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Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

One Boeing product that'll never fly

We know just the battery for it: Aerospace giant Boeing is now looking to make smartphones. The company is pitching the Boeing Black phone to defense and security customers looking for a phone with encrypted storage and a self-destruct mode if an unauthorized person attempts to use it.

When the self-destruct mode is triggered, the phone summons a teenager who grabs the phone, takes a selfie, then drops it on concrete, rendering the phone inoperable.

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No room for the elephants and donkeys: Seattle has dropped itself from consideration to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Seattle also is not among the finalists for the GOP convention.

It’s just as well. Even with a new potential market among marijuana growers, there simply isn’t enough need for the fertilizer that the political conventions leave behind.

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Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1789, the first Federal Congress met in New York, then adjourned for lack of a quorum.

Should have quit while they were ahead.




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