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COLLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland marching band will at least temporarily stop playing the state's official song, which includes a reference to "Northern scum" and other pro-Confederate lyrics.

University spokeswoman Katie Lawson tells news media outlets that school officials are suspending the playing of "Maryland, My Maryland" to "evaluate if it is consistent with the values" of the school. The marching band played the song during football pregame shows.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland House lawmakers have stalled a bill to revise the state song to remove Civil War-era references to "Northern scum" and other phrases some consider offensive.

A leading lawmaker said Thursday that House delegates voiced different opinions on what to do about "Maryland, My Maryland," the song written in 1861 and adopted in 1939.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers have taken a step to scrub references to "Northern scum" and other sensitive pre-Civil War phrases from the official state song.

The Maryland Senate voted 37-8 Thursday for changes to the official state song. The measure now goes to the House.

"Maryland, My Maryland" was written in 1861 by James Ryder Randall, when he was despondent over the death of a friend who was shot while protesting Union troops in Baltimore. It refers to President Abraham Lincoln as a "despot."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A longtime Annapolis recording technician has said a song he recorded at the Naval Academy would be a good replacement for "Maryland, My Maryland," a song written by a Confederate sympathizer.
 
Seventy-one-year-old Charlie Richardson tells The Capital that a song called "My Home, My Maryland" stands out to him as the best representation of the state.
 
Richardson says the song was composed and performed in 1976 for the Naval Academy Glee Club's bicentennial concerts.