Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the associate editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He has returned to Baltimore after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Maryland. Before that, he served as the editor-in-chief of The Towerlight. Marcus graduated from Towson University in 2018 with his bachelor's degree in journalism and political science. He can be reached at [email protected]

City officials react to Pugh’s 3-year sentence for ‘Healthy Holly’ scheme

Former Mayor Catherine Pugh addresses the media in front of the U.S. District Court in Baltimore where she was sentenced to three years in federal prison, plus more than $1 million in penalties, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (Capital News Service Photo by Ryan E. Little.)

Former Mayor Catherine Pugh was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison, followed by three years of probation, for her fraud scheme involving her “Healthy Holly” children’s book series.

The judge also ordered Pugh to pay $411,948 in restitution and to forfeit $669,688 including property on Ellamont Road in Baltimore and $17,800 from the Committee to Re-elect Catherine Pugh.

Baltimore City officials reacted with sadness and a push to do better following the sentencing.

City approves $1M loan to build affordable housing in Hampden

A rendering shows one of the buildings planned for the Flamingo Place Apartments in Hampden. The apartments will include 42 affordable housing units and five market-rate units. Image courtesy of Quinn Evans Architects.

Affordable housing apartments are coming to Hampden after the Board of Estimates approved a $1 million loan Wednesday to help the developer pay for the construction project.

The Flamingo Place Apartments, which will be located west of Falls Road and near W. 40th Street, will include a total of 47 apartment units: 42 affordable housing units and five market-rate units.

AFRO newspaper to establish new headquarters in West Baltimore’s Upton Mansion

Upton Mansion. Photo courtesy of Maryor’s Office.

How The AFRO newspaper came to be depends on who you ask, said Rev. Dr. Frances Murphy Draper, great-granddaughter of the newspaper’s founder, John H. Murphy Sr.

If you ask the men in the family, Murphy Sr.’s wife, Martha–Draper’s great-grandmother–gifted her husband $200 to buy The AFRO name and a printing press at an auction. But if you ask the women in the family, the money was a loan, said Draper, who is the newspaper’s CEO and publisher, as well as the senior pastor at the Freedom Temple A.M.E. Zion Church.

Pilot program will allow commercial haulers to take trash to designated sites for free

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young details the expansion of the Small Haulers program to allow Baltimore City residents to haul their waste to waste collection facilities for free during a 90-day pilot program. Photo courtesy of Charm TV Baltimore.

Small commercial trash haulers will be able to register for a free 90-day permit to drop off their trash at waste collection sites as part of a pilot program aimed at reducing illegal dumping in Baltimore City.

The initiative is part of Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s “Clean It Up!” campaign, which he launched in January to reduce “crime and grime” in Baltimore. 

“I’m very excited for this latest piece of the ‘Clean It Up!’ campaign because this is all about new and innovative ways to get residents to help make Baltimore cleaner and safer,” Young said in a press conference Wednesday.

City Schools’ 4-year graduation rate down slightly with new testing requirements

Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Avenue. Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr.

Baltimore City Public Schools’ four-year graduation rate decreased by nearly 2 percentage points in 2019, the first year since Maryland implemented “more rigorous” graduation requirements, city school officials announced Tuesday.

Of the 4,955 students in the Class of 2019, about 70.3 percent graduated in four years, down about 1.9 percent from 2018, according to data from the Maryland Report Card for 2018 and 2019.

Poll: Sanders leads Democratic presidential field in Maryland primary



U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in November 2019 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Photo by Matt Johnson/via Flickr Creative Commons.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading the Maryland Democratic primary race for president by a narrow margin in a new poll from Goucher College.

The poll, which was conducted from Feb. 13-19, found that 24 percent of likely Maryland Democratic voters said they would vote for Sanders, followed by 18 percent for former Vice President Joe Biden and 16 percent for billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Marshmello, DaBaby, Quinn XCII to headline 2020 Preakness InfieldFest

The crowd gets hyped up for a musical performance at the 2019 Preakness InfieldFest. Photo courtesy of Stephen Bondio.

Rapper DaBaby and EDM artist Marshmello are among the slew of musicians performing at the 2020 InfieldFest at the Preakness Stakes, organizers announced today.

The festival will even feature Shaquille O’Neal–yeah, that Shaq–performing as his musical persona DJ Diesel. 

Preakness InfieldFest will be held at the Pimlico Race Course on May 16, the day of this year’s Preakness Stakes, the second jewel in the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing.