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Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 09/20/2011

Lunchline: A big day for the military

Yesterday, on my way to lunch outside the newsroom, I saw something that must be unique to D.C. A man hawking the newspaper Street Sense (for the homeless, by the homeless) was seated reading Politico on the sidewalk. Take what you want from that, but I've got the picture to prove it. Only in Washington.

It's a big day for the military. Today, the Pentagon plans to officially repeal the policy known as “don't ask, don't tell,” which prohibited troops from revealing they were gay without potential retribution. For some, this is a small step in the right direction after years of wrong, but for others it's a straight-up coming-out party and a chance to make a statement to co-workers whose discrimination previously went unchecked. The Post's Ed O'Keefe reports on how different troops plan to go forward with their careers now that they don't have to hide who they are.

Making fun of Marion Barry is a long-time tradition in this city , for some. Some do it out of love, others not so much. So when nightclub owner Joe Englert decided to sell T-shirts at Saturday's H Street Festival sporting the former D.C. mayor's old campaign logo from his 1986 reelection bid, it was apparently a big hit among the hipsters. Barry, on the other hand, was not impressed. DePost's Mike DeBonis reports on the Ward 8 council member’s reaction to someone else selling his likeness.

Vincent Orange says he wants D.C. Council members to be full-time city employees. The at-large member introduced a series of bills today designed to get elected officials limited to two consecutive terms in office. To be fair, Orange acknowledges that this stance is a total flip-flop from his previously stated beliefs on term limits, including his arguments as recently as his most recent campaign this year. The Post's Tim Craig reports on Orange's efforts, pointing out that he's dropped the idea of raising the council's base pay rate.

I'm officially off the Charlie Sheen bandwagon. I've loved the guy my whole life, but after last night's super hack roast on Comedy Central, I'm officially done. The show was somewhat counter-programmed against the CBS premiere of the new “Two and a Half Men” with Ashton Kutcher, which didn't miss a beat, according to The Post's Hank Steuver. By the way, prankster Steve-O ran into Mike Tyson's fist at the end of the roast, breaking his nose. Um, cool. Not at all.

There's a kid currently playing soccer for Walter Johnson HS that might end up playing for Arsenal one day soon. As ridiculous as it sounds, 14-year Gedion Zelalem is seriously under consideration for a professional contract with the struggling English Premier League squad, according to his father. The Post's Steven Goff reports on what life is like for a kid playing in Montgomery County one day, and potentially the next in North London.

Extra Bites

• It's a sad day in the entertainment world in D.C. Joe Barber, longtime film critic for WTOP, was found dead in his home yesterday. The Post's Adam Bernstein writes the obituary for a man who was widely loved and respected across the city's media landscape.

• Slate's Daniel Engbert wants to know why companies seemingly use so many bears and angels to advertise toilet paper. Seriously, "when did bears get to be associated with bathroom hygiene?"

• If you've been looking to critique The Post, now's your chance.

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