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D.C.'s new ethics panel investigates a Council member. Maryland's same-sex marriage debate ignites a controversy at Gallaudet University. And local candidates in Virginia, including in Alexandria's race for mayor, barrel down the home stretch. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
The Politics Hour proudly presents Flat Sherwood, a distant cousin of Flat Kojo, who himself is a distant cousin of Flat Stanley. You can follow his adventures on Facebook and Twitter. Or you can print your own Flat Sherwood and send us pictures of him at your favorite places in the D.C. area and around the world. Beware that even though he is only a cartoon representation of Tom, he also has a distaste for places with extreme security perimeters and mazes of jersey barriers.
Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker endorsed Question 6, a referendum that would legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland. "It is my intention to vote in favor of Question 6. I do believe it's a civil rights issue," Baker said.
Baker explained why he supports Question 7, a ballot measure that would expand gambling in Maryland. Baker said the measure would create new jobs and bring $200 million in revenue to the state.
Have you ever popped open a bag of potato chips only to be disappointed by the number of crisps in your bag? It's not just you. To avoid raising prices, companies often increase their "nonfunctional slack fill" or the difference between the volume of product and its container. We talk about how food packaging affects your recipe and wallet.