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When the Orioles broke through into the American League playoffs two years ago for the first time in nearly a generation, the feeling around town was like parents watching their child perform in their first musical recital.

You’re just so darned happy that your kid is holding a violin that anything that comes out of it, even if it’s the wrong note, is OK.

It’s two years later and even if the Orioles weren’t expected to win the American League East when the 2014 campaign began, expectations have now been raised.

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A Baltimore community group is seeking to raise awareness of the city's heroin epidemic through Congressional hearings. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Roberto Alejandro of the Afro talk about the changes residents want and what city and state officials said in response.

When it comes to studying sexual violence, college surveys often don't include students at historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. But one major study found sexual assaults are lower on those campuses than others.

Some question those numbers and whether HBCUs have the resolve to openly address the issue of campus rape.

Of the 100 HBCUs in the country, Morgan State University in Baltimore ranks in the top 15 for academics.

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A proposal by Baltimore city school officials to renovate or construct fewer schools than initially called for in the first year of the district’s ambitious makeover program is drawing criticism from some residents.

Several parents waiting to pick up their children at the Lake Clifton Building on St. Lo Drive, were upset that the school building may not be renovated in the first round of schools slated for major facelifts or replacements.

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Maryland has eight congressional seats, but only one of the state’s incumbent representatives is in anything resembling a tough race. Republican Dan Bongino is challenging John Delaney for his 6th district seat. Both candidates were working the crowds recently at the In the Street Festival in Frederick.

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There was a flurry of activity this week in the race for governor. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about how recent state budget news and renewed allegations of wrongdoing may take center stage at the upcoming debates.

Tom Chalkley

Eric Costello’s all-but-certain move to the City Council instantly makes him one of the most important leaders in the city. A City Council committee voted to appoint Costello to a vacant seat in its downtown precincts. The committee decided that for a year at least, the most vibrant and thriving neighborhood in Baltimore will be represented by Costello, president of the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association. The full council is expected to ratify that move. Voters will decide in next year’s election if Costello serves a full four-year term.

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A newly-released, independent audit of the Baltimore Police Department's Internal Affairs Division strongly criticized how allegations of police misconduct are investigated. Mark Puente of the Baltimore Sun gives WYPR's Fraser Smith the details of the audit and talks about how the BPD has responded.

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Maryland education officials are making substantial progress in their efforts to develop new evaluation systems for principals and teachers. That’s according to a new independent report released today.

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