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For those among you who think our local sports columnists phone it in, give the home team a permanent honeymoon, use the same phrases day after day, and get famous for doing bad Dave Barry imitations, I offer the play-by-plays, rants, debates, and missives of the late Shirley Povich, collected in All Those Mornings…at the Post. He saw everyone from Gehrig to Ripken and modulated his column to fit the moods of the times. His excitement carried you through Don Larsen’s perfect game. He spared no details in reporting Babe Ruth’s sad farewell at Yankee Stadium. His column was loose and conversational, but his reportage had sting whether he dug deep in a series on race or battled with Redskins owners. And in his final column, written one day before his June 4, 1998, death, he slammed fellow Post columnist Tom Boswell for arguing Mark McGwire had bested Ruth as the home-run king. He was right ’til the very end. Maury Povich and George Solomon read at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Jason Cherkis)