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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Lunchline: Metro is hoping to simplify

This article is updated to correctly reflect that Metro is meeting to discuss a change in fare structure, but not planning to vote on the matter.

Bhutan seems like an awesome place. A quaint little mountain country with a fun name and a sweet-looking flag, plus they never seem to bother anyone. Today, their Dragon King (what a title) got married. Check out the photos. Even their robes are super fly.

Today is a big one for the future of Metro . The transit agency's board of directors is meeting to consider a change in its fare structure. As currently consituted, between peak rates, peak-of-the-peak rates and myriad other permutations of payment, there are more than 40,000 potential fare rates when riding Metro. Needless to say, that's a bit complicated. Metro is even considering allowing for unlimited bus and rail passes. The Post's Dana Hedgpeth reports, and is also tweeting from the meeting.


WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: International Grand Master Maurice Ashley shakes hands with fifth grader Arjinae Jones of Cleveland Elementary School in the District after beating her in a game of chess while simultaneously playing thirty school-aged kids at the U.S. Chess Center. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) (Ricky Carioti - WASHINGTON POST)
I must admit, I can't stand chess . I respect it, but I certainly don't play it. As a game however, it does have its benefits, particularly for children. It's known to help build focus and concentration qualities and the U.S. Chess Center in downtown Washington aims to do exactly that. This week, the world's first black international grandmaster (another great title) Maurice Ashley came to D.C. to take on 30 eager kids at once to promote the game of kings. The Post's Michael Alison Chandler reports on the event.

We've all met a hoarder on two in our lifetime . Some of us work with them, some of us are related to them, some of us even live with them. But now, local jurisdictions are taking steps to intervene, considering the issue a significant threat to public health and safety, not to mention a potential warning sign of mental health issues. The Post's Josh White reports on the somewhat depressing tale of what life is like working on a local hoarding task force.

It seems that NPR has been losing more friends recently than ever before . The legendary public radio outfit has run into problems with funding in Congress (nevermind the Juan Williams debacle) and recently installed Gary Knell to shepherd the next phase of its public radio future. However, there are still issues, according to some people. The Root's Joel Dreyfuss writes an open letter to Knell, stating very plainly that National Public Radio has a major diversity problem in more ways than one.

If you're a Capitals fan, tonight is important . The team has found a way to win its first two games in dramatic fashion, but tonight they take on the Penguins, who are tremendously undermanned. Sidney Crosby is still out, Evgeni Malkin is also inactive, but somehow the Pens are still winning. The Caps have shuffled a couple things around in the net due to Michael Neuvirth's injury, but it's looking like Tomas Vokoun will start. Let's hope things get off to a better start than last time.

Extra Bites

• When The Strokes album "Is This It" first came out, it changed my life. I played it non-stop in college and it somewhat re-officially restored my faith in rock music. Slate's Taylor Clark calls it the best album in the past ten years. Speaking of college and music, you can now take a class at Georgetown called 'Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z."

• Maryland is adding yet another area code. This time, it's 667. Yes, this is a direct result of more mobile devices clogging up the Free State's airwaves.

• I agree 100 percent with this headline. I turned out just fine!

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