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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 11/25/2011

Lunchline: Read this while you shop

I hope everyone had a happy, safe holiday yesterday. I visited some family down in Leesburg and was planning to live-tweet the mania from the outlets for early morning Black Friday, but I couldn’t hang after all that eating. Alas.

Christopher Ma died Wednesday. (The Washington Post)
Unfortunately, I have to start today’s letter on sad note. One of the most creative journalists of our time and a man I knew personally died Wednesday. Christopher Ma, a senior vice president with The Washington Post Co., suffered a heart attack while at a hospital in New York. He was 61. It was Ma who envisioned Express and led its creation. He had numerous other innovations that redefined the world of online journalism, and on top of that, he was an incredibly kind person. He will be missed.

Chances are, you’re likely reading this while standing in line cashing in on a deal. And if you’ve made it that far, lucky you. One woman in L.A. totally went overboard and decided that she needed to get violent to gain ‘an edge’ on her fellow shoppers to ensure she got the best deal. Her weapon of choice? pepper spray. Also, if you’re new to the game you might want to take some advice from Slate’s Farhad Manjoo on what electronics not to buy today, even if the sales are fantastic.

Lunchbags across America will likely be filled with turkey sandwiches for some time going forward. But instead of just eating leftovers the same way you did they first time they were served, it can be fun to mix it up with newer recipes. The Post’s Bonnie Benwick offers a tremendous, ingredient by ingredient guide on how to repurpose all the Turkey Day classics to ensure that Thanksgiving 2.0 is exciting. Also, there’s my personal favorite, if you’re feeling ambitious.

Apparently Herman Cain thinks that just because he’s black, black people will vote for him. The businessman running for the Republican nomination in the next presidential campaign sent out a mailer recently claiming that “as a descendent of slaves I can lead the Republican party to victory by garnering a large share of the black vote.” Newsflash: it doesn’t work like that. The Post’s Vanessa Williams analyzes why such basic racial politics don’t make sense in this election.

Ndamukong Suh argues with referee after Suh is ejected from the game. (Gregory Shamus - GETTY IMAGES)
It takes a pretty heinous act to get thrown out of an NFL game. To be ejected for doing something too vicious for even the most violent sport in the country, you’ve got to be a real jerk. Especially if it happens on Thanksgiving, at home, in front of a huge national television audience. But the Lions’ Ndamukong Suh managed to do exactly that by stomping on a guy after a play. The Post’s Cindy Boren chronicles the media reaction. Personally, I’d suspend him for the rest of the regular season.

Extra Bites

• A lot of us will be flying planes this weekend to go see friends and/or family. And with the stress of holiday travel, rest can be hard to come by. Question is: Can you get a good night’s rest in your airplane seat? Slate’s Forrest Wickman has an answer.

• The Muppets aren’t the only ones taking over the movie theaters this weekend. If you need something else, the Going Out Guide has plenty of suggestions.

• If you need some new music to jam to while you shop, I’ve got you covered. Happy weekend!

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