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Mayor Vincent Gray No Longer Backs Former Campaign Chair

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Lorraine Green is at the center of a controversy involving former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown. He says Green and other Gray campaign officials gave him cash and promised him a city job in exchange for repeated attacks on former Mayor Adrian Fenty. Green has denied Brown's claims, which have led to multiple investigations.

Gray said he was withdrawing Green's nomination at her request. The mayor says Green has decided to re-establish a business venture she put on hold several years ago.

Green recently retired as an Amtrak executive.

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Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

Two new works of art — the documentary film Cartel Land and the novel The Cartel — shine a light on the seemingly endless drug war in Mexico. John Powers says both works are bleak, but gripping.
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Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

Fast-food restaurants are often demonized as the epitome of unhealthfulness. But a study suggests sit-down joints may be no better when it comes to sodium, saturated fat and the risk of overeating.
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D.C. Ranks High On 'Health' Of Democracy, Though Campaign Finance Laws Lag

According to a new report, D.C. fares well in providing access to the ballot — but falls behind due to the weakness of its campaign finance laws.
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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

The president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, chats about the future of higher education — and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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