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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 07/11/2011

Lunchline: Hotter on the blotter

It's officially super sticky outside, and with forecasts indicating that it won't be letting up for the next couple days, get ready to be taking two showers a day. I'll use the time to point out my favorite song by the Canadian band Hot Hot Heat.


Chinatown is illuminated during the late evening hours Saturday on July 9 in D.C. (Amanda Voisard - THE WASHINGTON POST)
If you walk around Chinatown these days, you don't see as many Chinese people as you used to. Ten years ago, the blocks surrounding the Friendship Arch at Seventh and H streets NW were packed with Chinese restaurants, stores, churches and other cultural landmarks. Now, as a wave of commercialism has overcome the blocks downtown, regular pilgrimages are required to maintain the Chinese way of life. The Post's David Nakamura reports on how residents of Wah Luck House, a 153-unit apartment complex on Sixth Street, try to make sure that Chinatown remains that in more than just name.

The battle of brick-and-mortar versus mobile food trucks has taken an interesting twist. While so-called regular restaurants continue to be unhappy with their rolling counterparts for undermining business, some have tried to turn the tables. Some establishments, like Austin Grill, have decided to turn out their own trucks as a way to drum up business. And, some established carts, like Sauca, are now opening sit-down restaurants. Capital Business' Danielle Douglas reports on the latest from the the front lines of D.C.'s food wars.

Goofy hipsters and Adrian Fenty aren't the only people riding
Anica Allen, right, from D.C., and Arnetta Davis, second from right, who is a native Washingtonian, study a newly released DC bike trail map. (Astrid Riecken - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
bikes regularly in D.C. Contrary to popular belief, black women are taking to two-wheelers in larger numbers across the city and are making a social statement at the same time. When Veronica Davis started the group Black Women Bike DC, her goal was to dispel the myth that her demographic doesn't exercise, among other things. The Post's Vanessa Williams reports on the group's new popularity and offers an interesting look at the history of biking in the black community.

Not everybody driving a black Lincoln Town Car and offering you a ride at Dulles is doing it legally. This may sound obvious to you, but for otherwise clueless tourists, that ignorance means dollars for people willing to take the risk of running afoul of MWAA police. In recent months, the airport authority has been cracking down on these illegal drivers, known as "hustlers." The Post's Ian Shapira reports on the group, mostly composed of immigrants who say they are just looking to get by in a down economy.


Shannon Boxx (L) of the U.S. celebrates with her teamamtes defeating Brazil after penalty shootout during their Women's World Cup quarter-final soccer match in Dresden July 10. (THOMAS PETER)
There are very few things that make me jump out of my seat at the office. Yesterday, Abby Wambach's goal in the 122nd minute of the U.S. Women's World Cup quarterfinal against Brazil definitely had me off my feet and my heart pounding. Megan Rapinoe's cross to Wambach was GORGEOUS, goalkeeper Hope Solo played her face off the entire match, and 2003 All-Met Player of the Year Ali Krieger (whom I told you about earlier) finished the deal in penalty kicks for the win. In case you forgot, pressure makes them.

Extra Bites

• There are people in the world who believe A Tribe Called Quest is the best rap duo of all time. I am not one of those people, but I do plan on seeing the new documentary about the legendary group when it comes out. Slate's Jonah Weiner offers a review.

• If you're a Groupon reader, pay attention. The social deals service is changing its privacy policy to collect and share more information ahead of going public. You have been warned.

• You know that song "Afternoon Delight"? It's written by a D.C. band, and here's an oral history.

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