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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 08/08/2011

Lunchline: Back from vacay, folks

Alright, kids, I’m back. The week off was a fun one, but since it’s still only the second week in August, we’re not quite in full back-to-school mode, so we’ve got to find some way to pass the time. To help with that, I’ll forward you a little website that one of Express’s old interns sent to me. Enjoy.

D.C.’s professional scene is undergoing a bit of a youth movement. And though things look bleak on the national economy front, for 20- and 30-somethings in the city, creative juices are flowing more than ever and development in certain sectors of business has followed. More people are renting apartments, nightlife businesses in the city are quite healthy and companies are keenly focused on the post-grad, first job market. Capital Business’ V. Dion Haynes spoke with this new generation of business leaders and reports.

The closed Rosecroft Raceway could get new life as the site of one of the state's largest casinos. (Jahi Chikwendiu - The Post)
Lauryn Hill once famously rapped: it’s funny how money change the situation. And these days in Prince George’s County, the allure of potential income from casino gambling is becoming too hard for some lawmakers to resist. The issue of slot machines and card games has been hotly debated for years, and now that Rosecroft Raceway is opening up under new ownership, some see it as an opportunity to combine betting forces and create an on-site casino at the Fort Washington, Md., track. The Post’s John Wagner reports on the budget challenge that has forced a moral quandary in Pr. George’s.

Riding Metro regularly can be a true test in patience. And for passengers who aren’t willing or capable of jostling and maneuvering their way for an extra inch of space or to catch that arriving train, they are left at the mercy of a transit system which many would flatly call unreliable. For disabled riders, WMATA is trying to steer people away from the costly MetroAccess program and make the general system more accessible. The Post’s Dana Hedgpeth chronicles the hellish experiences of riding Metro for disabled customers.

When I was a kid, my Aunt Nell would ask me to cut coupons
Kimberly Pepper-Hoctor gets organized at her home before leaving for her coupon shopping. (Astrid Riecken - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
because I was better at using scissors than she was. She didn’t like presenting shabbily cut coupons at the store, like “those old ladies with no scruples,” as she put it. Nowadays, the art of couponing is at its height and the cottage industries around it are numerous. Beyond the latest crop of reality show stars, some are spreading the love to others. The Post’s J. Freedom du Lac delves into the world of Kimberly Pepper-Horton, who describes herself as a “couponing instructor.” This, however, is not the move.

Stephen Strasburg pitches in his first rehab start at Class A Hagerstown Sunday, Aug. 7. (Katherine Frey/ The Washington Post)
Stephen Strasburg watch is back in effect in Nats land, and yesterday was a big day. The young phenom made a rehab start in Hagerstown, Md., yesterday, likely the most exciting thing that’ll happen there all year. Old Municipal Stadium was packed and Strasburg delivered with a four-strikeout performance against eight batters. The Post’s Dave Sheinin was there to see the hysteria up front and reports on the first step back to a big league mound for the kid with the golden right arm.

Extra Bites

• The Washington Post has rounded out its team of jurisdictionally themed bloggers and DeGreat Mike DeBonis is the last man on the medal stand. The prolific D.C. politics writer is branching out a bit, meaning everything he reports on won’t be directly linked to what happens in the Wilson Building. Nice.

• The world wide web didn’t always used to be a fantastic resource full of silky websites and snappy newsletters. It was more like a digital school yearbook. Slate took a look at the early days on the web’s 20th birthday.

Big Boi of OutKast was arrested over the weekend on drug charges after he was allegedly caught with ecstasy and Viagra pills in Miami. Quite the combo.

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