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Blue is now purple: After Steve Sarkisian decamped for USC, it didn’t take long for Washington to find its new head football coach: Chris Petersen, who compiled a 92-12 record in eight seasons at audacious upstart Boise State.

Husky fans welcome Petersen — but that blue Astro Turf has got to stay in Idaho.

When he’s 41: The Seattle Mariners, not known for offering big money to marquee free agents, confounded expectations Thursday by signing the New York Yankees’ best player, second baseman Robinson Cano, to a reported $240 million contract Thursday.

Toward the end of the 31-year-old Cano’s 10-year contract, he’ll get exclusive use of Ken Griffey Jr.’s old clubhouse recliner.

May I take your order that must be obeyed? The minimum wage in Germany will increase to $11.55 per hour under a plan set forth by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German economists predict the measure will kill jobs and force low-income Germans to immigrate to the land of milk and honey: SeaTac, and its new $15 per hour minimum wage.

Get happy: The National Academy of Science recommends that federal surveys on income, spending, health and housing should also include a few extra questions about happiness.

Today might be a good time to ask Mariners and Huskies fans.

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff

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