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Home economics reconsidered as obesity rates rise

I spent my morning putting together my lists for people to follow on Twitter during the Euro 2012 tournament. Cised! On a related note, if you think you know a big soccer fan, forward them this. If it doesn't blow their mind, they're not really a fan.

City Council Chairman Kwame Brown leaves his office into a gauntlet of press after news of his being charged with fraud on June, 06, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Bill O'Leary/Post)

One down, one more big hurdle to go for the second phase of the Silver Line to get back on schedule. Yesterday, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority dropped a labor provision that would have required union workers for construction, clearing the way for Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell to kick in the $150 million from the state he was promising to otherwise withhold. It also hopefully greases the wheels for Loudoun County to get on board, too. The Post's Dana Hedgpeth reports.

It blows my mind that there are things called roller coaster fan clubs. And for the leader of a local one based in Alexandria, Wednesday was a big day. Sam Marks, who runs the Coaster Zombies, showed up at Six Flags to ride Apocalypse, a new summer coaster. And he rode it by himself. For three hours. Then again, we're talking about a guy that drops $600 a year in season passes to theme parks. The Post's Steve Hendrix profiles the man that actually likes his roller coasters to be on fire while riding them.

My high school most definitely did not offer home economics as a course. I can't say that I would have taken it if so, but the value of teaching kids how to do things around the house is certainly high. And now that obesity is rampant and parents are working their tails off to put food on the table, it might make sense to bring it back. Slate's Torie Bosch explains how home economics eventually became far more useful in her life than anything she ever learned in algebra class.

The Redskins have moved training camp, again. For years it was in Carlisle, Pa., then Frostburg, Md., then back at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. But starting next year, the burgundy and gold are heading south to Richmond. Personally, I think this is an extremely smart move. There's absolutely nothing that hanging around town does to help the team focus when starting the season. How can you tell? Look at the results. The Post's Anita Kumar and Laura Vozzella report.

Extra Bites

• If you like Tabi Bonney, you'll love the first part in the video series he's doing with his homey MURS, also a rapper. This has me officially pumped to see him play a small show this weekend. Dude is pretty funny, it turns out. Language is semi-NSFW.

• Universal is coming under fire for not hiring actual dwarfs to act in the movie "Snow White and the Huntsman." A group is comparing it to blackface.

• Here's Ron Artest doing the weather at a Canadian TV station. Happy weekend, kiddos.

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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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