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Tech trek: In order to enjoy nature, some outdoor enthusiasts are finding it necessary to spend up to $10,000 on luxury equipment like cook stoves that double as cellphone chargers (Page A11).

If this keeps up, the hikers will be better equipped than the search and rescue teams they’ll call with those charged cellphones when they get themselves in trouble.

Take off, eh: Speaking of luxury goods, America’s high-end retailers are opening stores up north in Canada. Nordstrom plans to open six Canadian stores this year through 2017, and Saks Fifth Avenue plans to add as many as seven stores.

The Canadian Nordies will be the only stores in the company with special departments devoted to wool tuques, bulky winter coats and snow tires.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1974, Richard Nixon became the first president to resign.

Noting that Nixon failed to give the standard two weeks’ notice, America’s HR department listed him as “not eligible for rehire.”

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff

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