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Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Lunchline: Civil War re-enactment? No, thank you

We have to start things out on a somber note today and turn our hearts and minds to Oslo, where an explosion at the government's headquarters has killed at least one person and shocked many others in the capital of Norway. Sad.

Honestly, I don't think I'm ever going to understand the
Joseph Leisch Jr. of Berryville, Va. who portrays Abraham Lincoln, wipes off sweat during the Jubilee of Peace Reenactment at Old Manassas Courthouse. (Matt McClain - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
allure of Civil War reenactments. I can get why people might want to watch them, but participation as a hobby is beyond me. Nonetheless, in order to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run, tons of folks stood outside in the ridiculous heat Thursday to take part in a ceremony marking the event. And thousands are expected to attend and observe the festivities in Manassas over the weekend. The Post's Michael E. Ruane reports on the re-creation of the fight that's "often called the Battle of Manassas in the South."

White Flint is a dump and everybody knows it . The strip mall/parking lot community on Rockville Pike has been begging for redevelopment for 10 years and it's finally set to move forward. Montgomery County proposed making over the concrete jungle into a walkable community some time back, and yesterday the county approved an analysis that allows developers to go full speed ahead on remaking the area named after a mall that's past its expiration date. The Post's Lori Aratani reports on what's to come around Nicholson Lane.

Apparently, everyone and their sister is a Captain
Chris Evans plays Captain America in “Captain America: The First Avenger. (Courtesy Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment)
America fan . The fictional Marvel comic book character that's the alter ego of Steve Rogers is more popular than I ever realized, and now that a movie depicting the World War II hero is out, people all over the place are breaking out their shields in support. I can't wait to watch the fanboys on TV outside of theaters for this one. Slate's Dana Stevens explains why "Captain America rescued my faith in the comic-book movie."

I was born in the '80s but I really started to get it a decade later . My parents kept me in the house as a kid with video games and cable television. So you better believe that when Nickelodeon announced it would be replaying episodes of its '90s programming as part of a special block, I was geeked. The Post's Jessica Goldstein chronicles the revival, which will likely have people wearing snap bracelets and eating Fruit by the Foot as they stay up all night to sing this song.

The NFL is sort of back . The owners are
DeAngelo Hall recovers a fumble for a touchdown in last season’s Redskins home opener against Dallas. (Jonathan Newton)
ready to play ball, and ratified their part of the collective bargaining agreement yesterday. But the players still have to approve the proposed 10-year deal. They could vote later today and end the lockout. In short, IF THIS IS SORTED OUT FOOTBALL COULD START TOMORROW. The Hall of Fame Game would be canceled (alas!) and you are going to see a flurry of player movement in the next two weeks should this go forward. If you know any big time NFL fans, just bear with them for the next month.

Extra Bites

• It's well known that I'm not a huge proponent of around-the-clock panda news, but I get it that some people are. And as much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news, it's sometimes my job. Mei Xiang won't be having a baby anytime soon, kids. There's always next year!

• If you hang out in Adams Morgan, or plan to this weekend, be prepared for the extra police on 18th Street. Depending on your point of view, this could feel like a good thing or a bad thing.

• P.S. It's still hotter than Hades outside. I'll be at the pool, but remember: Safety first!

• Oh yeah, and this is incredible.

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