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]

Bill Henry leaving council seat to run for comptroller

Councilman Bill Henry (4th District) speaks at a press conference outside City Hall. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

City Councilman Bill Henry is planning to give up the 4th District seat he has held for three terms to run for comptroller in the upcoming 2020 election.

The campaign will formally kick off at St. Mary’s Park on June 1 at 10 a.m.–an event that made its way onto the social media sphere at the end of April.

In a Twitter thread explaining his decision, Henry said he sees winning the comptroller position as an opportunity to expand government accountability and equitable growth, things he said he has worked for on the council.

Stronach files motion to dismiss city’s Pimlico lawsuit

Pimlico Race Course on Preakness day. Photo by World Red Eye.

The Stronach Group today filed a motion in circuit court to dismiss the city’s lawsuit seeking control over Pimlico Race Course and the Preakness Stakes, arguing the state has exclusive jurisdiction over horse racing.

Both thoroughbred and harness racing operations, as well as off-track betting, are overseen by the Maryland Racing Commission, part of the Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation.

Poll: To surprise of no one, Baltimoreans have a grim outlook about how the city is faring

Photo by soomness, via Flickr

Amid the “Healthy Holly” scandal that eventually led to Catherine Pugh resigning as mayor, city residents didn’t exactly paint a rosy picture of city affairs in a new poll released by Gonzales Research & Media Services. And really, who can blame them?

Nearly two-thirds of respondents–63 percent–said the city is on the wrong track, compared with 27 percent who think things are going in the right direction.

Report: Derby winner Country House will skip the Preakness

Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes. Photo by Jay Cannon/Capital News Service.

Country House, the winner of last week’s controversial Kentucky Derby, will skip the Preakness Stakes and not make a bid for the Triple Crown due to illness, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form.

Trainer Bill Mott told the racing publication that Country House is coming down with a cold.

Mary Bubala let go from WJZ-TV after question about race, gender and leadership of mayors

Photo via Mary Bubala/Facebook

Mary Bubala is out at CBS affiliate WJZ-TV after asking a question last week that linked the race and gender of the last three mayors and wondered if the city needs a new direction in leadership.

“Mary Bubala is no longer a WJZ-TV employee,” Audra L. Swain, vice president and general manager of the network, confirmed in an email to Baltimore Fishbowl. “The station apologizes to its viewers for her remarks.”

Bourbon War is in for the Preakness Stakes; Maximum Security is out

Bourbon War. Credit: Leslie Martin.

Bourbon War, who fell short of qualifying for the Kentucky Derby, will enter the Triple Crown series at Old Hilltop, the Maryland Jockey Club announced today.

He’s a familiar foe to some of the Derby contenders, finishing second to Derby runner-up Code of Honor in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and fourth behind Maximum Security, Bodexpress and Code of Honor in the Florida Derby.

Chesapeake Bay blue crab population sees big gains

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Just as Marylanders prepare to steam them up and eat them by the bushel, blue crabs are on the rise in the Chesapeake Bay, according to an annual population report.

Scientists from Maryland and Virginia estimate there are 594 million crabs in the estuary, up from 371 million when they conducted a count last year.

Police: Parkville man killed in shooting had empty gun; cop likely shot by another officer

Photo via Baltimore County Police Department/Facebook

A Parkville man who was shot and killed by Baltimore County police on Thursday did not fire his gun at officers as police originally described, but he pointed it at officers and refused to follow orders to put it down, police said today.

Investigators later determined the man, identified as 76-year-old Robert Uhl Johnson, did not have any rounds in his gun.

That means that an officer who was shot, identified by the department as 13-and-a-half-year veteran Officer T. Hays, was struck by a bullet from the gun of another cop.

Prime Corner bodega in Hampden will close at end of May

Image via Facebook.

Prime Corner, the Hampden bodega carrying upscale and locally made food and essentials, will close at the end of May, the business posted on Facebook.

“I’m just in awe thinking of how many new friends / sweet popups / pints of Taharka there have been in such a short time,” owner Tess Russell posted on Facebook. “Bodegas are defined by their communities as much as their snacks and we’ve had so much fun being yours.”

Baltimore County police officer shot in Parkville; suspected shooter killed

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A Baltimore County police officer is undergoing surgery at Shock Trauma after being shot in the upper body in Parkville, police said today. A man in a home on Linden Avenue was shot and killed.