Are we there yet?

Far away, and yet so close: As a Herald reader notes, the reader board on I-5 at I-405 in south Snohomish County now gives estimated travel times to Southcenter instead of downtown Seattle.

Newcomers to the area will be forgiven if they, after seeing the board announce “Southcenter 135 minutes” during rush hour, assume Southcenter is a city somewhere in Oregon.

Fabulous human shield: Madonna, 56, says a rigorous workout regimen that keeps her in tip-top shape saved her from injury when she tumbled down some stairs during a recent performance.

But Madonna’s not leaving anything to chance: From now on, a 22-year-old boy toy dancer will be stationed at all times to cushion any falls she might take.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1933, Congress was called into special session by President Franklin Roosevelt to enact the “hundred days” of New Deal legislation.

The surprising thing is that today’s Congress is capable of similar legislative output — they’d just need a hundred years to do it.

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff

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