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"I've known Eddie for a long time, and one unknown fact is what a great flag-football player he was in the 1990s," the gentleman says. "For several years, he played wide receiver for the team I was on — the Rosslyn Gamblers — which was in the Arlington Men's League.

"We started out as the worst team in the brand new league, and year after year we improved, eventually playing in two league championships. And Eddie was one of our two main 'go-to' players — he had great hands, especially scooping up the low passes near and in the end zone. He pulled our bacon out of the fire in several games."

Get busy

We see at the very top of a "to-do list" that House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, Mississippi Democrat, has sent to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff deals with "critical vacancies" that will occur in the extremely vital department when President Bush's second term expires.

Mr. Thompson wants Mr. Chertoff to develop a plan for what he foresees as an inevitable "mass exodus."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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