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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
Officers of the Democratic National Committee generally refrain from endorsing candidates in Democratic Party primaries. But Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the secretary of the DNC, has thrown her support behind Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who is running for governor. In doing so, she passed over Democrats Douglas F. Gansler, Maryland's attorney general, and state Del. Heather R. Mizeur. She also left some people grumbling that someone in her position should have remained neutral.
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By John Fritze and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake won praise from clergy and community leaders Friday after calling for a federal investigation into allegations of police brutality - a move that is all but certain to draw added scrutiny on City Hall. But careful observers noted the request from Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts came hours after another official - City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young - raised his hand to invite the U.S. Department of Justice in for a closer look.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Baltimore's CitiStat director resigned Friday, after he refused a transfer to a different job in city government, administration officials said. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Friday informed Chad Kenney, who was named director in 2012, that she wanted to transfer him within city government, according to Kevin Harris, the mayor's spokesman. Kenney declined, and resigned instead, Harris said. "He was never asked to leave the administration. He was given the opportunity to go into a different position," Harris said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was hospitalized Saturday night after complaining of shortness of breath at the Star-Spangled Spectacular festivities at Fort McHenry. The mayor delivered her remarks at the event, which included the vice president and the British ambassador, before leaving the stage around 8 p.m., mayoral spokesman Kevin Harris said. She was alert and communicating with staffers and family, he said. Harris said Sunday Rawlings-Blake was resting comfortably at the hospital but he had not been discharged from the hospital.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Friday called on State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein to release as "expeditiously as possible" the autopsy report of a man who died in police custody months ago. "I write urging you to work expeditiously to provide the public with a prompt and transparent determination of the events that occurred surrounding this incident," the mayor wrote in a letter to Bernstein. Tyrone West, 44, died during an altercation with police after he was pulled over on July 18. His family has been protesting frequently - often outside City Hall - demanding answers.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
The initial cleanup of a landslide that spilled half a city block onto CSX Transportation tracks in Charles Village last week was paid for by the railroad. The city, meanwhile, issued hotel and grocery vouchers to displaced residents and began processing claims for damaged property, including the eight parked vehicles damaged in the wall collapse. While Baltimore officials and CSX executives have yet to say who will cover the costs of replacing the century-old retaining wall and returning East 26th Street to livability for residents, both have begun paying bills associated with the sudden infrastructure failure.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
The head of the Mayor's Office of Information Technology has been placed on paid leave indefinitely as Baltimore's inspector general investigates allegations that the department made payments to contractual employees for work they may not have performed, city officials confirmed Tuesday. Chris Tonjes, the mayor's chief of information technology, was ordered Monday to take administrative leave for the duration of the investigation, said Kevin Harris, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2013
Virulent opposition among West Baltimore residents to a proposed CSX Transportation cargo facility in their neighborhood has raised more questions about the viability of the long-studied project. It also has disrupted key conversations on growth at the port of Baltimore and become a political football that local elected officials are finding difficult to handle. While Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake touted the project as a critical infrastructure investment ahead of next year's opening of an expanded Panama Canal, she's also begun hedging her support with more promises that residents won't be steamrolled in the process.
NEWS
By John Fritze and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake won praise from clergy and community leaders Friday after calling for a federal investigation into allegations of police brutality - a move that is all but certain to draw added scrutiny on City Hall. But careful observers noted the request from Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts came hours after another official - City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young - raised his hand to invite the U.S. Department of Justice in for a closer look.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2014
City homeowners could receive $3 million in property tax assistance under a plan Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is scheduled to unveil today, addressing concerns over bills that skyrocketed after errors in tax credits were discovered. Taxpayers who received historic tax credits can seek refunds to cover the difference between tax bills they had originally expected and revised bills issued in 2013, said mayoral spokesman Kevin Harris. The plan proposes allowing refunds for three years of tax bills.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
The initial cleanup of a landslide that spilled half a city block onto CSX Transportation tracks in Charles Village last week was paid for by the railroad. The city, meanwhile, issued hotel and grocery vouchers to displaced residents and began processing claims for damaged property, including the eight parked vehicles damaged in the wall collapse. While Baltimore officials and CSX executives have yet to say who will cover the costs of replacing the century-old retaining wall and returning East 26th Street to livability for residents, both have begun paying bills associated with the sudden infrastructure failure.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
Officers of the Democratic National Committee generally refrain from endorsing candidates in Democratic Party primaries. But Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the secretary of the DNC, has thrown her support behind Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who is running for governor. In doing so, she passed over Democrats Douglas F. Gansler, Maryland's attorney general, and state Del. Heather R. Mizeur. She also left some people grumbling that someone in her position should have remained neutral.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
The head of the Mayor's Office of Information Technology has been placed on paid leave indefinitely as Baltimore's inspector general investigates allegations that the department made payments to contractual employees for work they may not have performed, city officials confirmed Tuesday. Chris Tonjes, the mayor's chief of information technology, was ordered Monday to take administrative leave for the duration of the investigation, said Kevin Harris, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
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By Julie Scharper and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Tuesday that she has ordered an investigation into the administration's information technology department, saying the city has received allegations that contractual employees have been paid for work they did not perform. "There have been very serious allegations of fraud and abuse leveled against the office, and we will get to the bottom of it," the mayor said. "I want to know if any of these allegations are true. " Rawlings-Blake said she directed city Inspector General Robert H. Pearre Jr. to lead the investigation of the Mayor's Office of Information Technology.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Baltimore's CitiStat director resigned Friday, after he refused a transfer to a different job in city government, administration officials said. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Friday informed Chad Kenney, who was named director in 2012, that she wanted to transfer him within city government, according to Kevin Harris, the mayor's spokesman. Kenney declined, and resigned instead, Harris said. "He was never asked to leave the administration. He was given the opportunity to go into a different position," Harris said.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2014
City homeowners could receive $3 million in property tax assistance under a plan Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is scheduled to unveil today, addressing concerns over bills that skyrocketed after errors in tax credits were discovered. Taxpayers who received historic tax credits can seek refunds to cover the difference between tax bills they had originally expected and revised bills issued in 2013, said mayoral spokesman Kevin Harris. The plan proposes allowing refunds for three years of tax bills.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Tuesday that she has ordered an investigation into the administration's information technology department, saying the city has received allegations that contractual employees have been paid for work they did not perform. "There have been very serious allegations of fraud and abuse leveled against the office, and we will get to the bottom of it," the mayor said. "I want to know if any of these allegations are true. " Rawlings-Blake said she directed city Inspector General Robert H. Pearre Jr. to lead the investigation of the Mayor's Office of Information Technology.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was hospitalized Saturday night after complaining of shortness of breath at the Star-Spangled Spectacular festivities at Fort McHenry. The mayor delivered her remarks at the event, which included the vice president and the British ambassador, before leaving the stage around 8 p.m., mayoral spokesman Kevin Harris said. She was alert and communicating with staffers and family, he said. Harris said Sunday Rawlings-Blake was resting comfortably at the hospital but he had not been discharged from the hospital.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Friday called on State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein to release as "expeditiously as possible" the autopsy report of a man who died in police custody months ago. "I write urging you to work expeditiously to provide the public with a prompt and transparent determination of the events that occurred surrounding this incident," the mayor wrote in a letter to Bernstein. Tyrone West, 44, died during an altercation with police after he was pulled over on July 18. His family has been protesting frequently - often outside City Hall - demanding answers.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2013
Virulent opposition among West Baltimore residents to a proposed CSX Transportation cargo facility in their neighborhood has raised more questions about the viability of the long-studied project. It also has disrupted key conversations on growth at the port of Baltimore and become a political football that local elected officials are finding difficult to handle. While Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake touted the project as a critical infrastructure investment ahead of next year's opening of an expanded Panama Canal, she's also begun hedging her support with more promises that residents won't be steamrolled in the process.
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