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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 08/18/2011

Lunchline: What is the shelf life of Georgetown?

I try to support artists from the area when I can, so yesterday I picked up rapper Wale's new mix tape release called "The Eleven One Eleven Theory" ahead of his album, "Ambition," which is obviously set to drop on Nov. 1. I like Wale, but I'm not crazy about him. However, I imagine people who love his music will really like this mix tape.

Co-owner Wendy Kerr tapes a final announcement in the window as Furin’s bakery and restaurant closes after almost three decades in Georgetown (Bill O'Leary - WASHINGTON POST)
Georgetown businesses have always had a high turnover rate. For as long as I've been alive, the typical shelf life of a retail location in the now tony enclave was a little more than two years, if that. But certain businesses hung around, considered staples by true locals that lived and shopped there every day. Now, one of the most iconic storefronts in Georgetown, Furin's Bakery, has shut its doors after soaring property taxes and cupcake lemmings rival businesses made things too hard to manage. The Post's Maggie Fazeli Fard offers a tremendous look back at the social and commercial history of the neighborhood.

Living with your family can be hard enough when growing up. But when the time by which society says you're supposed to be out of the house has expired, and you're back at home, it can make things even tougher. The recession has forced exactly that situation on more than 1 million people in the area. The Post's Carol Morello and Ted Mellnik report on new census figures, which show that extended family households in the region are at their highest point since the Great Depression, according to a Brown professor.

If I had told you back in January that a 33-year-old
Ghalia Ali Mahmoud, 33, prepares for her daily Ramadan cooking show in a makeshift studio made to look like her home kitchen. (Leila Fadel - WASHINGTON POST)
woman who couldn't afford a computer would be a big star in Egypt, you would have thought I was crazy. But that's exactly the case for Ghalia Alia Mahmoud, whose low-frills cooking show has become a hit nationwide for the recently liberated nation. The modest wife, who was discovered by a television executive while she was working in his sister's kitchen, is considered by some to be a symbol of the new, class-unified Egypt. The Post's Leila Fadel reports on how Mahmoud teaches her country to prepare dishes they can actually afford. I love this story.

You want a lesson in large-scale image control? Look no further than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons, whose religion has been falsely characterized, and widely criticized over the years -- and more recently extremely popularized -- have their operation down pat when it comes to managing their image. And with two Mormons running for president, this task is as paramount as ever. The Post's Michelle Boorstein reports on how they've got the best SEO strategy in the business.

Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Semin (28) during a April 29 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Verizon Center. (Toni L. Sandys - WASHINGTON POST)
Privately, I've long held the belief that many Capitals players were more concerned with partying than winning Stanley Cups. Yesterday, former Cap Matt Bradley said in a radio interview that left winger Alexander Semin could be the best player in the league, but he just doesn't care. This affirmation is not a huge surprise to most knowledgeable fans, frankly. The Post's Tarik El-Bashir reports on the shots fired from the now Florida Panther about his old teammates.

Extra Bites

•I'll know I'm old the day that someone makes fun of me for talking about actual, physical cable boxes. Because as much as streaming technology has progressed, we still haven't been able to break away from the peripheral item. Slate's Farhad Manjoo explains why they won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

•Rush Limbaugh actually thought it would be funny to bust out a modified "oreo" slur on the president yesterday. The Root's Akoto Ofori-Atta says: Really, Rush?

•Apparently bedlam broke out at a game while the Hoyas were in China. Follow The Post's Gene Wang for the latest.

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