Lunchline: D.C. rolls the dice


Glistening spires of the Mormon Temple loom in the background as westward bound drivers on the Beltway around Washington-D.C. come over a crest in the road here on December 31, 1986. Someone conscious of the Land of Oz has painted in large letters on a railroad bridge crossing "Surrender Dorothy. (UPI etm/L.Mark/UPI ETM/L.MARK)

The District looks for any way it can to make more money . Its latest scheme may rankle some, but the merry band down at the Wilson Building is moving ahead with a plan to launch an online casino in the city. When council member Michael A. Brown (I-At Large) first proposed the idea back in December, nobody took a ton of notice and it passed in the budget in January. One problem: Now that it's on the books, nobody seems to know how to get this project off the ground. The Post's Michael Laris reports on the latest potential boondoggle in the nation's capital.

In the past five years, Fairfax County police have shot and killed two unarmed men . In 2006, an optometrist under investigation for sports gambling was shot outside his Fair Oaks home. In 2009, a former Green Beret who suffered from bipolar disorder was shot during a situation involving a mistaken stolen car. The officer in the latter case was fired recently, and a civil rights investigation is pending. The Post's Tom Jackman reports that "no Fairfax officer has ever been charged criminally in an on-duty shooting."


Jon Stewart responding to Chris Wallace on "The Daily Show" (thedailyshow.com)

I've been making mixtapes since I was 10 years old . For Christmas that year, I got a stereo that had a record player on top, a CD player on the side and two tape decks. I used to rock my pause button game big time. The art of crafting an actual physical oeuvre on a cassette has been lost with the advent of playlists, but the concept is still the same. Express Night Out's Fiona Zublin spoke with Jared Ball, an academic and "mixtape enthusiast" about his new book chronicling the world around his hobby. Ball is also appearing at Busboys & Poets tonight.

Stop me if you've heard this before . The Nationals committed a bunch of errors stop on their way to an ugly loss. And even though Davey Johnson's regime has started with two losses, The Post's Jason Reid says the Nats have to keep him. Alrighty. Struggling road trips aside, some of the best stories in baseball come from the guys toiling in the bush leagues. Do yourself a favor and read Cindy Boren's fantastic recounting of how the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs passed the time when their bus broke down in the Bronx on the way to Long Island.

Extra Bites

• I'm a sucker for most movies that have any parts filmed in D.C. I killed an afternoon watching "The Pelican Brief" last weekend just to catch a glimpse of my high school and other random locales on TV. Part of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" was shot right here, and The Going Out Guide's Mark Jenkins lets me know if I should go see it.

• After I read this story Monday, I was all pumped to build a "Hackintosh" and declare myself as counter-culture. Well, Slate's Jim Festante actually did it, and says it wasn't that hard.

• Courtesy of The Post's Melissa Bell, this should bring a little smile to your face.

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Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.
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