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Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Lunchline: D.C. weather, the census and Wal-Mart


News junkie Clinton Yates. (Breton Littlehales - Post)
I told you guys last week that there's no such thing as consistent weather in D.C. until Easter, so don't get too excited about Monday’s temps. We'll be back to dreary rain in no time, so don't pack away your inclement weather gear just yet.

When new census figures showed that the District is on pace to lose its majority black status , many longtime Washingtonians feared the worst. With the slow creep of whites into the city, the concern was that African American cultural roots of the city were in jeopardy. As it turns out, for a new generation of D.C. natives, that concern is minimal. The Post’s Marc Fisher reports on how a growing group of black city-dwellers are welcoming the change and don’t feel threatened in their ethnic self-image.

I went to the social studies class my sister teaches last week to discuss current events , and one seventh-grader told me that her father makes her read Time magazine as a punishment. I realize that most middle-schoolers aren’t necessarily news junkies, but it was a pretty telling look at the attitude a younger generation takes toward journalism. And as news organizations do their best to remain relevant in an Internet-based world, Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, dispels five myths about the future of journalism.

Work is stressful for most people. Emotions flare up, pressures build, and sometimes it can become too much to take while keeping a cool head. But it’s generally frowned upon to weep in the workplace. Nobody wants to show what is considered weak behavior, particularly if there is a cutthroat office environment. The Post's Michelle Singletary explores the topic and announces that Anne Kreamer’s “It’s Always Personal: Emotion in the New Workplace” as the next pick for the Color of Money Book Club.

Wal-Mart is headed to D.C., whether you like it or not. The mega retailer is still planning to build four urban stores, but the effect of that expansion is up for debate. The pushback against the company has been largely scattered and not particularly noteworthy. Capital Business’ Jonathan O’Connell reports that in many poorer neighborhoods lacking skilled workers, Wal-Mart’s presence is welcome, and the city is taking notice.

I remember Dec. 12 like it was yesterday. The Capitals were mired in a long losing streak and traveled to Madison Square Garden to face the then-lowly Rangers. Not only did they get smoked by seven goals, the Caps were shut out, and captain Alexander Ovechkin even fought in the second period, a relative rarity. The Post’s Katie Carerra reports on how that fateful Sunday in 2010 turned the season around for Bruce Boudreau's boys, ahead of the Caps-Rangers playoff tilt that begins Wednesday.

Extra Bites

• Drivers in Virginia are officially fed up with all the construction on the roads. Once work begins on Constitution Avenue Monday, the effect on the commonwealth's roadways will be widespread. The Post’s Tom Jackman documents the frustration piling up across NoVa.

• A school in Chicago is taking its lunch program very seriously. Not only do school officials want to make sure their students are eating healthy, they’ve gone so far as to ban all outside food altogether to “protect students from their own food choices.” Wow.

• The new Bugaboo Donkey double stroller is out, and retailing at $1,499. That is all.

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