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Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Lunchline: It happened on a Tuesday

My thoughts go out to all those in the area and nation affected by these recent floods. People have died, lives have been ruined and the rain just doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon. The weather situation in D.C. is as bad as I've ever seen it. And I was born here.


(AP)
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, I was sitting in a computer class when I heard the news. The loud annoying girl that nobody really liked came bounding into class proclaiming 'America is under attack!' A good portion of us dismissed her antics, until she opened a news website and showed us the deal. After walking back to my dorm in a daze, I turned on my television, to see the second tower hit. The only person I got through to that day on the phone was my father, and I cried until I couldn't anymore. The Post has gathered personal stories from around the country about the day that changed America.

Memories aside, the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is still a target, terrorism-wise, it seems. Authorities are investigating what they call a 'credible threat' to New York or D.C., and the details are scary. The Post's Jerry Markon and Greg Miller report on the latest intelligence. Also, 10 years later, people still avoid certain public events for fear of attack. The Post's Christian Davenport and Scott Clement report on what doctors call 'persistent paranoia.'

Last week, I mentioned the name Cornell Jones. He's a former drug kingpin turned non-profit organizer who found himself caught up in a lawsuit from the District which claimed he was responsible for diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a project on job-training for people with HIV/AIDS to build a strip club. Now, Jones is countersuing, claiming defamation on the city's behalf. The Post's Nikita Stewart reports on how Jones has already taken the dispute to the radio airwaves.

I remember when I saw the movie 'Outbreak,' and left the Uptown theater with a healthy respect for contagious diseases. In short, that flick freaked me out. Author Arthur Allen wonders: Could such a pandemic panic really happen? Warning: There are SPOILERS in this story. For a non-spoiler review, The Post's Michael O'Sullivan is your man. Side spoiler: He's not a huge fan of the way the story is told.


Howard University’s first-year football coach Gary Harrell gets the Bison ready for Morehouse (Jonathan Newton - WASHINGTON POST)
Howard and Morehouse are playing football on Saturday, and it's a big deal. The two powerhouse historically black colleges are rekindling their rivalry and they're doing it at RFK Stadium. The event is more than just a gridiron matchup; it's a showdown complete with a weekend full of intellectual gatherings and, of course, parties. The Root DC's Chris L. Jenkins and Avis Thomas-Lester break down the event.

Extra Bites

• Twitter has officially hit the 100 million user mark, according to them. As an active user of the site, I frankly find that number to be astonishingly low. Faster Forward's Hayley Tsukayama reports on how many people are just lurking, reading other people's tweets.

• Metro is considering closing the south entrance to its Dupont Circle station for up to year, to fix the escalators. I hope they don't eliminate the cool lights.

• Take a trip through Vietnam. You'll enjoy it.

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