Baltimore council pressures embattled mayor to resign

(AP) -- Baltimore's city council is calling on Mayor Catherine Pugh to resign as investigators probe lucrative deals she negotiated to sell her children's book series.

The current lineup of 14 council members has signed a two-sentence letter urging Pugh to step down, taking the only step it can to pressure her out of office amid the political scandal.

Acting Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young did not sign the letter. He's the city council president who has temporarily departed the panel to take over Pugh's day-to-day responsibilities. She's on an indefinite leave of absence, citing health reasons.

Pugh spokesman James Bentley said Monday she plans on returning to City Hall "when she gets healthy." He declined to comment on the council's letter.

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