Baltimore’s next mayor: Rawlings-Blake
City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says it has “sunk in” that she is going to become mayor on Thursday, when Mayor Sheila Dixon resigns as part of her plea agreement. “I try not to be overwhelmed because I have been working very hard to move the city forward since I got on the (city) council in 1995,” Rawlings-Blake told WBAL NEWS in Annapolis Tuesday, where she attended Governor O’Malley’s State of the State Address. The 39-year-old council president said her leadership style would not change. (Continue Reading…)

Jill Scott sued by record label
R&B star Jill Scott was sued Wednesday by her longtime record label, which is accusing the multi-platinum songstress of skipping out halfway through a six-album contract and potentially owing millions of dollars in damages. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by L.A.-based Hidden Beach Records, claims that the label and its founder, Steve McKeever, helped launch Scott’s career and nurtured her into a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter but was unceremoniously dumped in October after a 10-plus year relationship. “Hidden Beach is shocked by her decision not only because Scott has apparently chosen to leave the Hidden Beach family,” the complaint reads, “but also because Scott is contractually required to deliver three more albums to Hidden Beach.” (Continue Reading…)

Haiti death toll tops 200,000 as aid anger mounts
The death toll in the Haiti quake has topped 200,000, Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said Wednesday as angry protests over the slow arrival of aid flared on the rubble-strewn streets. More than three weeks after the 7.0-magnitude quake, Bellerive said his tiny Caribbean nation had been ravaged by “a disaster on a planetary scale” and detailed the tragic toll suffered by his people. “There are more than 200,000 people who have been clearly identified as people who are dead,” he told AFP, adding another 300,000 injured had been treated, 250,000 homes had been destroyed and 30,000 businesses lost. (Continue Reading…)

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