Baltimore City recycling to resume Jan. 19

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

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.

Vaccine rollout remains slow at Maryland nursing homes


Nursing home residents and staff are among the first in line for the COVID-19 vaccine. But in Maryland, many nursing homes have not used a majority of their allocated doses.

Baltimore County Gives Details Of COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout


Baltimore County has received more than 11,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines thus far, and County Executive Johnny Olszewski promised Thursday that “no vaccine will go to waste.”

Maryland Opens New Special Enrollment Period For Health Insurance


Gov. Larry Hogan announced today another special enrollment period for health insurance, opening just weeks after an earlier enrollment period closed in December.

Baltimore Fishbowl’s top stories of 2020


Reading Baltimore Fishbowl on a laptop computerOf course, a story about COVID-19 tops our list of 2020 most-read stories, according to Google Analytics. The coronavirus pandemic overwhelmed our consciousness in 2020 and it seemed there was little else to talk or think about. Our interests followed suit with stories about the fallout of the pandemic, such as store and restaurant closings and hot real estate properties for sale, also topping the list.

John Waters in triplicate: The more the merrier

John Waters’ 2020 Christmas card. Artwork by Noah Lyon.

In Australia, John Waters is gearing up for a concert tour in which he’ll sing favorites by John Lennon, starting at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in North Sydney.

In Ireland, John Waters is leading an anti-masker brigade of protesters who resist wearing face coverings in a pandemic and challenge government lockdowns.

And in the United States, John Waters just donated his private art collection to the Baltimore Museum of Art, released his Artforum list of the Best Films of 2020 and sent out his Christmas cards, this year showing him poking himself in the eye with a candy cane.

Today marks the start of COVID-19 vaccinations at Maryland nursing homes

The first Maryland nursing home resident to receive the vaccine was Samuel Cushing. He is accompanied by Donna Jones, Director of Nursing, who was among the first staff members to be vaccinated. 

Vaccinations at nursing homes started today at Franklin Woods Center in Baltimore County. In preparation for Phase 1A of the state’s vaccination plan, the Maryland Department of Health signed up every nursing home and assisted living facility statewide for this program.

The Moderna vaccine arrives this week in Maryland


The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which was granted emergency use authorization by the FDA on Friday, has begun shipping to recipients in Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan announced today.

Maryland’s total allotment now includes more than 191,000 total doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Older children in Baltimore asked to take on child care, housework in pandemic

Katherine Banegas-Bonilla, a high school student at Baltimore City College, has much more to do at home since classes went virtual. Photo by Megan Sayles for Capital News Service.

Capital News Service – A year ago, Katherine Banegas-Bonilla, 17, had to worry only about managing her classes at Baltimore City College, one of Baltimore’s top high schools. Now, the pandemic has forced her to be a short-order cook, housekeeper, laundry supervisor, tutor, translator, tech consultant, babysitter — actually, a third parent.

Most days, she’s fine with the work. It’s just how her life is these days.