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Hogan leaves hospital at midway point in chemotherapy

Gov. Larry Hogan left the University of Maryland hospital Tuesday after a stay that brought him to the midway point of his chemotherapy treatment.

The governor's Facebook page carried a photo with his wife, Yumi, and a statement saying he had "good news and some great news."

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He said the good news was that he was leaving the hospital after five days of 24-hour chemo for treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"The great news is I'm officially half-way through my treatment, having finished round three of six!" Hogan reported.

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The governor said he's spent much of his time during his stay visiting with other cancer patients at the hospital and hearing their stories.

"Their perseverance, positivity, and faith inspires me beyond words," Hogan wrote.

The governor had a busy day on Facebook, posting his views on several topics in the news. Among other things, he defended his recent transportation spending decisions and rejected Baltimore officials' criticism of his decision to cancel the proposed Red Line light rail project.

Hogan strongly endorsed the work of his top transportation official, who had met Monday with Baltimore-area elected officials.

"I am extremely proud of Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn -- not only for the remarkable job he is doing as the head of one of our largest, most important agencies, but also for his leadership yesterday during a meeting of state and local officials to discuss improving transit in Baltimore," Hogan wrote. "Even though local leaders refused to provide their ideas which we asked for, I know Pete will continue to do a great job delivering the solutions that Baltimore needs."

Baltimore officials had criticized the administration for failing to propose an alternative to the Red Line apart from undefined improvements to the existing bus system.

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