Fighting pirates sounds like a little boy’s game on a lazy Saturday afternoon, but it is all too real for Navy intelligence analysts. These deskbound warriors, looking like everyday Washingtonians, were honored Thursday for their role in defeating Somali pirates in an incident 2 1/2 years ago.

Homicide on a local college campus: An 18-year-old Bowie State University student was fatally stabbed Thursday night by her roommate during a fight in their dorm, Maryland State Police said early Friday.

The mortgage payments are overdue: Thousands of area homeowners are deluging housing offices with appeals for help in avoiding foreclosure. They are seeking assistance from a federal program set to expire at the end of the month. And the regional unemployment numbers are coming out this morning.

Culture wars continue: Virginia will now have some of the toughest regulations in the nation governing its abortion clinics — so tough that they could shut down many of the state’s 22 facilities, activists say.

Mark your calendars: Washington-area nonprofit organizations are going all-out for your donations Nov. 9 in one grand 24-hour attempt to raise millions (and engage new donors). Expect to see lots of social media on Give to the Max.

It’s Friday, so that means the Going Out Guide has lots of great content, including a survey piece: As the new Fillmore opens, how do other music clubs in the area stack up?

A housekeeping note: After six months on this beat, I’m happily moving on to cover Alexandria and Arlington for the Post. Katie Rogers, currently one of the social media gurus here, will be taking over the A.M. Buzz starting Monday. Please make her feel welcome and keep checking PostLocal.