Lunchline: Scratching that competitive itch


The world’s first Apple store opened in Tysons Corner in 2001. (File photo: Michael Temchine)

It's hard to run the International Monetary Fund when you're sitting in a jail cell on Rikers Island. And now that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has stepped down from his post to focus full-time on defending himself against allegations of attempted rape, a battle for the top at the IMF is imminent. The position has almost always been held by a European man, The Post's Howard Schneider reports, although developing nations are looking for more representation this time. Also, Foreign Policy's Joshua E. Keating explains how this seemingly exclusionary practice came to be.

The institution of marriage is doing quite well in the United States. Despite what pop culture may tell you, 3 of 4 couples who married after 1990 celebrated a 10-year anniversary, according to new census figures. Also, the statistics show that more than half of the nation's married couples have been together at least 15 years. The Post's Carol Morello reports on the new figures and why, as one Johns Hopkins sociologist said, "people seem to be finding a new marriage bargain that works for 21st-century couples."


Tomorrow is Bike-To-Work-Day. (Linda Davidson/Post)

Every once in a while, something happens within the city government that genuinely embarrasses me as a native and resident of D.C. Political infighting, less-than-stellar city services and blown funds aren't at the top of that list. What really hurts is when something seemingly so basic and routine gets overlooked and everyone has to pay. The D.C. medical examiner's office has lost its national accreditation because the agency's chief doesn't have board certification. Facepalm.


Redskins wide receiver Anthony Armstrong coaches a youth soccer team. (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

Extra Bites

• As photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger's mistress proliferate around the Internet, you can't help but feel bad for his estranged wife, Maria Shriver. However, XX Factor's Amanda Marcotte's sympathy is limited because she believes Shriver never should have campaigned for Arnold in the first place.

• Here's a link to Beyonce's new video. I must say that it feels more Lady Gaga or Rihanna than it does Bey. Also, a fun portrait of her husband, Jay-Z.

• The Preakness Stakes' new official "Kegasus" mascot has drawn some scorn. Do you think it's appropriate?

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

Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.

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