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Past articles by Doug:

Talks between Maryland Jockey Club and Baltimore raise hopes of keeping Preakness at Pimlico

Talks between Maryland Jockey Club and Baltimore are progressing, raising hope of keeping Preakness at Pimlico → Read More

Baltimore officials rebuffed offers of state help for a 'week' after crippling hack of city computers

Baltimore refused help from Maryland information technology experts in the first week after the city’s computer networks were shut down by a ransomeware attack → Read More

Maryland medical cannabis regulators extend application period as errors mar process aimed at diversification

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is offering a 14-day extension for companies that want to apply new growing and processing licenses. → Read More

Confused about the opioid overdose epidemic? These Maryland experts provide answers in comprehensive new book

Two Maryland experts in public health and addiction medicine co-authored a book that seeks to answer every question about the opioid epidemic. → Read More

When are cookies or brownies not 'food?' When they've got marijuana in them, Maryland regulators say

Maryland's Medical Cannabis Commission is starting to draft the rules to govern the sale and use of marijuana edibles such as cookies and brownies. → Read More

Maryland's plan to diversify medical cannabis market attracts 160 applicants for 14 new licenses despite snags

More than 160 businesses submitted applications to score one of Maryland's 14 new medical cannabis licenses that officials hope will diversify the industry. → Read More

UMMS affiliate hospitals also have deals with board members. Maryland lawmakers want reforms there, too.

As with the University of Maryland Medical System board, members of UMMS affiliates' boards hold contracts with hospitals they oversee. → Read More

Baltimore officials say city websites safe to visit even as online payment systems remain crippled by hacker

Baltimore officials on Wednesday assured the public that government websites are safe to use even as online payments remain crippled by a hacker. → Read More

Preakness bettors have left millions in winning tickets unclaimed. Here's how to avoid being one of them.

The Kentucky Derby’s wild finish should remind bettors preparing for the Preakness Stakes and the Black Eyed Susan to hold onto their tickets. → Read More

Baltimore city solicitor writes draft resignation letter for Mayor Pugh, gives it to her attorney to deliver

Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis drafted a resignation letter for Mayor Catherine Pugh and gave it Wednesday to her attorney, Steven Silverman, as city residents await her decision about whether to step down in the face of federal and state investigations. → Read More

Three City Hall aides to Baltimore Mayor Pugh suspended

Three aides to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh have been suspended with pay, according to a source familiar with the matter. The aides are Gary Brown Jr. and Poetri Deal, who work in the city’s lobbying office, and Afra Vance-White, who is the city’s director of external relations, the source said. → Read More

Breaking down the fluctuating price of Baltimore Mayor Pugh's 'Healthy Holly' books

The market for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's “Healthy Holly” books has fluctuated rapidly since her first sale as a state senator in 2011 until her most recent deals since being sworn in at City Hall in 2016. → Read More

Maryland legislature approves bill to expand use of medicines for addiction treatment in jails

Maryland is poised to embark on a pilot program that would bring addiction treatment with opioid replacement medications into state prisons, where their use has been barred for years. Support to alter the policy was buttressed by success the medications have had stemming overdose deaths elsewhere. → Read More

Sex traffickers target young females in Baltimore found in these ‘hot-spot’ locales

Baltimore’s Human Trafficking Collaborative hosts an event next month to help people who are typical targets for being forced into labor and sexual exploitation. The year-old organization has one major hurdle: people who are most vulnerable often don’t know it until it's too late. → Read More

Stepdaughter accused in Baltimore killing blamed on panhandler boasted, lied on social media

Even after her stepmother, Jacquelyn Smith, was brutally murdered in December, Valeria Smith never mentioned the killing to a potential investor she was courting to support her various business ventures. The 28-year-old woman even lied on social media about the investor becoming her partner. → Read More

Pimlico owners spent almost 90 percent of Maryland renovation funds at Laurel

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh accused the Maryland Jockey Club of wanting to abandon the city for a preferred Laurel location, saying the firm “allowed Pimlico to deteriorate" by spending most of its state-funded improvements in Laurel, not Pimlico. → Read More

High stakes at Laurel: As officials ponder Pimlico's future, Stronach focuses on Laurel Park's racing role

Officials in Annapolis and Baltimore are wrestling with a proposal by the owner of Maryland’s two largest horse racing tracks to turn Laurel Park into a “super track” capable of hosting some of racing’s largest events – perhaps even the coveted Preakness Stakes. → Read More

Gov. Larry Hogan boasts that Maryland has 'largest' transportation projects in nation, world. True? Seemingly

Gov. Larry Hogan touted two projects — the Purple Line construction and the I-270 and I-495 widening — as the largest projects in the nation and the world, respectively. Really? Apparently so. → Read More

Fact check: Filling in the details on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's rosy view of bipartisan state leadership

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in his State of the State address that he's cut taxes, but experts say the claim stretches the meaning of a tax break. For instance, businesses and residents saved $240 million because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Other cuts came from Democratic bills Hogan signed. → Read More

Baltimore and Maryland are among the cities and states facing the worst economic impact of the opioid overdose crisis

Baltimore and Maryland both ranked in the top five of the cities and states that have endured the biggest economic cost from the opioid overdose crisis, a study finds. → Read More