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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Political observers say Virginia's race for governor has become one of the state's most racially charged campaigns in recent memory.

Shaped by President Donald Trump's moves to crack down on immigration and a deadly white nationalist rally over Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, the contest's most notable feature has been its bare-knuckled rhetoric on issues involving race, made by both candidates and their allies.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former President Barack Obama is bemoaning the rise of racial politics.

Speaking at political rallies in New Jersey and Virginia, Obama said past prejudices the country thought it had "put to bed" have reemerged.

The first black president offered himself as proof that the country has moved forward, telling the crowd in Richmond, Virginia - the former Capitol of the Confederacy - that he is a distant relative to Confederate President Jefferson Davis on his mother's side.

"Think about that," Obama said. "I'll bet he's spinning in his grave."

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CROFTON, Md. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to committing a hate crime by hanging a noose outside a middle school has delivered a public apology, saying he didn't mean to scare or discriminate against anyone because of their race.

Nineteen-year-old Conner Prout stood before roughly 60 people at a meeting of the Caucus of African American Leaders on Tuesday and apologized for his role in a stunt that sent Crofton Middle School students running to the guidance counselor's office in tears, the Capital reports .

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The fate of former Forty-Niner quarterback Colin Kaepernick has roused a national movement with players in not just the professional leagues bending down on one knee during the National Anthem to protest the treatment of African Americans by police. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush took up the issue with East Coast sports writer and commentator Mike Lurie to examine the issue that has not hit the NFL.

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This weekend many in the city of Cambridge marked the 50th anniversary of the riots shook that the town in the midst of the civil rights movement.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that around 200 gathered at the Bethel AME church on Saturday under the banner, “A Community Conversation on Race”.

It was 50 years ago that a fire on Pine Street symbolized the upheaval of the times.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Organizers of the Baltimore Book Festival say they have decided to disinvite Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who led others to believe she was black.

The decision by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts came days after defending its choice to have her there. The office said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that after hearing opinions from its constituents, it had to consider how Dolezal's appearance would affect the audience and the other authors.

The festival is scheduled for September. It has been held for 21 years.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A medical marijuana company is seeking an emergency motion forbidding the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from issuing any final licenses to grow the drug.
 
The Baltimore Sun reports that Alternative Medicine Maryland asked a Baltimore judge on Monday to issue a temporary injunction since the commission appears poised to grant final licenses.
 

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Delaware's 10th District Senate race has seen nearly a million dollar poured into the campaign that will decide if the upper chamber will go red.  The seat was vacated by Bethany Hall-Long when she became Lt. Governor after the last election. Now, Democrat Stephanie Hansen and Republican John Marino are vying for the seat. But, there is another candidate in the race: Joe Lanzendorfer with the Libertarian Party. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with him to see how he differs from the two main contenders.

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CLARKSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Howard County police have arrested a man they say vandalized 15 properties in Clarksville.

The department said in a news release that 24-year-old Taylor Richard Allen was charged with 42 offenses, including destruction of property, malicious burning and committing a hate crime.

Police say between April and December, they responded to numerous vandalism incidents, including swastikas and other graffiti being written or painted on sidewalks, footpaths, playgrounds, mailboxes, cars and other property.

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Some white supremacist fliers have shown up on a University of Maryland campus.

They were found at the College Park facility and put out under the American Vanguard logo which is associated with white supremacy.

The Washington Post reports that the flyer read, “We have a right to exist.”

It claims that – what it calls – whiteness is under attack with fears about becoming a minority by mid-century in the United States.  

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