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Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Kwame Brown tries to restore order to D.C. Council

If you learned nothing on yesterday's Presidents Day holiday I have something to help. This little video should be quite educational for you and maybe even fun at the same time.


Patrons enjoy the evening at Uniontown Bar and Grill on Martin Luther King Ave SE in Anacostia on February 14, 2012, in Washington, DC. (Jahi Chikwendiu - WASHINGTON POST)
How healthy do you think you'd be if fast food and carry-out were your only real options for eating out? If you want to know the answer, you can move to Ward 7 or 8 and find out. In the two wards East of the River in D.C., officials estimate that there are a total of just six restaurants with sitdown service for an area with nearly 140,000 residents. The city's leaders want to lure more restaurateurs to the area, but they know it won't be easy. The Post's Paul Schwartzman reports on bridging the culinary gap.

Kwame Brown is trying to restore some order to the D.C. Council . After council members Marion Barry and David Catania engaged in a profanity-laced shouting match at a group retreat, the chairman decided he needed to do something. Brown says he's tired of the complete lack of decorum shown by some elected city officials and has proposed changing the official code of conduct. This might end up being one of the most productive things Brown gets done in his tenure. The Post's Tim Craig reports.

At one point of my life, White Flint Mall was the fanciest place I'd ever been to. . I can remember thinking as a kid that the place smelled like what I presumed rich people's houses smelled like. The Post's John Kelly, who grew up in Montgomery,tells a hilarious tale about how the upscale facility is still maintaining decorum as its teardown -- and redevelopment as a "town center" -- comes closer.

The computer age is slowly giving way to the robotics era . People like Microsoft's Bill Gates believe that the latter is at the same place as the former 30 years ago, with the world looking at the prospect of artificial intelligence becoming even more vital to the way we live. Unfortunately, that prospect puts forward some ethical and practical issues that Future Tense's Patrick Lin outlines at Slate, such as: In the future, will you feel bad if you send your parents to a nursing home staffed by robots?

If you've ever seen "Miracle," you'll recall a scene known among hockey fans as "again."  In it, U.S. Hockey head coach Herb Brooks holds a practice immediately after an embarrassing performance and skates his boys into the ground to prove that the names on the front of his team's jerseys are more important than the name on the back. I'd like to think that Dale Hunter did the same last night after the Caps got blanked by the lowly Hurricanes. The Post's Katie Carrera reports.

Extra Bites

• A 13-year-old in Maryland is now dead after he fell out of a moving vehicle when he was leaning out of a car to vomit following consumption of the alcoholic beverage Four Loko. 13 years old. Incredibly sad.

• Our friend Diddy is apparently making a big announcement today, and it has put him in the same conversation as Oprah Winfrey. Sort of.

• Flip-flop alert. It's supposed to be 70 degrees on Thursday. Seven, zero.

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