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]

Natty Boh launches light beer, adopts new ‘Live Pleasantly’ mantra

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Seeking a new brew for “life’s bright and breezy everyday moments,” National Bohemian today launched Day Beer, a lower-calorie, lower-alcohol content take on its beloved lager.

Per a release, “Day Beer offers today’s health-conscious drinkers a casual way to stay connected to their busy schedule while not sacrificing their social lives.”

Here’s how to get ‘Hamilton’ tickets (hint: you need to register)

Austin Scott, left, as Alexander Hamilton and Carvens Lissaint as George Washington in “Hamilton.” Credit: Joan Marcus.

The Broadway powerhouse “Hamilton” was a cultural phenomenon before it ever ventured outside of New York.

In addition to picking up a bunch of Tony Awards and Grammys, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop-inspired retelling of the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton became a hit on streaming services like Spotify, where the musical’s soundtrack has accrued tens of millions of plays.

Now that “Hamilton” is touring the country, theater-goers who didn’t get a chance to see it in New York will be clamoring for tickets when the show stops at their hometown, and that will certainly be the case when it comes to the Hippodrome Theatre from June 25-July 21.

Incinerator companies sue city over emissions law

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Two operators of Baltimore incinerators sued the city in response to a law passed earlier this year that limits emissions, which the companies argued violated state and federal law and was passed with the intent of harming their businesses.

Wheelabrator, the New Hampshire-based owner of the waste-to-energy BRESCO Incinerator on Annapolis Road in South Baltimore, said in the complaint that the new restrictions and reporting requirements would force the company to close the facility “for some indeterminate period of time, perhaps forever.”

Curtis Bay Energy, which disposes of medical waste, would also have to close temporarily to install “unnecessary and financially burdensome equipment upgrades,” according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

Mosby weighing options after court denies dismissal of cannabis convictions

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Standing outside of her downtown office, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she is now weighing all options after judges today denied her request to dismiss thousands of cannabis possession convictions.

Mosby said the petition was denied without her office being given an opportunity to present any kind of legal argument, a decision she described as “atypical.”

City employee fired after thousands of pornographic images found on work computer

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A city employee was fired after he used his work computer to download 4,000 pornographic images, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General published this past Friday.

DOT Director Pourciau resigns as OIG looks into ‘morale’ of department

Michelle Pourciau.

Baltimore Department of Transportation Director Michelle Pourciau resigned today, four days after The Sun reported the Office of the Inspector General is looking into the operation of the transportation department, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Lester Davis, spokesman for Ex Officio Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, confirmed the news, and said senior advisor Frank Murphy will serve as acting director. Asked for comment, DOT spokesman German Vigil would only confirm Pourciau’s departure.

City Councilman Ryan Dorsey released a statement calling Pourciau’s resignation “among the best things that could happen for Baltimore right now.”

UMMS CEO Chrencik resigns amid self-dealing scandal

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University of Maryland Medical System CEO Robert A. Chrencik resigned today amid the fallout from the self-dealing scandal that ensnared Mayor Catherine Pugh and several prominent businesspeople on the organization’s board of directors.

Interim President and CEO John W. Ashworth released a statement saying he and the board of directors received and accepted Chrencik’s letter of resignation.

FBI raid on Pugh’s home inspires a Baltimore club song

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During the media frenzy outside Mayor Catherine Pugh’s Ashburton home as FBI and IRS investigators completed a raid, one onlooker could be heard cheering the feds on as agents carried out heaps of evidence.

“Your ass got silver bracelets coming, baby,” he enthused, suggesting Pugh would eventually be arrested.

As the agents loaded up their car, he got even more giddy.

“More boxes! Boxes and boxes!” he shouted. “Boxes and boxes, look at this! Yes! The federal government–spending my money well.”