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Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 05/06/2011

Lunchline: Is the the end of the world as we know it?


Clinton Yates (Breton Littlehales)
Who would have thought that on the same day a legendary college coach retired, a cult-god college hoops broadcaster would move on, too? Soon after the surprise announcement about University of Maryland head men's basketball coach Gary Williams, Howard University graduate and former WTTG-TV weekend anchor Gus Johnson announced that he was parting ways with CBS. I must say, I'm far more affected by the latter than the former, but I always liked Gary Williams. Not exactly a nice guy, but definitely the kind of coach you'd want to play for.

I am fascinated by doomsday predictors. It absolutely boggles my mind and intrigues me no end that there actually people out there in the world operating under the belief that the End of Times is near, and as a result, you should probably give them some money. And I don't mean to be flip toward those who genuinely believe that Christ is returning to Earth at some point, but anything that involves riding around the country in a van with a megaphone is hard to take seriously. The Post's Michael S. Rosenwald reports on Family Radio's "Project Caravan," which was in town yesterday, and even managed to convince a DHS worker to leave his job to spread the word.

In the spring of 1991, police brutality was on the minds of many urban Americans. The release of the video of Rodney King's vicious beating at the hands of four Los Angeles police officers was an eye-opener for some people, a brutal affirmation of a previously unspoken issue. And when a Salvadoran immigrant was shot in the chest by a D.C. officer 20 years ago in Mount Pleasant, word spread quickly and the scene got ugly. Yesterday, city officials and community leaders came together to mark the anniversary of the incident that started in Lamont Park. The Post's David Nakamura reports.

The United States Army has the largest contingent of active-duty dogs in the world. Apparently, the military genuinely believes in the power of man's best friend to also be man's greatest intimidator, and when a group of Navy SEALs went to hunt bin Laden, they brought along a canine. Foreign Policy's Rebecca Frankel has an incredible photo essay that features dogs in combat and details how incredibly helpful they can be in operations. On a less serious tip, LOLcats of war!

You know Raheem DeVaughn, right? The son of a jazz musician who graduated from High Point in Prince George's County and used to work at Tower Records but eventually became a Grammy-nomintated artist for his work in R&B? If you don't, you should check him out. My man is a beast. So much so, that D.C. decided to bestow an honor upon him that even more famous local artists have never received. Thursday, Mayor Vincent Gray gave DeVaughn the key to the city, not just for his music but also for his work as an HIV/AIDS activist.

I remember the first time I got truly schooled by a girl on the basketball court. I was playing pickup in college with the women's basketball team and I got lit up by the starting shooting guard. It was way worse than any beating I took playing for my high school team, and it was humbling, but by no means embarrassing. Fast forward to now, and girls competing against boys at the high school level is semi-regular practice, which I applaud. The Post's Josh Barr tells the story of Holy Cross' all-girls varsity golf squad, which is now routinely chalking up wins against its all-boys WCAC opponents.

Extra Bites

• The GOP got off to a pretty awkward start last night in picking its next challenger for the Oval Office, apparently. The FOX News-sponsored debate in Greenville, S.C., didn't feature most of the Republican heavy-hitters, but for those who were there, the infighting was extensive, Dan Balz reports.

• The playwright who created my second-favorite American musical off all time died at 93 on Thursday. Arthur Laurents, the director, playwright and screenwriter of "West Side Story" and "Gypsy," passed after complications due to pneumonia.

• If you thought Mariah Carey's kids' names were awful, check out what Jay Mohr and Nikki Cox went with for their newborn son.

• Hey look! Rowdy teenagers aren't the only ones annoying people on trains!

Send your suggestions or comments to me at clinton.yates@wpost.com.

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