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Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Boomer humor

Pandering: It's spring in Washington, D.C., and the pandas are breeding. The National Zoo says its giant pandas are showing signs that they are ready to breed.

Among the clues that zookeepers have noticed: The male panda has been seen driving a sports car and throwing a football through a tire swing, while both pandas have been watching the sunset and holding paws while sitting in separate clawfoot bathtubs.

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I'll be honest; it was a little pitchy: "American Idol," Fox's pop-singing contest, not only is losing viewers, the viewers it has are getting older. The audience's median age recently has jumped more than 18 years to 50.

Rather than fight the demographic shift, the show plans to make adjustments and will try a new slate of judges, dumping pop stars Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey for judges more familiar to boomer viewers, such as Art Garfunkel and the surviving members of The Monkees.

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Dropping the "pot" from "potatoes," too: While a couple of its Western neighbors push on with plans to allow for the sale or marijuana, Idaho's Legislature made it clear it doesn't approve. It passed a resolution, largely symbolic, declaring its opposition to marijuana legalization.

Companion legislation demanded Colorado get a haircut and Washington state "turn down that noise you call music."

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