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BALTIMORE (AP) — The former mayor of Baltimore is set to sentenced in a lucrative, years long scheme that sold her self-published children’s books to nonprofits and foundations to promote her political career and fund her run for mayor.

Catherine Pugh is scheduled to appear Thursday in federal court in Baltimore.

The 69-year-old pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges in November.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal prosecutors want the disgraced former mayor of Baltimore to be sentenced to nearly five years in prison for the scheme involving sales of her self-published “Healthy Holly” children's books.

In a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday, prosecutors told a judge that would be an adequate punishment for Catherine Pugh and would deter other politicians from breaking the public's trust.

Pugh pleaded guilty in November to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges in a deal with prosecutors.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore's disgraced ex-mayor has been charged with perjury for failing to disclose her business interest in a self-published children's book.

Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton Howard announced the charges Wednesday relating to Catherine Pugh's financial disclosure forms from when she was a state senator.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The man who suddenly found himself mayor of Baltimore, after the previous mayor resigned in a scandal, now says he plans to run for the office.

In an interview Tuesday with The Baltimore Sun, Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young said he changed his thinking after previously indicating that he would not run.

Catherine Pugh resigned as mayor in May amid a scandal and multiple investigations into the lucrative sales of her self-published children's books. Young automatically became the permanent mayor after serving as city council president.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young has formally taken the oath of office at a ceremony in which he promised to address some of the city's chronic problems.

The Thursday swearing-in comes a week after his predecessor resigned amid corruption investigations.

The Democrat and longtime City Council member inherits a city with failing schools, a thriving illegal drug market and one of the nation's highest rates of violent crime.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young is set to be sworn into office.

The ceremony Thursday comes a week after his predecessor resigned amid corruption investigations.

Young began leading the mid-Atlantic city on an interim basis in early April, when Catherine Pugh took a leave from her role as mayor due to what her lawyer described as poor health following a bout of pneumonia.

Young automatically became the permanent mayor when Pugh resigned May 2.

BALTIMORE (AP) - A growing tide of Maryland officials are calling for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to step down after federal agents raided her government offices and city homes.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says the first-term mayor is "clearly not fit to lead." Numerous Democrats repeated calls for her immediate resignation.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, whose attempt at a comeback fell short when she lost the primary to regain her old job, is expected to run as a write-in candidate for the post.

Dixon, a Democrat who resigned as mayor in 2010 after an embezzlement conviction, said on her Facebook page Monday that she would have a live announcement Tuesday morning. She added the hashtags (hash)DixonForMayor2016 and (hash)WriteHerIn.

Dixon tells WJZ-TV that she wants to do what's best for Baltimore.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Republican nominee for Baltimore mayor says he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and will undergo surgery next week.
Alan Walden announced over the weekend in an email to supporters that he will undergo surgery Tuesday. The 80-year-old former WBAL-AM anchor says he is encouraged by doctors' prognosis for a full recovery, but he will be off the campaign trail for about a month.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Baltimore's election director says election judges who failed to show up at the polls were a main cause of the city's April primary problems.

Armstead Jones faced a panel of state senators Tuesday. They wanted to know what was being done to prevent problems in the November election.

Jones says the city will hire an additional 400 judges to increase the pool for the city's 296 precincts. For the primary, the city had hired an added 400 judges to the 1,700 it had in 2014, and still had problems getting enough judges to show up.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

The former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor announced his support for Clinton Thursday. "I am committing my energies to the election of Secretary Clinton," he said in a statement. "The stakes in this election could not be higher, and the choice is clear."

Clinton declared victory over rival Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, having captured the number of delegates needed to become the first female nominee from a major party.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon says she wants to get a final vote count from last week's mayoral primary and isn't conceding an election that was held about a year after Freddie Gray's death and unrest in the city.

Dixon told WBAL-AM in Baltimore on Tuesday she believes "there's still a chance" she could win. Provisional and absentee votes are still being counted.

The Maryland State Board of Elections website showed state Sen. Catherine Pugh leading by 3,020 votes on Tuesday. That's about 36.8 percent of the vote, compared to 34.4 percent for Dixon.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Lawyers for a police officer facing trial in the death of Freddie Gray are asking that the jury be sequestered.

Joseph Murtha and Gary Proctor represent Officer William Porter. They filed the motion last week in Baltimore Circuit Court. Porter is charged with manslaughter and other offenses. His trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 30.

The motion asks that during sequestration, the jurors' television viewing be controlled, their cellphones taken away, and all correspondence, calls and visits with family and friends be monitored by sheriff's deputies.