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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Two steps forward, one step back for Metro

I need to clear up something I wrote yesterday. No woman should ever be considered a target for sexual assault, no matter the circumstances. I’d like to apologize if my words came across otherwise and I’d like to thank the readers who understood my point and alerted me to the possible confusion. I appreciate the feedback.

Metro plans to hire a contractor to speed up work on its escalators. (Bill O'Leary - WASHINGTON POST)
Once again, Metro can’t get out of its own way. On the same day that the transit system announced that it’s taking the progressive step of hiring outside contractors to speed the repair of escalators, a damning video surfaces on the Internet. In the footage, a Metrobus operator appears to body slam physically remove a passenger from his bus after asking the guy to get off. There are exactly zero details surrounding the circumstances of the video, but per usual, it’s not a good look for WMATA.

It’s debate day again for the Republican presidential candidates, and the field has changed a bit since the last one. Tim Pawlenty is out, Rick Perry is in and the current news cycle should offer some divisive talking points. To top it off, the NBC News/Politico debate is being held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, meaning the conservative rhetoric should be loud and proud. The Post’s Jonathan Bernstein tells us what to look for tonight. I’ll be live-tweeting the event, too.

Washington’s architecture is one of its most defining features as a city. But as security concerns have taken over the design landscape, more intrusions have cropped up across D.C., turning many iconic buildings into foreign-looking fortresses. Many of these measures were in fact set in motion six years prior to the 9/11 attacks. Slate’s architecture critic Witold Rybczynski explains how security experts have unapologetically altered the aesthetics of all federal buildings.

Finding time to work out is always tough. But if you don’t have a schedule that’s super-conducive to hitting the gym, you can always get some exercise at work. The Post put together an absolutely hilarious infographic for some routines to do at your desk. Raise the roof! Seriously, if this doesn’t make you laugh, your cord’s unplugged. Also, if you thought your desk was just another cubicle, you’re wrong. It may be a work of art.

Strasburg is back. (Jonathan Newton - The Washington Post)
Stephen Strasburg is officially back with the Nationals. The phenom made his first start of the season at Nationals Park last night against the Dodgers, and he looked pretty solid in the no decision. If you want play-by-play, D.C. Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg has you covered. Strasburg himself thinks he’s taken a big step, some say he’s changed as a pitcher and Tom Boswell doesn’t think that the pitcher’s star power has waned one bit.

Extra Bites

• Eddie Murphy has been named the host of the 2012 Academy Awards Show. You know why? Because he’s funny. And also because Brett Ratner is producing the show and the two have a new movie coming out. If you don’t think Murphy is a funny guy, one word: Zamunda.

• The National Park Service has finally unclenched, and is making moves to let Capital Bikeshare put its stations on the Mall. It’s about time.

• Don’t forget: There’s a 9/11 memories tweetup today with a few Posties. See you there.

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