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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 05/11/2011

Lunchline: America’s front yard gets some work done

Bob Marley died 30 years ago today in Miami. When "Songs of Freedom" was released in 1992, my friend Dennis and I developed ridiculous obsessions with Bob; our parents thought we were crazy. As I've gotten older, his albums have grown on me in different ways. I still can't decide if "Rebel Music" or "Survival" is my favorite. What's your fave Marley & The Wailers album?


The Washington Monument is reflected in the drainage pool as construction on the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Project continues. (Nikki Kahn)
My third favorite scene in Forrest Gump is set right here in D.C. When Forrest is reunited with Jenny after returning from Vietnam and following an ill-fated attempt to make a speech during an anti-war rally, the moment is great. If that scene were to play out today, they'd be dodging construction crews instead of wading through the Reflecting Pool to embrace in front of the crowd. The Post's Michael E. Ruane reports on the overhaul project by the National Park Service that's going to have the front of the Lincoln Memorial looking less than picturesque for the next year.


Gov. Martin O' Malley. (Mark Gail)
Tuesday was a big day for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. The typically non-controversial former mayor of Baltimore signed hundreds of bills into law yesterday, including legislation allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at state schools. And while opponents are lining up to try to repeal the law, one fun little bill has been slightly overlooked. The Post's Ann E. Marimow reports that you no longer have to smuggle wine into the Free State, to get around pesky shipment laws.

Repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy has been a tricky operation so far. Since Congress passed the law that will eventually get rid of the ban on gays, more than 2 million Americans in uniform have been put through training to prepare for the change. The process has gone relatively smoothly for most bases and facilities, but for the Navy, the situation has taken a twist. The Federal Eye's Ed O'Keefe reports that the Navy is "revoking guidance to its chaplains about conducting same-sex marriages at military chapels following an uproar by Republican lawmakers and social conservatives."

Batman is my favorite superhero of all time. I liked Adam West's goofy outfit and I thought his character was the coolest. By the time Michael Keaton's version came around, I was all in. In fact, when that movie's intro song was played during the audio version of a trivia round I was at last week, I almost lost it. And as more superhero movies continue to dot the big screen, The Post's Michael Cavna asks comic legend Stan Lee why the genre appeals to so many people.

As the Stanley Cup playoffs roll on, more immediate matters for the Capitals still need to be worked out. Most immediate is the issue of head coach Bruce Boudreau. Speculation has been rampant about his future — I've gone on record as saying I wouldn't mind his ouster — but the decision is in the hands of general manager George McPhee. In an interview on The Post's Mike Wise's radio show, owner Ted Leonsis dodged direct questions about the future of his front office and coaching staff, Katie Carrera reports.

Extra Bites

• The world lost an incredible newsman Tuesday. Burt Reinhardt, who started off as an Army combat cameraman during World War II and eventually became president of CNN, died at 91 after a series of strokes. The Post's Lauren Wiseman pens the incredible obit of the no-nonsense, innovative journalist.

• Give National Geographic some credit. The D.C.-based publication won Magazine of the Year on Monday night. Apparently, its Web site is pretty cool, too, Paul Farhi reports.

• This might be the best lacrosse goal I've ever seen. I don't care if it's high school.

Send your suggestions or comments to me at clinton.yates@wpost.com.

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