Inspector general: Former head of city’s retirement system violated spending rules for $298,678 in renovations, new furniture

7 E. Redwood St., home to the Employee Retirement System. Photo via Google Street View.

Months ago, Roselyn Spencer left her post as the longtime head of the city’s retirement system after the inspector general found she misspent more than $218,000 on renovations to the agency’s 12th and 13th floor offices on E. Redwood Street. Today, the the same watchdog released new findings indicating she spent even more–nearly $300,000–including expenses on furniture for her own office and cosmetic improvements for the agency’s board room.

Gov. wants $1.9B of casino revenue to go toward school construction

Gov. Larry Hogan announces a bill for the Building Opportunity Fund flanked by Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, left, and Budget Secretary David Brinkley, right. Photo via Facebook Live.

Following the passage of a referendum mandating the state put revenue from casinos toward education, Maryland will have an additional $4.4 billion over the next decade to put toward education, Gov. Larry Hogan announced today.

Of that, Hogan wants to put an additional $1.9 billion over five years, from 2020 to 2024, toward school construction, bringing total state funding to $3.5 billion during that period. The governor will submit a bill during the legislative session to establish what he’s calling the Building Opportunity Fund.

Zahlco picked to rehab historic Mayfair Theatre site, apartments and retail building planned

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After numerous attempts, the Baltimore Development Corporation has succeeded in finding a developer to rehab what remains of the historic Mayfair Theatre and an adjacent lot that previously housed the Franklin-Delphy Hotel.

True Vine owner says he is being forced out by Golden West

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The True Vine Record Shop, a Hampden-based record store that has been recognized as one of the nation’s best for its eclectic offerings and shelf space for experimental genres, says it is being forced out of its Hickory Avenue storefront by an unlikely foe: the Golden West Cafe, a funky Tex-Mex restaurant around the corner, on W. 36th Street.

Towson pharmacist sentenced to 40 months for trading pain pills for sex

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A former Baltimore County pharmacist will be spending at least a couple years in prison after admitting to filling out forged prescriptions for oxycodone in exchange for sexual favors.

Nonprofit video store Beyond Video to open Friday

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Beyond Video, the nonprofit aiming to bring the old-school video store experience back to life, will open its doors to the public on Friday.