Steve Helber
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax speaks during an interview in his office at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Fairfax answered questions about the controversial photo in Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook page. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A lighthearted look at news of the day:

Let’s hear it for the most powerful media people in America — yearbook editors.

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What happens if no one is left to run Virginia? Does it have to reunite with West Virginia?

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President Trump finally got to give his State of the Union speech last week. He spoke for 82 minutes and earned higher ratings than for the one he gave a year earlier. CNN said the speech averaged 46.8 million viewers. He did so well that the NFL reportedly asked him for advice on how to rescue its annual New England coronation show.

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Actually, it’s interesting to compare Trump’s speech with the Super Bowl. For one thing, he got more applause than either team’s offense. For another, his speech contained about as many words as are tattooed on the torso of halftime singer Adam Levine.

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For a third thing, Trump’s call for a border wall was about as effective as Rams fans’ desires for a touchdown.

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If the president would just allow a few breaks in the middle of the State of the Union, so vendors could air some funny commercials, we might not need a football game.

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1 comment on this story

Trump apparently stuck to what was written on the teleprompter. He didn’t insult anyone or make any off-color jokes. No wonder ratings were good. People finally had something clean to watch during prime time.

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Skype has a new feature that lets you blur the background during calls. This means you now can call in sick from the golf course without raising suspicions.

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Maybe in future versions, Skype will let you blur the foreground, as well. That way, if you do something embarrassing during a call, you could claim it really wasn’t you.