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Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 08/10/2011

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Redskins QB Rex Grossman. (John McDonnell - THE WASHINGTON POST)
I’m as big a Redskins fan as anybody out there, but I’m also not an idiot. Listening to sports radio (something I typically enjoy) is the most maddening thing ever during the preseason. Be real: This team stinks. If they win more than four games I will be SHOCKED. Yet, interestingly, starting QB Rex Grossman — this guy — thinks the team will win the NFC East. #facepalm.


14th annual job fair at the D.C. Convention Center. (Michael S. Williamson - WASHINGTON POST)
For a city that’s been historically considered recession-proof, there are still tons of people who need jobs. So when Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton held the 14th annual job fair at the Washington Convention Center yesterday, more than 4,000 people showed up. That said, it was only a coincidence that the event dovetailed with the dire economic developments nationwide of the past two weeks. The Post’s Sarah Khan reports on the record-breaking fair, whose record number of attendees is “breaking [her] heart,” Norton said. Also, don’t forget The Post’s ”Help Wanted: Stories of Unemployment” series.

London youths aren’t the only group outraged by their collective condition. In Philadelphia over the weekend, the mayor issued a rather harsh, racially-specific rebuke against his city’s teens, and went so far as to institute new curfew laws after flash-mob attacks downtown. And in Milwaukee, a violent outburst at the state fair last week has lawmakers on edge. The Post’s Courtland Milloy argues that the destruction coming at the hands of youths is no coincidence: Kids are tired of looking at futures they can’t have.

I am somewhat amazed that there are still no major U.S. clothing retailers marketing directly to Muslim women. With nearly 2.5 million estimated in the country (and that number is presumably growing) you’d think at least one company would be on board. Alas, such is not the case, and for the more than 250,000 in the Washington area, shopping in the summer is tricky for those who follow the rules of Islam in their clothing choices. The Post’s Alison Lake reports on how difficult it can be to shop for modest, stylish, weather-appropriate clothing.


Apple Inc. headquarters. (David Paul Morris - BLOOMBERG)
It’s official:Apple has taken over the world. And I say that as I type this on my Macbook, which is currently syncing to my iPod via iTunes. And by the time you read this, I’ll be sitting at my desk using my iMac. So I wasn’t particularly surprised when news broke that the company had overtaken Exxon as the most valuable franchise in America. The Post’s Hayley Tsukayama and Ylan Q. Mui report on the latest huge news out of Steve Jobs’s camp.

As a soccer supporter, sometimes the collective knowledge of the world’s game in this country is embarrassing. Sports pundits across the U.S. hit the roof when news that Spanish club Real Madrid signed a 7-year-old to a youth academy contract, claiming exploitation. Newsflash: This is how soccer academies operate. Some start with kids as young as 5. This is not a new practice. In fact, it works. Soccer diehards can only hope that new U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann can get the ball rolling on such a system, starting with his debut tonight against Mexico. The Post’s Steven Goff has a preview.

Extra Bites

• Kathryn Stockett’s book “The Help” is a novel about black women working in white households in Mississippi during the early ’60s. And now that the movie adaptation is out, a lot of people are wondering: Is it racist? The Root says no. The Post’s Ann Hornaday says slightly. Slate says: It’s complicated.

• Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ”Watch The Throne” is arguably the most critiqued piece of work in the hip-hop world ever at only 3 days old, and although I’m a fan of The Post’s Chris Richard and his review, this take is absolutely genius.

• An interesting look into the emergence of high fives in popular culture. Up top!

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