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Lunchline: Don’t lie to the Census

Note to everyone looking to dump their parents off somewhere after a trip to the National Mall: There’s a new comedy club at Gallery Place. It’s called Riot Act, and occasionally, when the comics show up on time, they can be quite funny. In all seriousness, it’s a cool place that will likely make you laugh.

Barbara McKeefery, 59 (L) and Chris Megargee, 58, of Maryland are among the growing number of same-sex couples who have children. (Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Robyn Gardner of Frederick, Md.

Good news, kids! Homicides and robberies are down so far in 2011 in D.C. According to MPD Chief Cathy Lanier, who’s been a bit busy recently, violent crime fell by an average of 37 percent in five specific neighborhoods that have historically had persistent crime problems. One catch, though. Total crime in the city went up 3 percent this year. The Post’s Theola Labbé-DeBose reports on the latest statistics.

Lost in Space vintage lunchbox by Thermos, 1967. (Courtesy of the Smithsonian Insitution)

Bryce Harper apparently threw a diva fit at the plate last night, and I love it. The Nationals phenom catcher-turned-outfielder got caught looking and decided to go nuts because he didn’t like a call when he struck out. A helmet slam, cleat swipe and finger point later, he was gone. Say what you want about this kid, he’s already got his big league arguing skills down pat. The Post’s trusty Adam Kilgore has the details on the ejection.

Extra Bites

• I love bloggers. I read hundreds of them everyday, compiling Blog Log in Express. Problem is, some people - read: me - don’t necessarily consider them congruent with journalists. Not a diss, just a thought. But, Slate’s Jack Shafer gives a head-nod to public-affairs bloggers (my favorite kind!), whom he dubs as non-parasites.

• Touré is a journalist, historian and dare I say cultivator of black culture whose word I trust now and again. The Root’s Randall Kennedy thinks Touré needs an attitude adjustment.

• George Lopez, I loved your sitcom, but your late night talk show was awful. Good luck.</p>

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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