Do you mind if I smoke?

Going smokeless?

High school without ashtrays: Following a survey of students, faculty and staff at Everett Community College, the college’s board of trustees could decide later this year to ban smoking on campus, outdoors and indoors.

We’re no fan of smoking, but if the trustees are truly concerned about public health and safety on campus, they’ll ban the playing of Hacky Sack to prevent second-hand beanbags from hitting passersby.

Another resolution: Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary is challenging her readers to go on a 21-day financial fast, suggesting they go shopping only for food and medicine. No malls. No espresso stand coffee. No restaurants.

If you think she’s not likely to get many takers, consider this: The credit card statements from all that Christmas gift shopping should be showing up any day now.

What’s this button do? EBay says about 1.5 million people used their iPhones or other smart phones to shop for items on the auction Web site in recent weeks. Among the winning bids made by phone were for a ‘66 Chevy Corvette for $75,000 and a 23-foot boat for $19,108.

And only in a handful of cases were the winning bids submitted by kids 5 years old and younger who picked up Mommy or Daddy’s iPhone and were playing with the pretty colors on the screen.

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