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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Lunchline: Twitter is in touch with your feelings

I'm completely obsessed with the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor. I've been watching coverage non-stop, I can't turn away from it and I really really wish Dominick Dunne was still alive to document it. That's not the first time I've mentioned that regarding Dunne, but I still believe it. The personal drama in this case is riveting, and I, for one, am hooked.

Somehow, Twitter can apparently tell what kind of mood you're in. Depending on what you're doing, playing hoops, grocery shopping or buying wood at Home Depot, if you tweet about it, the company can determine whether or not you're happy or sad, just by crunching a few numbers. The Post's David Brown explains why a group of scientists at Cornell spent so much time analyzing the 140-character missives.

Capital Bikeshare is expanding in D.C. adding more bike racks around the city. (Photo by James A. Parcell for The Washington Post) (James A. Parcell - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
I love people who ride bicycles, except for certain types. Anyone who's wearing a regular outfit and cruising a red Capital Bikeshare vehicle, however, I stay away from.Why? Because most of them all terrible bike-riders that violate the traffic laws even worse than the seasoned vets. The Post's Ashley Hallsey III reports on how MPD plans to reinforce the bike laws.

Every decade there seems to be news that the Lincoln Theatre is getting ready to shut down. Now, with an operating budget that is well below their overhead cost, the facility is asking for money from any and all takers. Mind you, this theater is legendary, all this way back to the Black Broadway era of D.C. The Post's Mike DeBonis reports on the latest from the U Street landmark.

I love Marion Barry, but the guy has made some horrible decisions in life. I'm not going to get into the guys's personal history, but his latest courtroom drama wasn't even his own: it was that of his son. These days, instead of just handing out turkeys for free, Barry has gone all community activist on us again. He's decided that in order to get a free bird in late November, you have to pass a mini-identification test. I think this is an interesting idea.

If nothing else, D.C. United is consistently inconsistent. After a strong outing last weekend, the Black and Red traveled to Philadelphia to take on a Union team they desperately needed a win over. Instead, they fell down 2-0 early, and couldn't precisely battle back. The Post's Steven Goff was there, and reports on where United's playoff chances stand.

Extra Bites

• Expect for the convenience of banking with Bank of America to get a whole lot less helpful soon. The bank is getting ready to charge customers to spend their own money, by excising a $5 fee for debit card use. Yes, it's come to this.

• It's the weekend, meaning time for some new music. The Post's Click Track has you covered for the latest songs you should be listening to.

• This video ought to make you laugh. No kids were harmed in the making of it. Safety first!

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