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Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 09/16/2011

Lunchline: Stricter regulations for Va. abortion clinics

When I walked outside this morning, it became clear that the weather has officially turned. It didn’t take long to see the first pair of Ugg boots, and I made the mistake of leaving the house with wet hair. It seems those days are over with for this year. No worries, though: I like long-sleeve shirts.

Abortion rights supporters were dealt a major blow in Virginia on Thursday. The state’s board of health approved new, stricter regulations for abortion clinics that could force more than 20 to close. The new law mandates that clinics be considered as ambulatory surgery centers and requires them to meet hospital-type regulations. The Post’s Anita Kumar reports on the reproductive rights issue that some say is being unfairly fought in a courtroom and which brought “passionate public testimony from residents split over the regulations.”

In some neighborhoods, just walking to school is a safety issue for schoolchildren. And for a decade in Ward 8, Curtis Watkins’s “Safe Passage” program has been working to curb that problem. During the week, Watkins and other black males in Marshall Heights and Lincoln Heights in Ward 7 walk the streets in the morning greeting young students. The goal: to let them know that someone’s looking out for them. The Root DC’s Chris Jenkins reports on how one group is looking to foster community involvement, old-school style.

It’s a sad day on the campus of Bowie State University. Maryland State Police said today that an 18-year-old student was fatally stabbed by her 19-year-old roommate in their dorm room. Authorities say that the suspect and the victim got into an argument that escalated into a fight that led to the stabbing. The school has canceled classes for the day. The Post’s Clarence Williams and Matt Zapotosky report on the details. What an awful way to start homecoming weekend.

Full disclosure: I love Whitney Cummings. She’s smart, she’s vulgar and she’s from D.C. And while her bawdy comedy style may turn some people off, it’s garnered her two separate television sitcoms. The first is one in which she basically plays herself in name and character: a 30-year-old struggling with the weight of a long-term relationship. The other is called “2 Broke Girls,” about a couple of non-hipsters living in Brooklyn. Slate’s Troy Patterson wonders: How much perky raunchiness can you stand?

Very rarely do I give the Redskins credit as an organization for their off-field efforts. But this time, they’ve completely nailed it. To commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, the franchise released a remix of the team’s fight song, “Hail to the Redskins,” in Spanish. It’s called “Viva Los Redskins” and it is completely awesome. The Post’s Dan Steinberg has the details (and the song) ahead of their matchup against the Cardinals on Sunday.

Extra Bites:

• Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program has taken her to some interesting places across the country, but her latest location may have been the most intriguing yet. FLOTUS is working with the Olive Garden’s parent company in an effort to reduce sodium and calories in their food, meaning she was actually inside an Olive Garden restaurant yesterday. Wow.

• There’s nothing really funny about old people learning to use technology, unless it’s an adorable couple playing with a webcam that they don’t know is recording.

• Three words: Lion King. 3D. Um, yes please.

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