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Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 05/18/2011

Lunchline: College can be defining in more ways than one

Guys and girls competed in “It’s Academic.”
In yesterday’s newsletter, I referred to the contestants on the legendary show “It’s Academic” as "guys in blazers." A reader reminded me that girls also compete on the program, thus making my comment “extremely sexist.” I apologize to mathletes and their fans around the country for the omission.

Joe Mamo, owner of Captiol Petroleum Group. (Mark Gail - WASHINGTON POST)
You're not the only one getting hit hard every time you fill up your gas tank. The guys who sell you the petrol are also feeling it in their wallets. One guy in particular, Joe Mamo, who owns a four-state, 234-station, $778 million-a-year conglomerate is having trouble making millions and is whining publicly about it. The Ethiopian immigrant who started his empire in 1987 has seen his profits diminish by 20 to 30 percent in the past year due to the recent price spike. The Post's Mike DeBonis reports on the man being investigated for potential violations of the District's antitrust laws.

Next time you go to the gym, take a look around. Or if you're walking down the street and see a runner, take note of his or her gear. A majority of the time, the people you see will be wearing a shirt emblazoned with the name of a college. And sometimes it's almost impossible not to pass a snap judgment based on what school they're representing. The stereotypical branding that institutions of higher education are subject to is not happenstance, and in the world of fiction in particular, these collegiate identities are critical to defining characters. The Post's Daniel de Vise explains why.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. (J. Scott Applewhite - ASSOCIATED PRESS)
The Arnold Schwarzenegger story is not going away. Today, several news organizations identified his love child's baby mama. Rumors are rampant about the actual scope of his womanizing ways, and some are speculating that his dalliances would have kept him out of office had he run for reelection as governor of California. You don't say. Also, the Reliable Source asks the critical question: How did Arnold keep this a secret for so long?

Fresh clams straight to your table. (Olivia Boinet and Scott Suchman - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
When I was a kid, the first thing I learned how to cook was Lean Cuisine. And by cook, I mean: Pierce the wrapper with a knife and stick it in the microwave and make sure it didn't blow up. I was obsessed with the linguine and clam sauce version, and to this day, I still love clams. Lucky for me, business is booming for the local aquaculture community. David Hagedorn reports for The Post's Food section on how clams are the new oysters, and details the process of how they're grown.

The NBA Draft lottery was officially a bust for the Wizards. Although John Wall showed up nattily attired to wish the team good luck in getting the No. 1 overall pick, they slid to the sixth spot. A top 10 draft pick is better than nothing, but in a field that holds few obvious NBA ready ballplayers, that slot is nothing special. The Post's Michael Lee reports on the anti-climactic event, and there's a great picture of the kid who stole the night, too.

Extra Bites

• Depending on your age, text messaging is used for different things. Some consider it a non-invasive form of communication, others consider it the most instant way to connect with someone. Slate's Digital Manners podcast debates the question, "Is it rude to send a text when the recipient might be asleep?" My opinion: No.

• Yesterday marked the official start of what I like to call the Panda Prognostication Period, in which people speculate wildly on whether or not Mei Xiang will produce another Butterstick.

• Pr. George's County police shot another dog. This time, it appears, for the right reasons.

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