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Lunchline: 2011 comes to a close

I didn't take my resolution very seriously this year (more Guns N' Roses and Wu-Tang Clan) but I think I've come up with something sensible for 2012: Eat breakfast every day. And of course, there's this too.

I'm not the kind of person to irrationally defend my hometown. D.C., like any city, has its faults. It also happens to be one of the more dynamic cities in America for its size. Slate's Matt Yglesias disagrees, vehemently. He claims that the District is not ultra-hip and is a poor place for creative artists to flourish. I might personally disagree with this, but I'll let you read his argument for yourself.

It's been a relatively safe year in the District as far as homicides go. Officials announced Thursday that murder rates in the city were at levels we haven't seen since 1963. That's nearly 50 years, folks. The number of homicides in the city was just above 100 this year, a number that seems small when you consider that there were over 400 in D.C. 20 years ago. MPD Chief Cathy Lanier credits the improvementto quick turnaround time in closing cases.

Bill Clinton and Al Gore, right, watch themselves being portrayed in a 1996 skit. (Courtesy of the Capitol Steps)

Industry growth does not necessarily mean industry improvement . In 2011, the tech world launched many new devices and services, but that didn't make anything easier to use. Take a look at The Verge's top 20 products of the year many of which are mobile devices. But, Slate's Farhad Manjoo explains why the technology world's power vacuum in the post-Microsoft era means bad news for customers.

Another year, another snoozer for the D.C. pro sports scene . Although things started well with the Winter Classic, it pretty much went downhill from there. My personal fave was seeing Dwayne DeRosario score a scintillating hat trick at RFK Stadium in September. I remember, because I was there. Here are some year in reviews for you for the local squads. Redskins . Nationals . Capitals . Wizards . United . And of course, Dan Steinberg's look back on the year.

Extra Bites

• The No. 1 local story of the year is the Occupy Movement. Like it or not, the protesters at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square have definitely made their mark on the city. And it doesn't look like they're going away anytime soon.

• Here are my favorite music picks of the year for 2011. Rap: Mac Miller. Rock: The Black Keys. Reggae: Benny Demus. R&B: The Weeknd. None of them will steer your playlist wrong.

• The number for SoberRide is 1-800-200-TAXI. Safety first, kids. And have a happy new year!

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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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