It's the first business day after Labor Day, the first day of school for many across the area and the weather is blustery and wet with a chill. It's definitely fall. Which means that although we're one step closer to winter, pumpkin spice lattes are now back, too. Nice.
Forget about the Silver Line. Metro could soon be going pink. The project that has unofficially been named 'silver' in fact has no real name, and map designer Lance Wyman had something more Washington in mind for the new line: cherry blossoms. But, just to make sure, Metro is asking riders for their input on the color with an online survey. The Post's Dana Hedgpeth reports on the latest map developments and at 2 p.m., Barbara Richardson, Metro's assistant general manager for customer service, communications and marketing chatted with The Post about the changes.
Making it off the streets and away from a life of crime can be tough. For people living in certain situations, being on the wrong side of the law is the only way to keep your family fed. For Southeast native Darren Harper, selling drugs was what he did as a job, but for fun, he likes to skateboard. Now, his career on decks has taken him out of the narcotics game and back on a better path. The Post's Dave Sheinin reports on the man whose Twitter page bills himself as "the Obama of Skateboarding in D.C."
Slutwalks have hammered home the point that no female wearing skimpy clothing should be considered a target for sexual assault. And as obvious as that may seem to some, there are still people of the world blaming women for portraying themselves in an 'over-sexualized' way. As the college school year and racy theme parties get back underway, Slate XX Factor's Amanda Marcotte reminds us that smart girls wear short skirts, too, and “in a world with complete equality, young women would still wear teeny [clothes] and drink alcohol at parties, because these things are fun.”
The next time you see your mail carrier, be nice. The United States Postal Service, once a stalwart of employment in America, is crumbling so quickly that they could run out of money altogether before the end of the month. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe is effectively begging Congress for more money and power to operate and to save the few jobs that remain with the system. The Post's Ed O'Keefe reports on the latest downturn for USPS.
Everybody in town is talking about Maryland football. Unfortunately, I bet you most of the people talking Terps gridiron couldn't name anyone on the team, but they have seen the squad's uniforms. Randy Edsall's boys came out last night against Miami in full, garish, Maryland regalia and Twitter exploded. Everybody seemed to have an opinion about the state-flag inspired unis, but The Post's Mike Wise says that wasn't the only fresh part about the season opener.
• As we move toward the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we here at The Post want to know how it changed your life. Come out and join me, BlogPost's Melissa Bell, The Buzz's Katie Rogers, my fellow Expresster Sara Schwartz and others for a Coffeehouse Newsroom Tweetup tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Caribou Coffee on 15th Street. Bring feelings.
• If you find yourself getting sick too often, here's a thought: Your office desk might be the culprit. Turns out that most are pretty gross. I will be cleaning mine today.
• I happen to be a major foosball enthusiast. If you're into table soccer, this video is for you.