The pre-election feature package is Van Smith on Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Spear Lancaster and anti-Libertarian activist Kevin O'Connell, and Tom Siebert comparing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Kennedy Townsend to a fellow scion of a political dynasty, George W. Bush. In Mobtown Beat, Waris Banks reports on activists' efforts to have the Baltimore City Council declare the AIDS epidemic a "state of emergency." The Nose second-guesses Lynne Cheney's assessment that Helen Delich Bentley is a "role model for women." Charles Cohen's Charmed Life digs in with Brian Schwartz, whose Fells Point property became an archeological attraction. Christopher Myers' How's it Going? gets answers from Donna Reinsel, Lafayette Gilchrist, and Marcielle Maxim. The Mail has letters from Leor Galil, Frank Littleton, Rich Goldman, Richard Kolish, Dan Greifenberger, and Wendell Wagner, Jr. The columns are: Brian Morton's Political Animal, on the gun-rights debate and the Washington sniper; Joe MacLeod's Mr. Wrong, on the blur of wartime news; and Mink Stole's Think Mink, on sexual harassment. Scocca & MacLeod's proto-blog, Funny Paper, reads the comics so you don't have to. In Comics: see Taste Like Chicken, Series 1 & 2, by C. Kang and S. Kang; and Smell of Steve, Inc.'s Ziggy with a Hat. In Imprints: Mahinder Kingra urges readers not be intimidated by the heft of Michel Faber's 848-page novel, The Crimson Petal and the White; John Barry likes William Gaddis' fighting spirit in The Rush for Second Place and Agape Agape; and Ian Grey appreciates how Andrew Vachss' novel, Only Child, depicts the cruel choices evil makes. Books is Frank Diller, talking with Brad Watson about how his debut novel. The Heaven of Mercury, makes lit out of hicks. In Art, Mike Giuliano finds the good and the bad in the Maryland Federation of Art's annual photo show. Stage is Anna Ditkoff, trying to understand why the audience likes Karen Gray's Eleven Ex-Boyfriends Defend Their Actions at Theatre Project. In Music, Tony Ware gets noisy with Dalek and Isis. Jason Torres' No Cover chats with Niela. Television is Benn Ray, touting Homicon as the last refuge of Homicide: Life on the Streets fans. In Film: Eric Allen Hatch catches up with Michael Moore, finds Bowling for Columbine important, and gets giddy over Punch-Drunk Love; Joe MacLeod needles Abandon and pukes all over Formula 51 ; and Tom Siebert says Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie is sugary medicine. Richard Gorelick's Omnivore pours it on for La Tesso Tana. In Cheap Eats, Michelle Gienow says Fresh Fresh Seafood is well worth the wait.