Critics slam Mary Bubala’s on air-question about mayoral scandal, calling it racist

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Reflecting on Catherine Pugh’s historic resignation on Thursday afternoon, anyone with basic knowledge of the scandal would recall that her ethically questionable children’s book business dealings, currently under state and federal investigative scrutiny, contributed to her decision to step down.

Since the “Healthy Holly” news broke, many have pointed to a prior mayoral scandal that led Sheila Dixon to resign as Baltimore’s mayor less than a decade ago.

And while logic would suggest it was both Pugh’s and Dixon’s financial misdeeds that caused their mayoral terms to end prematurely, WJZ-TV’s Mary Bubala offered a cringe-worthy alternative explanation last night during a political analysis segment with Kaye Whitehead, an associate professor of communication and African and African-American Studies at Loyola University Maryland.

Young says his ‘hate to see it’ remark on a Pugh comeback was taken out of context

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On Tuesday, Ex Officio Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young raised some eyebrows after saying to WYPR-FM’s Tom Hall that he would “hate to see” Pugh attempt a return to the mayor’s office following her “Healthy Holly” scandal.

But at a wide-ranging press conference this morning at City Hall, Young said his words from the radio were taken out of context, and that he doesn’t see how he could have been misinterpreted.

Baltimore Sun staffers make a pitch for pay raises

“Rai$e Our Pay Now” balloons in The Sun’s newsroom. Image via the Baltimore Sun Guild’s Twitter.

As The Sun‘s newsroom heads toward negotiations with management over a new contract, staffers went on social media today to highlight one of their top priorities: pay raises.

Reporters posted pictures holding the green balloons with an upward-pointing arrow and the words “Rai$e Our Pay Now.” In a couple photos, the balloons appeared to be tied to nearly every desk in the paper’s Port Covington newsroom.

At long last, a critic’s review of ‘Healthy Holly: Exercising Is Fun!’

Mayor Catherine Pugh displays a “Healthy Holly”-affiliated bib on March 28. Still via live stream from Charm TV/Facebook.

Amid all of the furor surrounding the nearly $800,000 that Mayor Catherine Pugh’s LLC took from health care firms and others for copies of her “Healthy Holly” books, it’s easy to forget the value in trying to educate children, as an emotional Pugh attempted to explain days before taking an indefinite leave of absence.

But rather than take the mayor’s word for it, let’s hear from Washington Post book critic Carlos Lozada.

Ken Ulman, David and Karen Nitkin buy stake in Baltimore Fishbowl


Former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, former Baltimore Sun editor David Nitkin and writer Karen Nitkin have bought a stake in Baltimore Fishbowl.

The Baltimore Beat is returning as an online venture

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A year after it was shuttered, the Baltimore Beat, an alt-weekly newspaper founded by staffers of the City Paper after its demise, is coming back next month as a nonprofit online journalism outlet.

Lisa Snowden-McCray will return as editor-in-chief, and Brandon Soderberg will work for the organization part-time. The start date is March 6.

Long-time WBAL radio anchor Dave Durian dies

Dave Durian broadcasts from Valley View Farms. Courtesy: WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5

Dave Durian, the long-time morning host on WBAL 1090, died early Monday after a battle with lung cancer and a stroke, the station announced this morning. He was 72.

Rebekah Kirkman named managing editor of BmoreArt

The most recent print issue of BmoreArt. Photo via Rebekah Kirkman.

Baltimore’s most prominent arts-focused publication has a new managing editor in Rebekah Kirkman, formerly Baltimore City Paper’s visual arts editor.

Kirkman announced her new role with the magazine this morning.

Features writer Brittany Britto leaving The Sun

The Sun’s Port Covington printing plant. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Amid a fresh round of buyouts and other turnover happening at The Sun, Baltimore’s paper of record is losing another reporter with a talent for covering the arts and culture of the city.

Political reporter Michael Dresser among first to take latest buyout offer at The Sun

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Longtime Baltimore Sun State House reporter Michael Dresser is among the first journalists at the city’s daily newspaper to go in the most recent round of buyouts from Tribune Publishing.

He announced his retirement in a Twitter post, and briefly acknowledged it at the end of a column sizing up his time covering Annapolis. A newsroom source confirmed Dresser accepted one of the company-wide buyouts being offered by the Chicago-based parent company.