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Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 04/11/2012

D.C. takes stance on bullying

I made it to the Howard Theatre last night and it was every bit as fun as I expected. When George Clinton took the stage, he said, "from the Howard Theatre to the Capital Centre," which pretty much made my day.


Vincent Gray. (Jahi Chikwendiu - WASHINGTON POST)
Bullying is at the front of people’s mind these days . The new movie out about the subject has drawn all sorts of media attention, and earlier this week it finally got the PG-13 rating the filmmakers were looking for from the MPAA. In all honesty, bullying is awful. I've been the bully and the bullied, and while some consider it a part of growing up, I'm glad to see officials stepping forward to put a stop to it. Today, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray plans to announce a four-step plan to deal with the problem.

The Occupiers are expanding! You didn't get the housewarming invite? They're putting in a new kitchen. Seriously. Since the two sides at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square tied the knot, they've decided they need to do some remodeling. And there's no better way to freshen up your public park look than installing a full-service kitchen dead in the middle of downtown D.C. The Post's Annie Gowen reports on the exciting expansion.

The presser that the ex-lawyers for George Zimmerman held yesterday was downright bizarre . Beyond the actual contents of the conference, the characters in the background were amazing. If you watched it live, you might have noticed a guy that looked like an aging Scooby-Doo villain and another dude in a cutoff T-shirt and a mesh hat. They were the stars of the show. More important, the two lawyers bailed on the man who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, because, apparently, they don't know where he is.

Fair warning: The word “swag” appears 12 times in the next story . I will not use it again. But after three kids vandalized a duck tours boat in Galveston, Tex., the police department only had surveillance video to potentially identify the suspects. One of them was seen dancing on the tape, and the police captain claims that he knows one of the guys, a 16-year-old, because he has a distinctive groove that he apparently does in the hallways at school. Slate's David Haglund reports on this oddball case.

The Wizards have won two games in a row . Let me repeat. The Wizards have back-to-back victories. I've said this already, but if they get one more, that's called a "winning streak." It has happened before. More specifically, Kevin Seraphin balled out of his mind, most obviously because NBA All-Star Dwight Howard was not playing for the Magic. Nonetheless, he did his thing and had career high of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Maybe his pet bird gave him some coaching tips.

Extra Bites

• The creator of "The Simpsons" revealed in an interview with Smithsonian Magazine that the real Springfield where the cartoon family lives is in Oregon. Yeah, that sounds like a good way to shut down a program that could have ended a decade ago.

• One of the big sells for Apple computers back in the day was that they were immune to viruses because hackers only wrote them for PCs. It appears those days are over. Big time.

• This is pretty much the coolest coffee table I've ever seen.

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