Marcus Dieterle

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Marcus Dieterle is a freelancer and former associate editor of the Baltimore Fishbowl. He 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]

Pugh attorneys seek 1 year, 1 day in prison for ‘Healthy Holly’ scandal, citing personal toll of case

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Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh exits the United States District Court in Baltimore on Nov. 21, 2019, after pleading guilty to four counts — one each of conspiracy and fraud and two counts of tax evasion. (Ian Round/Capital News Service).

Attorneys for former Mayor Catherine Pugh are asking for a sentence of one year and one day in prison–nearly three years fewer than the sentence U.S. prosecutors are seeking.

In a sentencing memorandum Friday, Pugh’s attorneys asked for leniency in sentencing the former mayor for her crimes, based on her having already and continuing to suffer damage to her reputation, emotional distress, and economic loss due to the fraudulent behavior tied to sales and donations related to her “Healthy Holly” children’s book series.

“Ms. Pugh’s fall from grace, public humiliation, and front-page national disgrace are powerful and significant punishments,” her attorneys wrote. “She has already paid an extraordinary price for her conduct. As a result of her actions, she has lost everything that she has and everything she worked toward. She will be saddled with forfeiture and restitution orders that will hamper her financially for the remaining years of her life. She will lose her house and everything that she owns.”

Todd Carter named permanent Baltimore IT director after serving in interim role

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Baltimore City has a permanent information technology director after Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young promoted the acting director, who has been serving in that position since October, according to a news release from the mayor’s office Thursday.

In a bit of a trial by fire, Todd A. Carter started working in the Baltimore City Office of Information & Technology (BCIT) on May 7, the same day a ransomware attack compromised Baltimore city government’s computer network.

The BCIT director at the time, Frank Johnson, went on leave in September and resigned from his post in October.

Community groups raise concerns over 79-space parking lot proposed for Druid Hill Park

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An aerial rendering of the planned renovations to the Druid Hill Aquatic Center. Image courtesy of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.

A plan to update the swimming pool at Druid Hill Park is drawing community support, but some residents are questioning the need for a 79-space parking lot.

The Druid Hill Aquatic Center is slated to undergo renovations to its main pools and mechanical systems and add a new bathhouse and kiddie splash pool. But the project would also add dozens parking spaces around the tennis courts across East Drive from the aquatic center, leaving several community groups concerned about the safety of pedestrians and cyclists amidst increased vehicle traffic.

Mayor challenges transportation workers to fill 5,000 potholes in 50 days

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young uses a shovel to spread asphalt over a pothole before packing it down. Image courtesy of Charm TV Baltimore.

There was one fewer pothole in Baltimore Wednesday morning after Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young packed asphalt into one on N. Collington Avenue in East Baltimore, kicking off a challenge for transportation workers to fill 5,000 potholes over the next 50 days.

The 50-day pothole challenge is the latest piece of Young’s “Clean It Up!” campaign, which he launched last month, to beautify Baltimore.

Grocery store chain opening at former Shoppers in northeast Baltimore

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Former Shoppers location in Alameda Marketplace. Photo courtesy of Lawrence Howard & Associates, Inc.

Patrons of the former Shoppers location in Northeast Baltimore will soon have a new spot to buy their groceries.

Compare Foods, a grocery store chain with 100 locations throughout six states, is setting up shop in the Alameda Marketplace with plans to open in March 2020. 

Friends of the Jones Falls, Union Collective plan to implement green infrastructure with $50K grant

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Union Collective Credit: Tedd Henn

Union Collective is going green with the help of the Friends of the Jones Falls advocacy group and a nearly $50,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

In 2017, Union Collective transformed an empty, 155,000-square foot Sears Roebuck warehouse into a business and manufacturing hub in the Medfield neighborhood. The collective is currently home to Union Craft Brewing, the Charmery’s ice cream factory, an Earth Treks indoor rock climbing gym, Baltimore Spirits Company, Well Crafted Kitchen and Vent Coffee Roasters.

Now, Union Collective is looking to take care of one of the community’s oldest neighbors: the Jones Falls.

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