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The Slice

By Paul Turner

Aug. 14 – Occasionally I’m asked if I have any all-time favorite Slice items. Sure, I do. Plenty. Here’s one from almost 20 years ago.

A Spokane mother told about how she had fallen into a predictable pattern when communicating with a friend in another city. It seemed she only wrote to her friend when there was the arrival of a new baby to report. She thought about that one day when she was about to go out and mail a letter to that friend. So after the Spokane woman had sealed the envelope, she decided to write on the outside of it, “This is not a birth announcement.”

Apparently, someone else noticed this impromptu postscript. Because not long after that, when the Spokane woman’s daughter was away at summer camp, a letter arrived at the family’s home. It was from the little girl at camp. Written on the outside of the envelope was “This is not a birth announcement.”

Spin Control

By Jim Camden

Aug. 12 – Secretary of State Sam Reed is trying to goose voter interest a bit by suggesting that folks shouldn’t wait until the last minute to cast their ballots.

In a press release Friday, Reed urged voters not to wait until the “fast-approaching deadline” but to “get their ballots in so they are definitely counted.”

At the same time, he acknowledges that turnout in an off-year primary such as this is “normally tepid.” Some voters don’t even have a primary — including everyone in Franklin and Wahkiakum counties.

For the record, the deadline is 8 p.m. Tuesday for your ballot envelope to be postmarked, or to be dropped in a deposit box. It is worth noting that if you’re going to mail your ballot on Tuesday, you probably should take it to the post office to make sure it gets postmarked in time.

Outdoors blog

By Rich Landers

Aug. 11 – One more reason to catch your own salmon:

Wild-caught Pacific salmon is more myth than reality on some Puget Sound restaurant menus, a study at the University of Washington Tacoma has found.

About 38 percent of samples from Tacoma-area restaurants showed a menu was promoting farm-raised Atlantic salmon as wild-caught Pacific salmon, or calling a coho a king, the Associated Press reports. 

Grocery stores and fish markets got better scores, with only about 7 percent of store samples mislabeled.

Erica Cline, who was one of two biology instructors leading the study, said she hopes her study and others like it could lead to stronger enforcement of federal laws that prohibit false labeling of fish and other animals.

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