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Dressing for success. Who’s behind Door No. 1? The case of the death of Freddie Gray.

The bathroom question seems to be all-too-important these days, although many liberals and conservatives have labeled it a “distraction.” They have a point, which is why my first questions among several today are:

1) Should public funding for home schooling foster kids in private homes be yanked if the foster parents do not label their homes’ bathrooms as transgender? The government will be inspecting their homes, of course, to see if they are safe and appropriate environments for children.

And to be absurd in the extreme, what happens if the sons in a foster home share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, but the lone daughter, who is “transitioning,” has to use the bathroom at the end of the hallway. Is that discriminatory?

2) Your daughter has applied for an unpaid summer internship at a prestigious nonprofit. She’s going to be working with marketing and advertising execs, learning the tricks of the trade. Do you allow her to walk out of the door in knee-ragged Calvins, a white Old Navy T-shirt and Chuck Taylor sneakers?

SEE ALSO: Obama says schools demanded advice on transgender bathrooms

No way. Instruct her to be conservative in her attire. Fashionista, one of the top blogging sites on the planet, delivers expert advice from, well, experts, because first impressions matter. Harper’s Bazaar senior accessories adviser Amanda Weiner Alagem says wear classics and follow the “private school rules,” which means hemlines should hit below your fingertips.

Is your son thinking about the fast-paced world of public relations? Cindy Krupp, founder of the big-time PR firm that bears her name, recommends khakis and a button-down shirt. (Hmm. Conservative. Again.) “I wouldn’t be offended by an appropriate pair of khaki shorts if the gentleman was wearing a button down and a cute tie.”

Polo shirts are OK, too — although she didn’t say “the brand,” if you get my meaning.

Here again, even if your son or daughter is heading toward a career in the retail industry, classic, traditional styles are a must. “You’re looking for someone that understands proportions, that understands good taste, that understands a sense of color,” Fashionista quotes Lord & Taylor fashion director Stephanie Solomon as saying. Her exclamation point: “Err on the side of conservative.”

3) Should the lead prosecutor in the death of Freddie Gray start looking for a job?

The trial of the first co-defendant, Officer William Porter, ended in a hung jury.

In the second trial, Garrett Miller, one of the six officers charged, initially told investigators “we” arrested Gray. On Monday, when asked if he and co-defendant Edward Nero had arrested Gray, Officer Miller chose a different pronoun. “I did, sir,” he responded.

Did Officer Miller lie on the stand?

Did Officer Miller lie to investigators?

Officer Miller has been compelled to give his testimony in the Nero trial. If he lied to investigators, he could be charged with obstruction of justice for lying to investigators.

The tough questions facing State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who was sworn into office in 2015, are the same ones that lovable schemer Katie Scarlett O’Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler asked herself when Rhett, hubby No. 3 and now on the defense, walked out on her. “Where shall I go, what shall I do?”

The voters of Baltimore do give a damn, right?

Deborah Simmons can be reached at [email protected]

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