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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 07/25/2011

Lunchline: Manic depression is nothing to sneer at


Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera kisses the trophy at the end of the 2011 Copa America football tournament final against Paraguay. (ALEJANDRO PAGNI - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
On Sunday, the small nation of Uruguay continued to defy odds as a soccer power winning their 15th South American title, by crushing Paraguay 3-0 in the Copa America final. It’s nothing short of amazing that a country with 3.5 million people has won that tournament more than any other nation on the continent. La Celeste is no joke.

Even though minorities make up nearly half of Maryland’s population, they are not very well represented in the halls of Congress. And while the Democrats are in charge of redistricting in the state, a minor conundrum has arisen for some. While most elected officials would to redraw jurisdictions to ensure better representation, many don’t want to risk their election chances and potential power in the Capitol. The Post’s Aaron C. Davis reports on the tricky situation for the Free State, which still packs quite a political punch with its eight members of Congress.


Amy Winehouse. (Matt Dunham)
When I first heard news that Amy Winehouse died on Friday, I can’t say I was surprised. The singer, whose cause of death has not been determined, joined the grimly named ‘Club 27’ and was so famously self-destructive that betting parlors in London took legitimate odds on her demise. And for all the abuse she took in the press, her manic depression was a struggle to control. The Post’s Courtland Milloy writes about why it’s so difficult for those affected by the disease to manage it.

The images coming out of Oslo are nothing short of horrific. After an apparently deranged bomber/gunman decided to blow up Norway’s government headquarters and then fire at a youth camp, residents of the usually peaceful nation are still reeling from the events. And while more details are emerging about the suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, the story from on the ground remains compelling. Slate’s Heather Murphy brings us “a Norwegian street photographer’s account of the mad confusion in Oslo.”


Patrons enjoy the "Lazy Rider" at Kings Dominion Amusement Park in Doswell, Va. (Linda Davidson - THE WASHINGTON POST)
When I was a youngster, trips to Kings Dominion were some of the best times of summer. Between munching on funnel cake, seeing couples wearing matching tacky airbrushed t-shirts and the braving the Grizzly, I pretty much loved it. These days I pick water parks over roller-coasters, but having fun at the theme park is still a great way to spend a day this time of year. The Post’s Andrea Sachs chronicles her recent trip to the amusement park to beat the heat. Also, considering how hot it is, have you ever wondered: What did people do before air conditioning?


Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth, right, and catcher Jesus Flores following the team’s loss to the Dodgers Sunday. (Danny Moloshok - AP)
The Nationals had a chance to win a series yesterday, but they absolutely fell apart. After a fast start to get on the scoreboard in Los Angeles, the Nats proceeded to hit into 27 outs without a hit. And yes, they lost to the Dodgers. I bet you can guess who struck out to end the game. Here’s a hint, the team is paying him $126 million. On more successful note, the Washington Kastles won the World Team Tennis title last night, and they didn’t lose a game all year.

Extra Bites

• I’m not normally huge on reality shows, but I do enjoy good programming about cultures or practicesthat I’m not particularly familiar with. TLC, the station that has brought us ‘Hoarders’ is going to air episodes of ‘All-American Muslims,’ a reality show that will portray the lives of families in a large Muslim community outside of Detroit. I shall tune in.

• We talk about Maryland a lot here at Lunchline. Now, The Post is rolling out a new blog dedicated to all things involving the Old Line State called ‘Rosenwald, Md.’ As you can guess by the name, Michael S. Rosenwald will be its author. Should be fun.

• Um, happy hour concerts at the Kennedy Center? Yes, please!

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