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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 09/01/2011

Lunchline: MoCo has a decision to make

You have to feel bad for Venus Williams. The legendary tennis star was forced to pull out of the U.S. Open yesterday due to an autoimmune disorder that causes fatigue and joint pain. Doctors say that it shouldn’t put her career in jeopardy, which seems a bit contradictory, considering it prevents her from playing tennis. Either way, quite unfortunate.

From left, Erika Lopez, 17, Maria Delgado, 18, and Stephanie Diaz, 17, share a laugh on a late Friday night in downtown Silver Spring. (Marvin Joseph)
Montgomery County is getting closer to making a decision about a teen curfew. Initial proposals for the law met with mixed results: Some called the measure an overreaction to a few sparks of violence and others praised it as a necessary step for safety. County Executive Ike Leggett has scaled back the proposal a bit, allowing teens returning home from a movie, show or sporting event to be exempt. The Post’s Dan Morse and Michael Laris report on how the community feels about the measure before the County Council is set to vote on it this fall.

Jay Nedry, longtime owner of Jaxx nightclub in Springfield (Richard A. Lipski - THE WASHINGTON POST)
If you’ve never heard of Jaxx, you probably aren’t into heavy metal. The Springfield club is the go-to location locally for the niche rock sound and is a bit of a mecca for the cultish headbanging scene. Last year, owner Jay Nedry found himself on the business end of a verbal beatdown from a member of an act he’d booked months prior, who told a blog site that playing Jaxx was the low point of his career and his band wasn’t paid for their performance. The State of NoVa’s Tom Jackman reports on the lawsuit that followed, and throws in a great little lesson about the basics of journalism.

Another month, another goofy survey telling us the D.C. area is the best or worst at something. The latest study, done by Allstate, finds that the Washington metropolitan area has the worst drivers in the entire United States of America. I’d contend that area drivers also have the worst conditions to deal with, leading to higher accident rates and road rage incidents. The Post’s Maggie Fazeli Fard reports on the insurance agency’s findings and provides some safety tips.

Hawk ‘n’ Dove will soon get a facelift. (Michel du Cille - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Hawk ‘n’ Dove is a Capitol Hill stalwart. The dingy Pennsylvania Avenue hangout is about the least fancy place you can imagine, but has a major following and a ton of tradition. So when a restaurateur got his hands on the place, regulars were worried he might kill the charm with a makeover. That’s yet to be seen, but the Going Out Guide’s Fritz Hahn breaks down the big plans the new owner has in store.

We’re close to finalizing the roster for this season’s Redskins squad and there are still a few questions to be answered. Luckily, we know who the kicker will be, but the quarterback issue is still a toss-up, which offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan claims is a non-problem. Okay, buddy. Lastly, The Post’s Rick Maese reports on how some guys will need to prove themselves on special teams to make the squad.

Extra Bites

• If you’re looking for a good way to kill off an afternoon or two before the holiday weekend, I’ve got something for you. Instead of listening to either of their lackluster new albums, you can watch documentaries about Lil Wayne and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

• The travel company STA made a series of tremendous videos titled EAT, MOVE and LEARN. These will be the most exhilarating 3 minutes of your day.

• Another Apple employee “lost” an unreleased iPhone. Aka, Apple needed a PR stunt.

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