Smoked out

Please pack up your ashtrays and go: An 89-year-old Ohio woman who says she prefers eviction to giving up cigarettes will have to move out of her apartment because the building no longer allows smoking.

The Buzz can’t decide which is more amazing: that someone would choose smoking over having a place to live, or that a smoker can live to the age of 89.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1952, the detonation of a 31-kiloton nuclear device in the Nevada desert was broadcast on live national television (Today in History, Page A2).

It remained the biggest bomb on TV until 2010, when NBC put Jay Leno in prime time.

Now it needs some powdered aspirin: Reversing itself, the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau now says it has not yet approved a powdered alcohol product called “Palcohol,” and doesn’t know when it will give the product its OK (Page A7).

The agency says the earlier approvals were issued in error — following, we presume, extensive rounds of product testing conducted into the wee hours.

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff

Talk to us

More in Opinion

toon
Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, May 25

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Fire destroyed much of the town of Malden, Washington in 2020 after a tree reportedly snapped and fell into power lines operated by Avista. (AP Photo/Jed Conklin, file)
Editorial: Return of wildfire season brings new concern

Utilities in the state will need to pay more attention to risks to powerlines from wind and trees.

Ballots for Tuesday's election are due by 8 p.m. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Editorial: New districts, more make for vital election season

Voters should check to see if they’re in a new district and prepare for consequential elections.

Ferries pass on a crossing between Mukilteo and Whidbey Island. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)
Editorial: Up to graduates to take us where we want to go

A lack of workers has limited Amtrak and the state ferry system. Graduates need to train for those jobs.

It’s not too late to reverse threats to our existence

In recent weeks I’ve met and engaged with some brilliant individuals who’ve… Continue reading

Prayer on high school field violates church-state separation

This so-called “freedom of speech” case brought to the U.S. Supreme Court… Continue reading

Not all rights are spelled out in the U.S. Constitution

A real flashpoint, Justice Samuel Alito, Sen. Lindsey Graham and others contend… Continue reading

Comment: Jan. 6 riot demands more than six hearings

Summarizing its work over two weeks could allow the House panel’s crucial work to be quickly forgotten.

Comment: At Constitution’s writing abortion was left to women

Those drafting the Constitution were largely content to have women quietly take care of the matter.

Most Read