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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/14/2011

A.M. Buzz: Baguettes and the end of hippie chic

Good morning and happy Bastille Day. Before you go storming a nearby prison, stop for a baguette at a new French bakery with real Parisien street cred. The boulangerie will also stage a waiter race this morning.

Apps everywhere: Bull Run Battlefield, which is gearing up for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle, has a smart phone app that serves as a personal tour guide for visitors to the Virginia battlefield. We presume you already saw our report on The Buzz yesterday about a new Google app that lets you attach historic photos, videos, audios and text to maps

We know we’re teasing you, but it’s the morning of Bastille Day, and time for French pastries. (Mark Gail - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Technology changes the rules in politics, too. A Maryland legislator is using the Web to improve petition signature-gathering and other politicians are paying attention. Expect more of the same in the future.

Your weekend trips on Metro are about to change. For the next 11 months, Metro will close down stations where it’s doing major repair work, instead of single-tracking trains through the area. That means your subway trip may become a bus trip. You can chat about this and other Metro issues with WMATA boss Richard Sarles at 10 a.m.

St. E’s future: We’ll also find out today what the city plans for the east campus of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast D.C.

Goodbye John and Yoko: The Govinda Gallery in Georgetown, the site of famous parties and the last bastion of hippie chic in our area, has quietly closed after 35 years, the Reliable Source reports.

Weirdest news of the day, by far: A tussle between bureaucrats over a deer carcass. A dead deer was discovered in a parking lot in a post office parking lot in Southeast D.C. Local animal control won’t pick it up because it’s on “private federal property” (which sounds like an oxymoron to us). Who will win this standoff, post office employees or District employees?

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