Census estimates show Baltimore continues to lose population
BALTIMORE (AP) - New annual estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Baltimore is continuing to shed inhabitants. Census data released Thursday shows that Maryland's biggest city lost an estimated 7,346 citizens during the 12 months that ended July 1. That's a loss of 1.2% of the city's population. It's the fourth straight year of population decline for Baltimore. The overall trend has continued over decades. In 1950, Baltimore was America's sixth most populous city, with nearly a million residents. It's since shrunk to the country's 30th largest. The new data suggest the city's population is now just over 600,000. Andrew Fenelon is associate director of the Maryland Population Research Center. He says Baltimore has seen a roughly 3% population decline since 2015.
Police: Woman shot man in argument over repossessed van
ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) - A northeast Mississippi woman is accused of killing a man in an argument about a repossessed van. Lillian Cayson of Aberdeen was arrested after the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Moses Daniel and charged with murder. Aberdeen Assistant Police Chief Quinell Shumpert tells local news outlets that Daniel was behind on the payments for the van. Shumpert says the 31-year-old Cayson called the business that had sold Daniel the van and told workers where it was hidden. Shumpert says Cayson and Daniel argued over the van and she shot him on the sidewalk outside Daniel's house, leaving him to die. Witnesses told police that Cayson was the shooter. A judge set bail at $150,000 and Cayson remains jailed. It's unclear if she has a lawyer who could be reached for comment.
Doble de Rickard empuja la del triunfo para Orioles
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) - Joey Rickard empujó la carrera decisiva en el 11no inning con un doblete, su cuarto hit del partido, y los Orioles de Baltimore vencieron el jueves 6-5 a los Rays de Tampa Bay. Rickard conectó sobre un lanzamiento de Diego Castillo (0-1) luego de sencillos de Chris Davis y Rio Ruiz con dos outs. John Means (2-2) se llevó la victoria con dos innings de relevo por Baltimore, que había perdido seis en fila contra Tampa Bay. Trey Mancini bateó tres hits y Pedro Severino jonroneó para los Orioles. Tommy Pham bateó cuatro hits, incluyendo su tercer jonrón de la campaña para los Rays, pero fue sorprendido cuando tratada de robarse la tercera base con la pizarra empatada en el noveno luego que Avisaíl Garcia jonroneó contra Mychal Givens. Los Rays perdieron apenas por segunda vez en los últimos 10 partidos. Andrew Cashner abrió por Baltimore y toleró dos carreras en cinco innings, además de ponchar a seis. Por los Orioles, los dominicanos Pedro Severino de 4-1 con una impulsada y una anotada; Jonathan Villar de 5-1 con una anotada. El venezolano Renato Núñez de 4-1 con una impulsada. Por los Rays, el venezolano Avisaíl García de 3-1 con una impulsada y una anotada. El cubano Yandy Díaz de 3-0 con una anotada. El puertorriqueño Michael Pérez de 1-0; El dominicano Willy Adames de 5-1.
Rickard's RBI double in 11th lifts Rays past Orioles 6-5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Joey Rickard drove in the winning run in the 11th inning with an RBI double, his fourth hit of the game, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Thursday night. Rickard doubled off Diego Castillo (0-1) after two-out singles by Chris Davis and Rio Ruiz kept the inning alive for Baltimore. John Means (2-2) got the win with two innings of relief for the Orioles, who snapped a six-game losing streak against Tampa Bay. Trey Mancini had three hits and Pedro Severino homered for the Orioles. Tommy Pham had four hits, included his third home run of the season for the Rays, but was picked off while trying to steal third base with the score tied in the ninth after Avisaíl Garcia homered off Mychal Givens. The Rays lost for just the second time in their last 10 games. Austin Meadows led off the first for Tampa Bay with a double off the top of the center-field wall off Baltimore starter Andrew Cashner. Meadows scored on Pham's single to put the Rays up 1-0. Mancini, Dwight Smith Jr., Renato Nunez and Rickard had hits in the third to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead off Jalen Beeks. Rays opener Hunter Wood gave up two hits in two shutout innings before giving way to Beeks. Pham's homer in the third off Cashner tied it for the Rays, but the Orioles went out in front against on Severino's blast off Beeks to lead off the fourth. Rickard led off the seventh with a triple and scored on a single by Richie Martin to put Baltimore up 4-2. Smith's sacrifice fly in the eighth made it 5-2. But the Rays stormed back to tie it. Mike Zunino's two-run double cut Baltimore's lead to 5-4 after a couple of walks in the eighth. Garcia tied it with a long home run off Mychal Givens in the ninth. Cashner gave up two runs on five hits in five innings while...
Baltimore mayor, 5 of her staffers now on paid leave
BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's embattled mayor and five of her staffers are now on paid leave amid a scandal over book sales. Mayor Catherine Pugh went on leave April 1, saying she needed time off to recover from pneumonia. She's also facing intense scrutiny over the sale of her children's books to entities that do business with the city. Five members of her staff also have been placed on leave recently. The city isn't saying why. The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that their annual salaries add up to at least $622,000. Acting mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young told the newspaper he hasn't fired anyone. He also said can't discuss personnel decisions, but wants to "provide stability and continuity of government." Staff on leave include Pugh's chief of staff and director of government relations. ___ Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com
Baltimore paying total of more than $685,000 in salary for Mayor Pugh and her six staffers on leave
Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh of Baltimore is on paid leave, as are some of her highest-ranking and closest associates. Overall, their annual salaries add up to at least $622,000.
Baltimore sees biggest population loss in single year since 2001, census estimates show
Baltimore lost 7,346 people, or 1.2% of its population, during the 12 months that ended July 1, 2018, according to census figures released Thursday. The decline puts Baltimore’s estimated population as of July 1, 2018 at 602,495.
Maryland is set to become the first state to go foam-free. What will it cost?
Maryland will likely soon be the test case for whether an entire state can eradicate polystyrene foam pollution. The General Assembly approved a ban on containers made of what is commonly known as styrofoam. Even if Gov. Larry Hogan vetoes it, the legislation is likely to go into effect in 2020.
Perspective | ‘Yes, yes, yes’: Before he became a Boston Marathon champion, he was a boy learning about sports and his own abilities in Maryland
Gwena and Gerry Herman were driving along Interstate 95 when they learned of the win. The boy who had joined their Baltimore athletic program at 2 years old and who had trained with it through high school had won the men's wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon. Not only had Daniel Romanchuk taken first place, the 20-year-old had become the youngest person ever and the first American in 26 years to do so. "Yes, yes, yes," Gwena Herman posted on her Facebook page. "So so happy for him!!!" Then 10 minutes later: "So so exciting. Daniel is one of the hardest working athletes we have ever had come out of the program!!" Then three minutes later: "No sprint to the finish this time. Total domination!" The Boston Marathon is known for showcasing the human body's potential and in that sense, Romanchuk's victory was no different. It showed an athlete at the top of his game. His 1 hour, 21 minutes and 36 second finish was the culmination of years of training and discipline. But his win also showed something else. It showed the significance of a phrase he heard often while growing up and training in Maryland and which he has been known to reference in interviews: "Teach kids they can before someone tells them they can't." That is the motto of the Bennett Blazers, the adaptive sports program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute that Gwena and Gerry Herman started in 1989. The program, which is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA, has helped hundreds of children with physical disabilities participate, and many times excel, in sports they might not have been able to try otherwise. "Often times, parents come to our program, and all they've been getting is negative news," Gerry Herman told me. Those parents have been told mostly about what their children can't do. Herman said he gets to...
Military academies begin to follow military transgender ban
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy will ban people who are transgender from attending the school, beginning with the 2020 school year. The Defense Department confirmed the policy change to the Capital Gazette on Monday. The school in Annapolis, Maryland, currently accepts transgender students and retains midshipmen who transition to another gender. The change follows a policy shift under the Trump Administration to bar people who are transgender from serving in the military. The new policy applies to students enrolled in the 2020-21 school year and beyond. The Obama Administration lifted restrictions on transgender service members in 2016. It allows them to serve openly and covered gender affirmation surgery. Midshipman Regan Kibby, currently enrolled in the academy, is one of six service members suing the Trump administration over its ban. ___ Information from: The Capital, http://www.capitalgazette.com/
3 lawmakers vie to be speaker of Maryland House of Delegates
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Three people have confirmed they want to be the next speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that Democratic Del. Dereck Davis of Prince George's County and Democratic Del. Maggie McIntosh will campaign for the job. Del. Adrienne Jones of Baltimore County is already vying for the post. A vote is expected on May 1 to replace Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch. He died April 7 at the age of 72. Busch had served as speaker since 2003. McIntosh said she has support from more than half of House Democrats and is focused on "hanging onto it." Meanwhile, Davis said he's courting "each and every vote in the House of Delegates." Jones told The Baltimore Sun last week that she also wants the top job. ___ Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com
Glasnow wins 4th in a row, Rays beat Orioles 4-2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tyler Glasnow allowed two runs over seven innings in winning his fourth consecutive start to begin the season, Avisail Garcia drove in three runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Tuesday night for their seventh victory in eight games. Glasnow (4-0) allowed hits to six of the first 13 batters he faced, but the 6-foot-8 right-hander allowed just one hit over his final 4 2/3 innings and ended the outing by retiring 10 in a row. Garcia hit a two-run homer during a three-run fourth, and added an RBI single in the eighth. Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo, who earned his second save, each went a perfect inning. The Orioles got an RBI from both Rio Ruiz and Renato Nunez, and Dylan Bundy (0-2) gave up three runs and three hits over five innings. Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis was in the original lineup but was scratched due to illness. After Tommy Pham walked leading off the fourth, Ji-Man Choi doubled for the Rays' first hit. Yandy Diaz hit a sacrifice fly before Garcia homered to center off Bundy as Tampa Bay went up 3-2. Bundy, after giving up a major league-high 41 homers last season, has allowed seven in four starts this year. Ruiz ended Glasnow's 16-inning scoreless streak and put the Orioles up 1-0 with an RBI single in the first. Baltimore took a 2-0 lead on Nunez's run-scoring double in the third. He has driven in six runs during a seven-game hitting streak. TRAINER'S ROOM Orioles: RHP Alex Cobb (lumbar strain) had a simulated game and is scheduled to start Friday night against Minnesota. ... DH/OF Mark Trumbo (right knee surgery) has not resumed hitting. ... RHP Nate Karns (right forearm strain) will have his second bullpen session Wednesday. Rays: Ace Blake Snell went on the 10-day IL with a fractured...
Attacked newsroom: Pulitzer commemorated with somber silence
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Capital Gazette staff members stayed silent and somberly exchanged hugs Monday when the Maryland newspaper won a special Pulitzer Prize citation for its coverage and courage in the face of a massacre in its newsroom. Before the announcement, newspaper employees gathered in their newsroom to remember the five staffers who were shot and killed last June in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history. "It's definitely bittersweet," said reporter Chase Cook. "Since it's so connected to something so tragic, there was no euphoric pop-off of excitement." The Capital Gazette, based in the Maryland state capital of Annapolis, published on schedule the day after the shooting attack. The man charged in the attack had a longstanding grudge against the newspaper. Capital Gazette editor Rick Hutzell said the paper had submitted entries in five categories, including a joint entry with The Baltimore Sun for breaking news. Although the Capital Gazette didn't win in any of the five categories, the Pulitzer board awarded the citation with an extraordinary $100,000 grant to further its journalism. The Pulitzer board said the citation honors the journalists, staff and editorial board of the newspaper "for their courageous response to the largest killing of journalists in U.S. history in their newsroom" and for an "unflagging commitment to covering the news and serving their community at a time of unspeakable grief." Hutzell said he thought the Pulitzer board handled its decision admirably. "Clearly, there were a lot of mixed feelings," Hutzell said. "No one wants to win an award for something that kills five of your friends." He also said the paper was aware it would be facing stiff competition. "It's very difficult when you are reporting in some...
Pulitzers honor coverage of 3 US mass shootings in 2018
NEW YORK (AP) - The South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday and were recognized along with the Capital Gazette of Maryland for their coverage of three horrifying mass shootings in 2018 at a high school, a synagogue and a newsroom itself. The Associated Press won in the international reporting category for documenting the humanitarian horrors of Yemen's civil war, while The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal were honored for delving into President Donald Trump's finances and breaking open the hush-money scandals involving two women who said they had affairs with him. The Florida paper received the Pulitzer in public service for its coverage of the massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and for detailing the shortcomings in school discipline and security that contributed to the carnage. The Post-Gazette received the prize in the breaking news category for its reporting on the synagogue rampage that left 11 people dead. The man awaiting trial in the attack railed against Jews before, during and after the massacre, authorities said. After the Pulitzer announcement, the newsroom in Pittsburgh observed a moment of silence for the victims. At the Sun Sentinel, too, the staff took in the award in a sober spirit. "We're mindful of what it is that we won for," Editor-in-Chief Julie Anderson said. "There are still families grieving, so it's not joy, it's almost ... I don't know how to describe it. We're emotional, as well." So, too, at the Capital Gazette, which was given a special citation for its coverage and courage in the face of a massacre in its own newsroom. The Pulitzer board also gave the paper an extraordinary $100,000 grant to further its journalism. "Clearly, there were a...
Maryland confirms its first case of measles for 2019
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The spread of measles cases has reached Maryland. The Daily Times of Salisbury reported Friday that the Maryland Department of Health has identified a laboratory-confirmed measles infection in a state resident. The department did not release where that person lives. The state has asked doctors to be vigilant about measles. The disease is an acute viral respiratory illness characterized by early symptoms of fever, cough and conjunctivitis. It's followed by a rash that appears about two weeks after exposure and spreads from the hairline to the face to the torso and extremities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 465 cases this year. That's the second-highest total since measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. almost two decades ago. ___ Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., http://www.delmarvanow.com/
Amid scandal, audit into Baltimore nonprofit's work ordered
BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's acting leader has ordered an audit of a nonprofit's management of a $12 million city youth fund after it was tied to distribution of the embattled mayor's children's books. The audit of Associated Black Charities' work comes as first-term Mayor Catherine Pugh is embroiled in a scandal that threatens her political career. The state prosecutor is investigating Pugh for questionable sales of her self-published books. She's on a leave of absence as multiple investigations probe lucrative deals she negotiated to sell her books. In a letter sent to the nonprofit, Acting Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young says an audit should ensure the city's youth fund is "being well-managed and that there are no conflicts." A spokesman for the nonprofit says it will "cooperate fully with all official inquiries and investigations."
City Council won't take up Baltimore Fire budget without plan to solve medic shortage, reduce overtime
City Councilmen Brandon Scott and Eric Costello warned the Baltimore fire chief Thursday that they do not intend to move his department’s budget forward this summer until it has provided a “formal written plan” to resolve its shortage of medics and overspending on overtime.
Lawyer announces 2020 bid for Baltimore mayor's office
BALTIMORE (AP) - An ex-Maryland deputy attorney general says he's running for Baltimore's highest office as first-term Mayor Catherine Pugh is embroiled in a political scandal. Thiru Vignarajah's Wednesday announcement comes as the state prosecutor is investigating Pugh for questionable sales of her children's books. The Democrat mayor has taken an indefinite leave of absence, citing medical reasons. Vignarajah is the first Baltimore Democrat officially announcing a 2020 mayoral candidacy. He says Baltimore's in crisis and won't achieve its "full promise until we end the bloodshed and root out political corruption." He's a prominent lawyer who recently represented the state before Maryland's highest court in their review of a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit "Serial" podcast. He made an unsuccessful bid last year to become the city's top prosecutor.
Judge: Police pact will weather political 'drama and trauma'
BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge enforcing a sweeping police reform agreement in Baltimore has stressed that political winds change but court orders do not. In the wake of a scandal engulfing Baltimore's mayor, U.S. District Judge James Bredar said the consent decree agreement to reform Baltimore's beleaguered force will withstand any "drama and trauma" in city leadership. The judge's comments come as multiple officials are pressing Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to resign amid investigations into lucrative deals she negotiated to sell her self-published children's books. Pugh is on a leave of absence, citing health reasons. She went on leave indefinitely as the state prosecutor's office began a criminal investigation. At a Wednesday hearing, Bredar acknowledged he was "frustrated and fatigued" by the city's latest turmoil.
US Naval Academy Chapel Dome to be replaced entirely
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The United States Naval Academy's iconic chapel dome, whose patina has turned green with age, is set to be replaced with a shiny new version. Naval Academy spokesman Lt. David McKinney tells The Capital that the copper dome was originally going to be repaired, but the severity of its deterioration has prompted officials to replace it entirely. It will take about 20 years for the dome to turn green again. An $8.9 million repair project on the dome began in November. It's unclear how much it will cost to replace it instead. This marks the seventh refurbishment of the chapel, which will remain open for visitors, services, funerals and weddings. Officials say there is a backlog of about 108 academy maintenance projects, estimated to cost a total of $736 million. ___ Information from: The Capital, http://www.capitalgazette.com/
Davis sets record at 0 for 49, including warning track shot
BALTIMORE (AP) - Chris Davis has tied the major league record for the longest hitless streak by a position player, going 0 for 46 during an unproductive run that began last year. Baltimore's highly paid first baseman was retired in his first two trips to the plate Monday night against Oakland, leaving him hitless in 25 at-bats this season. Combined with his 0-for-21 finish in 2018, Davis is tied with Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Eugenio Velez for the lengthiest run of futility by a non-pitcher, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Velez went hitless in his final nine at-bats of the 2010 season before going 0 for 37 in 2011 and eclipsed the previous longest hitless streak, shared by Pittsburgh's Bill Bergen (1909), Dave Campbell of San Diego and St. Louis (1973) and Milwaukee's Craig Counsell (earlier in 2011). This isn't the first dubious record owned by Davis. He batted .168 last year, the worst batting average in major league history for a qualified player. Davis is in the fourth season of a $161 million, seven-year contract. The 33-year-old has two RBIs this season - on a bases-loaded walk and a forceout. He's struck out 13 times. On Monday, he lined out to right field in the second inning against Marco Estrada and matched the record hitless streak in the third with an opposite-field fly to left. Before the record-tying out, Davis got a second chance when second baseman Jurickson Profar dropped his foul pop to right. Manager Brandon Hyde was asked before Monday's game whether he considered resting Davis rather than insert him in the lineup against Estrada. "He really wanted to play today," Hyde said. Davis entered hitting .167 (6 for 36) with three homers against Estrada. Hyde has done his best to be patient with Davis. "I was hoping he'd get off to a good...
The Latest: General Assembly ends with tribute to speaker
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Latest on the last day of the Maryland General Assembly's legislative session (all times local): 6 p.m. The University of Maryland Medical System's board of directors would face an overhaul under legislation approved by state lawmakers after officials learned that about a third of the board benefited financially through the hospital network's contracts. The Senate approved the bill unanimously Monday, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan. The measure will require all board members to leave their positions and reapply to return. It also bars board members from getting contracts with the system without a competitive bidding process. The vote comes as Baltimore's City Council on Monday called on Mayor Catherine Pugh to resign. Multiple investigations are probing lucrative deals she negotiated over years to self-published children's books to customers that included a hospital network she once helped oversee. ___ 2:30 p.m. Maryland lawmakers are considering how to decide on a new House speaker, after longtime Speaker Michael Busch died over the weekend. The House Democratic Caucus met with Attorney General Brian Frosh and Assistant Attorney General Sandra Brantley on Monday to discuss options. While the speakership is vacant, House Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones assumes responsibilities. Frosh says options include electing a new speaker on Monday, electing a speaker between now and the beginning of next session or wait until next session in January. Del. Eric Luedtke, who chairs the House Democratic Caucus, noted the state went several months without a speaker in 1973. He says he believes a decision will be made "sooner than that," and that "we're just trying to figure out the details." ___ 11:53...
News of the Day From Across the Nation
1 Baltimore politics: The city council on Monday sent a letter to Mayor Catherine Pugh calling on her to resign as investigators probe lucrative deals she negotiated to sell her children's book series. Bernard Young is the city council president who has temporarily departed the panel to take over Pugh's day-to-day responsibilities. The mayor took an indefinite leave of absence, citing health reasons. In response to the council's letter, Pugh said she "fully intends" to return once her health improves. 2 Mother killed: A man shot and killed the mother of his 17-month-old child during a custody exchange in front of a Southern California police station and was arrested several hours later, authorities said. The child was not injured. The woman was approaching the front door of the Hawthorn Police Department Sunday evening to pick up the child when the father emerged from a parking lot with a shotgun and opened fire, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. His identity and the names of the mother and child were not released. 3 Chicago violence: Two men who opened fire on a crowd of people gathered for a baby shower, wounding six people, including two children, may have acted in retaliation for an earlier gang conflict, police said. Authorities have only "shards of information" about what happened at the family gathering in Chicago because witnesses are not cooperating, a police spokesman said. At least a dozen people were gathered outside a home decorated with balloons for the baby shower when two armed men approached on foot and began shooting Saturday evening. The gunmen fired multiple rounds and fled. Three of the victims were hospitalized in critical condition. 4 Trump club: A Monday bond hearing was adjourned until next week...
Defense asks court to reconsider decision in 'Serial' ruling
BALTIMORE (AP) - The defense attorney for the man whose murder conviction is chronicled in the hit podcast "Serial" and an HBO documentary series is asking a Maryland court to reconsider its decision to reject a new trial. The Baltimore Sun reports attorney C. Justin Brown is arguing that the decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals puts it at odds with courts around the country. At issue is whether Adnan Syed had a sufficient defense at trial nearly two decades ago. Syed is serving a life sentence for strangling his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee and burying her body in a Baltimore park in 1999. He's maintained his innocence. An appeals court ordered the conviction thrown out, but it was reinstated last month when the court ruled Syed didn't deserve a new trial. ___ Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com
Maryland lawmakers adjourn in longtime speaker's honor
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly is entering the last day of its legislative session, with lawmakers grieving the loss of longtime House Speaker Michael Busch. The legislative session is scheduled to end at midnight Monday. Busch died Sunday afternoon at age 72. Many high-profile bills already have passed, but lawmakers have work to do before adjournment. The Senate is expected to vote on whether to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to put five oyster sanctuaries into state law. The measure was sponsored by Busch, and the House already has voted to override the veto. A bill to increase the state's renewable electricity standard from 25% by 2020 to 50% by 2030 also is before lawmakers. Another bill relates to background checks anytime someone buys a rifle or shotgun.
Maryland House Speaker Busch dies, a Chesapeake Bay defender
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Michael Busch, the longest-serving Maryland House speaker in the state's history, died Sunday, his chief of staff said. Busch was 72. Busch, a Democrat who became speaker in 2003, had developed pneumonia after a follow-up procedure to a 2017 liver transplant after being diagnosed with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a liver disease. He also had heart bypass surgery in September, after experiencing shortness of breath. Chief of staff Alexandra Hughes said Busch was surrounded by loved ones at the time of death. He was known for his interest in health care, environmental measures to help the Chesapeake Bay and progressive polices. The state approved same-sex marriage and repealed the death penalty during his tenure as speaker. Legislation raising the state's minimum wage was passed twice during his time in office. Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, the longest-serving Senate president in the state's history, said Busch was a model state delegate who cared for every corner of the state. "My heart is broken for Mike Busch's family, the State of Maryland, and the Speaker's extended family - elected officials and staff that he has been a mentor and coach to over his time in public service," said Miller, a Democrat who has been battling prostate cancer. "Mike has been a friend for years, and has led the state to new heights of environmentalism and education." Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said flags will fly at half-staff to honor Busch, effective immediately until sunset of the day of interment. He described Busch as "a giant in our government" and said his legacy is evident in his many legislative achievements. "Speaker Busch and I came from different sides of the aisle, but we often came together in the best interests of the people of Maryland," Hogan said. "He served with the...
Baltimore's embattled mayor intends to return to work
BALTIMORE (AP) - A spokesman for the embattled mayor of Baltimore says she'll return from her leave of absence as soon as her health allows. Spokesman James Bentley told The Baltimore Sun Saturday that Catherine Pugh's health is improving. It's unclear when she'll return. It won't be Monday. Pugh abruptly took her leave last Monday to recover from pneumonia. Meanwhile, a scandal involving her sale of children's books to high-profile clients has intensified. Her books were sold to a hospital network she once helped to oversee and to a major health plan that does business with the city. Pugh's book company has received about $800,000. Many purchasers had business interests that Pugh could influence as mayor or in her prior position as a state senator. The state prosecutor's office has started an investigation. ___ Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com
'Healthy Holly', once lucrative, now bane of Baltimore mayor
BALTIMORE (AP) - "Healthy Holly" is a polite African American girl with devoted parents and a little brother. She loves exercise. She craves fresh fruit and vegetables. And she's now the bane of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's existence. Since the state prosecutor's office began a criminal investigation into Pugh at the Maryland governor's request earlier this week, there's been a growing tide of examinations spurred by revelations that she was paid $700,000 over roughly eight years for her self-published paperback series about the fictional "Healthy Holly." By Wednesday afternoon, the total grew to $800,000 after a businessman divulged that his financial firm gave Pugh $100,000 after she clinched the 2016 Democratic primary. The first-term mayor went on an indefinite leave of absence amid the accelerating scandal involving the lucrative sales of her obscure children's books to a $4 billion hospital network she once helped oversee and a major health plan that does business with the city. Al Redmer, Maryland's insurance commissioner, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his regulatory agency is now looking at Kaiser Permanente, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, and a state car insurance fund for possible wrongdoing. "To the extent that any insurance carrier would divert funds away from that mission is something that could be concerning based on the facts," Redmer said in an interview. "Our role is to make sure that entities that we regulate have in no way violated the law or regulations." Pressure on Pugh ratcheted up dramatically after the Kaiser Permanente disclosed Monday that it paid her limited liability company about $114,000 between 2015 and 2018 for roughly 20,000 copies of her illustrated books. The company said it "purchased Healthy Holly books because we believe residents would be inspired by a...
Maryland approves raising age to 21 to buy tobacco
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has approved a bill to raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. The House of Delegates voted 101-35 on Wednesday to send the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan. The Maryland House agreed to a change made by the Senate to allow an exception for active-duty members of the military. Under the bill, people who are 18 and can show military identification would still be able to buy tobacco in Maryland. The measure includes electronic smoking devices. If the governor signs the bill, the law would take effect Oct. 1.
Maryland Senate OKs education funding bill
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has approved an education funding measure to begin a major investment in schools with bipartisan support. The Senate voted 43-1 Wednesday for a measure to begin funding a blueprint of recommendations submitted by a state commission. Lawmakers already have included $255 million in the state budget for the next fiscal year to begin implementing the recommendations. The measure passed Wednesday includes $355 million for fiscal year 2021. Another $500 million would be allocated in fiscal year 2022, but $130 million of that would be contingent on the state raising new revenue. Legalizing sports betting or recreational marijuana have been mentioned as possibilities. It's been described as a down payment on a 10-year plan to transform the state's schools. The measure now goes to the House of Delegates.
Maryland passes countermeasure to Trump family-planning rule
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland would become the first state to stop participating in a federal family planning program known as Title X due to a proposed Trump administration rule, under a bill approved by the Maryland General Assembly. The state Senate gave the bill final approval on a 28-16 vote Wednesday. That sends the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan. The Trump administration rule would prohibit family planning clinics funded by the program from making abortion referrals. Critics denounce that as a "gag rule." The Maryland measure would prevent the state's health department from accepting federal money under Title X if it excludes family planning providers and if it repeals the requirement for medically approved services. The state would fund Maryland's Family Planning Program at the same level as the previous year.
Your guide to the 5 top spots in Baltimore's Carroll - Camden Industrial Area neighborhood
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Maryland budget negotiators wrap up work on $46.6B budget
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers who have been negotiating the finishing touches on the state's $46.6 billion budget have wrapped up their work. The budget conference committee reached agreement Monday on the state's budget measure and a separate bill that is working in tandem to balance the budget. One of the key differences the House and Senate negotiators worked out involved additional education funding to begin implementing a state commission's recommendations to improve schools. They settled on $255 million in additional funding for the next fiscal year. It will go toward expanding pre-K and increasing special education funding. Some also will be set aside for teacher pay increases. The panel also settled on $500 million for school construction funding. The committee's work now goes back to the House and Senate for final approval.
Tom Clancy's widow expands challenge of rights ownership
BALTIMORE (AP) - Tom Clancy's widow says in a lawsuit that his estate is the exclusive owner not just of the novelist's famous character Jack Ryan, but the rights to the character John Clark and several books. Alexandra Clancy has expanded her original 2017 lawsuit against the personal representative of Clancy's estate for allowing other entities to profit from posthumous book revenues. Those profits and profits involving other characters have been divided between the estate and companies that were owned by Tom Clancy, his ex-wife and children. Citing an amended complaint unsealed last week, The Daily Record reports Alexandra Clancy says the estate should be sole owner because Tom Clancy himself owned the rights. The defendants claim interests, saying those properties were represented as "works made for hire" for tax and liability reasons. ___ Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, http://www.thedailyrecord.com