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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/14/2011

A.M. Buzz: Flags wave, fake SEALs, no-fly zones


Good morning. It’s Flag Day, and a bit later today we’ll have a report from a naturalization ceremony in which 20 people from 12 countries become U.S. citizens. Raise a flag, or slap a flag tattoo on your epidermis.

Everyone wants to be a hero, and like the people who pretend to have won the Congressional Medal of Honor, there are now poseurs claiming to be Navy Seals. “Only 500 [SEALs] served in Vietnam. And we’ve met all 20,000 of them,” said Steve Robinson, who has taken to debunking the fakers.

We know it’s only been 10-plus years since Sept. 11, but why are some private pilots still clueless about restricted air space above Washington and, um, Camp David?

Political ethics? Bwah-ha-ha... There are major flaws in the bill overhauling the D.C. government’s ethics rules, the attorney general says. Meanwhile, in Prince George’s County, a task force recommends strengthening its ethics rules.

If it’s not already too late, beware that Maryland and Virginia police are cracking down on HOV lane violators during morning and evening rush hours today, particularly on Interstates 66, 95, 395 and the Dulles Toll Road in Virginia, and on Interstate 270 and Route 50 in Maryland.

A man accused of the murder of a popular American University professor has taken to taunting police from his new home in Mexico. The friends of professor Sue Marcum are infuriated; the police counsel patience.

Patience works: Two young men have been charged in the 2009 murder of another popular area resident, Carl Diener of Clarendon.

It’s a great week to be an intern, our friends at Going Out Guide tell us, and who’s to argue? Lots of discounts are available.

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