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Baltimore Sun staff wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘Healthy Holly’ coverage

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Photo by Brandon Weigel.

The Baltimore Sun staff won the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting for the newspaper’s investigatory work on former Mayor Catherine Pugh’s children’s book line, ultimately exposing the series as a scheme Pugh used to enrich herself and part of a larger pattern of self-dealing on the board of the University of Maryland Medical System.

Under increased pressure as more and more book deals were revealed by The Sun and other outlets, Pugh took a leave of absence in April 2019 before resigning one month later.

In November, the disgraced former mayor pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and tax charges.

Five top executives resigned from the non-profit hospital operator, and state lawmakers passed ethics legislation reforming its board of directors.

The citation credits The Sun staff for “illuminating, impactful reporting on a lucrative, undisclosed financial relationship between the city’s mayor and the public hospital system she helped to oversee.”

City officials react to Pugh’s 3-year sentence for ‘Healthy Holly’ scheme

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Former Mayor Catherine Pugh addresses the media in front of the U.S. District Court in Baltimore where she was sentenced to three years in federal prison, plus more than $1 million in penalties, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (Capital News Service Photo by Ryan E. Little.)

Former Mayor Catherine Pugh was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison, followed by three years of probation, for her fraud scheme involving her “Healthy Holly” children’s book series.

The judge also ordered Pugh to pay $411,948 in restitution and to forfeit $669,688 including property on Ellamont Road in Baltimore and $17,800 from the Committee to Re-elect Catherine Pugh.

Baltimore City officials reacted with sadness and a push to do better following the sentencing.

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.”

Baltimore City Council asks Pugh to resign; mayor says she intends to return

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Photo via Baltimore City Council website

Two days after Mayor Catherine Pugh said she is planning a comeback even as her self-dealing children’s book scandal has ballooned, all members of the Baltimore City Council have called on her to resign.

Pugh says despite initial opposition, she won’t ask Hogan to veto state GTTF commission bill

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Gun Trace Task Force members (top row L-R) Thomas Allers, Momudo Gondo, Maurice Ward and Marcus Taylor, and (bottom row L-R) Jemell Rayam, Evodio Hendrix, Daniel Hersl and Wayne Jenkins. Images via the Baltimore Police Department.

Mayor Catherine Pugh on Wednesday said her initial opposition to a state commission investigating the Gun Trace Task Force was that it would be “duplicative” of efforts by federal prosecutors and the city’s own police monitoring team, but she would not ask Gov. Larry Hogan to veto the legislation.

Pratt Library Announces Expanded Hours

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All branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will extend hours and remain open six days a week, CEO Heidi Daniel announced today. And rather than open on a staggered schedule, libraries across the city will all open at 10 a.m.

NBC is Making a Show about a Black Female Mayor in Baltimore

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The real office of NBC’s fictional mayor.

All fiction is based in some reality, right?

Pugh Joins Leaders on Climate Change: ‘We Are Still In’

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Coastal flooding is expected to increase due to climate change making Inner Harbor flooding more commonplace.

After President Trump announced U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate agreement last week, 248 mayors signed onto a pledge to stay with their greening efforts. In that case, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh was not a signee (though she did release a statement over the weekend). However, Pugh is among the signatories of a new document.

Pugh Aide Pleads Guilty to Making Illegal Campaign Contributions

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An employee in Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office will be on probation for the next year after making illegal campaign contributions.

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