Maryland lawmakers aim to push new gun restrictions over the finish line. A prominent candidate for the D.C. Council abruptly pulls the plug on his campaign. And the relationships of a Virginia company raise red flags about both the commonwealth's sitting governor and the Republican running to replace him. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
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Kenneth Ellerbe, chief of the D.C. Fire and EMS Department, addressed questions about how close his friendship is to Mayor Vincent Gray and whether he gets special treatment from the mayor. "I don't believe that if my performance fails that I will still have a job," Ellerbe said.
Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.
The American Cheese Society will begin proctoring its next Certified Cheese Professional Exam in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, during the group's annual conference. The rigorous test is only in its fifth year, but nearly 600 people have passed it already. Industry experts say the exam is necessary because of the evolving standards in the growing American cheese business.
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