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Happy Birthday, Joe Louis! In honor of the boxing legend’s birthday, pictured are the boxing gloves he wore during his first historic bout with Germany’s Max Schmeling in 1936. The fight ended in a loss for Louis, but the two met again in the 1938 rematch at Yankee Stadium. Here Louis demolished Schmeling in a first-round knockout, becoming a national hero – to both whites and blacks. Seen as a symbolic contest of American ideals vs. Nazi propaganda, this victory is regarded as one of the greatest sporting moments of the 20th century.

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Sarah Palin Rolling Into D.C. via Motorcycle? You betcha. The former Alaska governor (and potential presidential candidate?) will participate in the annual Rolling Thunder memorial ride Sunday. Palin’s appearance at the motorcycle rally kicks off her nationwide bus tour of historical sites and patriotic events.

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Bob Marley died 30 years ago today, and many on Twitter have been paying tribute to the legend by sharing his lyrics and quotes. Personally, “One Love” has always been one of my favorite songs by the reggae star. With its unmistakable steel drum and “why can’t we all just get together and feel all right” vibes, it’s impossible not to feel anything but happy and the power of change. (Even with lines about impending Armageddon.) Plus, it’s Jamaica’s best travel jingle, a staple in mainstream pop culture (cue: spontaneous singing from the “Glee” cast), and a fine concept to celebrate. One love indeed.

Your Turn: What’s your favorite Bob Marley song?

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It’s May 5th, the time of year when Americans butcher their Mexican history for the sake of wearing sombreros and drinking Coronas.
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That’s The Washington Post’s Clinton Yates being honest on what today is about for many Americans: an excuse to booze it up and forget what they did. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not the Mexican Independence Day – that would be September 16. Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. But knowing those kind of historical nuggets would probably get in the way of your tequila shots

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The Rapture Isn’t the Only Thing Coming … May is also Zombie Awareness month. Do you know what you’re supposed to do in the event of a Zombie attack? Do you stop, drop and roll? Do you play dead? Do you pull your best Lady Gaga impression to blend in? WHAT DO YOU DO? Luckily, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the details you need to know on the day flesh-eating zombies inherit the earth. Great info, small problem – can you really trust a survival strategy that doesn’t include dancing to “Thriller"?

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To understand “It’s Academic” is to understand the hierarchies of high school, and the way that “It’s Academic” upsets them. Long before geek chic became a thing and Bill Gates became a religion, “It’s Academic” made heroes out of the socially awkward, the pale boys with the shy smiles and the girls who looked smashing in glasses.
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That’s The Washington Post’s Monica Hesse on “It’s Academic,” the quiz competition show featuring some of the Washington area’s smartest teenagers (otherwise known as the people who will be signing your paychecks one day). “It’s Academic,” celebrating its 50th anniversary, is the longest-running quiz show in history.

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What’s hurting millenials the most, day to day, is not CEO bonuses, nor is it an unfair tax structure. We don’t have to pay for that each month. What’s keeping us down is the thousands of dollars of debt we incurred because they told us we had to. You Absolutely Must Have a Degree, society said.
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That’s ComPost’s Alexandra Petri giving you something to ponder while putting your graduate degree to work at the Gap. Last week the College Board revealed that Americans owe more in student loans than in credit card debt, and that amounts to a whopping $1 trillion. College tuition has doubled since 1988, but income … not so much. Petri argues that if you take out the student loan factor, there wouldn’t be much of an Occupy Wall Street movement.

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[ComPost, Alexandra Petri]

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Karaoke Cab, Where Have You Been all My Life? Joel Laguidao is a Clarendon cabbie with a passion for singing karaoke in his cab with strangers. The cab’s portable karaoke system offers 2,000 songs, which undoubtedly means a lot of tipsy passengers, a ton of Bon Jovi, and a sprinkle of 90s pop. And sure, for a lot of people a singing cabbie might be a little silly, if not downright creepy. Yet at a time when the markets have plunged and London is on fire, one should not overlook the benefits of a little “cab-shaking choreography” in our lives.

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Property Crimes Are Up in the District

Burglaries have more than tripled in the Dupont Circle area, and thefts have spiked about 65 percent in neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. The Washington Post reports the crime surge is in part due to thieves smashing in back doors, then making off with iPads, cash, TVs and other valuables.

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We All Scream for Ice Cream. Among the Smithsonian’s 137 million items is the real Good Humor Truck. The 1938 white Chevrolet truck delivered those famous chocolate covered bars via salesmen in white uniforms. Candy-maker Harry Burt named the ice cream bars Good Humor, based on the notion that a person’s “humor” or outlook on life was related to the humor of the palate. Can you really be mad at the creamy, delicious joys of summertime? We think not.

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Say Hello to Jonathan’s Verizon iPhone: Meet Rockville, Md., shopper Jonathan Yeasemis, a young man so excited by the opportunity to purchase his new iPhone that he begins speaking in perfect Apple-approved marketingspeak. That is, until the end where he announces, “The world is yours. Scarface." 

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Bye, Bye Pandas? This Government Shutdown Just Got Real. As in, really bad for the entire Smithsonian Institution, which is hitting its peak visitor season. Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe reports if a budget deal is not reached by Friday, around 500,000 visitors could be turned away this Saturday from the federally funded National Zoo and major Smithsonian museums on the Mall. Sad for tourists, but maybe not so bad for the animals. This could be their only shot at a paid vacation (free food and an empty zoo).

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Georgia Avenue NW is one of the main cultural arteries of the city. If you start at Florida Avenue and make your way all the way north to the Maryland state line, you’ll see shops and neighborhoods of all types on the way– some good, some not so great, but it’s come a long way since the 80s.
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That’s the Washington Post’s Clinton Yates on the sprucing up of Georgia Avenue. And if you think parts of the thoroughfare are still a little shady, trust it’s definitely a huge step up from the Ave's liquor store mecca/outdoor heroin market heyday. Now, a taskforce is going the extra mile to upgrade Georgia Avenue’s neighborhood's with “window art” exhibits and more.

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[Clinton Yates, WaPo]

Actually, I thought it was if you see a white guy in Anacostia, listening to an iPod, jogging or walking a dog!
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That’s Anacostia resident Sariane Leigh joking about what she used to perceive were “gentrifiers.” For many, when they hear the word gentrification, they think of a flow of white professionals moving into traditionally black neighborhoods. But in actuality, Leigh is a “gentrifier” and part of the new gentrification wave hitting Anacostia – young black professionals bringing with them yoga studios and chai lattes. While they could afford to live in the pricier areas of D.C., The Post’s Emily Wax takes an interesting look at why they have chosen to make a home out of an area once associated with heavy crime and violence.

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Saying Goodbye to Clinton Portis. With the Redskins and Clinton Portis parting ways, The 20’s Grant Paulsen talks about the running back’s charismatic legacy in Washington.

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