Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty Thursday to four of the 11 counts against her related to the sales of “Healthy Holly” children’s books.
At the U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Pugh pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two counts of tax evasion. She pleaded not guilty to seven counts of wire fraud.
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) on Wednesday announced the agency’s largest tobacco bust ever, resulting in over $450,000 worth of seized contraband tobacco products.
The raid, which took place on Nov. 5, recovered 521 packs of untaxed cigarettes, 1,246 untaxed premium cigars and 7,866 packages of untaxed loose and hookah tobacco products. Combined, those products represent a tax loss of over $286,000 for the state.
Steve McMurray was not long out of high school when he moved to the United States.
He left St. Mary Parish, a rural area in northeastern Jamaica, for trade school in Miami. He spent about a year and a half there, met a Jamaican girl with family in Maryland, and they moved to Baltimore.
Their relationship didn’t last, but he stayed. Now, more than 30 years later, McMurray owns what some say is the best Jamaican restaurant in Baltimore, doubling as an informal cultural center for what the U.S. Census reported as the city’s largest immigrant group.
ANNAPOLIS — Time is running out for uninsured motorists in Maryland to take advantage of a program that forgives 80 percent of uninsured-driving debts that became delinquent before 2017.
Debtors have until Dec. 31 to register for the program and begin repaying the remaining 20 percent of their total fines. If an individual registers and pays at least one-sixth of their remaining 20 percent of debt by the end of the year, they have until June 2020 to finish paying.
FOREST HEIGHTS — Sen. Bill Ferguson, likely Maryland’s next Senate president, stood in Forest Heights Elementary—a school shut down temporarily for safety reasons—on Wednesday, and said the building “tells its own story” when it comes to education in the state.
“We can, we must and we will do better,” Ferguson (D-Baltimore) said during a news conference.
Ferguson, along with other Democratic leaders from both the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates, and other officials, announced Wednesday a $2.2 billion plan to build and renovate schools across the state that will be taken up during the 2020 legislative session.
WASHINGTON– Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Maryland may lose more than $4 million in federal funding if Congress does not reauthorize mandatory spending for those institutions beyond the current academic year.
Maryland’s HBCUs “face a funding cliff due to congressional inaction,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) said on the Senate floor Tuesday.
By Nora Eckert and Andy Kostka Capital News Service
During the baseball season, the weather radar is Nicole Sherry’s steadfast companion. It’s the last thing the Baltimore Orioles head groundskeeper checks before bed. When she wakes up, she reviews it to be sure nothing has drastically changed overnight.
“I have a plan A, B, C, D, E, F, you know?” Sherry said. “We’re always willing to adjust and ready to adjust at a moment’s notice.”
Those plans aren’t just for the next game. They’re for the coming years.
ANNAPOLIS — Halloween is known as one of the spookiest times of the year, filled with witches, ghosts and scattering bats. But Maryland’s flapping, black creatures may be less prevalent this year, like years in the recent past.
Maryland’s bats have been getting annihilated due to a variety of causes, including a cold-loving fungus and high-powered wind turbines.
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland—Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. announced Thursday that he is stepping down from the position he’s held for more than three decades as he continues to battle cancer.