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Presenting the iPine: Police in Mississippi arrested two men who had wrapped blocks of wood in duct tape and bubble wrap, attached Toshiba labels and tried to sell them as laptop computers to an off-duty trooper.

Their mistake was in putting Toshiba labels on the wood blocks. In order to get people excited about buying a block of wood as the new must-have electronic device, everybody knows all you have to do is put an Apple label on it.

  • One lump or two? A tutorial on Victorian tea party etiquette, led by a woman certified by the Speciality Tea Institute, is scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Snohomish.

    Members of the tea party are, of course, welcome to attend but are reminded that they must hold out their pinkie fingers when carrying “Nobama” signs and should keep tea bags in their cups and not dangling from the brims of their hats.

  • Wak’s last walk? As the Seattle Mariners continue their rush to the bottom of league standings, including a 4-0 loss to the Twins on Sunday, speculation is growing that manager Don Wakamatsu could soon be replaced.

    Among more-effective options under consideration by the Mariners front office is a block of pine wood wrapped in duct tape and bubble wrap.

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