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Maryland Senate OKs State Song Changes, Cuts ‘Northern Scum’

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BALTIMORE, MD - FEBRUARY 26: The state flag of Maryland flies in front at Pimlico Racetrack February 26, 2003 in Baltimore, Maryland. Governor Robert Ehrlich has proposed a plan to install slot machines at some horse racetracks in Maryland, including Pimlico, the home of the Preakness Stakes. Ehrlich explained his plan to the Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee today in Annapolis. (Photo by Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images) Getty Images

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.

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