Lunchline: What is the shelf life of Georgetown?

August 18, 2011

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)

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.


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)

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)

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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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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