Last night, Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped at gunpoint from his family's home in Venezuela. There is precedent for this sort of thing in Venezuela, but it is still extremely scary nonetheless.
Every day, I walk past McPherson Square . Its current existence as the home base for the Occupy DC movement is somewhat jarring on a basic level, but on a more symbolic note it is fascinating. For one, it's operating as a small city, complete with a library and medical clinic of sorts. But also, if you stand in the right place you can look upon this camp in the foreground and see the White House in the background. The Post's Philip Kennicott calls it "a living exercise in DIY urbanism." Also, check the graphic.
I've long contended that the FBI Building is the ugliest edifice downtown by 10 miles . Now the Government Accountability Office says the J. Edgar Hoover Building is deteriorating and is in need of serious repair. The brutalist facility that occupies an entire city block is apparently falling apart at the seams, but replacing it would be an logistical disaster. The Post's Ed O'Keefe reports on the details of the report. They might want to consider changing the name while they're at it.
Rick Perry did not have a very good night Wednesday . The Texas governor, who has managed to remain marginally relevant in the GOP presidential candidate race despite uneven debate performances, made one of the most egregious gaffes I've ever seen by a politician on national television. Call it a brain freeze, a senior moment, or whatever, it was hard to watch. Slate's Dave Weigel breaks down last night's proceedings from Rochester, Mich.
They say you never know how much you miss something until it's gone . This holds particularly true for technological habits that we rely on in our lives. Notice what happens every time Facebook tweaks its interface. Some things are even more subtle but have a drastic effect on how we compute. Like scrollbars. Apple's new Lion OS has eliminated scrollbars as its default setting, a change which Slate's Farhad Manjoo calls "unbelievably annoying."
Penn State University takes football too seriously . After the school's Board of Trustees decided to fire longtime head coach Joe Paterno and president Graham B. Spanier, the first question fielded in the press conference was a query on who would coach the team against Nebraska Saturday. Then, peaceful gatherings in State College turned somewhat violent in apparent protest to the decision. The Post's Tom Boswell calls it a sad end for the man known as Joe Pa.
• If you don't know, Donald Glover, the actor on NBC's 'Community' is also a musician. And his latest album 'Camp' is a brutally honest look at what it's like trying to rap in a world where no one takes you seriously as an artist. NSFW, big time.
• When was the last time you used a cookbook? And if you had a tablet computer, would you ditch books in the kitchen?
• Happy birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps and to Sesame Street!