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There are more than 2,500 Liberians living in Baltimore and most have family members back home who were among the more than 4,000 West Africans who have died from Ebola. Some local families have lost multiple family members. And every time their telephones ring, they worry that it’s someone from home calling about more deaths from the virus. The death rate now is about 70 percent of those who contract the disease, according to the World Health Organization.

At their home in West Baltimore, Bobby Gborgar Joe and his wife Mabel Kennedy teased each other as they prepared tea but beneath the smiles, there was sadness in their hearts. Between the two of them, they've lost nearly 20 family members to Ebola.

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With approval ratings near record lows, President Barack Obama has not been invited to campaign for many Democrats facing tight races around the country. But he got an enthusiastic welcome Sunday from thousands of people packed into a high school gym in Upper Marlboro. The president was there to give a high-powered push to Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in his bid for the governor’s mansion.

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Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the Democratic nominee for governor, has declared that he would not raise taxes if elected governor. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears of the Daily Record talk about how that might put Brown in a difficult political position if voters choose him in November.

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Although Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan has tried to avoid a debate on social issues, Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has been hammering him on gun control this week. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about what, if anything, the controversy reveals.

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Martin O’Malley surely gets glowing introductions as he tours presidential testing sites. Good for him that Maryland’s not on his list. For a governor who helped guide Maryland through the Great Recession with minimal damage, his standing among this state’s voters is less than anemic.

He takes solid story with him on the road:

A record of sound fiscal management. One of the best public school systems in the nation. An array of social issue triumphs from gay marriage to gun control and repeal of the death penalty.

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The news was good, bad and a bit scary Tuesday at a symposium on the deadly Ebola virus at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

The good news is that a new vaccine to combat Ebola is set to be tested in the hard hit West African country of Liberia in December. Several other vaccines are being developed around the globe to stop the spread of the virus that spread rapidly in Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is considered to be a front-runner to replace Attorney General Eric Holder. WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to the Baltimore Sun's John Fritze about Perez' close relationship with President Obama and why the Marylander would be a controversial nominee.

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Maryland’s gubernatorial race has been notably negative this year, and when Republican Larry Hogan and Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown met for a second debate Monday, the gloves were off and both Hogan and Brown were swinging.

The two attacked each other’s plans, their credibility, and their records.

Hogan blamed Brown for the state’s lackluster economic performance, saying Maryland’s, “economy’s a mess and everyone seems to know it except you.”

Brown criticized Hogan’s plan to cut taxes by reducing spending, “Larry, your numbers don’t add up,” Brown said. “You’re first and only specific plan you laid out on the campaign and the numbers don’t add up.”

The two contenders faced tough questions from moderators but tried to turn weaknesses into strengths. When Brown was asked about his role as head of Maryland’s healthcare exchange, which included an expensive website that failed on day one, he emphasized enrollment that happened despite the IT troubles and elided questions about the $40 million to $50 million price tag to replace the balky website.

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Democrat George Johnson, who is making a second run for Anne Arundel County Executive, and his Republican opponent, Delegate Steve Schuh, have something in common. They’ve made friends on both sides of the aisle during their years in public life.

But they have sharp differences when it comes to running Anne Arundel.

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Though Ray Rice has been removed from professional football, perhaps, for good, his case has stirred anger among those concerned that professional athletes are given vast leeway to act illegally with impunity.

Over the weekend, however, the New York Times unveiled a disturbing and ongoing pattern in Tallahassee, the home of Florida State University, suggesting that conduct may extend to the college ranks as well and with police support to boot. The Times reported that over an extended period, local police have backed away from pursuing allegations of wrongdoing against Seminole players.

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