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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Lunchline: Uncle Sam is in the building


Clinton Yates. (Breton Littlehales - The Washington Post)
Call me jingoistic or pollyannaish, but tax day is one of my favorite days of the year. I have no problems ponying up to Uncle Sam, and my personal politics aside, I'm pretty sure that whatever the case may be, dodging the IRS is never a good idea. Ever.

Emancipation Day is one of the most historic days on the calendar for the District. The local holiday celebrates the day that President Abraham Lincoln freed the enslaved blacks of Washington, D.C., in 1862. This occurred, in fact, nine months prior to his Emancipation Proclamation. It's amazing to me how poorly this incredibly important day is marketed and promoted across the city. Unfortunately, most people will only care about the fact that parking enforcement is suspended for a day. There's also a public appearance involved for Mayor Vincent Gray.

I remember when I first realized that Russ Parr was major. I was riding back home on a college break from Ohio with my homeboy Yusef and we listened to his entire show all the way to Breezewood, because he was syndicated in every market in between. Now he's doing more than just rocking in the mornings — he's got a book out that he's promoting, as well as a couple of movies in the hopper. The Post's Avis Thomas-Lester profiles the man who does more than just yak into a microphone, and frankly, is one of the most important figures in American urban radio today.

Being a politician in Prince George's County is apparently a tricky task. The jurisdiction that's been home to a variety of random scandals in the past few years now has another one on its hands. Xzavier Montgomery-Wright, the mayor of Brentwood, has been accused of obtaining a credit card under the town's name and using it to pay $7,500 in cellphone charges, among other personal expenses, Hamil R. Harris reports. For one, how on earth does one rack up a cellular bill that high? Second, she was recently evicted as well.

Reporting in conflict zones is the toughest reality show there is. The brutal case of Lara Logan is just one example of what can happen to women trying to tell the world's stories. The Post's Emily Wax explains what it's like for female journalists to cover hostile environments abroad, and the lede to this article is the best I've read in The Washington Post all year.

Let me make something clear: Alexander Semin didn't break out of a slump Wednesday night. A slump implies you were consistently doing something good, then dropped off. Before Game 1 of the series against the Rangers, the Capitals left winger had scored eight goals in 28 postseason games to that point. I love the guy, but let's be real — struggle was the norm, not the exception. The Post's Tarik El-Bashir reports on how his emergence might be the key to the Caps' Stanley Cup success.

Extra Bites

• My late Aunt Nell, when she wasn't teaching me the ways of the world while we rode the bus around Southeast, or cooking me delicious ramen noodles, was watching her stories. She'd be devastated to know that ABC is ending "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." Actually, maybe not so upset: "As the World Turns" was her main jam.

• If you live on the eastern end of the Orange Line and don't have a car, you might want to rethink your weekend plans if you were planning on taking Metro. Starting at 8 p.m. today, there will be no train service between Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton. Oy.

• If you're looking for a free lunch, this is as close as you'll get.

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

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