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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Lunchline: ‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier dies at 67

Yesterday was a great day to be in a newsroom. There were all sorts of news pressers and anticipation and it was all legitimately important in my book. If I haven't said it before, I'll say it now: I love my job.


DC City Council member and former Mayor Marion Barry. (Melina Mara - TWP)
Does "Mayor for Life" Marion Barry have plans for his son to succeed him as the District's Ward 8 council member? According to Jacque Patterson, a Democratic activist who intends to challenge Barry in the April 3 primary, the answer is yes. Barry has denied the allegation, claiming only that he plans to run and he plans to win. Barry's son, Christopher Barry, has had trouble with the law, and his experience in politics is minimal, Mike DeBonis reports.

I was born in George Washington University hospital . The old one. This headline FRIGHTENS me: "GWU medical school professor resigns; students say she didn’t teach class, gave everyone A's." Apparently there was a professor simply handing out A's without ever teaching a class, and students complained about it. GWU is one of the most expensive colleges in the country and to think that its medical school is just handing out top marks is, quite frankly, ridiculous.

The latest poll quantifying D.C.'s inferiority complex is out , and guess what? You shop more than New Yorkers and Angelenos! Bundle.com has ranked the District and Arlington as number 1 and 2 as America's most "shopaholic" cities. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, considering that most people in this region are employed and tend to make more money, on average, than the rest of the nation. The Post's Maggie Fazeli Fard reports.

Apparently coconut water is the new hotness . Personally, I find it gross, but it's natural aesthetic and tropical appeal have made the product more popular than ever. The beverage that is a basic commodity in many cultures of the world is now a trendy item in this country, with anticipated sales of over $100 million dollars in the next year. I don't know who's drinking all this coconut water, but I do know one person who drinks it religiously. Slate's Seth Stevenson reports.

'Smokin' Joe Frazier embodies a generation of black men in this country who literally had to fight their way to success. The man who beat Muhammad Ali for the first time ever in the "Fight of The Century" died Monday night, after battling liver cancer. Frazier's story of his rise from sharecropper's son to superstar is fascinating and there are pictures to prove that he most definitely lived the life of the heavyweight champion of the world.

Extra Bites

• Everyone loves a good photograph but not everyone knows how to take one. Lucky for you novices, it's Foto Week DC, which means all the cool kids taking pictures are sharing their secrets. Lomography on the National Mall is apparently the move.

• There are more bikes coming to Arlington and D.C. Capital Bikeshare is expanding 36 docks around the area, meaning more red bikes, with bikers sans helmets for everyone!

• I like science and I like tattoos. If you are like me, click here.

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