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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 08/23/2011

Lunchline: DCPS Kids Are Eating Healthier

Nick Ashford with Valerie Simpson. (RISASI DAIS - AP)
Sad news broke last night about a Motown legend. Nick Ashford, one half of the powerhouse husband and wife songwriting duo, died at age 70 Monday. Along with his wife Valerie Simpson, Nick Ashford wrote some mega-hits, but the two also performed as a group with success. This is my favorite song Ashford was ever a part of, which was recorded in 1968.

Construction workers sweep recently laid bricks in the 1300 block of H Street NE. (Sarah L. Voisin - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Could it be? Are streetcars in D.C. actually somewhat close to becoming a reality? After what seems like ages of bickering over everything from who would fund their construction to how the system would be powered, it seems that modern trolleys could actually be a part of D.C. life pretty soon. DDOT announced Monday that the streetcars system should be in place on H Street NE by mid-2013, just in time for people to be over hanging out in the Atlas district. I kid. The Post’s Ashley Halsey III reports on the latest transit development for the city.

I’ve said before that war reporting requires more mettle than many are capable of. When I watched CNN’s Matthew Chance reporting live from Libya’s Rixos Al Nasr Hotel in downtown Tripoli Sunday, it was genuinely making my palms sweat. He was clearly shaken and nervous, doing his best to report while not startling or upsetting any of the large men with guns looming in the background. I can’t imagine anything scarier on the job. The Post’s Paul Farhi reports on the how that specific hotel has become a terrifying prison for journos trapped in Libya.

As the journalism industry has evolved, making excuses for print media has become increasingly difficult. Aside from certain cases, the world of online news is legitimately more accessible to many readers and understandably so. But what’s the point of reading if you can’t remember most of it? A new academic study done by a University of Oregon group of professors found that people who read print newspaper retain “significantly” more information than their digital counterparts. Slate’s Jack Shafer reports.

Michelle Rhee. (Susan Biddle - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
Like it or not, Michelle Rhee’s influence on D.C. schools is still ever-present. One of the newest features DCPS rolled out this year was not in the classroom, but in the lunchroom. Jeff Mills, the man Rhee hired to revamp the system’s awful food setup, unveiled new salad bars at a handful of schools. Couple this with his efforts to create sustainable playground gardens and cut out sugary milk, and I’d say that Rhee made a pretty good hire. The Post’s Mike DeBonis reports on the new eats.

Kevin Dorsey shows off during a football uniform fashion show. (toni l. sandys - WASHINGTON POST)
I’ll say it: The new Maryland Terrpains football uniforms look terrible. I don’t know what they were going for, who OK’d these garish outfits or how they plan to sell any jerseys, but what the school unveiled last night was flat-out ridiculous. If nothing else, the Terps now have about 206 different uniform combinations to choose from. But to be honest, these things are ugly enough to make me not want to watch the team play. Terps Insider Matt Bonesteel has the details.

Extra Bites

• Hewlett-Packard nearly broke Twitter yesterday when news that they were selling a $99 tablet computer hit the Internet. Details on the deal were confusing at first, and the scramble to figure out how to order them sent the tech world into a flurry. The Post’s Sean Hollister sorts it out.

• You know that guy Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Records magnate with the crazy private island house that was once on MTV Cribs? Yeah, that burned down.

• I’ll be live chatting again today; be sure to send in some snappy questions, kiddos!

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