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Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Lunchline: Playoff hockey can be bad for your health


Clinton Yates (Breton Littlehales - The Post)
Last night was not good for my ticker whatsoever. Overtime playoff hockey is as intense as it gets, and when the Capitals beat the Rangers after a horrible gack in the back in double overtime, I was as drained as I've been in some time. And of course, watching Gabby celebrate after tough wins is always a fun thing to do. Particularly on a night when he was getting razzed by Rangers fans, for good reason.

Get ready for more bicycles on the road, folks. Yesterday, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced that the city will be expanding the number of Capital BikeShare stations by 25 over the summer. Five of the new bike stops will be next to Metrorail stations downtown, specifically near Farragut Square, Metro Center, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square and Foggy Bottom, The Post's Tim Craig reports. If you're wondering why this is important, let's think about former mayor Adrian Fenty's lasting legacy with bicycles. Oh right, a reporter caught him using a police escort to ride with his friends around Rock Creek Park.

Back in the day, there was nothing like the feeling of parking in a spot with a broken meter. The colloquial assumption was that, hey, if I can't pay the meter, that's not my fault and they can't ticket me. As technology has crept into the world of parking, it's gotten harder and harder to use that excuse to get out of paying. Now, the District is rolling out a pilot program that allows people to pay to park via their cellphones. Honestly, I'm sort of stunned that it's taken this long for an operation like this to come to D.C. Justin Jouvenal reports.

The last thing I could have imagined in college was talking about sex with one of my professors. I might not have been the most mature of students back then, but the words "human sexuality" and "classroom" weren't exactly the kind of thing I was keen on seeing in one place. But for the Ivy League-trained Deborah Stearns, who's teaching people ages 18 to 60+ at Montgomery College, talking about such an intimate issue is her forte. The Post's Daniel de Vise chronicles the effort Stearns is making to bring a typically liberal-arts school course to the sometimes academically drab world of community college.

It's likely that President Obama is the most popular politician on Facebook. No matter what you think of his politics, it's impossible to deny that the social media network was most certainly critical during his campaign for the White House. Yesterday, Obama made a trip to Palo Alto, Calif., to visit the FB headquarters for a town hall meeting. The Post's Dana Milbank reports on the largely awkward affair that ended with founder Mark Zuckerberg giving POTUS a Facebook hoodie as a gift. Dislike.

Fresh off of last night's thriller on the ice, another D.C. team takes on a New York rival tonight. D.C. United plays the New York Red Bulls at RFK Stadium in this year's first leg of the Atlantic Cup. This rivalry used to be far more intense in the old days, when the two squads played each other four times a year. Now, because MLS won't stop growing, it's down to two. As for the Black and Red, Chris Pontius's comeback is effectively complete from the disastrous injury-prone year he had last season. The Post's Steven Goff tracks his road back to the pitch.

Extra Bites

• It's not as hard to take still photographs like a professional anymore. You know why? Because when David Hobby (great name) took a buyout from the Baltimore Sun, he started a blog and told everyone all his industry secrets. Slate's Steven Weiss explains how Hobby changed the photography business forever.

• I hate to use this phrase twice in two days. And even more, I hate to use it more than once in the same blurb, but it must be done. Now that Andy Samberg has hooked up with the Discovery Channel, Shark Week has jumped the shark.

• The bassist of a band I enjoy passed away yesterday. TV on the Radio's Gerard Smith was 34.

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

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