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Lunchline: I can't wait for the NBA Finals

I have the strangest people following me on Twitter. In the past week, I've had a sportsbook service (I definitely don't gamble), a self-admitted NSFW music site and some spammer with terrible shtick decide that they want to know what I tweet. The Internets can still sort of weird me out.

A view of New York Avenue looking west from Florida Avenue. (Bill O'Leary/WASHINGTON POST)

Sue Marcum, faculty at American University. (Courtesy of American University)

Jason Dick, right, and Chris DeBat dig into a chivito and a crawfish cake on their first trip to Fast Gourmet. (Michael Temchine/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

It's not everyday that scientists actually cure a disease. Rinderpest, more plainly known as bovine measles, has been wiping out people and cows since the Roman Empire. Now, the disease has been completely stamped out, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. The Post's David Brown reports on what some call "the greatest achievement in veterinary medicine."

So yeah, the Miami Heat is a pretty good basketball team. And Lebron James is turning into Hillary Clinton in that everytime I see him he's doing the same goofy "omigosh I'm excited and this is the face I make" pose. To be very clear, the Bulls lost four games in a row to the Heat in the playoffs after having not lost to them all season. The Post's Michael Lee breaks down Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals and I must admit I haven't read a story this good about a hoops game in a long time.

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Sarah Palin. (Ed Andrieski)

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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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