Run, Barry, Run

While Washington's indicted mayor takes a cure in Florida, who inherits the mess he left behind?

The U.S. Conference of Mayors opened its midwinter meeting in Washington last week, ironically with drugs as the focus of discussion. Conspicuously absent was the conference host, Washington Mayor Marion Barry, who shortly before was captured on a grainy FBI videotape apparently sipping cognac and smoking crack cocaine from a pipe. Three days after being charged with possession of cocaine, Barry retreated to the Hanley-Hazelden Center for drug and alcohol abuse in West Palm Beach, Fla., declaring that he sought healing in "body, mind and soul." Behind him, the still stunned capital wrestled with questions about the propriety of his arrest...

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