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Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera kisses the trophy at the end of the 2011 Copa America football tournament final against Paraguay. (ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Even though minorities make up nearly half of Maryland’s population, they are not very well represented in the halls of Congress. And while the Democrats are in charge of redistricting in the state, a minor conundrum has arisen for some. While most elected officials would to redraw jurisdictions to ensure better representation, many don’t want to risk their election chances and potential power in the Capitol. The Post’s Aaron C. Davis reports on the tricky situation for the Free State, which still packs quite a political punch with its eight members of Congress.

Amy Winehouse. (Matt Dunham)

The images coming out of Oslo are nothing short of horrific. After an apparently deranged bomber/gunman decided to blow up Norway’s government headquarters and then fire at a youth camp, residents of the usually peaceful nation are still reeling from the events. And while more details are emerging about the suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, the story from on the ground remains compelling. Slate’s Heather Murphy brings us “a Norwegian street photographer’s account of the mad confusion in Oslo.”

Patrons enjoy the "Lazy Rider" at Kings Dominion Amusement Park in Doswell, Va. (Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth, right, and catcher Jesus Flores following the team’s loss to the Dodgers Sunday. (Danny Moloshok/AP)

Extra Bites

• I’m not normally huge on reality shows, but I do enjoy good programming about cultures or practicesthat I’m not particularly familiar with. TLC, the station that has brought us ‘Hoarders’ is going to air episodes of ‘All-American Muslims,’ a reality show that will portray the lives of families in a large Muslim community outside of Detroit. I shall tune in.

• We talk about Maryland a lot here at Lunchline. Now, The Post is rolling out a new blog dedicated to all things involving the Old Line State called ‘Rosenwald, Md.’ As you can guess by the name, Michael S. Rosenwald will be its author. Should be fun.

• Um, happy hour concerts at the Kennedy Center? Yes, please!

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Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.

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