n.— «Charles Meyer, the city’s chief operating officer, decided to invite council members to meet with police brass to learn about the gangs. There was a ground rule: No more than two council members could be briefed at a time. About five or six in total showed up. Two is the magic number. It allows cities to use a loophole in state law that requires any gathering of three or more council members be open to everyone. Advocates of open government have a name for what the Beach did: daisy-chaining.» —“Pols gang up, but carefully, to keep crime under wraps” by Kerry Dougherty Virginian-Pilot (Hampton Roads, Virginia) Sept. 16, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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