Like a troubled bridge over waters

Lord willing and the bridge don’t fall: Later this week, a temporary bridge should be in place over the Skagit River for I-5, following its collapse in late May when the 58-year-old “fracture-critical” span was struck by an oversized load. But even when a permanent replacement is in place later this year, the repaired bridge will remain susceptible to the type of accident that took it out originally.

Motorists using the bridge, particularly those following large trucks, are reminded to keep both hands on the steering wheel when crossing their fingers.

One ringy-dingy: Current and former government officials appearing on the Sunday morning news shows defended the National Security Agency’s collection of Internet and phone data, particularly the “metadata” that include the logs of phone calls.

Fine. Maybe when they’re done with my Verizon bill, someone with the NSA can explain the charges to me.

Channel-surfing the vast cultural wasteland: Thursday night at 8 p.m. on Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” Chef Gordon Ramsay’s challenge for his contestants involves the use of pressure cookers.

Hilarity ensures when agents with the NSA, having tapped Ramsay’s phone, descend on the “Hell’s Kitchen” set, demanding to know what they’re doing with 18 pressure cookers.

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