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Lunchline: That White House room is aptly named

Clinton Yates (Breton Littlehales)

I don't know about you, but when I think "tactical covert military operations," I think of Navy SEALs. So when news broke that Seal Team Six was the unit responsible for taking down Osama bin Laden, it was hardly surprising. That specific group of men operates out of a small facility near Virginia Beach, a point that many in the commonwealth wear with a fair amount of pride. But although military welcomes are a normal part of life in Norfolk, which regularly sees returning aircraft carriers, there will likely be no such pomp for Team Six. The Post's Annys Shin and Annie Gowen report on how honoring the men will be tough, because people don't really know who they are.

I can't say I believe that there's any right way to teach children about the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent killing of Osama bin Laden nearly 10 years later. But in some classrooms in America, the lessons are far more than just pages in a history book. Campus Overload's Jenna Johnson details what life was like Monday for the school that lost an 11-year-old and a teacher back in 2001. Also, The Post's Courtland Milloy explores how killing the founder of al-Qaeda sends a dicey, mixed message to our youth.

It's not a good time to be a Sony user. After the multinational electronics company announced that a security breach compromised the personal accounts of 77 million people from its online entertainment division, Sony has been hit again. Faster Forward's Hayley Tsukayama details the latest hacker incident that affected direct debit records of users in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. Yikes.

It's May, which means that everyone and their mom is wearing sandals, EVERYWHERE. But don't let the casual look fool you: Sandals are awful for your feet. The Post's Rachel Saslow talks to podiatrists about the widespread problems that crop up every year from wearing flip-flops, "ranging from stubbed toes and cuts to overuse injuries such as foot stress fractures." One doc also identifies who he thinks are the main flip-flop abusers, and you probably won't be surprised by either one.

The Capitals have their backs against the wall in Tampa tonight. They haven't won a game all series against the Lightning, and haven't scored in 11 tries on the power play. In short, with a loss tonight, they're cooked. But stranger things have happened, and just last year the Caps were down 2-0 to the Rangers and came back to win the series in seven games.The Post's Katie Carrera has a preview of the game, and D.C. Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg breaks down the odds.

Extra Bites

• The Post's Click Track blog has a fun new feature where they take what they call an "interesting Washingtonian" and ask them what they're listening to. This week's subject is Joi-Marie, editor in chief of the nightlife and society site The Fab Empire. Going forward, I'll tell you what I'm listening to each week, too. Language alert.

• My former colleague Ian sent me these photos of what a secure compound should look like, if you do it up architect-demo style.

• NPR's "All Things Considered" turns 40 today. Happy birthday!

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Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.


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