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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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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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