Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore Business Journal, b and others. Prior to joining Baltimore Fishbowl, he was an editor at City Paper from 2012 to 2017. He can be reached at [email protected]

Tribune Publishing proposes buyouts, raising prospect of more Baltimore Sun departures

Photo by Brandon Weigel.

Tribune Publishing, owner of more than a half dozen newspapers, including The Sun, is starting the new year offering company-wide buyouts, president and CEO Tim Knight announced in an email to employees.

Baltimore Fishbowl’s Top 10 news stories of 2019

Mayor Catherine Pugh displays a “Healthy Holly”-affiliated bib on March 28. Still via live stream from Charm TV/Facebook.

Baltimoreans would be forgiven for thinking the last year was really more like five or 10 years. All the turbulence and uncertainty from various scandals and seismic changes had many residents wondering, “What could possibly happen next?” Here’s a breakdown of some of the biggest stories from the last year.

1. After being swept up in “Healthy Holly” scandal, Catherine Pugh resigns
It all started back in March, with a story in The Sun. Luke Broadwater detailed how nine members serving on the board of the University of Maryland Medical System secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts with the nonprofit medical organization. One was Mayor Catherine Pugh, who had UMMS buy her self-published children’s books on healthy living, “Healthy Holly,” to distribute to students in schools.

Feds charge former Del. Cheryl Glenn with bribery, wire fraud

Del. Cheryl Glenn (D-Balimote City) speaks at an event on food access and environmental health in the House of Delegates.

Former Del. Cheryl Glenn, who abruptly resigned from office last week, has been charged with bribery and wire fraud, federal prosecutors announced Monday.

The federal criminal information filed in July and unsealed today accuses Glenn of accepting more than $33,000 in bribes to help two companies get into Maryland’s medical cannabis business and introducing a bill to create a new liquor license in her district, the 45th.

BPD to bring back ‘spy plane’ for multi-month pilot program

The surveillance plane’s two “orbit areas” over Baltimore during its first test run in 2016. Photo via Police Foundation/BPD.

Months after choosing not to endorse a surveillance plane program, saying it lacked evidence to support its effectiveness, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison is giving the go-ahead to bring the plane back to the skies for a trial run in 2020.

Dorsey outlines transportation vision in newly released letter

Photo via MTA

Third District City Councilman Ryan Dorsey, chair of the council’s Transportation Committee, in a new letter laid out transit friendly goals that include reducing the number of solo car trips taken by citizens, improving the city’s bus network eliminating transit fees and tearing down parts of I-83 and U.S. 40.