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Lou Diamon Phillips; Walmart Good For DC; Living Rooms In Kitchens

SILVER SPRING—Lou Diamond Phillips is in town shooting episodes of An Officer And A Movie for the Discovery Channel. The series interviews veterans about real life events and themes that are mirrored in war movies. [MediaBistro]

DISTRICT—The fiery debate over Walmart has its share of skeptics and haters. But some analysts are proposing ways to ensure this box store could benefit the city. [DC Fiscal Policy Institute]

EVERYWHERE—City living usually means creative use of space and some people are making their kitchens do double duty as their living room. Here's a video on how to be a couch potato in the same place you cook. [WSJ]