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Please tell me this isn’t a real thing

A hands-free Whopper holder? Really?

I’m hoping this is some kind of media prank. If not, I’m appalled.

According to gadget guide Gizmodo, Burger King celebrated its 50th anniversary in Puerto Rico by giving 50 of its loyal customers a device they wear around their neck that allows them to eat their Whopper without using hands. I guess something like that would come in handy while driving – you could drive, text and eat a Whopper all at the same time!

Read about it here. And if someone knows whether this is a hoax or not, please let

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The Pierce-South King county delegation

2nd Legislative District: Sen. Randi Becker, Reps. Gary Alexander and
J.T. Wilcox.

25th District: Sen. Bruce Dammeier, Reps. Dawn Morrell and Hans Zeiger.

26th District: Sen. Nathan Schlicher, Reps. Jan Angel and Larry Seaquist.

27th District: Sen. Jeannie Darneille, Reps. Laurie Jinkins and Jake Fey.

28th District: Sen. Mike Carrell, Reps. Steve O’Ban and Tami Green.

29th District: Sen. Steve Conway, Reps. David Sawyer and Steve Kirby

30th District: Sen. Tracey Eide, Reps. Linda Kochmar and Roger Freeman.

31st District: Sen. Pam Roach, Reps. Cathy Dahlquist and Christopher Hurst.

To contact your legislator, follow this link.


Motherhood: Where would humanity be without it?

This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.

Warning: You’re in for a sexist ride in this editorial. Sorry, guys.

As doting and devoted as many fathers are, this is Mother’s Day.

To be clear, we’re talking motherhood in the broad sense of the word. Women who don’t have children of their own tend to find nephews and nieces, strays and neighborhood kids, to take under their capacious wings. Mother is as mother does.

If maternity is idealized, it’s because there’s quite a kernel of truth in the ideal.

There’s something fanatical and primal in a mother’s love. If the house is on fire, she’s going to wrestle the firefighters to go after her trapped child. If a bear gets between mom and her cub, watch out, bear.

For their children, mothers make career sacrifices that wouldn’t occur to most men. They shouldn’t have to – the corporate world should be more mother-friendly than it is – but they do.

They lead most of the nation’s PTAs. They do most of the volunteering in schools. Even when dad is a superb father, mom tends to do most of the heavy lifting in caring for the children. That’s no aspersion on fathers who may be spending more time bringing money into the home, but it’s an emotional fact.

The disparity between some men and most women leaps out when fathers and mothers split.
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You CAN go home again – virtually

Tomorrow’s Mother’s Day, and if you’re short on cash but are at least a little computer savvy, I may have a gift idea for you: Take Mom on a virtual tour of her past. Ask relatives (or Mom) for addresses of places she used to live, sit her down at a computer and show her what those places look like now. Or if she’s always wanted to visit a particular place in the world, take her there virtually. (Click here for ideas.)

I got the idea from my own experiences using Google’s Street View and how fun it is to look at places where I used to live or would like to visit someday. If your mom isn’t particularly tech-friendly, this will come as big revelation to her. I plan to surprise my very low-tech mom Sunday by showing her what I found about where our family lived more than 50 years ago.

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Trending issues: Same-sex marriage, the death penalty

Today was an important one for those who watch social trends. Rhode Island became the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage, and Maryland became the 18th state to abolish the death penalty. It was also the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to get rid of capital punishment.

Those trends are heading one way: toward marriage equality and no death penalty. According to the Associated Press:

Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat and constitutional law professor who opposes the death penalty, said he believes pressure is building around the country to focus law enforcement resources on things that are proven to lower the homicide rate.

“The trend lines are clear,” Raskin said. “There’s nobody who’s adding the death penalty to their state laws. Everybody is taking it away.” Read more »


Tragedy led to positive public changes

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Ten years ago Friday, the South Sound was stunned by news that Tacoma’s police chief had fatally shot his estranged wife and then himself – with their two young children nearby.

The tragedy was an intensely personal one for the families of Crystal Judson and David Brame, leaving two children orphans and loved ones distraught. But it was also a very public crime, taking place in a Gig Harbor parking lot and involving a high-ranking police officer.

It touched off weeks of investigation and soul-searching by city officials and police seeking the answers to two overarching questions: Read more »


Senators ignore American public on background checks

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

A vast majority of Americans tell pollsters that they want more background checks on private-party gun sales. On Wednesday, 45 U.S. senators essentially told them to take a hike.

Those senators – 41 Republicans and four Democrats – shamefully blocked even a vote on a reasonable expansion of background checks for gun purchases. Sixty votes were needed for the measure to advance.

On the same day, The New York Times reported on how ridiculously easy it is for people to illegally buy weapons online – no questions asked, no background search conducted. Read more »


Stop outrageous lawsuits against crime victims

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

It’s bad enough that Larry Shandola gunned down Paula Henry’s husband, Robert, in a Tacoma parking lot, then tormented her for five years as authorities sought enough evidence to get him convicted in 2001.

But now, as he serves a 31-year sentence for the 1995 killing, Shandola has found a way to keep on hurting Henry. He’s suing her, two of her friends and a victim’s advocate for $100,000 each, alleging that they violated his privacy rights and inflicted emotional distress.

The lawsuit is outrageous, but it’s accomplishing exactly what Shandola probably hopes it would do: allow him to continue inflicting pain and suffering from behind prison walls. Read more »