, money and an inability to wait, have been lined up overnight outside the Apple store. They want to be among the first to get the iPhone 5c and 5s. Read what Jeff Carlson, who writes the Practical Mac column, has to say about the new models.
Susan G. Komen 3-Day Seattle: The walk to raise money for breast-cancer research and services started this morning in Seattle. As the crowd in pink moves around Seattle and the Eastside this weekend, make room and, if you wish, cheer on their fight.
How to remember M’s owner Hiroshi Yamauchi: Columnist Jerry Brewer writes about Yamauchi, the man who saved the Mariners, and says, “Applaud that he put his money on the line when no one else would in Seattle. Celebrate that he gave us the opportunity to bicker about everything that this franchise is not, but remember what the Mariners are — yours.” Read more.
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