Politics & Business

As pilot episode for ‘The President is Missing’ readies to film in Maryland, there’s hope of a sizable economic impact

Actor David Oyelowo is reportedly starring in “The President is Missing.” Image via IMDB.

By Ben Cooper
Capital News Service

After the Netflix series “House of Cards” had an economic impact of more than $700 million on Maryland while filming its six seasons in the state from 2012 to 2018, there’s hope that a new television show can make its mark in 2020.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced in October that a pilot episode for a potential new Showtime series, “The President is Missing,” starring David Oyelowo, is set to begin filming in Maryland in early 2020. Maryland Film Office director Jack Gerbes is optimistic about its prospective influence on the state’s economy.

Mayor calls on residents, businesses to ‘Light the City Purple’ for Thursday Ravens game

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With Baltimore getting a primetime spotlight on “Thursday Night Football” this week, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young is calling on residents and businesses to “Light the City Puprle” when the Ravens take on the New York Jets at home.

Nick Mosby joins the city council president field

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Del. Nick Mosby announced today he is making a bid for city council president, sharing a YouTube video touting his record passing local “Ban the Box” legislation and a state law to end tax sales for unpaid water bills, and his efforts to keep the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.

“I’m running so that my daughters have more opportunities,” he said in the video, “and a safer, more just and more equitable Baltimore than in generations past.”

Hogan administration moves forward with State Center redevelopment

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After years of setbacks, and despite ongoing litigation, the state is moving forward with plans to tear down the 28-acre State Center office complex and redevelop the parcel near downtown Baltimore, Gov. Larry Hogan announced today.

Catonsville named a state arts and entertainment district

Singer-songwriter and “American Idol” contestant Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon performs at Bill’s Music in Catonsville. Image via Bill’s Music’s Facebook page.

Downtown Catonsville has been selected as a state-designated arts and entertainment district, the first in Baltimore County, officials announced today.

Pugh pleads guilty to four of 11 counts

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh exits the U.S. 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).

By Ian Round
Capital News Service

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty Thursday to four of the 11 counts against her related to the sales of “Healthy Holly” children’s books.

At the U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Pugh pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two counts of tax evasion. She pleaded not guilty to seven counts of wire fraud.

Comptroller announces largest tobacco bust in agency history

Boxes of contraband tobacco products recovered in a bust crowd a storage room in the Louis L. Goldstein Treasury Building in Annapolis on Nov. 20, 2019. (Capital News Service photo by Eric Myers.)

By Eric Myers
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) on Wednesday announced the agency’s largest tobacco bust ever, resulting in over $450,000 worth of seized contraband tobacco products.

The raid, which took place on Nov. 5, recovered 521 packs of untaxed cigarettes, 1,246 untaxed premium cigars and 7,866 packages of untaxed loose and hookah tobacco products. Combined, those products represent a tax loss of over $286,000 for the state.

Young ‘heartbroken’ by Pugh indictment, Scott delivers message to people seeking public office

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, right, speaks at a Nov. 20 press conference as Police Commissioner Michael Harrison looks on. Image still via Charm TV.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said today that, like all of the city’s public officials, he is “heartbroken and disappointed” by the 11 federal charges brought today against former Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Federal prosecutors charged Pugh with wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the U.S., conspiracy to commit wire fraud and tax evasion related to the sale of her self-published “Healthy Holly” books.

Pugh charged with 11 counts of wire fraud, tax evasion for ‘Healthy Holly’ scheme

Mayor Catherine Pugh displays a set of “Healthy Holly”-affiliated bibs and baby blankets. Still via live stream from Charm TV/Facebook.

Federal prosecutors charged former Mayor Catherine Pugh with 11 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the U.S., conspiracy to commit wire fraud and tax evasion related to her “Healthy Holly” children’s book scheme.

Lyft, city partner on flat fare for South and West Baltimore residents buying groceries

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Under an agreement with the city, Lyft drivers will take residents of some South and West Baltimore neighborhoods to buy groceries for a flat $2.50 fare, no matter the distance traveled to get to the store.

The Grocery Access Program, as it’s called, will give eight rides to the store per month, from Nov. 18, 2019 to April 30, 2020, to 200 car-less residents who live in healthy food priority areas, previously known as food deserts, without a neighborhood grocery store offering nutritional foods such as fresh produce.