Lunchline: Is the Earth talking to us?

I'd like to start out by apologizing to you all for the copy errors in yesterday's newsletter. If you're a subscriber (versus a blog reader), you may have noticed that a couple things were off. Shockingly, I don't write everything perfectly on first go, and a software glitch sent out an early draft instead of the copy-edited version. That's not cool, and as loyal and interactive readers, you deserve better. So again, apologies, and it won't happen again.


(Associated Press/Hurricane Irene pounds the Bahamas and looks like it may hit the Washington area this weekend.)


The Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. (Nikki Kahn/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Steve Jobs.

Apparently, social media is ruining the youth of America. That's according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, which recently conducted a survey in which they found that kids who use social media sites during the day are five times as likely to drink, use drugs and smoke than kids who are not as Web-active with friends. The Post's Sarah Anne Hughes reports on the survey, which details the latest reason teens are likely to use to make excuses for getting banged up.

The annual Baltimore vs. D.C. discussion has come up again, and this time I won't discredit our neighbors to the north. Tonight's preseason game offers some interesting options if you plan to watch it from your couch. Comcast Sports Net, a television station that covers both the Redskins and Ravens, has divvied up their pregame coverage county by county, meaning that you could live less than 15 minutes from FedEx Field and end up watching a purple pregame show, The Post's Dan Steinberg reports. Also, any Baltimore mention means I absolutely have to link to this song.

Extra Bites

• The dictionary is growing, and the newest terms it holds are fantastic. What would the world be if "Americana," "cougar," and "bromance" weren't officially in the English language? Sounds like a good weekend to me! Kidding. Seriously, though, "fist bump" is now a word, not two.

• Sometimes things that are very sad can make one quite happy in sort of a backwards way. This story of a dog and his master is one of those things.

• Today is the 10th anniversary of Aaliyah's death. This is my favorite song of hers, but THIS is the jam.

• Many of you have asked to see what my actual handwriting looks like. Now you know.

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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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