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Lunchline: A magical night on the diamond

Last night reaffirmed why baseball was the first love of my life. "Wild Card Wednesday" was one of the most special nights of hardball I've ever seen. If you missed it, I don't know what to tell you. If you don't believe me, just ask my buddy Tony Reali, who tweeted "Kiss your loved ones, say your prayers & thank life for baseball. G'night." And Stephen Strasburg had a great outing for the Nats.

Apparently, Capitol Hill is not exactly the best of work environments. Complaints of harassment and hostile work environments are on the rise on the Hill. Offices are not required to keep personnel records, provide anti-discrimination training or protect whistleblowers, and more employees are seeking advice on how to deal with inappropriate co-workers. The Federal Eye's Ed O'Keefe breaks down the latest "State of the Congressional Workplace" report, which has everyone from Senate staffers to Capitol Police complaining about where they work.

Amazon has officially made its play on Apple. The company released it's newest Kindle yesterday, and the price point is key--$199. And while it doesn't have all the whiz-bang features of an iPad, it also won't set you back five hundred bucks. Slate's Will Oremus reviews the Kindle Fire, calling it "a mediocre Android tablet dressed up as the ultimate media reader." But hey, you get what you pay for.

It's clear that the region's fascination with trolleys isn't waning. As the H Street corridor gets set to unveil its streetcar system soon, Arlington and Fairfax counties are thinking along similar lines. As part of an effort to redevelop Columbia Pike as a more walkable and pedestrian-friendly community, officials want trams to redefine the transportation landscape. The State of NoVa's Tom Jackman reports on the latest.

When you think of an accident happening in the bathroom, it typically does not involve the toilet. In fact, that's typically precisely why it's an accident: the toilet doesn't come into play. But at the General Services Administration headquarters, the commodes are exploding and injuring people to boot. In less than a year, three toilets have blown up, sending debris flying. The Post's Lisa Rein reports.

A nightime shot of RFK Stadium Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, in Washington. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson) (LAWRENCE JACKSON/AP)

Extra Bites

• E-mail etiquette is always a tricky one. Some people consider it less formal than a written letter, but more than a chat message. Slate's Farhad Manjoo and Emily Yoffe discuss whether or not one-word e-mails are rude, or simply curt, yet effective. For the record, I send TONS of one word e-mails.

• Andy Rooney signed off from 60 Minutes this week, but another notable cranky old guy put down the microphone this week as well. WAMU's Fred Fiske hung it up for good at age 91. Here's a look at his career.

• It's International Coffee Day. Go grab a cup somewhere for free today.

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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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