A massive deal to build a casino in Prince George's County blows up. One of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's new nominees is haunted by a steamy incident from his recent past. And the firestorm continues to burn over the leadership crisis at the University of Virginia. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
D.C. Council member Michael Brown said there have been "ethical clouds" over the Wilson Building. But he said the city's economy is growing and now has one of the highest fund balances in years. Brown said he does not support Initiative 70, which would limit corporate contributions to political campaigns. Instead, he said he endorses public financing of campaigns. Resident analysts and NBC4 reporter Tom Sherwood noted, "It just seems like ethics is a back burner issue when it should be the engine."
Andre Le Notre helped turn an old hunting lodge into the Versailles we know today, taking his profession way beyond a trade. Experts say Le Notre'swork was so groundbreaking, it continues to influence contemporary urban architecture. This year marks the 400th anniversary of Le Notre's birth.
The track record of products designed for digital privacy has been abysmal — at least until recently. Snapchat, wildly popular among teens, is changing assumptions about young people's desire for digital privacy. But it's not clear whether the trend will stick.
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