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Baltimore City recycling to resume Jan. 19

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Trash cans and recycling bins sit in an alleyway in Baltimore. Photo credit: Emily Sullivan for WYPR.

Mayor Brandon Scott announced Baltimore City recycling curbside pickup services will resume next Tuesday, ending a six-month suspension first enacted due to COVID-19 outbreaks among crews that led to a shortage of workers.

Officials Say “Large Natural Gas Buildup” After HVAC Work Caused NW Baltimore Explosion

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Baltimore City residents watched as rescue personnel investigated the Aug. 10 explosion. Photo credit: Sarah Y. Kim for WYPR.

The Aug. 10 explosion in Northwest Baltimore that killed two people, injured seven and reduced three rowhomes to rubble was due to a “large natural gas buildup” ignited by a stove, city officials said Tuesday morning.

Scott outlines city vaccination plan, says he may reconsider restrictions

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Mayor Brandon Scott speaks at today’s news conference. Photo credit: Screenshot via CharmTV

Mayor Brandon Scott said Tuesday he may update citywide restrictions on dining and non-mask wearing activities at the end of this week after his team reviews post-holidays COVID-19 data.

Jim Shea Named City Solicitor, Dana Moore To Become First Chief Equity Officer

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On Tuesday, Mayor Brandon Scott announced Jim Shea, above, will become Baltimore’s next City Solicitor. Photo via The office of Mayor Brandon Scott.

Mayor Brandon Scott has named Jim Shea, his former running mate in the 2018 gubernatorial race, to be Baltimore City’s top lawyer, while former Acting City Solicitor Dana P. Moore has been named the city’s first Chief Equity Officer.

Comptroller Bill Henry introduces new ethics rule for city spending board

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Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

Members of Baltimore’s spending board who abstain from a vote because of a perceived conflict of interest will have to explain their abstentions under a new ethics rule proposed by Comptroller Bill Henry.

Brandon Scott sworn in as Baltimore’s new mayor

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Mayor Brandon Scott makes his first remarks following his swearing-in ceremony. Photo by Emily Sullivan, WYPR.

Mayor Brandon Scott and Comptroller Bill Henry were sworn into their new offices Tuesday afternoon, ending an administration created by political re-shuffling after ex-mayor Catherine Pugh resigned amid scandal.

Jack Young’s Mayorship, Born Of And Defined By Crisis, Comes To An End

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Jack Young, the 51st mayor of Baltimore, speaks at City Hall. Photo by Emily Sullivan, WYPR.

Mayor Jack Young’s term, born amid crisis and marked by a relentless onslaught of subsequent emergencies, ends Tuesday morning, as a slate of younger Democrats were sworn into their new City Hall offices.

Maryland voters break early voting turnout record

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Baltimore City voters cast ballots at New Era Academy in Cherry Hill on Tuesday. Photo credit: Rachel Baye, WYPR

More than 161,000 Marylanders turned out for the state’s first day of early voting Monday, setting a record for the most ballots cast in a single day of early voting in state history, according to the state Board of Elections. About 1.1 million Marylanders have voted so far.

Baltimore City Schools See $21 Million Shortfall As Pandemic Expenses Total $131 Million

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Baltimore City School Headquarters

WYPR – The Baltimore City school board stared down a $21 million shortfall Tuesday night brought on by pandemic spending, as its CEO decides how to handle the rest of the fall term.

Green Party Candidate Muller Paz Challenges Incumbent Democrat In Baltimore’s 12th District

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Franca Muller Paz speaks during a Baltimore Teachers Union rally outside BCPS headquarters last month. The Green Party candidate is challenging incumbent Democrat Robert Stokes in the Baltimore City Council’s 12th District race.
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An unusually competitive general election race is heating up in Baltimore City’s District 12, where Green Party candidate Franca Muller Paz has outraised incumbent and establishment Democrat Robert Stokes.

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