Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Headed To Alabama Women’s Prison, Asking For Delay Again Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh will serve her time in an Alabama women’s prison, according to court records. Pugh, who pleaded guilty to tax evasion and fraud in the Healthy Holly children’s book scandal, is asking for a delay so that she can “resolve” her state perjury charge as the coronavirus pandemic has led to the closure of courts. She was sentenced on February 27 to three years in prison. Pugh must turn herself in by April 27; she was granted a delay her incarceration on March 2 after she asked a judge if she could stay in her home with her niece until the semester ended. (WJZ)

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State Senator Calls Video Of Police Sergeant Coughing Near Residents 'A Very Serious Situation'

State Sen. Cory McCray said he was disturbed by a video of a Baltimore police sergeant deliberately coughing near residents at Perkins Homes. The video went viral on social media amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "The reality is that this is a very serious situation,” McCray said. “We all have to take it seriously and that when we put ourselves in a public role as a public official that we have to make sure we lead by example. (WBAL)

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Md. Delegation Members Call On FEMA To Provide More Medical Supplies To National Capital Region

Some members of the Maryland Delegation wrote to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor on Wednesday urging the Administration to increase the federal government’s allotment of emergency medical supplies and equipment to the National Capital Region. (WJZ)

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At Virtual Taxpayers’ Night, Baltimore City officials warn of the coronavirus pandemic’s heavy economic toll

Baltimore officials held a Virtual Taxpayers’ Night to solicit residents’ feedback on the proposed 2021 budget, but acknowledged the plan will have to be almost entirely reworked to account for economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Under normal circumstances, people would gather at the War Memorial building downtown to testify on what should be included in the upcoming fiscal year’s budget. But given the restrictions on large gatherings intended to slow the spread of the virus, such a meeting was deemed impossible. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland Receives Nearly $16M In Federal Funding To Support Local Health Centers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Nearly $16 million in federal funding is headed to Maryland to support community health centers during the coronavirus pandemic. It will help local health providers adapt to unprecedented challenges and demands brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. (WJZ)

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Ocean City’s ban on bare-chested women at the beach upheld by judge

Ocean City officials can continue to ban women from going topless at Maryland’s popular beach destination, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge James Bredar upheld the town’s ordinance as constitutional even though it applies to women but not to men. “The Court finds that protecting the public sensibilities from the public display of areas of the body traditionally viewed as erogenous zones — including female, but not male, breasts — is an important government objective,” Bredar wrote in a 19-page opinion. (Wash Post)

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Outcry over racial data grows as virus slams black Americans

As the coronavirus tightens its grip across the country, it is cutting a particularly devastating swath through an already vulnerable population — black Americans. Democratic lawmakers and community leaders in cities hard-hit by the pandemic have been sounding the alarm over what they see as a disturbing trend of the virus killing African Americans at a higher rate, along with a lack of overall information about the race of victims as the nation’s death toll mounts. (Wash Post)

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Md. legislative COVID-19 work group to live-stream meeting

The Maryland General Assembly took a step toward public transparency in a time of the coronavirus pandemic. For the last two weeks, the legislature’s Joint COVID-19 Work Group has met by video conference call. Audio of the meetings was posted later in the day after the meetings had ended. When the group meets Wednesday at 10 a.m. it will do so for the first time in as public a manner as possible given social distancing requirements, by live-streaming its meeting on YoutTube. An earlier effort planned for its YouTube channel had to be adjusted on the fly because of technical difficulties an hour before the scheduled broadcast. (Daily Record)

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