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William Donald Schaefer dies at 89; Maryland's dominant political figure for a half-century
William Donald Schaefer dies at 89; Maryland's dominant political figure for a half-century

William Donald Schaefer, the dominant political figure of the last half-century of Maryland history, died Monday after a "do-it-now" career that changed the face of Baltimore while bringing a burst of energy to the city he loved. He was 89. Schaefer, who had recently been treated for pneumonia, died at a retirement home in Catonsville, Md. In four terms as mayor and two as governor, Schaefer was a champion of big projects that transformed Baltimore: the Harborplace retail and restaurant complex, Oriole Park baseball stadium at Camden Yards, the National Aquarium, a convention center and a light rail. Yet he was also intensely involved with the mundane details of city...

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