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Republican lawmakers in Virginia make a power play to change the Commonwealth's system for electing presidential candidates. A judge puts a D.C. protester in the ultimate penalty box, banning him from the city completely. And a prominent county executive in Maryland heads to court and tries to stay out of the "sin bin." Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams talked about how the challenges his administration faced compare with the challenges the current mayor is facing. Williams said there are big differences between now and then. In particular, he said the city has replaced an incentive economy with a demand economy, with many people wanting to invest in the city's infrastructure. But Williams urged city officials to promote tourism and not rely on federal funding. "The future isn't as bright as it's been in the past," Williams said.

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'Into The Wild' Author Tries Science To Solve Toxic Seed Mystery

Jon Krakauer has long been haunted by how Christopher McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness. In a scientific journal, he and a chemist show that the seeds McCandless consumed can contain a toxin.
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