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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 06/16/2011

Lunchline: Vancouver FAIL


Vancouver riot police stand guard as a car burns. (Getty Images)
The Boston Bruins won their sixth Stanley Cup last night and Vancouver Canucks fans promptly embarrassed themselves across the world. Rampant rioting went on well into the night, multiple people were assaulted, idiots were jumping through fireballs on top of cars and people were making out among riot police. Way to go, Vancouver.

Metro officials found themselves in the proverbial principal's office again Wednesday, and they insist that things are getting better. General Manager Richard Sarles and Chief Safety Officer James Dougherty testified on Capitol Hill in front of the National Capital region's congressional delegation and claimed that the transit system's culture of safety has turned itself around after the horrific June 2009 crash that killed nine people. The Post's Dana Hedgpeth reports on how “Metro has resolved more than 100 ‘corrective action items’ from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Transit Administration.”


A view of the Alexandria waterfront. (Tracy A. Woodward - THE WASHINGTON POST)
The waterfront in Old Town Alexandria is one of the most unique places in the area. Between the history of the buildings and the nice views of the Potomac River, it's a fun place to take in local flavor that isn't overrun by suburban commercialization. Some residents of the town want to keep it that way. A proposed three-mile project that would redevelop the shore has faced opposition, and yesterday the city council voted unanimously to delay a decision on the plan until after the summer. The Post's Christy Goodman details the dispute.

I watch a lot of television. I have for years. If I'm not doing something else, I always have it on. Even when I am doing something else, I tune in. So, when I heard that watching the tube can actually increase my risk of developing heart disease or diabetes, I was pretty freaked out. Coincidentally, the Discovery Fit & Health Channel has a new show designed for couch potatoes like me. The TV Column's Lisa de Moraes reports on the new show that pits out-of-shape 18- to 25-year-olds against "super-fit golden oldies" in an exercise competition.

It is most definitely intern season in D.C. The annual arrival of fresh-faced newbies in office buildings across the city is complete and they are impossible to ignore. That low-key happy hour spot you used to love? Ruined. That place you used to be able to dance without getting groped? Now a meat market. On the other hand, you do have someone to go buy your iced lattes when it's 1,000 degrees outside. Campus Overload's Jenna Johnson is The Post's de facto Intern Editor, and she's compiled a fun list of tweets about interns. She's also chatting today at 1 p.m. Sidenote: Sometime back, I was this intern.


Washington Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez reacts as the crowd cheers after he pitched a three-hitter in the Nationals' 3-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. (Ann Heisenfelt - AP)
The NHL wasn't the only thing on the sports radar yesterday. The Nationals played one of their best games of the season, as the ageless Livan Hernandez threw a complete game and Mike Morse hits two homers as the team smashed the Cardinals 10-0 at home. That's five in a row for the Nats. Also, ESPN ranked the Redskins as the second-worst pro sports franchise in the country. Lastly, the U.S. Open starts today at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. Get pumped.

Extra Bites

• Political advertising is typically not the classiest of programming, but some ads take the mud-slinging and stereotypes too far. Take, for example, this number, that attempts to paint a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives as overly sympathetic to gang members. Slate's Dave Weigel calls it "the most offensive political ad ever, this hour."

• It hasn't been a great spell for the region's drivers. First, 700 people were cited in an HOV crackdown Tuesday. Then, a guy is accused of drunken sex at 85 mph while driving on the Beltway. Oy.

• If he were still alive, today would be Tupac's 40 birthday. This is my favorite Pac song of all time.

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