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  Baltimore Mayor to Take Leave of Absence Amid Children’s Book Scandal
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Apr 01, 2019 07:53pm
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AuthorTimothy Williams
News DateMonday, April 1, 2019 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFacing a growing scandal over payments made to her for a series of children’s books that she wrote, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh of Baltimore announced on Monday that she would take an indefinite leave of absence for health reasons.

The announcement came shortly after Gov. Larry Hogan asked Maryland state prosecutors to investigate a $500,000 payment that Ms. Pugh had received from a nonprofit health care company with ties to the state and city governments.

“These are deeply disturbing allegations,” Mr. Hogan wrote Monday in a letter to the state prosecutor, just hours after a new report said that a health care company seeking a contract from the city had also purchased copies of the books, paying Ms. Pugh more than $100,000.

On Monday afternoon, a statement from the mayor’s office said that Ms. Pugh had been suffering from pneumonia in recent weeks and had decided to step away from her duties until she recuperated.
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