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William Schaefer, Former Maryland Governor, Dies

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A former aide for Schaefer says he died at 6:30 p.m. Monday at his home at the Charlestown retirement community outside Baltimore.

The former Maryland governor, known for being colorful, outspoken and at a times combative, leaves a legacy of impressive public works projects.

He was mayor of Baltimore from 1971 to 1986 and earned a national reputation for overseeing the transformation of downtown from a gritty center of urban decay in to a tourist attraction.

Schaefer was hospitalized with pneumonia earlier in April and was released back to his home on April 5. The cause of his death is not yet known.

Gov. Martin O'Malley has ordered the Maryland state flag to be flown at half-staff effective immediately.

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'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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