Cardin touts federal legislation for low-income water billing aid, saying it could help Baltimore

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Sen. Ben Cardin says a new bill he’s co-sponsored in Congress could help to break Baltimore’s seemingly endless cycle of water and sewer rate hikes, as well as water shutoffs and tax sales for low-income customers who can’t pay their bills.

These medical marijuana patients are petitioning Maryland to allow cannabis as a treatment for opioid addiction

Vape pens containing cannabis oil. Photo via Weed Porn Daily/Flickr.

Sixteen months ago, Iggy Stefanski began a grueling journey to kick his addiction to opioids. Suffering from Crohn’s disease, sciatica and other health issues that give him chronic pain, Stefanski’s physician wrote him a prescription for oxycodone. But, as with many users, the painkiller’s efficacy quickly wore off. He told the doctor, but little changed.

Pugh rebuts IG report on WorkBaltimore job fair

Pugh delivers a message to her Twitter followers from the 2018 WorkBaltimore job fair. Image via Twitter.

Mayor Catherine Pugh today rebutted a report from the Office of the Inspector General that questioned data collection on the WorkBaltimore job fair, offering a summary from the event and noting it was actually 30 days, instead of one, with nearly 200 workshops.

With no veto from mayor, new law altering city’s fire code takes effect

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It was a big night in the Baltimore City Council chambers, as lawmakers approved new measures adopting a citywide Complete Streets transportation framework, raising taxes on property sales to fund affordable housing and mandating that most places with public bathrooms add diaper-changing facilities. The council also approved a shift of $21 million to pay for the Baltimore Police Department’s overruns on overtime from 2017, even as five of the 15 members opposed the move.

Also last night, a measure changing Baltimore’s fire code–passed by the council months ago–took effect, despite a lack of a signature¬†from Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Woodberry’s secret sewage-spewing pipe was leaking again for the last week, sending 20,000 gallons into the Jones Falls

The Jones Falls near Union Avenue in Woodberry.

A troublesome private sewer line in Woodberry has once again leaked tens of thousands of gallons of human waste into the Jones Falls, after a temporary fix installed by the city a year ago stopped working for the last week.

City audit faults BPD’s lack of oversight, technology for ballooning overtime expenses

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The Baltimore Police Department is “operating at an unsatisfactory level in virtually every area” when it comes to documenting, monitoring and supervising overtime, which has in part allowed expenses to more than double over the last four years, according to an audit released by the Pugh administration today.

The Afro, Morgan State team up on new poll series focused on black Marylanders

The Afro-American Newspapers building on N. Charles Street. Photo by Eli Pousson, via Flickr.

Two of Baltimore’s venerable black institutions, The Afro newspaper and Morgan State University, are linking up for a series of polls covering African-Americans’ opinions across Maryland, with an eye toward going national further down the line.

WJZ-TV’s Jessica Kartalija leaving for anchor spot at Philly CBS affiliate

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Longtime Channel 13 reporter Jessica Kartalija is leaving Baltimore for a new evening news anchor spot at Philadelphia CBS affiliate KYW.

State supplying $12M in grants to BPD for technology, violent crime fight, community policing

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In a well-timed disbursement of state funding, Baltimore police are set to receive $12 million in grants from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention for violence-prevention programs, more community-focused police jobs and updates to the department’s record-keeping technology.

Pugh in op-ed: City developing program for squeegee kids

The first Squeegee Corps pop-up in August 2017. Photo via Mayor Catherine Pugh/Twitter.

In an op-ed published in The Sun today, Mayor Catherine Pugh said the city is working to retool the Squeegee Corps program her administration launched in summer 2017, connecting the window washers with job training and social services.