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Sun Investigates

Gov. Hogan is pledging State Police helicopter missions in Baltimore. Union says unfilled pilot positions will harm that plan

Gov. Larry Hogan pledged this week to authorize up to 10 Maryland State Police helicopter crews to staff flights over Baltimore as part of an effort to help the city to deter crime, but the union that represents state police pilots has a message for the governor: Not so fast.

Maryland legislature probes horse racing panel’s oversight of subsidies for racetracks

Legislative auditors for the General Assembly are examining how the Maryland Racing Commission doled out state subsidies to the Maryland Jockey Club.

Jared Kushner’s apartment company says it rejects deal with Maryland attorney general over rental practices

The apartment company owned by Jared Kushner's family has refused to settle with the Maryland Attorney General's office, which has been investigating the New York company's rental practices in Maryland.

Several Maryland racing regulators earning breeder bonuses also own winning racehorses

Several of the Maryland horse racing regulators who have been winning breeders’ bonuses from an account they manage also have been winning lucrative state-subsidized purses as owners of top-performing thoroughbreds.

Baltimore legislator Nick Mosby asks Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to investigate horse racing panel

Baltimore state Delegate Nick Mosby is asking Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to investigate the Maryland Racing Commission.

Ethics forms for Baltimore officials now back online after site freed from hack

The Baltimore City Board of Ethics’s electronic filing website was back up and running, more than three months after the May 7 ransomware attack, offering the curious a look at city officials' ethics forms once again.

Maryland horse racing commission dominated by industry players. They manage cash awards -- and win them.

Most members of the Maryland Racing Commission are financially invested in the sport they govern, including several who have won cash awards from a state program managed by the panel, a Baltimore Sun investigation has found.

Baltimore Police say they block traffic, use helicopter to assist ambulances on trips to hospital

Anytime one of their own is injured—and whenever any shooting victim is transported to the hospital by ambulance—at least one Baltimore police car travels with the ambulance to help the journey

Complaint filed over closed-door meeting of Maryland handgun board

A Delaware man has filed a complaint that the Maryland Handgun Permit Review Board improperly held part of a meeting behind closed doors last month.

Baltimore housing authority spent nearly $200,000 to replace new toilets amid Poe Homes water outage

Baltimore spent nearly $200,000 to replace weeks-old toilets at the Poe Homes public housing complex, according to documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

Maryland handgun board may have violated open meetings law

Maryland’s Handgun Permit Review Board may have violated the state’s open meetings laws -- but it appears no one plans to challenge it.

Former pastor of Baltimore-area church charged with child sex abuse; police say there may be other victims

The former pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Dundalk, Cameron Giovanelli, has been arrested on charges he sexually abused a child 12 years ago.

MTA doesn’t want you to see footage of a Light Rail station collapsing into the street, citing security risk

The Maryland Transit Administration denied a public information request for surveillance video footage of a Baltimore Light Rail station collapsing into the street.

Public Citizen says Maryland’s ‘cooling-off period’ before lawmakers can become lobbyists is too short

Maryland should impose a longer “cooling off” period before state lawmakers can become lobbyists, according to the advocacy group Public Citizen.

76 Baltimore Police misconduct cases have been allowed to expire since 2016

Emails between Baltimore Police commanders show a pattern of internal affairs detectives failing to investigate officer misconduct cases within Maryland’s one-year limit.

T-Mobile has been overcharging Maryland customers for 911 fees, state senator says

A Maryland state senator who led the charge to upgrade Maryland’s 911 system says T-Mobile has been overcharging Maryland families and companies for years.

Maryland police agencies have for years broken law mandating reporting of excessive force, charges against officers

Police agencies across Maryland have failed for years to comply with a state law mandating reporting on excessive force incidents and criminal cases brought against officers.

New law requires Maryland pension system to disclose millions in fees paid to Wall Street firms

A new Maryland law requires greater transparency in disclosing fees paid by the state’s pension system to investment firms.

Baltimore's budget for ethics enforcement: $0

Baltimore allocates no money and no dedicated staff to enforcing ethics rules.

State cybersecurity experts waiting to aid Baltimore City Council committee formed to study crippling hack

Several Maryland Cybersecurity Council members and other experts have offered their free service to the Baltimore City Council, which has not responded.

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

The University of Maryland Medical System, under fire for lucrative contracts given to its board members, appears to have had the extra money to pay. A

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.

Document: Crisis management coaching emails from UMMS

Emails between top executives and board members at UMMS obtained through a Public Information Act request.

As University of Maryland Medical System scandal shows, boards of directors face more scrutiny than ever

Justice Department policy since 2015 has been to not just prosecute corporations for misdeeds but also officials, employees and boards members. UMMS' chief compliance officer gave board members a presentation on this just before The Sun revealed members had contracts with UMMS hospital

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.

'Why would we even try?' Parents of disabled students almost never win in fights against Maryland districts

It’s rare for the parents of students with disabilities to prevail in legal battles against Maryland school districts. In the past five years, they’ve lost more than 85 percent of the time, state education department documents show.

Baltimore County destroyed hundreds more rape kits than police reported. Officials can't explain why.

Baltimore County police destroyed more than twice as many rape kits over a six-year period as officials reported — 521 in total — according to new records obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

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

Though the University of Maryland Medical System's board members are appointed by the governor and the institution receives millions of dollars in taxpayer funds each year, state law allows the health system to largely operate in secrecy, its board meetings and documents kept private.