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Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Color me vague

I am an apprehensive yellow: The U.S. Homeland Security Department is expected to announce today an end to its color-coded terrorism warning system, which assigns one of five colors for various threat levels. The system was long criticized as being too vague.

The new system will attempt to be more specific by using all 64 colors in the box of crayons.


Can't find the switch: Antique expert Terry Kovel talks about some of the amusing “whatsits” she's come across in her time, including buggy-whip holders, eyeglasses for chickens and poultry waterers. Typically, the head-scratchers are leftover inventions from our agrarian past.

Just something to keep in mind when 20 years from now your grandchild comes to you with this newspaper and asks you to make it go.


Cue the “Ashokan Farewell” music: Wal-Mart has withdrawn its proposal to site one of its stores on Virginia land that marks the first meeting in battle of Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant in 1864 during the Civil War.

Wal-Mart didn't elaborate on its decision, but likely wanted to avoid, some 100 years in the future, the sight of history buffs — one side in three-piece suits, the other in Wal-Mart greeter's vests — staging a re-enactment of The Legal Battle for the Civil War Battlefield.

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