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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Sworn In As Mayor Of Baltimore

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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was sworn in as mayor today, replacing former Mayor Sheila Dixon.
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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was sworn in as mayor today, replacing former Mayor Sheila Dixon.

By Meymo Lyons

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been sworn in as the 49th mayor of Baltimore. Rawlings-Blake replaces Sheila Dixon, who resigned amid scandal.

Rawlings-Blake, a 39-year-old Democrat, says her administration "will keep what works and fix what doesn't in city government." She was sworn in shortly before 12:15 p.m. at City Hall. The ceremony was delayed by a few minutes because her aunt fell ill.

Earlier today, Dixon received probation before judgment on counts of perjury and misdemeanor embezzlement. She is required to perform 500 hours of community service and contribute $45,000 to charities in the city.

The deal also allows her to keep a lifetime pension worth at least $83,000 a year.

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