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The Pentagon. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

It must be nice to be a lawmaker in Virginia. Besides being given the opportunity to represent your neighbors in the state assembly, every once in a while you get thrown a perk. This week, five legislators arrived in France on a $10K-a-head, all-expenses-paid trip by Virginia Uranium to study the viability of uranium mining, as the state considers lifting a ban on the practice. The trip includes three full days off to do absolutely nothing except gallivant around Paris. The Post's Anita Kumar reports on why some elected officials in the commonwealth thought taking the trip reeked of impropriety.

Beth Pruitt, left, and Sophia Chang worked in the basement of the the James Holliday House in Annapolis. (Mark Gail/THE WASHINGTON POST)

D.C. has been accused of being too progressive on more occasions than one, but sometimes intolerance shows up in a strong way. During Pride weekend, the magazine Metro Weekly reported on a gay couple that was subjected to a homophobic slur by a cashier at the Safeway on Fourth Street SW. The two men filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights, understandably so. In addition, the woman who delivered the slur apologized on video. The Post's Victor Zapana reports the latest on that woman's employment status.

For some people, breaking away from certain technologies is a difficult process. The fall of DVDs has been a nightmare for folks who just can't deal with the fact that actual physical items for enjoying media products will likely be a thing of the past in five years. It's nearly impossible to find a Blockbuster these days, and Redbox is still just another vending machine at the grocery store for these types. The Post's Cecilia Kang chronicles the struggles of those slow to adopt streaming.

Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa, top right, leaps into a pile of teammates. (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)

Extra Bites

• I've long contended that Alec Baldwin is the best host in the history of Saturday Night Live, and his sketch "Schweddy Balls," written by Tina Fey by the way, is one of the funniest in the history of the show. Now, Ben & Jerry's is thinking of making an ice cream flavor out of it. Good times.

A doll wearing an American Girl Washington, D.C. shirt is seen at the American Girl store at Tysons Corner Center in McLean. (Matt McClain/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

• Father's Day is coming up, and the question is: Who’s Your Hollywood or TV Dad?

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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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