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Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 07/06/2011

Lunchline: Peace is headed our way

After work on Monday, I headed to a roof-top party near Cardozo High School, a popular gathering spot, to see the fireworks. It was a hot night, so I stuck to potato salad. Let's just say that the next morning, Coney Island wasn't the only place familiar with the term "reversal of fortune." Thanks for the kind words, though. I am better now.

Leslie Johnson, center, leaving the U.S. District Courthouse in Greenbelt. (Mark Gail - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Leslie Johnson. The Prince George's County council member, who pleaded guilty last week to destroying evidence, turned in her resignation letter yesterday, with an effective date of July 31. Johnson is the wife of former county executive Jack Johnson, who pleaded guilty last month to taking more than $400,000 in bribes after he was snared in a federal investigation into corruption in the county government. Leslie Johnson was found with wads of cash stuffed in her underwear when federal authorities busted into the couple's home last fall. Interestingly, not one of her colleagues has her back, and some are demanding that she step down immediately, no questions asked. The Post's Miranda S. Spivack reports on the latest threats from the chamber.

Karen Murphy. (Courtesy of Prince William County Police)
While the country was obsessing over the Casey Anthony verdict, a much more common case was developing in Prince William County. Karen Murphy of Bristow has been charged with felony murder after she left her 2-year-old son in a hot car in June and he was found unresponsive after seven hours. Though some might find such a mistake unimaginable, it happens somewhat regularly. The Post's Josh White reports on the woman who reportedly could be heard screaming throughout her neighborhood when she discovered her boy.

Summer can be an awkward cooking season. The heat and humidity mean that nobody really wants to be slaving over a stove in the kitchen, only making matters worse temperature-wise. Luckily for you, The Post's Food section is all over this, with a full list of recipes that do not require any cooking. So you can finally branch out from the sushi, salad and smoothie diet you've been on that's probably getting a bit repetitive.

The Dalai Lama is greeted by Tenzin Dhondup, Tenzin Dasel and Pema Namseling as he arrives at the Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. (FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
One of my favorite things to do when big events come to town is people watch. Depending on what's going on, the correlated tourism is always interesting. Fifteen minutes at Metro Center on a weekend will let you know exactly what contingent has touched down and why. And I expect that the Dalai Lama's arrival in D.C. yesterday for peace rituals at the Verizon Center will draw an extremely diverse crowd. On Faith guest columnist Matteo Pistono has the details on what "his holiness" will be doing while he's here.

As a monster baseball fan since I was a kid, you might be surprised to hear this from me: I have absolutely zero problems whatsoever with performance-enhancing-drugs in the game. As a matter of principle, it doesn't bother me. Unfortunately for Roger Clemens, a congressional committee does care. The celebrated pitcher is accusing of lying during a hearing on the topic of steroids and jury selection begins today. The Post's Del Quentin Wilber reports on the proceedings.

Extra Bites

• Propaganda is a fascinating concept. The idea that printed, fantastical posters work to influence the hearts and minds of a nation is wild. In communist China, they take things to a whole new level. Foreign Policy's Edmund Downie shares some gems from "Chairman Mao's Technicolor Dream World."

• If you're into space shuttles, you should check out this video compilation about U.S. history in the beyond.

• Louis Armstrong died 40 years ago today. This is my favorite Satchmo song.

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