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City health insurer Kaiser Permanente paid Baltimore Mayor Pugh $114,000 for her 'Healthy Holly' books

City health insurer Kaiser Permanente paid Baltimore Mayor Pugh $114,000 for her 'Healthy Holly' books

Book sales to Kaiser Permanente come on top of Mayor Pugh’s book sales to the University of Maryland Medical System while she was on the board there. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)Book sales to Kaiser Permanente come on top of Mayor Pugh’s book sales to the University of Maryland Medical System while she was on the board there. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)Health provider paid Baltimore Mayor more than $100,000 to buy about 20,000 copies of her “Healthy Holly” children’s books during a period when the company was seeking a lucrative contract to provide health benefits...

April 1, 2019
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Maryland Gov. Hogan outlines three-stage plan to reopen businesses when coronavirus abates

Maryland Gov. Hogan outlines three-stage plan to reopen businesses when coronavirus abates

Governor Larry Hogan talked about what it would take to lift the stay-at-home order and move to a road to recovery. Gov. Larry Hogan outlined a three-stage plan Friday to gradually reopen Maryland businesses, services and gatherings, but he cautioned that it’s impossible to know when the deadly coronavirus pandemic will weaken enough that all activities can safely resume. During a news conference at the State House in Annapolis, the Republican governor unveiled a strategy for reopening the state’s economy called “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.” It includes three phases of slowly...

April 25, 2020
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Rep. Harris compares Maryland to N. Korea, delegate sues Hogan as opponents protest coronavirus restrictions

Rep. Harris compares Maryland to N. Korea, delegate sues Hogan as opponents protest coronavirus restrictions

Dozens of Marylanders again demonstrated against Gov. Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home order, embarking on a caravan from Western Maryland to the lower Eastern Shore on Saturday. The ReOpen Maryland group against the governor’s mandates after holding one . Hogan’s stay-at home order is part of the Republican governor’s measures to deter the spread of the coronavirus, which has as of Saturday morning. Advertisement “Unbelievably, in America, I have been told that you can’t practice your religion and the state has decided that my religion is essential or nonessential,” Republican Rep. Andy Harris...

May 3, 2020
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Serving life as an accessory to a 1981 murder, a Jessup inmate dies of coronavirus at 61, family says

Serving life as an accessory to a 1981 murder, a Jessup inmate dies of coronavirus at 61, family says

Andrew Parker, an inmate at the Jessup Correctional Institution, died Monday night of coronavirus at the University of Maryland Medical Center, his family told the Baltimore Sun. Parker’s niece, Nekia Randall, said the family was notified of his hospitalization last week, six days after he was founded unconscious inside the prison. to die from coronavirus in April. Advertisement The Maryland Department of Corrections announced on Tuesday that an inmate in his 60s died from COVID-19. Randall confirmed to The Sun on Friday prior to his death that Parker had been hospitalized and suffered from...

April 30, 2020
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15-year-old pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in fatal Frederick Fair incident

15-year-old pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in fatal Frederick Fair incident

The 15-year-old who stood accused of landing the blow that pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Wednesday. The boy was facing three additional charges, one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault, but they were dropped with his guilty plea, the Frederick County State’s Attorney Office said. The 15-year-old will continue to be held in a juvenile detention center where he has been held since the fatal incident, pending a May 15 disposition hearing. Advertisement The 15-year-old is accused of landing the final punch that killed 59-year-old John Marvin Weed,...

April 29, 2020
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Maryland seeks investigation of politically connected company that failed to deliver masks, ventilators

Maryland seeks investigation of politically connected company that failed to deliver masks, ventilators

The state signed a $12.5 million deal on April 1 with Blue Flame Medical LLC for 1.5 million N95 masks and 110 ventilators. The masks and ventilators were supposed to ship on April 14, according to a letter the state sent Blue Flame on Thursday. The state paid half of the money up front, according to a source familiar with the contract. Advertisement The goods never arrived and Maryland canceled the contract on Friday. “Unfortunately, despite numerous requests for information and order status, Blue Flame Medical has yet to deliver any items under this order, or provide any pertinent data as...

May 2, 2020
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Will Baltimore’s Little Italy survive the coronavirus? Here’s how some restaurants are coping.

Will Baltimore’s Little Italy survive the coronavirus? Here’s how some restaurants are coping.

Ray Alcaraz has been eating well during the pandemic. Homemade ravioli at Chiapparelli’s, the meatballs from Joe Benny’s, lemony veal piccata from Aldo’s, and of course, cannoli from Vaccaro’s: Alcaraz, who grew up in Little Italy, is on a one-man mission to patronize the neighborhood’s restaurants in crisis. “I have gone to almost every restaurant to get a meal and I’m still not done,” said Alcaraz, president of the promotion center for Little Italy. Advertisement There’s not much else to do but eat, these days, here, or anywhere else. The bocce court is empty, and so is the church, though...

April 29, 2020
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State delegates, pastors and businesses file lawsuit against Hogan seeking to end coronavirus restrictions

State delegates, pastors and businesses file lawsuit against Hogan seeking to end coronavirus restrictions

Maryland politicians, pastors and business owners banded together Saturday afternoon to file a sweeping federal lawsuit aimed at ending restrictions enacted by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in response to the coronavirus. The lawsuit argues that the governor’s orders banning large gatherings and closing most businesses violate constitutional and federal laws protecting commerce, freedom of assembly, the right to protest and the right to practice their religion. Advertisement Republican Dels. Dan Cox, Warren Miller and Neil Parrott argue that the restrictions against travel violate their duties...

May 3, 2020
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With another Baltimore series in the works, David Simon swats down reports of ‘The Wire’ reunion

With another Baltimore series in the works, David Simon swats down reports of ‘The Wire’ reunion

Baltimoreans spending their quarantine rewatching “The Wire” won’t have a cast reunion to look forward to. Show creator David Simon shot down reports Friday that the show’s cast was reuniting for another series based in Baltimore. The rumors started flying when a French publication, Society, interviewed “The Wire” co-writer George Pelecanos, who mentioned that he, Simon and other writers were coming together for another series based in Baltimore around the city’s police department. Advertisement But as that report went from one language to another, others began circling that the cast was...

May 2, 2020
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Maryland lawmakers will not hold special session in May

Maryland lawmakers will not hold special session in May

The Maryland General Assembly will not hold a special session in May, legislative leaders announced Monday. State lawmakers ended their regular session, , early in March as the coronavirus pandemic became a major health issue. At the time, they so they could complete any unfinished business and pass any further legislation needed for the state’s response to the pandemic. Advertisement Senate President Bill Ferguson and House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne A. Jones issued a statement Monday saying they were nixing the special session planned for May. They have not ruled out the possibility of...

April 20, 2020
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