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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 07/13/2011

Lunchline: Michelle Obama eats like the rest of us

For the second year in a row, a Nationals reliever entered the MLB All-Star Game, faced one batter and got the win. Last year it was Matt Capps. This year it's Tyler Clippard. Sweet. More urgently, the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team takes on France at noon. According to Abby Wambach, "losing is not an option."


Willis Crockett, left, watches as his son Anthony Gregory, 5, takes part in the a day of volunteer planting as Timothy Collier, right, looks on at Planters Grove park. (Mark Gail - THE WASHINGTON POST)
There was a time in the District when open-air drug markets were a regular part of life in nearly every ward of the city. Thankfully, those days are largely behind us, and in Ward 7, one of those hotspots has come full circle. Yesterday, with the help of the snack food company Planters, a volunteer group called the Corps Network finished two weeks worth of work on a new, 5,000-square-foot park along Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue called Planters' Grove. That site was colloquially known as Needle Park in the past due to the rampant drug activity there. The Post's June Q. Wu reports on the longer-term effort it took to make over the land that includes Marvin Gaye Park in Northeast.


Gov. Martin O’Malley. (Brian Witte - AP)
Gay marriage might be getting a big ally in Maryland. A spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday that he will decide soon whether he wants to sponsor a same-sex marriage bill during next year’s legislative session. Many supporters believe his backing could have a similar effect in the state house that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's did with his state's legislators, who passed a same-sex nuptials law last month. The Post's John Wagner reports on the bill that O'Malley's people are calling "definitely an option that's on the table."


First lady Michelle Obama. (MOLLY RILEY - REUTERS)
The obsession over Michelle Obama's eating habits has reached the tipping point. After FLOTUS made an appearance at the Dupont Circle Shake Shack and ordered a burger, fries, a shake and a soda (!!), the Internet was ablaze with speculation about her health habits. Apparently the thinking is that just because she has a campaign to help other people to prevent their children from becoming obese, she can't indulge herself every once and again. All We Can Eat's Tim Carman asks: Is Michelle Obama a hypocrite for loving burgers?

It seems that in Tanzania, dirty socks have the opposite effect on malaria-infected mosquitoes than they do on humans. Researchers in the East African nation are using smelly laundry as a way to lure the disease-ridden bugs into traps that eventually kill them. The method, if effective, is cheaper and less risky than human testing. The Post's David Brown reports on the latest public health effort that uses body odor to our advantage.

The Redskins are going green, it appears. The team is reportedly scheduled to announce today its plans to install solar panels in the Platinum A1 parking lot that will power the stadium on non-game days, and partially when the field is in use. No word yet on how much this will cost the team, but the project is expected to be finished by the beginning of the 2011 season, should that happen, reports The Post's Mike Jones. No word yet on what the team plans to do to power its offense.

Extra Bites

• Ted Danson has had a heck of TV career. Most famously, he played the bartender Sam Malone on "Cheers," then had a solid run as a doctor on "Becker" (a show I love), and he also played himself quite well on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Now, he's joining the cast of "CSI." I can't say that isn't a bit out of left field.

• As we approach the release date for the final cinematic chapter of the Harry Potter saga, let's remember two things. It's been 10 years since this franchise got moving, and there has been some completely ridiculous merchandise for sale in that time.

• To put you back in soccer mood, here's the most fascinating angle you'll see of Abby Wambach's goal against Brasil. (5:10 mark)

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