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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 05/17/2011

Lunchline: Who is your daddy, and what does he do?

If you didn't see last night's PBS special on the Freedom Riders, you might want to check it out. Reading stories about it is one thing, but the footage from that era in American history is sobering.


Dominique Strauss-Kahn waits to be arraigned. (Richard Drew - AP)
If you went into this week having no idea who the head of the IMF was, I don't blame you. But after allegations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn painted the French presidential hopeful as a free-spending sexual predator, many think his political career is over. And while Strauss-Kahn and his wife claim innocence, The Post's Eugene Robinson says the accusations alone are enough to end his days in public life, and are almost enough to give socialism a bad name. Also, Foreign Policy breaks down the history of philandering by French politicians.


"It's Academic" features a "Superbowl" showdown between the best teams of the year. (Astrid Riecken/For The Post)
There's really only one place that you'll find cheerleaders screaming for guys in blazers answering math problems. And that place has been there for 50 years. "It's Academic," the locally produced quiz show that pits high school teams against each other under the watchful eye of the super-exuberant Mac McGarry. The Post's Monica Hesse chronicles the lengthy history of the show that dominates the 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning timeslot. If you've never seen this program, check it out. It hasn't changed in half a century.


Country Music duo Brooks & Dunn perform at Jiffy Lube Live as part of their "Last Rodeo" Tour in 2010. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The )
Just saying the words "Jiffy Lube Live" is tough for me, still. As far as I'm concerned, it's the Nissan Pavilion and always will be. The Bristow, Va., concert venue renamed itself last year after an agreement was struck between the car-repair company and Live Nation. Now, the facility is making another drastic move in the name of safety. Jiffy Lube Live is banning not just alcohol from the parking lot but is also putting an end to tailgating of any kind starting this summer. The Post's Chris Richards details the changes.

Wheaton is one step closer to landing a Costco. Montgomery County moved forward with plans to give the mega-retailer $4 million over two years to come to the ever-developing town. It will be interesting to see how Westfield Mall can work with Costco to make sure that the new store doesn't create a full-blown traffic fiasco in an area that's already swarmed with cars on a regular basis. The Post's Lori Aratani reports on how county officials came to their decision.

It's the time of year when Wizards have more hope than any other point of the season. Yes, it's NBA Draft lottery day. Last year, after the recently widowed Irene Pollin appeared for the team at the annual showing of the ping-pong balls in Secaucus, N.J., the Wiz won the No. 1 overall pick. The Post's Michael Lee reports on how the team plans to utilize more good luck charms to land the top spot and hopefully turn this currently craptastic franchise around.

Extra Bites

• Well now, I guess it's fair to say that the other shoe has officially dropped in the Schwarzenegger-Shriver divorce saga. The Governator revealed yesterday that he fathered a child with a "longtime member of the household staff" over 10 YEARS AGO! Unreal. Honestly, though, he couldn't get any better press for his new flick.

• There's been another entry into the burger-packed world of Dupont Circle. Shake Shack opens today in the spot where Fuddruckers used to be.

• Feel free to go impress your friends with the latest word of the day: Tardigrades. You're welcome.

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

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