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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 05/27/2011

Lunchline: I can't wait for the NBA Finals

I have the strangest people following me on Twitter. In the past week, I've had a sportsbook service (I definitely don't gamble), a self-admitted NSFW music site and some spammer with terrible shtick decide that they want to know what I tweet. The Internets can still sort of weird me out.

A view of New York Avenue looking west from Florida Avenue. (Bill O'Leary - WASHINGTON POST)
I've always contended that in the Washington metropolitan area, no one can drive. People in D.C. grow up zipping through slim streets, Maryland kids master their ways on large suburban thoroughfares and those from Virginia become highway veterans early on. After that, everyone comes together and all hell breaks loose. But, according to GMAC, the residents of the District of Columbia rank No. 1 as "the least knowledgeable in the U.S. about the rules of the road." I obviously have a personal bias, but I want to know: Who do you think are the worst drivers in the country?

Sue Marcum, faculty at American University. (Courtesy of American University)
Last October, a well-known American University professor was found dead in her home. At the time, it seemed like a botched robbery that resulted in a murder, according to authorities. The case took a strange twist when a teenager was found driving her stolen car, but wasn't fingered as a suspect. New details have emerged, and it turns out that authorities are focused on a man who met Sue Ann Marcum through a shared interest in yoga. The Post's Dan Morse reports that the accused is an avid poet who may be on the run in Mexico.

Jason Dick, right, and Chris DeBat dig into a chivito and a crawfish cake on their first trip to Fast Gourmet. (Michael Temchine - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
A couple months ago, I found myself at American Ice Company celebrating a friend's birthday. It was cool enough, and I told my colleague Scott about it. For the next 15 minutes, he went on and on about how the gas station at 14th and W Streets sells "the best sandwiches in the city." I admit that I thought he was nuts, but apparently he's right. The Post's Emily Wax confirms that the food at Fast Gourmet is worth as much as a fill-up.

It's not everyday that scientists actually cure a disease. Rinderpest, more plainly known as bovine measles, has been wiping out people and cows since the Roman Empire. Now, the disease has been completely stamped out, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. The Post's David Brown reports on what some call "the greatest achievement in veterinary medicine."

So yeah, the Miami Heat is a pretty good basketball team. And Lebron James is turning into Hillary Clinton in that everytime I see him he's doing the same goofy "omigosh I'm excited and this is the face I make" pose. To be very clear, the Bulls lost four games in a row to the Heat in the playoffs after having not lost to them all season. The Post's Michael Lee breaks down Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals and I must admit I haven't read a story this good about a hoops game in a long time.

Extra Bites

Sarah Palin. (Ed Andrieski)
Sarah Palin is the most fascinating political character in America of the last 10 years not named Barack Obama, in my opinion. She's been a VP candidate, been lampooned on national television and is STILL a legitimate presidential candidate in some minds. And she might be bringing her act to D.C. this weekend.

• "Tree of Life" is all the talk among snooty film types this season. Find out why Jessica Chastain is a name you should know if you claim to like movies.

• ZOMG. Weekend rumors of awesomeness: Sasha Baren Cohen is going to play Freddie Mercury in a movie.

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