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Issue 44: Election 101

In our special Election Issue Van Smith answers all your questions about the choices that face you on next Tuesday's ballot.

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In our special Election Issue Van Smith answers all your questions about the choices that face you on next Tuesday's ballot, and talks with Hopkins Political Science professor Lester Spence to get a better sense of what is at stake in the presidential election. We also have a great Political Animal column, where Brian Morton warns about the current iterations of ratfucking.

In Mobtown Beat, Edward Ericson Jr. investigates TransForm Baltimore and Transform Baltimore, two similarly-named programs that seek to revolutionize the city's zoning and school construction. We also have short pieces on new charges against Stop Fucking Snitching figure Sherman Kemp and the re-arrest of Black Guerrilla Family conspirator Marlow Bates, the son of the famous Wire-inspiring gangster of the same name.

In the wake of Sandy, you probably wish you had visited H&H Outdoor; now, you can read about it's owner Ken Rosenblatt in City Folk. In the Arts, Bret McCabe reflects on audience participation in Red Flags and Geoffrey Himes pans Center Stage's Poe play. Jenn Ladd talks with Barry Levinson and reviews his new Chesapeake-set eco-horror flick The Bay. Baynard Woods takes us into the cosmic comics of Eamon Espey and, in music, explores the desire for authenticity--poverty--that connect hip hop and mountain music with composer and DJ Erik Spangler. In Eats and Drinks, Martha Thomas reviews the Bagby Group's Fleet Street Kitchen and gives us the scoop on restaurant-world Comings and Goings. Jim Meyer's Spitballin' reflects on the meaning of sport, as he hunkers down waiting for the worst Sandy has to offer. As always, we do the serious work of chronicling this week's murders in Murder Ink, and, on a lighter note, Baltimore City Power Rankings tells you who is hot and who is not.

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