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Trayvon Martin shooting protests; low morale at Homeland Security; ‘Hunger Games’ skill-building; D.C. budget unveiled (A.M. Buzz)

View Photo Gallery: The fatal shooting of Florida teen, an unarmed black 17-year-old, by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., has led to a federal investigation, numerous rallies and a national spotlight.

Howard University students protest Trayvon Martin slaying. About 150 students gathered for the vigil— red bags of Skittles candy in hand — in memory of the unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot in Sanford, Fla., last month by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

Code red for federal worker morale. If the homeland’s security were dependent on employee morale, we’d be in big trouble, writes columnist Joe Davidson.

Surviving the ‘Hunger Games.’ Inspired by Katniss? Take a local class on archery or explore the Appalachian Trail.

Coming up on PostLocal:

— D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to present his 2013 budget Friday morning. The budget aims to close the city’s $172.2 million budget gap.

— Washington will see a flood of protestors this weekend: religious conservatives in town for Friday’s “Stand Up For Religious Freedom” event and secularists and atheists for Saturday’s “Reason Rally.” On Faith has the latest.

— Plan your weekend with help from D.C. area insiders and the latest weather forecasts from Capital Weather Gang.

View Photo Gallery: African Americans are disproportionately affected by kidney disease, they are three and a half times more likely to have the disease than whites. The National Kidney Foundation designated March as kidney awareness month. Here a few stories of people touched by the disease.

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