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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Lunchline: Get your tags in order, D.C.

Last night was a fantastic night of soccer, but not particularly because of the U.S. Men's National Team. They lost again, this time to Ecuador. In the real tilt of the night, Brazil beat Mexico with 10 men. Now that was quite the match.

If you're riding around the District with expired tags, you might want to stop . Apparently, in D.C., police have the authority to arrest you if your vehicle tags have been expired for more than 30 days. And yes, it has most certainly happened to seemingly otherwise law-abiding citizens who have had their lives disrupted by this punitive policy. AAA says that Washington might be the only place in the country where this happens. The Post's Ashley Halsey III reports.


Mayor Adrian Fenty unveiled a new street sign at 17th and R Streets NW dedicated to honor gay rights activist Frank Kameny. From left to right, Frank Kameny, Mayor Fenty and Jack Evans from Ward 2 smile as they present a copy of the sign that was given to Kameny. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post) (Sarah L. Voisin - WASHINGTON POST)
A legendary man passed away yesterday . Frank Kameny, one of the foremost gay rights activists not just in the city, but around the country, was found dead Tuesday. He was 86. His life story as a closeted gay man in the military, and later a victim of homophobia in the workplace is fascinating. Some of his old protest materials are even in the Smithsonian. The Post's Martin Weil and Emily Langer remember the man who died on National Coming Out Day.

I remember my days in college radio . It was a fun new world, where the possibilities of online streaming allowed for endless listenership across the country. Of course, nobody really listened, but it was exciting. Yesterday was national College Radio Day, and student-run radio stations around the nation took to the air to reassert their presence. The Post's Daniel de Vise reports on how economics have changed the face of college radio, often at students' expense.

My friend Thomas grew up in Fairfax County and had one of the most tremendous treehouses I've ever seen . I have no idea if his dad went through the struggles that Mark W. Grapin did to get it up, but I would certainly hope not. When Grapin decided to build his kids a 58-square foot clubhouse in his yard, he ran afoul of the zoning board. The Post's Freddy Kunkle reports on the Army National Guard soldier who found himself out a couple thousand dollars over legal red tape.

It's officially crunch time for D.C. United . The team is making a push toward the MLS playoffs and is going to need all the points it can get before the regular season ends to qualify. Tonight is the team's last road game of the season and they're playing it at the most distant location possible in the league. The Black and Red travel to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps, likely without their star Dwayne DeRosario. The Post's Steven Goff previews the match.

Extra Bites

• Here's a tech update for you. The iPhone 4S has been out for a bit now, and the reviews are in. For the most part, people really like it. It might not look different, but it does run better. Also, BlackBerry outages are being reported across the globe.

• A woman named Ashley Miller ran the Chicago Marathon, then ate a sandwich, then went to the hospital and had a baby. That is awesome.

• Sony bought the rights to the Steve Jobs movie. Who do we think should play him on film?

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