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Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 07/01/2011

Lunchline: DSK catches a break

Last night, I got to see the rapper Pusha T do a show downtown courtesy my homeboy Modi, and it was a great time. The art of the live performance is something that's waned in recent years in the hip-hop game, but this guy definitely got it done. If you're wondering, Pusha is one-half of the Virginia-bred group Clipse.

It might be longer than you think until legal online gambling comes to the District. After council member Michael A. Brown apparently sneaked the measure through in the city's budget, his colleagues are having second thoughts about how to implement the money-making plan. The Post's Michael Laris reports on how the city is going to canvass the public for thoughts on exactly where these gambling "hot spots" should be located.

Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn listens to proceedings in his case in New York state Supreme Court, Thursday, May 19, 2011. (Richard Drew - AP)
Dominique Strass-Kahn is innocent until proven guilty. The former head of the International Monetary Fund, who was accused of sexually assaulting a maid while staying in a $3,000-a-night hotel in New York City, caught a break and was freed from house arrest after the prosecutors found that the accuser's credibillity was shaky. Now, DSK is allowed to travel around the country, but not abroad, and isn't forced to stay in his lovely Manhattan apartment under "house arrest." The Post's Zachary A. Goldfarb and Howard Schneider report on the latest chapter in the drama surrounding "the great seducer."

The first time I went to see Old Glory at the American History Museum, it was a legitimately tear-jerking experience. I might be a bit corny about my personal patriotism, but for some people it's more
American flag
than pride, it's a way of life, and flying the flag is the most obvious way to show your allegiance. The Post's Lauren Abdel-Razzaq chronicles the recent retail history of the U.S. flag, and offers a couple of locations to buy one if you need to re-up before Independence Day.

The days of kente cloth and dashikis passing as "African fashion" are past us. Nowadays, designers from the continent are being recognized and showcased by major labels worldwide. Developers have been working with "women’s cooperatives in Rwanda and East Africa that offer fair wages, as well as business and fashion design training," reports The Post's Emily Wax, ahead of this year's African Fashion Week ,which starts on July 14.

NBA commissioner David Stern, left, and NBA spokesperson Mike Bass arrives at a midtown hotel for a meeting with the players' union, Thursday, June 30, 2011 in New York. (Mary Altaffer - AP)
The NBA lockout is underway, and I'm not happy about it . The short version of the dispute is that the revenue sharing system in the league is a disaster and they probably could stand to revamp the entire situation before going forward. Some consider the problem one of poor owners versus richer ones, not necessarily players against owners. The Post's Amy Shipley breaks down the latest in the labor battle.

Extra Bites

• Glenn Beck apparently did his last television show in its current iteration last night. I literally don't know one person willing to admit that they watch this guy because they like him. Paul Fahri provides some perspective for the last day in the "doom room."

• A couple of technology updates. Facebook might possibly be rolling out an "awesome" launch next week. And Google says Gmail is getting a makeover.

• As you celebrate this country's freedom, remember: Not all Greeks are lazy anarchists.

We'll be off Monday, so have a good holiday, and don't forget: Safety first!

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