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Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 09/02/2011

Lunchline: Another embarrassing incident

The more I think about it, Labor Day just might be my favorite holiday weekend of the year. In the sports world, baseball season is coming down the stretch, international soccer is in full swing and football season starts back as well. I’m most definitely looking forward to it.

If we can go a week without either an embarrassing or illegal incident from an elected D.C. official, that’d be great.
(Linda Davidson - THE WASHINGTON POST)
On Tuesday, Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry flippantly dumped on his jurisdiction while explaining why his Jaguar’s muffler was dragging down Pennsylvania Avenue, calling it “the ghetto.” How nice. The Root DC’s Robert Pierre has some thoughts on that. Also, remember when Mayor Gray said he was making some changes to provide ‘fresh eyes’ on his administration? Yeah, well, he appointed a lady who lives in MoCo, but somehow votes in D.C., The Post’s Nikita Stewart reports. #facepalm

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love McDonald’s.
But, the American fast food institution is the second-largest private employer in the country, next to Wal-Mart, and hasn’t been without its fair share of controversy. Their hiring practices and living wages have been scrutinized, but there are still tons of people willing to work under the golden arches. For The Washington Post Magazine, Bill Donahue writes a fascinating piece on life in and around 2 I St. SE, near Nationals Park, the busiest McDonalds in the D.C. metro area.

If you love trains, but are tired of squeezing into Metro cars, there is a solution.
All you have to do is drop a couple hundred thousand dollars on a private rail car, which Amtrak will pull up and down the Northeastern corridor for a small fee. The Post’s Katherine Shaver delves into the world of luxury personal trains, which “hearken back to the charms of passenger rail’s pre-World War II heyday.”

When humans show up, they tend to destroy things. Space is no different. 30-odd years after man walked on the moon, NASA says that junk is orbiting around in space to the point that it is threatening active satellites and manned spacecraft. The Post’s Christian Torres reports on the growing problem of space debris, which after colliding together creates more trash, a chain reaction known as a “collision cascade.”

When the Capitals alerted the media yesterday that Alex Ovechkin would be making a ‘big announcement’ that afternoon, the Twitter speculation went wild. Personally, I was hoping he’d release a new line of Ciroc Vodka with Diddy called ‘Russian Roulette.’ Alas, turns out he’s just signing an endorsement deal with Nike, which means the price of his gear will go up and he’ll be in more commercials. Good for him.

Extra Bites

• I’m a big fan of gallery shows, especially ones with photographs. I’m particularly fond of gallery shows that feature pictures of things in D.C. If you’re like me, a Gallery at Vivid Solutions exhibition called “(Un)Lock It: the Percussive People in the Go-Go Pocket,” might be for you.

• Summer’s done and Click Track’s Allison Stewart adds up the winners and losers from the season in the music world. Hint: One artist makes both lists.

• You want to know how to make $25M in one day? Ask this guy.

Long weekend ahead, so we won’t be back until Tuesday. Say it with me now: Safety first. Have a good one!

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