Today, Metro turns 36. Back when the system opened, non-peak fares were 55 cents and there were only 5 stops. But this is a birthday present like none I've ever seen.Yikes.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. (Jim Cole/AP)

A new food fight in the area is an awfully exotic one . At odds are conservationists who tipped off federal authorities that the Great Wall supermarket in Falls Church sells live animals such as bullfrogs, turtles, swamp eels and other creatures that are illegal to sell in the state. The upcoming court battle has led to a culturally delicate debate over whether or not Asian food traditions are under attack due to outdated laws. The Post's Justin Jouvenal breaks down the story. There's also this.

The history of military photography in the U.S. dates back to the Civil War . Back then, President Lincoln thought documentation might be important and commissioned Matthew Brady for the job. These days, things are more sophisticated and recently the Defense Information School at Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland awarded its 2011 Military Photographer of the Year award. Foreign Policy showcases some of the armed forces' best photography.

Fairfax County is taking bold new steps to control its deer and tick population . When the deer use special feeding stations in two county parks, they'll rub up against rollers treated with a pesticide that kills ticks. In order to discern which deer have been treated with the pesticide, they've made it pink. Seriously. So, if you happen to see a pink deer roaming around Sully Woodlands and Hemlock Overlook, don't be alarmed. I'm more concerned about the dangers of rubber-necking if people see these day-glo pink deer than I am about the problems that deer create. The State of NoVa's Tom Jackman reports.

Tonight is a huge game for the Capitals . They're tied with the Sabres for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and guess who's in town? And although Alex Ovechkin's been on a pretty significant tear, there is an interesting situation developing with the netminders. And Coach Dale Hunter isn't even trying to downplay the significance of tonight's skate. He says the looming matchup with Buffalo is “like the seventh game of the playoffs,"according to The Post's Katie Carrera.

Extra Bites

• If you're not a fan of Tenacious D, I don't really know what to tell you. Either way, the duo is back and they've got an awesome new mini-doc called "To Be The Best" and a lovely (NSFW) song named "Rize of the Fenix.'

• The U.S. will not be playing men's soccer in the Olympics. I don't want to talk about it. At least D.C. United will get Bill Hamid back.

• Newt Gingrich has absolutely no qualms about charging supporters $50 for photos.. Alrighty then.

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