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Posted at 6:15 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Quatar, Katar, Qatar; Murder in Celebration, Fla.; and pennies and panache in Congo

By Melissa Bell
Celebration, Florida. (Michael Williamson/The Washington Post)

Evening need-to-know stories:

Murder has visited the happiest town on earth. For the first time since the town of Celebration, "Disney's master-planned, picture-perfect central Florida community," a man has been murdered in the neighborhood. Tamara Lush writes:

Residents of the town five miles south of Walt Disney World woke up Tuesday to the sight of yellow crime-scene tape wrapped around a condo near the Christmas-decorated downtown, where Bing Crosby croons from speakers hidden in the foliage.

Post writer Theresa Vargas visited Celebration in 2009 to see how the neighborhood fared during the recession. She found falling housing prices had opened the storied town to families who had been unable to afford it prior to the housing downturn. "The recession has closed many doors, but it has also cracked open the intangible gates surrounding desirable neighborhoods such as Celebration." Read more about her visit to "Utopia at a Discount" here.


Everyone on Twitter is mad that everyone else cannot spell the name of the country that won the hosting duties of World Cup 2022. Katar and Quatar shot to the top of Twitter trends, infuriating spell checkers everywhere who wondered where Qatar was.

Katar and Quatar?? Seriously?? It's Qatar!!less than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

Twitter, however, is not uniformly uninformed. Katar is the German spelling. Folks may think the original English spelling as denoted by the country should go -- Qatar spells it Q-a-t-a-r -- but by that logic, we'll need to start calling Deutschland Deutschland.

As for Quatar, well, Alexandra Petri searches for that country here.

There are multiple spellings for Qatar/Katar/Quatar? What do people think Twitter is, a tool to communicate across language barriers? #dangless than a minute ago via web


And two don't-miss reads from The Post:

A heart-wrenching story about a father dedicated to his son after a severe beating left the son in a coma:

As midnight approaches, the father is where he was when the day began, sitting on the edge of his son's bed, peering into his unfocused eyes and misshapen mouth, rubbing his bare chest and scarred scalp. Checking his diaper. Making sure his boy is okay.
He is not okay.

Read the whole piece here.

And from the vaults:

Guy Matondo, who also refers to himself as "The Chinese from China," displays his outfit, which is slightly frayed from years of wear. (Miguel Juarez/The Washington Post)

This letter from Congo talks about the dapper fellows that call themselves "sapeurs." Their designer labels hide the hardships of their lives.

By Melissa Bell  | December 2, 2010; 6:15 PM ET
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