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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.

Baltimore's high school graduation rate rises; state's rate slips

Baltimore City Public Schools saw a graduation rate increase while the statewide rate slipped, according the Maryland Department of Education.

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.

Maryland has second-highest failure rate of public housing inspections in the U.S., report finds

Maryland ranks worst state in country in its public housing inspections.

From tiny Cove Point on the Chesapeake, tankers take natural gas around the world. At what cost?

Despite a ban on fracking within Maryland, Dominion Energy's new Cove Point liquefied natural gas export facility in Calvert County has made the state a player in the global LNG market — with U.S. shale gas leaving through Maryland and arriving in countries all across the globe.

The story of the unsolved 2011 murder invoked in Hopkins police force debate

Nearly eight years after U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings's nephew Christopher Cummings was shot to death in his house near Old Dominion University, the Norfolk Police have not made an arrest in the killing.

Maryland police departments charge more than other agencies for documents — and Sykesville is steepest

While many governments across Maryland charge 25 or 50 cents a page for copies of public documents, police departments' fees are several times as much.

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.

It's Mayor Catherine Pugh's birthday. Need a gift idea? Here's one for $6,000.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh turns 69 on Sunday and is celebrating on Tuesday with a high-priced fundraiser for her campaign featuring three Democrat county executives.

Investigator's memoir details probes of Baltimore officials, including former Mayor Sheila Dixon

The Baltimore Sun has been detailing the memoir, Eyes of Justice, by James Cabezas, the longtime investigator for the Maryland State Prosecutor's office.

Baltimore school system prepares for possible legal battle over funding

It appears the Baltimore school system is getting ready for a major legal battle. The school board this week approved a request to increase its contract with a law firm from $25,000 to $200,000. The terms of the contract include representing the school system in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU.

Why Fort Ritchie? Russian state TV shows strike targets in Maryland

Fort Ritchie and Camp David in Maryland were among a handful of targets highlighted on Russian state television in unusual bellicose threat. Fort Ritchie, however, has been closed since 1998.

Baltimore County's rampant public corruption in the 1970s steered police officer into career of exposing graft

Corruption in the Baltimore Police Department today may hog the headlines. But back in the 1970s it was suburban public corruption, primarily in Baltimore County, that spurred the creation of the Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor.

Baltimore school system hires former board member to high-level position

Another former Baltimore school board member has landed a high-paying job with the school system. Tina Hike-Hubbard, who left the board in January 2018, was recently named the district’s chief of communications and community engagement.

Anne Arundel County police to stop asking sex assault victims to waive rights to investigation

Anne Arundel County officials moved Tuesday to end the controversial practice of asking victims of sexual assault to waive their rights to an investigation.

Hundreds of Baltimore-area sex assault victims signed waivers releasing police from duty of investigating

More than 200 individuals have been asked to sign waivers that release police from investigations into their reported sexual assaults

Fired Terps football coach DJ Durkin was — by far — the state's top-paid employee in 2018 at $4.7 million

Dismissed University of Maryland football coach DJ Durkin was the highest-paid state employee in 2018, earning $4.7 million, including his buyout.