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As for that wish list, which rubs against the grain of Costco’s corporate model, Mr. King, whose political playbook has left lasting bruises on many D.C. politicos, doesn’t take kindly to a second mention of the pointed issue.

“Who cares about their model,” he stated emphatically. “Fort Lincoln wants Costco, and Costco wants Fort Lincoln. We know what we’re giving them, but what are they going to give back?”

Some answers will be forthcoming Saturday morning at Mount Horeb Baptist Church, whose congregation believes in giving back to the community in more ways than one.

• Deborah Simmons can be reached at dsimmons@washingtontimes.com.