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Thank you, come again: Radio Shack, the venerable electronics retailer whose stores you haven’t set foot in since 2002, now seeks to remake itself as a sort of convenience store that sells batteries, smartphone charging cables and earbuds instead of cigarettes, beer and lottery tickets.

In a neat meta touch, they’ll also sell you those electronic chimes that ring whenever someone walks through the door.

Warning: This product may cause you to enjoy the music of Nickelback: The federal government has spent millions on a program that tries to discourage urban hipsters from smoking cigarettes.

Instead of pictures of diseased lungs, the program tries to frighten hipsters with images of middle-age men wearing beige Dockers.

Seven reasons why we don’t know much about history: On this day in 1904, Longacre Square in Manhattan was renamed Times Square after The New York Times.

On this day in near-future history, Times Square in Manhattan will be renamed BuzzFeed Square after the Internet “listicle” purveyor.

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff

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FILE — In this Sept. 17, 2020 file photo, provided by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Chelbee Rosenkrance, of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, holds a male sockeye salmon at the Eagle Fish Hatchery in Eagle, Idaho. Wildlife officials said Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, that an emergency trap-and-truck operation of Idaho-bound endangered sockeye salmon, due to high water temperatures in the Snake and Salomon rivers, netted enough fish at the Granite Dam in eastern Washington, last month, to sustain an elaborate hatchery program. (Travis Brown/Idaho Department of Fish and Game via AP, File)
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Patricia Gambis, right, talks with her 4-year-old twin children, Emma, left, and Etienne in their home, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Maplewood, N.J. Gambis' husband, an FBI agent, has been working without pay during the partial United States government shutdown, which has forced the couple to take financial decisions including laying off their babysitter. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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