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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 08/22/2011

Lunchline: It’s officially back-to-school time

The Battle for Tripoli is in full swing and conflicting reports have all indicated that while it looks as if Moammar Gaddafi’s regime crumbling, nobody seems to know where he is. A couple of his sons have been captured, people are celebrating in the streets, but even after the dust settles, the question remains: Who will run Libya?

D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans poses with a bobble-head doll made in his likeness. (Roxanne Roberts - TWP)
Another day, another D.C. Council member in hot water for dicey spending habits with city funds. A Washington Post review of city records found that Ward 2’s Jack Evans has spent more than $100K over the past decade on sports tickets, from funds typically used to help needy constituents with emergency bills. For comparison’s sake that’s about the same amount of money that he’s directed towards charitable organizations, neighborhood associations and arts groups in that same amount of time. The Post’s Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart report.

Texas takes law enforcement very seriously. The state that executes more prisoners than any other is cracking down on student misbehavior by sticking kids in courtrooms to answer for their shenanigans at school. Now, some federal officials are saying that the practice of criminalizing student discipline needs to stop. The Post’s Donna St. George reports on the trend, but as kids go back to school in Washington and Prince George’s County today, one has to wonder how such a practice would go over in these parts.

It used to be that if you were staying in a hotel on New York Avenue, it was because you had to or you didn’t know better. The typically traffic-choked stretch in Northeast D.C. has a history of seediness, but is undergoing a revival. After all, it is close to downtown and developers have helped renovate the hotels that were there as well as build a few new ones. And as The Post’s Johnathan O’Connell reports, so far so good. Tourists seem to be happy and the area as a whole is looking forward to development, including a Wal-Mart soon to come.

The Martin Luther King Jr memorial opens to the public today. (Marvin Joseph)
Martin Luther King Jr., has always held a strange position in the hip-hop world. The civil rights leader’s call for nonviolent action to help achieve equality hasn’t exactly fit into the ethos of the culture, and references to Dr. King are somewhat sparse. But when Common and Will.I.Am collaborated on the song “A Dream” for the “Freedom Writers” soundtrack in 2006, they relied heavily on Dr. King’s words, a relative rarity up until then. Ahead of the unveiling of the MLK Memorial on the Mall, Thomas Conner breaks down how King fits in to the hip-hop world today.

I love the Little League World Series. The raw emotion on the faces of kids playing baseball reminds me of how seriously I took it when I was that age, and it’s obviously a great experience for the players involved. But in 1955, the boys from the Cannon Street YMCA in Charleston, S.C., were denied that opportunity at glory in Williamsport, PA, because of the color of their skin. The Root D.C.’s Robert Pierre chronicles the sad story of how 14 boys were turned allowed through the gates of the famed Lamade Stadium, but not allowed to compete.

Extra Bites

• If you have to take notes on a regular basis, you’re always looking for a way to make that process easier. And although the concept of an app that transcribes speech seems too good to be true, there are some out there. Slate’s Annie Lowrey reviews a few of them.

• The kidnapping situation in Mexico is so bad that people are buying tracking devices and sticking them under their skin in case they ever need to be found. Yikes.

• I can’t tell you how bad I want to buy one of these things and fly it around the newsroom.

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