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Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 05/04/2011

Lunchline: Happy Star Wars Day!

It's a gloomy day outside for more reasons than one, but for "Star Wars" geeks out there, it's a fun Wednesday. The first person to e-mail me why that's the case, I'll give a shout-out to in the live chat today. Full disclosure: For community service hours in high school, I volunteered at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum's "Star Wars" exhibit that had all the old costumes and storyboards from the movies. It was awesome.

If you thought that Americans publicly celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden was inappropriate , this next story will make you sick. Unsurprisingly, a cottage T-shirt industry has cropped up. Downtown, where shirts are a major cash crop for vendors, people are still reticent to purchase "NoSam"'-themed gear, but online the products are selling "a lot" according to one retail exec. The Post's Justin Jouvenal reports on what could be the summer's next tourist trend. Also, the use of the code name "Geronimo" is understandably not sitting well with some Native Americans.

Churches are a pillar of black American communities in more than just a religious regard . What happens in and around African American houses of prayer is typically a major influence socially, culturally and economically for their congregations and the communities in which they reside. The Post's Darryl Fears chronicles the fascinating story of how Florida Avenue Baptist's installation of 44 solar panels — billed as a conversion to a "green ministry" — might go a long way toward changing many black people's views on the value of renewable energy.

When the District first proposed a system that would allow the city to limit the travels of DCPS kids using student farecards, I had a major issue with it. It doesn't strike me as sensible or productive to control young people's independence as a way to keep crime down. Nonetheless, the pilot program is launching next month as part of a larger D.C. One ID card system, Lori Aratani reports. I will say, though, that one reader did suggest to me that the cards could help with AMBER alerts. Good point.

There are a lot of terrible apps out there these days. There's one to tell you whether or not it's dark outside and another that claims it can cure warts by uploading a photo of one. However, Slate's Farhad Manjoo is in the business of reviewing "Killer Apps," and his selection this week is incredible. Check out two new translator apps that work with what Manjoo calls "augmented reality" technology. This is worth the watch.

If you're one of the many fans with a warped sense of reality about the Capitals' talent level , last night was probably a major letdown for you. If you've been watching this particular collection of guys for some time, nothing surprised you about Tuesday's loss, following yet another third period meltdown. The Post's Katie Carrera was on hand for the 4-3 defeat, and Tracee Hamilton still thinks this team is just as talented as the Lightning. Game 4 is tonight.

Extra Bites

• Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and aside from giving everyone a semi-plausible excuse for drinking micheladas and margaritas, it's a good time to break out some fun Mexican recipes. Here are a couple that should help your partygoers soak up their liquor.

• It's official. The Internet is taking over broadcast TV. Nielsen is reporting that for the first time since 1992, television ownership in this country is down. Faster Forward's Hayley Tsukayama reports on the details.

• Prince Charles visited a D.C. farm yesterday, wearing a silk pocket square. Wait, what?

Send your suggestions or comments to me at clinton.yates@wpost.com.

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