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]

New poll shows mayor’s race is wide open

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A new poll shows that Thiru Vignarajah, City Council President Brandon Scott, former Mayor Sheila Dixon and Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young are all bunched together in the race for the Democratic nomination for mayor.

Vignarajah, a former federal prosecutor and Deputy Attorney General of Maryland, and Scott were tied at 18 percent, but both Dixon (16 percent) and Young (15 percent) fell within the poll’s margin of error of plus-or-minus 6 percent.

Dan Deacon shares new single ‘Become a Mountain’

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We now have the second single from “Mystic Familiar,” the forthcoming album from Dan Deacon. In a lengthy quote, the local electronic musician says the songs on the album reflect a period when he was feeling “raw and vulnerable,” during which he started going to therapy and practicing meditation.

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

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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.