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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Lunchline: Wal-Mart is coming to Rockville Pike

If you'd asked me six months ago if I ever thought I'd see people rappelling down both the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral in the span of six weeks, I would have assumed that armageddon was upon us. Alas, those people are just there to help! Seriously, how cool is their job?

'Coming to America' is hands down my favorite Eddie Murphy movie of all-time . The story of Hakeem, the Prince of Zamunda taking his talents to Queens, New York to find a bride is one of the funniest movies of the modern era. And while that fantastical tale filled with jheri curls and gold toothbrushes is a bit ridiculous, the notion of living in the U.S. while presiding as royalty in another land is not unheard of. The Post's Emily Wax chronicles what life is like for the many royals living in the D.C. area. Who knew?


A shopper pushes her cart past a display of $4 medications and vitamins in a Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Rogers, Arkansas in 2009. (BETH HALL - BLOOMBERG NEWS)
Brace yourselves: Wal-Mart is coming to Rockville Pike . Just a few months after the mega-retailer made official inroads into the District, it's setting down roots in Montgomery County. Developers are looking to create a an 80,000-square-foot store in Pike Center plaza, hopefully set to open in 2013. County exec Ike Leggett says the store is a perfect fit, as its close to Twinbrook Metro and the space is already zoned for retail. The Post's Jonathan O’Connell and Victor Zapana report on the low prices takeover.

If you consider yourself the 'greenest' person you know, take a look at your television watching habits . Even when you turn off your LED lightbulbs to watch movies while eating your organic popcorn, you could be doing more harm to the environment than you think. Depending on how you take your TV, you may not be a very eco-friendly consumer of programming at all. Slate's Brian Palmer investigates and looks to answer the question: Is it better for the environment to watch TV via satellite, cable, or the Internet?

I'll never forget the first time I realized Lindsay Czarniak and Craig Melvin were dating . The two, then working at WRC-4, were doing a studio broadcast on a Sunday. At one point, coming out of a fluff story toward the end the show, Craig said something that was so clearly an inside joke between him and Lindsay that it was playfully obvious. She later confirmed that in a Washington Post profile about her life. Now, they're married. The story of their courtship is a must-read, complete with a fantastic Cliff Huxtable reference.

The Redskins are back to square one, in a sense . Heading into the season, the QB situation was in flux, and five games in, it still is. Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced Monday that he won't name a starter until Wednesday, but that's not going to stop this entire sports market from wild speculation up until the very moment he does. The Insider's Mike Jones believes that if you're ever going to play John Beck, the time is now, and LaVar Arrington offers some advice to Rex Grossman. I vote Rex over Becks.

Extra Bites

• Gallaudet University is getting its own reality show courtesy of MTV. The nation's pre-eminent school for the hearing impaired is going to be the subject of a program designed to show that life for deaf college student is just like it is for everyone else. It debuts Oct. 24.

• Playing on my iPod right now: a mixtape inspired by the score of The Karate Kid, and Bjork's new album 'Biophilia.'

• Photo pop quiz, hotshot: Tea Party or Occupy Movement? It's not as easy as you think

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