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Former Baltimore Mayor Pugh's scandal over 'Healthy Holly' books: full coverage

For seven weeks before her resignation, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh was embroiled in a controversy over sales of "Healthy Holly," a series of children's books she self-published.

The books promote exercise and nutrition through the exploits of their namesake character, a young African-American girl. In March, The Baltimore Sun revealed that Pugh had taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments for the books from the University of Maryland Medical System, beginning when she was a state senator. The hospital network has close ties to the state government, and Pugh was a member of its board.

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That first article set off an escalating crisis for Pugh. She resigned her seat on the UMMS board but initially defended the book deal, only to then apologize. On April 1, Pugh announced that she would take a leave of absence, citing the need to recover from pneumonia. That announcement coincided with revelations that other entities, many with business before the city government, had paid for the books; to date, reporting has shown that Pugh's Healthy Holly LLC has collected more than $800,000.

The Office of the State Prosecutor, which investigations public corruption, opened an investigation into Pugh. At the end of April, FBI and IRS agents raided City Hall, her homes and other locations tied to her.

Former Maryland Sen. Frank Kelly resigns from UMMS board amid shake-up

Former state Sen. Francis X. Kelly resigned from the University of Maryland Medical System Board of Directors Friday, days after he had been asked to return.

Baltimore City Council moves to continue work with nonprofit involved in 'Healthy Holly' deals

Still under audit for its role in the "Healthy Holly" scandal, Associated Black Charities gets City Council support to keep managing public money.

Hogan, lawmakers outraged over UMMS 'self-dealing' report

Gov. Larry Hogan and influential Democratic lawmakers are reacting with outrage to the latest revelations of self-dealing and no-bid contracting at UMMS.

5 takeaways from University of Maryland Medical System review of 'self-dealing' practices

A contractor's review of board members' contracts at the University of Maryland Medical System found self-dealing and executives acting without board approval.

Former UMMS board member had multiple undisclosed hospital deals; employees felt 'pressured' to push software

A former University of Maryland Medical System board member says he's seen for the first time a system letter urging nursing facilities to buy his software.

Review of Maryland hospital network finds more no-bid contracting, faults former CEO for 'Healthy Holly' deal

A review of allegations of self-dealing at the University of Maryland Medical System’s board of directors has revealed more no-bid and insider contracting.

Maryland Gov. Hogan names 11 new members to UMMS board plagued by contracting scandal

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has named his first batch of new appointees to the troubled board of directors at the University of Maryland Medical System.

Trash bags of 'Healthy Holly' books occasionally arrive at Maryland Book Bank; kids don't want them, others do

From time to time over the last few months, the Maryland Book Bank has found an occasional trash bag of "Healthy Holly" books on its loading dock.

Ex-Baltimore Mayor Pugh fulfilled final 'Healthy Holly' deal, attorney says — but unclear where the books went

An attorney for former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says she's met her “obligations” under deals with UMMS for her "Healthy Holly" books.

Who's who amid UMMS leadership shake-up, review after 'Healthy Holly' scandal

Here's who you need to know among the UMMS executives and board members who have left, stepped into new roles or remain in key positions.

Four top executives resign at UMMS amid controversy over board member contracts

The University of Maryland Medical System resignations and retirements follow an investigation into controversial deals worth millions of dollars.

Given UMMS profits, critics ask why it's seeking to raise rates at flagship hospital

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How University of Maryland Medical System and crisis team coached board members to avoid questions on deals

Emails between UMMS executives and board members show efforts to avoid sharing unscripted information on contracts struck between board members and the system.

UMMS adopts new conflict-of-interest policy for board members, will bar board leaders from having contracts

The University of Maryland Medical System has adopted a new conflict-of-interest policy that bars it from granting sole-source contracts to board members.

Korean Society of Baltimore seeks return of $60K in campaign contributions members made to Pugh

The leaders of the Korean Society of Baltimore are seeking the return of more than $60,000 in contributions made to former Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Frank Kelly helped create UMMS, and his insurance business grew alongside it. Now such ties are under scrutiny

Former Maryland state Sen. Frank Kelly Jr. has built his family brand and business in part on his UMMS ties. Now, such relationships are under scrutiny.

On Maryland's Eastern Shore, local hospital is downsized — and residents are outraged at UMMS

On Maryland's Eastern Shore, a local hospital is downsized — and residents are outraged at UMMS.

UMMS chief meets with Governor Hogan and Speaker Jones, pledges 'significant changes' at hospital network

The acting chief executive of UMMS went to Annapolis Thursday and pledged to make “significant changes” to senior staff.

Bob Pevenstein, who resigned from UMMS board amid self-dealing scandal, also resigns from Board of Regents

Robert L. Pevenstein, one of a handful of UMMS board members to resign amid a self-dealing scandal there, has now resigned from the Board of Regents, too.

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.

'What we've done is nothing wrong': Former UMMS board member defends deals amid scandal

Robert L. Pevenstein, one of a handful of University of Maryland Medical System board members who have resigned in the wake of a self-dealing scandal related to lucrative contracts their companies held with the system, said he and his former colleagues have done “nothing wrong.”

Second Canadian printer confirms it produced some of former Baltimore mayor's 'Healthy Holly' books

A second Canadian printer confirms his company produced additional "Healthy Holly" books written by former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, a Democrat.

UMMS scandal: Medical system board chairman, two others resign as additional contract revealed

The chairman of the embattled University of Maryland Medical System board of directors has resigned — along with two other board members — as an additional contract with one of the departing board members is revealed.

Here's what the FBI and IRS seized from Baltimore City Hall: 'Healthy Holly' books, UMMS check and more

Investigators who raided the offices of then-Mayor Catherine Pugh at Baltimore City Hall took about two dozen items, including copies of her “Healthy Holly” books, a check from the University of Maryland Medical System and other items related to Pugh and one of her closest aides.

Baltimore nonprofit tied to ex-Mayor Pugh claimed notable board members who deny they ever held such positions

The job-training organization searched by federal agents investigating Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh states in its most recent annual reports filed with a state agency at least two people as board members – including a state senator — who said they are not involved with the group.

After Maryland hospital system board scandal, Gov. Hogan wants to 'clean house' with new appointments

After allegations of self-dealing rocked the University of Maryland Medical System’s board of directors, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says he wants to “clean house” and will refuse to reappoint most — and possibly all — of the current board members.

Inside Catherine Pugh's home in Ashburton: How the mayor of Baltimore gave up the fight and decided to resign

During the month Catherine Pugh was on leave, she vacillated between resignation and a defiant return to office, as her friends and advisers helped nudge her to a decision.

Baltimore City Council elects Brandon Scott council president

The Baltimore City Council unanimously voted Brandon Scott its president Monday, elevating a young, second-term councilman who quickly rose to prominence as a voice on crime and policing.

'A lot more choices that are really viable': Pugh's exit clears way for big Baltimore mayoral field in 2020

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's resignation has hit reset on the 2020 Democratic primary, turning a race in which a few possible candidates would seek to capitalize on her vulnerabilities into a free-for-all in which voters will be asked what kind of leader they want for their beleaguered city.

Battle lines drawn in race to be Baltimore City Council president after Mayor Catherine Pugh's resignation

The fight for Baltimore City Council president is on now that Bernard C. "Jack" Young has become the city's 51st mayor after the resignation of Catherine Pugh. And the final faceoff may come down to council members Sharon Green Middleton and Brandon Scott.

Baltimore's 51st mayor spends his first full day on the job 527 miles away, his phone ringing nonstop

Baltimore's 51st mayor — Bernard C. "Jack" Young — spends his first full day on the job in Detroit for an economic development conference. With his phone ringing nonstop, Young said the city government is still fighting crime and council members are "making sure that things are getting done."

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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned Thursday, apologizing for the harm she has caused to the city’s image amid a growing scandal over her sales of a self-published children’s book series.

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As federal, state and local investigations into Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's affairs continue, calls for the mayor to resign have become almost universal, including among her allies.

'New territory for Baltimore': A month of uncertainty over Mayor Pugh's future — and the city's

As Mayor Catherine Pugh's leave of absence passes the one-month mark, day-to-day city government operations go on as always but the future remains cloudy. In a city with great needs, and a strong-mayor form of government, clarity at the top ranks of City Hall is needed, many say.

Follow the money: What we know and don't know about Baltimore Mayor Pugh's $800,000 in book deals

Recent revelations that Mayor Catherine Pugh was paid nearly $700,000 for her self-published “Healthy Holly” children’s books — including by a quasi-public health system she oversaw and a large health provider that does business with the city — have raised a question: Where did all the money go?

Zurawik: More ridicule for Baltimore politics as 98 Rock mocks Pugh outside her home

I am guessing even some residents who detest Pugh for what she did in using her position on the UMMS board and the power of her City Hall office to line her pockets would see the 98 Rock stunt as a kind of bullying.

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.

FBI raids Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's City Hall office, her two houses, as governor calls on her to resign

Hauling out boxes of “Healthy Holly” books and documents, dozens of federal law enforcement agents struck offices, homes and government buildings across Baltimore as an investigation into Mayor Catherine Pugh’s business dealings widened. FBI agents and IRS officials raided Pugh's office.

Where are 'Healthy Holly' books? Tens of thousands unaccounted for; Baltimore Mayor Pugh, UMMS give no receipts

Tens of thousands of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” books have not been accounted for by the University of Maryland Medical System or the mayor. The Baltimore Sun has canvassed schools, libraries, booksellers, daycares and agencies; the whereabouts of tens of thousands is unclear.

Lawyer for Baltimore Mayor Pugh says not to expect decision on resignation Tuesday

A lawyer for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says not to expect her to make a decision Tuesday on whether to resign. The Democratic mayor announced a leave of absence April 1 to recover from pneumonia. Acting Mayor Jack Young says he hasn't talked with her in about three weeks.

Baltimore Mayor Pugh's campaign donors want their money back amid 'Healthy Holly' scandal, investigations

Donors to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's nearly $1 million war chest want their money back amid the "Healthy Holly" book scandal and federal and state investigations.

Pugh's statement 'is not true': City Hall emails reveal how aides learned Baltimore mayor lied about book sales

Hospital executives and Baltimore government officials scrambled to figure out how many "Healthy Holly" books Mayor Catherine Pugh had sold. After she said University of Maryland Medical System was her sole customer, Kaiser Permanente told Pugh's chief lobbyist that it, too, had bought books.

Baltimore Mayor Pugh's chief of staff and top lobbyist — previously put on leave — now no longer work for city

Two top aides to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh who had been placed on leave by the acting mayor no longer work for the city, a city spokesman said Monday.

More reform bills being introduced in Baltimore's City Council amid 'Healthy Holly' scandal

The City Council will consider changing Baltimore’s charter amid the scandal over Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh’s sale of her self-published “Healthy Holly” children’s series. One of the proposals would allow the council to remove a mayor.

'She’s in a terrible spot': Federal raids signal escalation of troubles for Baltimore Mayor Pugh, lawyers say

What can we learn from the sudden and largely secretive raids conducted by the FBI and IRS on Baltimore's embattled Mayor Catherine Pugh? A lot, local legal experts say, including that the investigation against her now includes possible federal and not just state violations.

Baltimore Mayor Pugh not 'lucid' enough to decide on resignation, per attorney; choice may come next week

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh remains in poor health and is not “lucid” enough to make a decision about whether to resign, but could do so next week, her attorney said Thursday evening.

Federal raid of Baltimore City Hall 'unprecedented,' historians say, despite history of political corruption

From the Civil War to the present, Baltimore public officials have fallen afoul of law enforcement and been forced out of office.

University of Maryland Medical System receives federal subpoena as part of investigation into Baltimore mayor

The University of Maryland Medical System on Thursday received a subpoena for documents in a federal investigation into Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s business dealings. 

Here are the locations of the FBI searches in Baltimore — and how they're tied to Mayor Catherine Pugh

Baltimoreans woke up Thursday to the news that FBI agents were on the move across the city, raiding City Hall and Mayor Catherine Pugh’s homes — among other locations — amid what appeared to be a large investigation also involving the Internal Revenue Service.

Maryland Gov. Hogan urges Baltimore Mayor Pugh to resign; Reps. Cummings, Ruppersberger stop just short

Gov. Larry Hogan is calling on Baltimore’s embattled Mayor Catherine Pugh to resign Thursday, a few hours after federal investigators raided her home and other locations including City Hall.

What the FBI raids on Baltimore Mayor Pugh and associates mean — and what they don't

The FBI raids on Mayor Catherine Pugh and her associates represent a dramatic escalation of the troubles surrounding her leadership of the city — but much remains unknown.

FBI, IRS launch raids connected to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh

Federal agents executed search warrants at Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's home as well as the Maryland Center for Adult Training and other locations on Tuesday, April 25, 2019.

WJZ should have clearly corrected its report citing sources on Pugh fleeing state

The surprise is that some of the worst speculation was generated by a CBS-owned station, WJZ-TV, not some random site masquerading as a legitimate news platform.

Acting Baltimore Mayor Young fires 3 aides to Mayor Catherine Pugh

Acting Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young has fired three aides to Mayor Catherine Pugh. Young had put them on leave after Pugh herself took an indefinite leave of absence. Pugh is recovering from pneumonia, but also under intense scrutiny over sales of her "Healthy Holly" children's book.

Baltimore City Council to weigh new ethics rules and limits on mayoral power amid Healthy Holly controversy

Grappling with the fallout from the controversy of Mayor Catherine Pugh's Healthy Holly book deals, the Baltimore City Council is set to consider changes to ethics laws, changes to the power of the mayor and new ways to oust a sitting mayor from office.

Acting Baltimore mayor puts another aide to Mayor Pugh on leave

Baltimore's acting mayor has put another aide to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh on leave, according to sources familiar with the move. That means six staffers in Pugh's office are absent on leave, although they are receiving their salaries.

Baltimore's acting mayor puts Pugh's chief of staff, top lobbyist on leave amid Healthy Holly book scandal

Acting Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young has placed two more aides to Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh on leave, according to two sources familiar with the moves. 

‘Healthy Holly’ scandal: Sun reporters discuss their coverage in Reddit AMA

Users on Reddit asked Baltimore Sun reporters Doug Donovan, Luke Broadwater, Ian Duncan, Talia Richman and Liz Bowie their questions regarding Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and her "Healthy Holly" book deals with UMMS and other entities.

Baltimore paying total of more than $685,000 in salary for Mayor Pugh and her six staffers on leave

Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh of Baltimore is on paid leave, as are some of her highest-ranking and closest associates. Overall, their annual salaries add up to at least $685,800.

Baltimore’s inspector general reviewing contracts city spending board approved during Mayor Pugh's tenure

Baltimore’s inspector general has started a review of contracts approved by the city spending board in the last two years, according to a document obtained by The Baltimore Sun. As part of the review, the inspector general’s office asked city elected leaders for lists of boards they serve on.

Hog-tied ‘Healthy Holly’ sculpture installed, then removed near Baltimore City Hall

A Baltimore street artist’s wire sculpture depicting a hog-tied Healthy Holly was installed in front of City Hall early Monday morning and has since been removed.

Greater Baltimore Committee calls on Mayor Pugh to resign, signaling loss of support from business community

The Greater Baltimore Committee, a group of influential business leaders, issued a call Friday for Mayor Catherine Pugh to resign, saying she no longer had "public trust or moral authority."

Acting Baltimore Mayor Young orders audit of youth fund management amid 'Healthy Holly' scandal

Acting Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young has ordered an audit of Associated Black Charities’ management of the city’s multi-million-dollar Children and Fund amid a widening scandal involving Mayor Catherine Pugh’s sales of self-published children’s books.

Three City Hall aides to Baltimore Mayor Pugh put on leave

Three aides to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh have been placed on leave, 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

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh still recovering from serious case of pneumonia, advisers say

Close advisers to Mayor Catherine Pugh said Tuesday that she is still recovering from a serious case of pneumonia that has sapped her strength and forced her to convalesce at home, under doctors’ supervision, since late last month.

Acting UMMS CEO freezing millions in executive bonuses pending review of insider contracts

Maryland government officials want to stop paying generous bonuses to executives at the University of Maryland Medical System until the completion of the independent review of the hospital network's contracting policies ordered after outrage erupted over insider deals with board members' companies

General Assembly passes reform bill after University of Maryland Medical System, 'Healthy Holly' scandal

On the last day of Maryland's General Assembly session, lawmakers gave final approval to sweeping legislation that would reform the University of Maryland Medical System’s board of directors amid revelations of single-source contracts for some board members.

Baltimore City Council calls on Mayor Pugh to resign; she says she intends to return

The entire membership of the Baltimore City Council — except acting Mayor Jack Young — has called on Mayor Catherine Pugh to resign amid her "Healthy Holly" scandal.

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.

James Smith, top aide to Baltimore's Mayor Pugh, submits resignation

Smith, a former judge and Baltimore county executive, offered his resignation Friday.

'I'm ashamed of my city': Healthy Holly scandal sends shock waves through Baltimore

As the Healthy Holly continues to unfold, with seemingly daily revelations of another institution ensnared in what some see as a pay-to-play scheme by author and Mayor Catherine Pugh, residents and businesses say it is them rather than politicians who will pull the city through the crisis.

Healthy Holly scandal: What we know and what we don't

The Healthy Holly scandal consuming Mayor Catherine Pugh is complicated and confusing. Here is a summary of what we know and what we still don't.

These are the 7 investigations opened or requested in wake of Baltimore Mayor Pugh's 'Healthy Holly' scandal

Several investigations and reviews have begun or been requested in the weeks since The Baltimore Sun revealed hundreds of thousands of University of Maryland Medical System deals with nine of its volunteer board members, including Mayor Catherine Pugh.

More Maryland insurers under investigation over ties to Baltimore Mayor Pugh's 'Healthy Holly' books

The Maryland Insurance Administration said it has expanded its review of insurers involved in donations or sale of books self-published by Mayor Catherine Pugh, whose company is now facing various investigations

Zurawik: Fix the corruption (and crime and schools and blight) and Baltimore's image will follow

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Investigation into insurance companies' purchase of 'Healthy Holly' books will 'probably' expand, Redmer says

Maryland Insurance Administrator Al Redmer said Thursday he’s likely to expand his investigation of insurers involved in donations or sales of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s self-published “Healthy Holly” books.

Businessman JP Grant says he paid $100,000 to Baltimore Mayor Pugh's Healthy Holly LLC in 2016

Columbia businessman JP Grant said his company cut a check to then-Baltimore Mayoral nominee Catherine Pugh's book company for $100,000 in October 2016.

Baltimore Mayor Pugh's Pigtown boutique was offering Groupons. But can customers get in the door?

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The mysterious disappearance of 'Healthy Herbie': Where did 20,000 copies of Baltimore Mayor Pugh's books go?

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Acting Baltimore Mayor Jack Young launches review of recent city contracts after 'Healthy Holly' scandal

Acting Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young is launching a review of recent major city contracts after meeting with agency leaders this week, amid the fallout of the controversy over Mayor Catherine Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” books.

How the rise of the self-publishing industry contributed to the problems for Baltimore's mayor

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Former state Sen. Kelly, sons take leaves of absence from hospital boards amid UMMS controversy

The acting CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System said Tuesday former state Sen. Francis X. Kelly and two of his sons are taking voluntary leaves of absence from the boards of six affiliated organizations amid a continuing controversy at the hospital network.

Baltimore Board of Ethics to investigate 'Healthy Holly' sales; groups that donated to buy books revealed

The head of the Baltimore Board of Ethics said Tuesday she expects the panel to discuss Mayor Catherine Pugh’s book sales in a closed session of its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Pugh isn't the first Baltimore mayor to take leave of absence. In 1954, one led to a power struggle

While acting Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said he will serve as a “placeholder” and does not plan to run for mayor in 2020, the transition of power has not always been so peaceful.

Maryland's state auto insurance fund paid $7,500 to then-Sen. Catherine Pugh's Healthy Holly company

The auto insurance company created by the Maryland General Assembly for hard-to-insure drivers gave a $7,500 donation in 2012 to Health Holly LLC, the book company formed by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and currently under scrutiny for its operations.

'Stabilizing force': With Baltimore Mayor Pugh on leave, acting mayor 'Jack' Young seeks to reassure residents

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As a Maryland senator, Pugh pushed bills to benefit hospitals while getting book payments from medical system

While she received hundreds of thousands of dollars though a no-bid book deal with the University of Maryland Medical System, then state senator Catherine Pugh sponsored dozens of bills affecting hospitals in Maryland — including several that would have benefited UMMS.

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State Prosecutor has opened investigation into Baltimore Mayor Pugh's 'Healthy Holly' book sales, her lawyer says

A lawyer for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says the state prosecutor has opened an investigation into sales of her self-published children’s book. Defense attorney Steven Silverman says: “The mayor will be cooperating with that investigation to the fullest extent possible.”

Zurawik: Mayor Pugh wanted to 'change the narrative' about Baltimore. Then she reinforced its worst elements.

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Baltimore and Maryland react to Pugh's leave of absence amid 'Healthy Holly' controversy

Baltimore and Maryland officials are reacting to Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh's leave of absence after it was revealed she had more deals to sell her line of "Healthy Holly" books to more than just the University of Maryland Medical System.

Baltimore Mayor Pugh to take leave of absence in midst of 'Healthy Holly' book controversy

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh will take a leave of absence, engulfed by a scandal over hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments for self-published “Healthy Holly” children’s books.

Who is Baltimore City Council President Jack Young, who will be mayor while Catherine Pugh is on leave?

When Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh temporarily steps down at midnight Monday, City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young will take over as ex officio mayor. The 64-year-old married father of two has served on the council for 21 years, leading the body as president since 2010.

Gov. Hogan asks state prosecutor to begin criminal investigation of UMMS, Baltimore Mayor Pugh's deals

Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday formally requested the state prosecutor investigate allegations of self-dealing and no-bid contracting involving Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh in her role as a member of the University of Maryland Medical System board.

Document: Gov. Hogan's letter asking state prosecutor to begin criminal investigation into UMMS, Mayor Pugh's deals

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on Monday requested that the state prosecutor investigate allegations of self-dealing and no-bid contracting involving Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh in her role as a member of the University of Maryland Medical System board.

Kaiser Permanente, Associated Black Charities paid Baltimore Mayor Pugh almost $200K for 'Healthy Holly' books

Health provider Kaiser Permanente paid Mayor Catherine Pugh more than $100,000 for about 20,000 copies of her “Healthy Holly” children’s books during a period in which the company was seeking a lucrative contract to provide health benefits to city employees.

'Deep' review to begin of Maryland medical system's contracts with Baltimore Mayor Pugh, other board members

The independent consulting firm hired to untangle the ethical knots caused by insider contracts between the University of Maryland Medical System and several of its board members is scheduled to begin its work on Tuesday.

Maryland officials call on Baltimore Mayor Pugh to resign over Healthy Holly book deal

City Solicitor Andre Davis said Monday Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh would take a leave of absence in the face of mounting pressure to resign over controversial book deals.

UMMS is not subject to Maryland public transparency laws, and state leaders aren't pushing to change that

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Pugh should not return to office until she can put Healthy Holly questions to rest

The news that Kaiser Permanente and CareFirst both obtained bulk copies of Healthy Holly books intensifies the need for Mayor Catherine Pugh to come clean about her outside business activities.

Baltimore Mayor Pugh apologizes for 'Healthy Holly' deal but admits some books being delivered only now

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is apologizing for upsetting "the people of Baltimore" with her book deal with the University of Maryland Medical System. While on the hospital network's board, she sold the system 100,000 copies of her "Healthy Holly" books for $500,000.

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The University of Maryland Medical System board of directors has confronted one crisis after another in the past year, from accusations of patient dumping and sexual harassment to the shooting outside its emergency room. Now it’s the directors themselves who have thrown the system into crisis.

We went looking for Baltimore Mayor Pugh's 'Healthy Holly' books. Here's what we found.

From 2011 through 2018, the University of Maryland Medical System had a deal to spend $500,000 for 100,000 copies of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s self-published “Healthy Holly” book series.

Busch amends bill to require all University of Maryland Medical System board members to step down by June

Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch has introduced an amendment that would force all members of the embattled University of Maryland Medical System board of directors to step down by the end of the year. They'd have to reapply to return to their positions.

Former investigator files complaint against Baltimore Mayor Pugh with Maryland prosecutor over 'Healthy Holly'

A retired public corruption investigator has filed a complaint with his former state agency against Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, alleging she perjured herself by not reporting her Healthy Holly company in annual ethics disclosure forms when she was a state senator.

Healthy Holly book deal poses new political challenge for Baltimore's Mayor Pugh

In the early stages of her re-election bid, Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh has come under fire for revelations that while she sat on the board of the University of Maryland Medical System, the organization paid her $500,000 for children’s books she authored.

'Who looked the other way?' Lawmakers grill University of Maryland hospital leadership on self-dealing scandal

Lawmakers in Annapolis on Friday grilled leaders at the University of Maryland Medical System as they considered sweeping legislation to reform the hospital network after allegations of self-dealing and no-bid contracting with board members.

Hey, UMMS: Do I have a book deal for you!

Who do I call to get a book contract with UMMS like Mayor Catherine Pugh had?

University of Maryland Medical System CEO placed on leave amid review of contracting practices

The University of Maryland Medical System CEO Robert A. Chrencik was placed on leave Thursday as accusations of “self-dealing” and no-bid contracting with board members have rocked the hospital network.

Illustrator of Baltimore Mayor Pugh's 'Healthy Holly' books didn't know about University of Maryland Medical System deal

The illustrator of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s self-published “Healthy Holly” book series says he was unaware of her deal to sell $500,000 worth of the books to the University of Maryland Medical System, where the mayor sat on the board of directors until resigning this week.

Baltimore Mayor Pugh addresses fallout over 'Healthy Holly' book deal in statement

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh addressed the fallout of her "Healthy Holly" books.

Baltimore Mayor Pugh says she paid taxes on book sales, calls inquiries a 'witch hunt'

Mayor Catherine Pugh says she has properly reported and paid taxes on all sales of her “Healthy Holly” books, and called inquiries into her finances related to those transactions a “witch hunt.”

Pugh should buy back Healthy Holly books sitting in storage to make amends

Mayor Catherine Pugh should buy back Healthy Holly books bought by the University of Maryland Medical System as she served on the board that now sit in storage.

Do we need to send out an Amber Alert for Healthy Holly?

The more information we get about UMMS contracting practices with its board members, the more questions arise.

Two more University of Maryland Medical System board members resign amid scrutiny over contracting practices

Two more members of the University of Maryland Medical System’s board of directors have resigned amid intense scrutiny over contracting practices.

In tax forms, Maryland hospital system labeled book purchase from Baltimore mayor a 'grant' to city schools

The University of Maryland Medical System labeled its most recent $100,000 purchase of books from Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh as a "grant" to the city public school system, a mischaracterization that tax experts say is a violation of federal reporting rules for tax-exempt hospitals.

Documents: University of Maryland Medical System labels book purchase as "grants" in federal tax forms

Documents show that the University of Maryland Medical System labeled the $100,000 purchase of books from Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh as "grants" — one to the city public school system in 2017 and one to Healthy Holly LLC in 2015.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's Healthy Holly LLC gave money to political campaigns

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s book company has given $7,040 in political contributions over three years — including a $5,000 gift to her own campaign. Healthy Holly LLC also gave $1,000 to Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr.’s campaign, as well as $1,000 to state Sen. Jill Carter.

What Baltimore still needs to know about UMMS' deals with board members, particularly mayor's books

Here's what Gov. Larry Hogan, House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller need to find out when they meet with UMMS officials tomorrow.

Rodricks: Healthy Holly could become Haunting Holly for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh

The mayor resigned from the UMMS board on Monday, but that does not close the book on her inside deal with the hospital system.

Sen. Ferguson calls on Baltimore Mayor Pugh to return $500,000 to medical system from book deal

State Sen. Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, on Monday called on Mayor Catherine Pugh to return hundreds of thousands of dollars she’s received from the University of Maryland Medical System while she sat on the hospital network’s board of directors.

Maryland lawmakers seek UMMS board reform, citing 'serious concerns' over deals for Mayor Pugh, others

General Assembly leaders are expressing outrage and calling for reforms and an audit of the University of Maryland Medical System after The Baltimore Sun reported nine members of the system’s board — including Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh — have business deals with the hospital network.

Baltimore Mayor Pugh resigns from UMMS board as 8,700 books she sold to hospital system sit in warehouse

Mayor Catherine Pugh has resigned from the University of Maryland Medical System Board.

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Baltimore school system: 8,700 copies of Mayor Pugh's Healthy Holly books in a district warehouse

More than 8,000 copies of a children’s book written by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh are sitting in a Baltimore school system-owned warehouse, according to a spokeswoman.

Baltimore mayor's hefty haul from 'Healthy Holly'

Baltimore's mayor at the very least should have donated books she wrote to the University of Maryland Medical System and written it off as charitable giving on her taxes instead of selling them and putting herself in a position to make a profit from a non-profit she oversees.

Baltimore Mayor Pugh amends financial disclosure filings amid scrutiny over book sales to UMMS hospital system

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has amended her financial disclosure filings amid scrutiny over the sale of copies of her children's books to the University of Maryland Medical System, where she is a long-time member of the board of directors.

Who is Healthy Holly, the heroine of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's book series?

The books follow the life of a young African-American girl named Holly. She loves to jump rope, pick out fruit from the grocery store and play with her little brother, Herbie.

Baltimore Mayor Pugh: $100,000 book deal with University of Maryland Medical System was aboveboard

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh released a statement early Thursday morning defending her deal with the University of Maryland Medical System to sell 20,000 of her self-published books at a price of $100,000.

University of Maryland Medical System pays members of volunteer board hundreds of thousands in business deals

A review by The Baltimore Sun has found nine members of the University of Maryland Medical System’s Board of Directors — including Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh — have side deals with the hospital network that are each worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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