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A Passover getaway

Dear Capitals, thank you thank you thank you. I can't even explain how good it feels to make the playoffs and see Buffalo out after that horrific loss to them last week. Lord Stanley did not approve of the Sabres' fans boastful ways. Alas.

Council member Marion Barry. (Bill O'Leary/WASHINGTON POST)

Full disclosure: I've never been to a Passover Seder. But they seem like fun. Unless you're the one doing all the work. And if you follow strict kosher rules, that can become a lot of work. As a result, some families are taking a different route when it comes to the religious celebration and simply letting others handle it. Call it the Passover getaway. The Post's Michelle Boorstein reports on the "growing number of retreats designed to tempt the busy modern Jewish family."

It's 2012 and there are still places where men are not allowing women to join. The old boys club is still very real and the situation is far less benign than, say, Calvin throwing water balloons and snowballs at Susie Derkins because he's got nothing better to do. Grown men can't decide whether they want a woman to be a part of their goofy club in Augusta, and it's getting awkward. Here's a list of some other places where women still aren't allowed.

When I think of Yellowstone National Park, Yogi Bear immediately comes to mind. Yes, I realize the cartoon was set in the fictional Jellystone Park and that bears that wear hats and neckties but no pants don't exist, but still. Nonetheless, the real bears in the park are no joke, and they kill humans sometimes. But because Slate's Heather Murphy is a curious person, she's shared with us what she considers the real gem of the place – its digital photo archive. These pictures are tremendous.

How about the Nationals? The good guys caught a break at Wrigley Field yesterday against the Cubs and got a win. And guess what? Our friend Ian Desmond pretty much provided all of the offense! Yes, he winged an awful throw over to first at one point, but we'll take what we can get. As I've said before, as Desmond goes, so go the Nationals this season. I guess switching to Frank Robinson's number turned out to be a good move after all. The Post's Adam Kilgore reports.

Extra Bites

• As it turns out, the tradition of giving a woman an engagement ring is not correlated to some ridiculous theory concerning a woman's natural affinity to jewels. It was the social contract of social contracts.

• There's only one thing that creeps me out more than clowns. And those are Easter bunnies. Check out this frightening gallery of bad costumes.

• Ladies and gentlemen, I present Bone Pugz-N-Harmony. Happy audio-NSFW weekend.

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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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