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

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

A growing chorus of Maryland officials are calling for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to resign amid new revelations she had multiple deals to sell her line of “Healthy Holly” children’s books.

Pugh’s office issued a statement Monday saying she’d been advised by doctors to go on a leave of absence to recover from a bout of pneumonia that hospitalized her for five days. City Council President Jack Young will assume the role of mayor in her stead.

But she did not address new revelations that she was paid nearly $200,000 by Kaiser...

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