Sugar, bye

Sugar, bye

Blow out the candle on your rice cake, kids: Out of concern for child nutrition and to promote healthy eating habits, the Edmonds School District has barred cupcakes and other sugary treats during birthday celebrations in classes (above).

That slapping sound you heard was Edmonds parents giving each other high-fives behind their kids’ backs because they were on the schedule to buy the cupcakes and fruit punch this month.

Pop culture: Starbucks is introducing a new line of carbonated soft drinks at select stores. Fizzio will come in root beer, ginger ale and lemon flavors and will sell for $2.95 for a medium drink (Page A7).

Three bucks is a little expensive for a soft drink, but remember, you don’t have to buy those cupcakes for your kid’s class anymore.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1880, “O Canada,” which would become the Canadian national anthem, was first performed in Quebec City. “O Canada” wasn’t officially adopted until 1980 (Today in History, Page A2).

The anthem’s official adoption has gone down as one of Canada’s more impulsive decisions.

—Jon Bauer, Herald staff