Tiny like the wolf

Researchers have found the piece of DNA that makes all small dogs small, a gene regulator they inherited from a miniature wolf 15,000 years ago (http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/07/04/06/100wir_a7small001.cfm).

Scientists have yet to find the gene in humans that compels owners to dress yappy little dogs in sweaters and matching caps.

No can opener needed. The list of pet foods recalled because of contamination continues to grow (http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/07/04/06/100wir_a3petfood001.cfm). This might be a good time for all dogs to tap into their tiny wolf genes and start foraging for themselves.

Timing is everything. Count on The Buzz to keep track of the paychecks of corporate executives. We told you that Boeing’s Jim McNerney was paid $13.8 million in 2006. And that Comcast’s Brian Roberts took in $27.8 million last year.

Over at Ford, Alan Mulally found $39.1 million in his pay envelope (http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/07/04/06/100bus_briefs001.cfm).

Wednesday, Mulally said that as Ford restructures, “our wages and benefits are not where they need to be to be competitive.” The punch line? Contract talks with the United Auto Workers begin this summer.

Sweet victory. The Legislature has passed a bill to name the Walla Walla sweet onion as the state vegetable (http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/07/04/06/100wir_b10onion001.cfm). That sounds impressive, until you find out that bluebunch wheatgrass is the state grass.

— Jon Bauer, Herald staff

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