While controversy swirls around the city of Baltimore — centered around a growing controversy over Mayor Catherine Pugh’s questionable children’s book deals — local residents in need of something to cheer about flocked to Camden Yards to welcome back the Orioles and their home opener of the season.
During Wednesday’s meeting of the state Board of Public Works Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot praised Governor Hogan for requesting an investigation into the children’s book controversy involving Baltimore’s Mayor Catherine Pugh. Franchot said he also found it difficult to believe that legislative leaders who sit on the board of the University of Maryland Medical System’s Board with Pugh were not aware of some possible improprieties.
Members of the General Assembly from Baltimore said they have confidence in ex-officio Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young, the city council’s president, after meeting with him early Tuesday morning. Young is taking over the city’s helm after Mayor Catherine Pugh — who is under scrutiny for undeclared sales of children’s books to and through organizations doing business with the city — stepped aside for health reasons.
-Baltimore’s 343 murders in 2017 were the second highest in the history of the city. 2018 started out as the year before ended with nearly a murder a day. But, for the first time in a long time, 12 days this month passed by without a single homicide.