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Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Yes, we can can

Have a beer nut; it cleanses the palate: Beer cans are making a comeback, particularly among craft brewers who until recently wouldn't allow their ales near a pop top. Among them, Sam Adams is selling beer in its "Sam Can," with a bigger opening that allows beer drinkers to get their nose down among the suds.

The innovation will allow a wider audience for beer snobbery, permitting the tank-top-and-socks-with-sandals segment to swirl their cans and compare notes on aromas of stonefruit and elderflower.

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Paying out the Wazzu: Washington State University's Board of Regents announced it was rescinding a planned 2 percent increase in tuition following passage of a state budget that increased funding to the state's universities and colleges.

"What a relief," said a WSU student. "Now I can set that $228 aside to pay a fraction of Monday's doubling of interest for my federal Stafford loan."

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Armie? Who names their kid Armie? "Lone Ranger" director Gore Verbinski says Armie Hammer was his choice from the start to star as that masked lawman. "Armie's tall, handsome and genuine," Verbinski said, "and who doesn't want to throw that into a meat grinder?"

Along with skipping the movie, we're declining our invitation to Verbinski's Fourth of July barbecue.

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