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Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Lunchline: Another potential Metro fare hike

I haven’t really said much yet about my excitement concerning the NBA’s return, because I don’t have to. I’m saving all that until Christmas, when it really happens.

(John McDonnell - The Post)
Metro has issues, kids. Its budget situation is a disaster, its capital improvements are moving along at close to snail’s pace and now, apparently, fare hikes are on the horizon. The transit agency is looking at a potential projected $124 million shortfall, so making money is most definitely a priority. Obviously, there is a fair amount of opposition to this plan. But Metro is dealing with increasing expenses, which doesn’t help the cause. The Post’s Dana Hedgpeth reports.

Hundreds of locals line up in the rain, waiting to put their names on a list for an apartment at Hubbard Place. (Bill O'Leary - WASHINGTON POST)
The affordable housing situation in the District is tight, so much so that hundreds of people started lining up in Columbia Heights just for the opportunity to get on a waiting list to rent an apartment at Hubbard Place. Thing is, there are only about 10 vacancies a year in this building, but it’s worth the wait for some. However, things got hectic, fights broke out and order had to be restored. The Post’s Annie Gowen reports on the real estate proceedings.

There are myriad rumors about former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and his personal life. And since the new movie about him came out, former FBI agents are not particularly happy about Hoover’s portrayal. Most specifically, some of them are upset about his portrayal as a homosexual man. Apparently, they’re talking about it on their message boards and taking to YouTube to voice their displeasure about the scenario. The Post’s Carol Morello reports.

Marion Barry is running for D.C. Council again. If he wins, that would be three straight terms representing Ward 8. Mind you, according to sources, he claimed a while back that the only reason he was running was to make a power move to install his son. Nobody except Marion knows what his personal intentions are, but either way, he’ll be on the ballot next year. Let’s get something straight: Marion Barry is 75 years old and he’ll likely win by the biggest margin of any elected city official come ballot day next year.

Dale Hunter makes his debut as coach of the Capitals. (Jonathan Newton - WASHINGTON POST)
Dale Hunter’s debut as the Caps coach was nothing special, really. The Caps lost a semi-ho-hum affair to the Blues last night in No. 32’s first game behind an NHL bench, but the energy in the Verizon Center was not the usual buzz. There were video montages of the old guy’s highlights and the crowd did their best to forget that they actually missed Bruce Boudreau. The real game that everyone cares about is coming up Thursday against the Pens, as you know, but Katie Carrera has last night’s gamer.

Extra Bites

• A couple zebras were running loose in Leesburg yesterday, but they were caught and captured before anyone got hurt. I repeat: A COUPLE OF ZEBRAS WERE RUNNING LOOSE IN LEESBURG YESTERDAY. Weird situation.

• The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired two robes of the Ku Klux Klan to be shown in its future home on the National Mall. That is all.

• Want to buy a gift for a journalist this holiday season? There you go. You’re welcome.

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