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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.

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Politics Hour Videos

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.

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He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
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The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
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State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

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Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.

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