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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 06/28/2011

Lunchline: A good day for Vincent Gray


Miguel Lopez of the Los Angeles Galaxy plays the ball between Daniel Woolard and Ethan White of D.C. United June 3. (Victor Decolongon - GETTY IMAGES)
Late yesterday, D.C. United pulled off an incredible trade, sending their underperforming captain Dax McCarty up the coast for one of the best players in the history of MLS, Dwayne De Rosario. I could not be more excited about DeRo and the U.S. women's team kicking off its World Cup bid today. If you need a player to root for, Ali Krieger is from Northern Virginia. Yay, soccer.


D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. (Bill O'Leary - WASHINGTON POST)
Monday might have been the most productive day yet in Vincent Gray's administration, from a PR standpoint at least. The D.C. Mayor announced that the city will be opening a new ink-jet manufacturing plant in Ward 8, one of the most employment-deprived areas of the city. To boot, Gray added that a Harris Teeter will be coming to the area near the ballpark (and a Potbelly!) as part of a push to increase waterfront development. Lastly, he announced that Ballou Senior High School will get a brand new building and that the city's summer jobs program will expand by 4,000 people. Pow.

Census data show that America's suburbs are graying rapidly. The days of young families littered across the nation's subdivisions are coming to a close as baby boomers move into retirement and stay put as they age. According to Brooking Institute demographer William Frey's report "The Uneven Aging and 'Younging' of America," this could dramatically change the political landscape in the U.S. The Post's Carol Morello explains why the typical voting concerns of suburbia are in for a shift.

Now that New York has become the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, the pressure is on in Maryland. The typically liberal state's gay rights advocates are leaning heavily on Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley to play a more prominent role in pushing the issue of marriage equality among his fellow lawmakers. The Post's John Wagner reports on how the former mayor of Baltimore took a more behind-the-scenes tack to pushing the cause most recently, a different approach from New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's.

One would think that a more efficient car would mean a lighter car. But over time, as vehicles have become better about gas mileage, their physical weights have continued to increase. And with a heavier car, the chance for more damage in an accident has increased. Slate's Annie Lowrey breaks down how two economists from the University of California, Berkeley tackled the questions: How much are our hefty cars costing us? And does it mean our roads are less safe?

Things could have gotten off to a better start with Davey Johnson, but last night wasn't so bad. The Nationals fell in extra innings to the Angels, not a bad result for a guy that had been out of the bigs for over a decade on the road. Needless to say, Tom Boswell is all smiles about Johnson's arrival. The Post's Adam Kilgore covers the game that featured a late-inning blast from Danny Espinosa, who set a new record for homeruns by a rookie second-baseman before the All-Star Break.

Extra Bites

• You don't want to be the one at the Independence Day cookout going on and on about what The Post's Chris Richards calls an unfulfilling new Beyonce album. Here are 15 artists to check to keep you fresh for the rest of summer.

• Hold your horses, iPhone fans: The reason the next update may be taking so long is that Apple could be prepping not one but two models for a fall launch.

• Boston has approved quiet cars for its commuter rail lines. What a novel idea!

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