As a major pho enthusiast, I was concerned that last week's police raids at Eden Center might somehow hinder my ability to feed my Vietnamese soup addiction in Falls Church. In all seriousness, the dismayed business leaders scored a win when no one went to jail for illegal gambling, and now the community is working with them to reestablish their images. Good for them.
D.C.'s public schools are breaking ground nationally in sex education. The city plans to use standardized testing for grades 5, 8 and 10 to measure what students know about human sexuality, contraception and drug use. Advocates argue that health statistics show that teens have among the highest STD rates in the city, and testing will help flesh out what kids know about sex and its risks. The Post's Bill Turque reports on the exam initiative that combines "two political and cultural flash points in American schools: Sex education and standardized testing." Here's the quiz.
I am all about cultural exchange. And while Voice of America's mission is to bring news and information from the United States to the world, they usually keep it pretty straightforward. Their newest show, though, is a breakout hit in China, and its star is a 24-year-old from Ohio who speaks fluent Mandarin. "OMG! Meiyu"stars Jessica Beinecke, who explains American culture to young Chinese people in ways that their classrooms or the movies could never teach. The Post's Tara Bahrampour reports on the Web phenom overseas.
Morning network television is a cutthroat business. The pressure to win the ratings wars by securing high-profile newsworthy guests is constant and the people whose job it is to do that are always on the go. Sometimes it means jetting to the site of a natural disaster, and other times it means literally physically kidnapping people that might be appearing on another show. The Post's Paul Farhi chronicles the world of people known as “bookers” and their hectic lifestyles.
When the University of Maryland football team first hit the field last week, I called their uniforms garish and tacky. But the more I think about it, if the players are into it, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. Now, wacky college football unis are officially the talk of the sport. The Post's Dave Sheinin investigates the new landscape, in which announcements about which uniforms a team is going to wear are as important as knowing which players will suit up. Also, an incredible NCAA long read.
• Speaking of cultural exchange, some daring skateboarders from Britain brought a camera to Burma, of all places, to shoot a documentary. What they found and skated on in the tightly controlled country is fascinating, inspiring and, quite frankly, a bit sad, all at the same time.
• While many people know Brazil for its fabulous beaches, beautiful people and tremendous soccer, its dark side is less reported on. Foreign Policy presents:Cocacabana, via Hipstamatic.
• If you didn't know, the Bullets/Wizards aren't the only professional basketball team that's ever played in D.C.