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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 10/04/2011

Lunchline: D.C. council’s latest hypocrisy

The D.C. Council is seriously considering a measure to declare a 'Profanity Free Day' in the city. Apparently it has nothing to do with the members themselves, who curse each other out on a regular basis, it's for the kids, who need to learn a lesson. Um yeah, right.

The battle to legalize same-sex marriage is pretty evenly split in Maryland. And by pretty evenly, I mean, almost exactly split according to a new study. A poll by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies shows that 48 percent of Marylanders who regularly vote are in favor of it, while 49 percent percent oppose legalizing same-sex nuptials. Coincidentally, supporters of gay marriage kicked off their campaign to support legalization with a Web video starring Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). The Post's John Wagner reports on the effort.

The "Occupy Wall Street" movement has made its way to D.C. Participants don't seem to have any real agenda for what they want,but when they organized themselves to stand-in at McPherson Square today, there was one general theme: corporations play way too much of a role in politics. And following the events of the past couple days that unfolded on the Brooklyn Bridge, it might be worth knowing whether or not this regional offshoot of the New York movement is going to grow any legs. The Post's Ezra Klein breaks it down.

There's no one specific way to define what it means to be black in America. And although powerful stereotypes, race roles and other generalizations pervade our culture, at its core the definition of the black experience in this country is as complex as it's ever been. Social commentator, music journalist and Twitterati extroardinaire Touré's new book, "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?" addresses this notion. The Post's J. Freedom du Lac took a trip up to Harvard to talk with the one-name author about his book ahead of his arrival in D.C. this week.

Apple's unveil day is finally here. I hope you all were good kids last night, and synced your iPhones, charged your iPads and updated your software, because if you didn't Santa Jobs isn't going to leave you anything but a lump of coal on your digital doorstep. In all seriousness, buzz about the iPhone 5 (or 4S?!) is unsurprisingly high and Faster Forward's Hayley Tsukayama previews what we should expect from the event.

Buffalo Sabres left wing Ville Leino (23), left, tries to cut him off as Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) chases down a puck during the game at the Verizon Center. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post) (Toni L. Sandys - WASHINGTON POST)
I love my man Jeff Halpern, but to put it bluntly: he's getting up there. The Capitals legend and hometown hero has skated quite a few shifts in his NHL days, and when he came back for what will likely be his final go-round in the league, he knew something had to change. He had to get faster on the ice. And faster he got. The Post's Tarik El-Bashir reports on how the Potomac, Md. native re-invigorated his career at such a late stage.

Extra Bites

• When we first heard about Rick Perry's offensively named family hunting camp, many assumed it was a pretty singular example of how insensitivity is still very prominently on display in some places. But it turns out that racist place names are pretty much standard across the United States.

• I don't need to point out the obvious comic humor in the notion that Ben's Chili Bowl is closed for a week due to plumbing issues, but the question is: Can D.C. survive without its half-smokes?

• Click Track's Singles File this week is pretty out there, but I enjoyed it.

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