Lunchline: Poverty is a loaded word

Last night, I went to go see a group called The Pete Muldoon Band at One Lounge and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I'm not even a huge jazz guy, but the young lady who sang had a voice I'd only describe as lovely. If you like jazz on Tuesdays, you might want to check themout.

Poverty is a loaded word. Aside from the literal definition of what the government says you have to make to be poor, there is also a concept. So, while the Census just released numbers saying that nearly one in six Americans lives in poverty, a differing study from The Heritage Foundation argues that it's not that bad. After all, apparently the average poor American has cable television, a microwave and plays video games. The Post's Courtland Milloy points out why perspective is critical when analyzing poverty.

A good, solid, passive-aggressive maneuver can be quite effective. For example, I used to have a roommate who would routinely set my toothpaste inside the mirror, to make the point that keeping it on the counter was not the move. That might be tame, but in this era, the way to do it is a bit more subtle. If you want to let the neighbors know that their sex life is too raucous, just change your wifi network's name to tell them. Slate's Farhad Manjoo and Emily Yoffe discuss this trend in this week's Manners for the Digital Age podcast. And Farhad curses!

'Scorned lover' might be the two most dangerous words in the English language. The things people will do to rationalize their behavior behind closed doors never ceases to amaze me. And for Frank Cipriani, he added a dose of costuming to his elaborate plan. The Post's Dan Morse reports on the case of a man who donned a fake beard to reportedly try to kill his married lover's husband, only to have it fall off, reveal his identity and ruin his plan. Awkward.

If you know Eden Center, you likely love it. The Falls Church strip mall plaza is full of fantastic pho spots and other Vietnamese gems, but has recently come under controversy after police raided several places accused of running illegal gambling rings. Now, business owners in Eden Center say the police are taking things too far with their surveillance. The State of NoVa's Tom Jackman reports.


Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrence Austin (18) turns and runs to the endzone for a 3rd quarter score Redskins at Ravens in preseason action in Baltimore, Md ( Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) (Jonathan Newton/WASHINGTON POST)

Extra Bites

• I was a huge fan of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' back in the day. My favorite character was most certainly Uncle Phil, no question. That aside, everyone knows that Will Smith's sneaker game was always tight on the show. Here's a fun breakdown of exactly what he wore.

• There are priests in the area using baseball as a way to encourage young men into the profession. Their team name is the D.C. Padres. I find that hilarious.

• There's actually a TV show coming out called 'H8R' in which awful celebs confront their haters. Wow.

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Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.

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