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Your Guide To Baltimore’s Ballot Questions

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A Baltimore City mail-in ballot.

In the wake of disgraced ex-mayor Catherine Pugh’s resignation, the Baltimore City Council introduced so many charter amendments intended to restructure power in City Hall that City Council President Brandon Scott created a new committee to manage them.

Baltimore City Outsources Water Meter Reading Operations Amid Sustained Billing Struggles

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Baltimore will outsource water meter reading operations to the same third-party vendor that installed water meters throughout the city earlier this decade, Mayor Jack Young announced Wednesday.

Baltimore Teachers And Parents Decry Tentative Reopening Plans Outside BCPS Headquarters

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Teachers stage a die-in outside of Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Ave. on Wednesday night.
EMILY SULLIVAN/WYPR

The Baltimore Teachers’ Union staged a die-in protest at school headquarters Wednesday night, demanding that classes remain online through 2020. More than 50 teachers and parents lay on the ground to show they, or someone they know, have conditions such as asthma or diabetes that could make them more susceptible to COVID-19.

Baltimore Bill Would Rename Columbus Day To Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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A statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park. The Italian’s legacy is under renewed scrutiny.

A Baltimore City Council bill to officially change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day throughout the city, at a time where the Italian explorer’s legacy is under renewed scrutiny amid a massive reckoning over racial injustice.

Scott, Henry and Mosby urge voters to cast ballot for Joe Biden

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City Council President Brandon Scott (left), Councilman Bill Henry (right) and Del. Nick Mosby (bottom) at a news conference Tuesday morning. Photo credit: Screenshot via ‘Brandon for Baltimore’ Facebook page.

Baltimore’s three Democratic nominees for citywide office came together Tuesday morning to urge voters to elect their party’s presidential nominee, Joe Biden, in a show of unity that was lacking in 2016 when then-nominee Hillary Clinton appeared to be on the way to victory.

Baltimore Should Terminate Master Lease With Grant Capital, New OIG Report Says

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Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

Baltimore’s chief solicitor will recommend the city sever a lucrative contract with a company whose founder, J.P. Grant, illegally funneled $170,000 to disgraced former mayor Catherine Pugh.

Hogan Eases Indoor Dining Restrictions, But Some Local Leaders Will Hold Back

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Gov. Larry Hogan.

Gov. Larry Hogan will allow restaurants to expand indoor dining capacities to 75%  at 5:00 p.m. Monday. The governor is encouraging residents to partake in Maryland’s first statewide Restaurant Week, despite concerns over COVID-19 spread throughout the state.

Trash piles up as Baltimore DPW faces coronavirus challenges

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

Baltimore City Department of Public Works officials told city council members Tuesday that more than a third of their trash and recycling crews didn’t work in August because of the coronavirus pandemic, allowing some neighborhoods to go weeks without pick-ups.

Where To Drop Off A Ballot, Vote Early Or Vote On Election Day In Baltimore

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Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. The high school will host a voting center on Election Day and a ballot drop box site to be opened by late September.

The Maryland Board of Elections approved Baltimore City’s early voting and Election Day voting centers during a Friday meeting.

Early voters can cast a ballot at eight early voting centers, which will open Oct. 26 through Nov 2. Those casting a ballot on Election Day will have 24 election day voting centers to choose from; early voting centers will also host voters on Election Day.

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