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Caller ID phone scam. Hey, bae, new Words with Friends. Women’s Conference wrap

This image provided by Zynga shows the Words With Friends app. Game developer Zynga said it is adding 50,000 internet slag words, including BFF, fitspo (fitness inspiration), delish, hangry (hungry and angry), and TFW (that feel when), as well as bae and bestie.
This image provided by Zynga shows the Words With Friends app. Game developer Zynga said it is adding 50,000 internet slag words, including BFF, fitspo (fitness inspiration), delish, hangry (hungry and angry), and TFW (that feel when), as well as bae and bestie. AP

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• Here’s why, if you bought a ticket for an event in Fresno, chances are good you’ll have to leave your backpack or purse at home.

• This is big: Westlands Water District turned its back on California WaterFix, which could mean the death knell for the $17.1 billion project commonly known as “the Delta tunnels.”

• See Tuesday’s Central California Women’s Conference through the eyes of columnist Marek Warszawski. And keynote speaker Amy Purdy brought the inspiration: “Instead of looking at all of our obstacles as something negative or bad, maybe we can begin to look at them as blessings.”

• A father and his two children are recovering from being struck by lightning in Sequoia National Park.

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Amy Purdy may have been the most inspiring keynote speaker the Women’s Conference has had in years.

Amy Purdy shared her past to help inspire all of those in attendance at the annual Central California Women's Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 in downtown Fresno.

Good Stuff to Know

Words with Friends obsessives, take heed: You now can defeat friends and family with “hangry,” “yas” and “bestie.”

• A phone scam called “caller ID spoofing” is one of the latest ways in which human scum try to separate you from your money. Beware.

• The transformation of Fulton Mall into Fulton Street took a big step Tuesday, when one-third of the roadway opened to traffic. We took it for a test drive.

• Faith leaders prayed, sang and chanted outside Rep. Devin Nunes’ office in Visalia, expressing concerns about federal policies on immigration and health care.

Outrè Scoops

• After bullies threw rocks at his boy, and the child wanted to wear a mask to school, an Idaho dad made a wrenching plea on Facebook: “My heart is in pieces right now...”

Jody Murray: 559-441-6367, @jmurray59

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