New York - New York City is testing park benches with built-in charging stations for mobile devices. Five of the benches are being installed at parks in the Bronx and upper Manhattan. The Daily News (http://nydn.us/1VgusE2 ) says the benches can also help keep track of how many people are visiting the parks. The Parks Department will spend about $24,000 on the solar-powered benches. They’ve been used in several other cities, including Boston and Los Angeles. The two-year pilot program is part of a city initiative called Parks Without Borders . It aims to make underused areas more ...
Washington -  The Treasury Department has arrested five people in Miami accused of posing as IRS agents in telephone calls and demanding immediate payment of overdue taxes, a scheme that netted them an estimated $2 million, a top official said Tuesday. J. Russell George, who heads the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration office, said Tuesday that the five defrauded about 1,500 people. The IRS has called similar impersonators the largest such scam in agency history. George said overall, 1.2 million Americans have reported receiving such calls, and around 6,400 of them have reported being cheated out of $36.5 million. The callers pose as IRS or Treasury agents and demand immediate payment of back taxes or other fees, threatening arrest if they don’t. Geor...
Cairo - The question of what caused EgyptAir Flight 804 to crash in the Mediterranean, killing all 66 on board, remains shrouded in confusion, speculation and conflicting statements. Here is a look at what is known so far and what questions remain unanswered. ___ EXPLOSION OR NOT? One of the primary questions is whether or not the plane was brought down by a bomb or some sort of mechanical failure. On Tuesday, two different Egyptian officials publicly disagreed on whether or not the available evidence indicated an on-board explosion. A senior Egyptian forensics official told The Associated Press that the condition of the human remains collected from the crash site so far indicated an explosion. Later however, the head of Egypt’s forensic agency dismissed such talk, calli...
Washington - The Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday. “The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision,” Lynch said in a brief statement that said the department had considered “all relevant factual and legal issues.” Roof is awaiting trial on federal hate crime charges in connection with the June 17 shooting at Emanuel AME Church, which contributed to a national conversation about race relations and also led to the removal of a Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina Statehouse. Roof is also charged with nine counts of murder in st...
Chicago - The union for transportation security officers on Tuesday urged the U.S. Congress to pay for 6,000 more full-time workers who conduct screenings to alleviate long lines at U.S. airports, a problem that caused a shakeup in the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s management. The American Federation of Government Employees, the officers’ union, asked lawmakers to approve emergency legislation to fund additional screeners needed after years of staffing cuts and growing numbers of passengers, it said in a statement. “It’s time for Congress to stop the waiting games and give TSA the resources it needs to meet growing demands at our nation’s airports,” J. David Cox Sr., the union’s national president, said in the statement. ...
Washington - Democrat Hillary Clinton, seeking to dampen Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s growing appeal with working-class voters, on Tuesday accused him of having cheered on the 2008 housing market crash. Clinton’s campaign released an ad with audio the presumptive Republican nominee had recorded in 2006 for his now-defunct Trump University venture. Trump, a billionaire real estate developer, said of a “bubble burst” that “I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy” property and “make a lot of money.” Clinton’s campaign and her surrogates have seized on the recording to argue that she would take better care of the U.S. economy. She is seeking to blunt the inroads that Trump...
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 Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  May 24, 2016 / 16 Iyar 5776 - Air Fresheners For Besamim At Havdalah?
A 14-year-old youth was arrested and charged with grand larceny as a possible bias crime after he snatched a “Yarmulka” [Jewish head covering] off a 13-year-old Jewish boy. The incident occurred on Monday at around 6:30pm on Eastern Parkway near Brooklyn Avenue. The victim, a 13-year-old yeshiva student, was accosted by a black teenager who snatched the student’s Yarmulka, a religious head covering, and fled. A witness sprang into action and managed to apprehend the suspect and hold him until police arrived. The assailant, who was identified as being 14-years-old, was taken into custody and charged with grand larceny and a possible bias crime. Hate crimes task force detectives are investigating the incident. This incident marks yet another in a string of simila...
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Sefiras HaOmer, (cont'd)

[ויש מקומות שמתירין] Some communities allow (these) [עד ראש חדש אייר ועד בכלל] up to and including Rosh Hodesh Iyyar, [שהן ששה עשר יום] which is 16 days, [ונשארים ל''ג יום באיסור עד חג השבועות] leaving 33 days when (these) are not allowed, up to Shavuot. [ומסתפרין בערב החג] (They (allow) hair cuts on the day before the festival). [ומכל מקום ביום ל''ג בעומר בעצמו מתירין] In any event, on the 33rd of the Omer itself (these) are allowed. [וכשחל ביום ראשון מתירין] (When it (the 33rd) falls on Sunday we allow [בערב שבת כמו שכתבנו לעיל] on Friday as we wrote above). [ויש מקומות שמתירין עד] Some communities allow up to [ראש חדש אייר ולא עד בכלל] but not inclding Rosh Hodesh Iyyar, [וביום ראשון דראש חדש מתחיל האיסור] and on the first day of Rosh Hodesh the ban starts, [ויום ראשון דהגבלה הוא יום הל''ג] and the first day of the limitations is the 33rd day, [ואמרינן בו מקצת היום ככולו] and we say that part of the day is like the whole, [ומותרין לישא ולהסתפר בהן] and we allow marriages and hair cuts on them. [וגם היום ל''ג בעומר מותרין] Also (on) the 33rd day of the Omer (these) are allowed [וכמו שכתבנו לעיל] (as we wrote above), [וצריכין לנהוג בכל קהלה מנהג אחד] and each community needs to follow one custom, [ולא ישנו לעשות מקצתן כך ומקצתן כך] and not do a little from this (custom) and a little from that. (KSA 120:7)

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Bais Yaakov Elementary Teachers and Faculty Meet and Greet the Administrative Teams for the New Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary Divisions of the School. Baltimore, Md - May 23, 2016 - On Wednesday May 11th and Monday May 16th, Bais Yaakov of Baltimore hosted two ‘Meet and Greet’ sessions for faculty and administration to learn more about the exciting changes taking place at the school by through meeting the new Principals: Rabbi Yitzchok Sanders and Rabbi Yochanon Stein. At the podium: Bais Yaakov of Baltimore President, Dr. Shmuel Markovitz. Seated (L-R) Upper Elementary Principal Rabbi Yochanon Stein & Lower Elementary Principal Rabbi Yitzchok Sanders  On the Wednesday evening prior to Pesach, Bais Yaakov of Baltimore President, Dr. Shmuel Markovitz held...
Baltimore, MD - May 23, 2016 - This was just posted on a neighborhood WhatsApp group in the in the Smith Ave area: Just posting so everyone can be aware.... Just had three suspicious people knock on my door claiming to be from the utility company. and stating that they would like me to  open the door to speak in person ad I have not responded to their notices. They did not identify themselves, couldn't state which company they were coming from and did not wear any uniforms. When i refused to open the door they became upset and told us they needed to speak to us in person. They ended up leaving and I caught a glimpse of them through the window as they left-theya re two African American males and one female. The men were wearing jeans. Please be careful before opening your doors ...
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The brachos (blessings) associated with shemittah are expressed in similar language to the words that we say in the bracha (blessing) of Bareich Aleinu in Shemoneh Esrei. There is a great emphasis on the blessing of the land and the fruits as a harbinger of geulah (redemption), as the lush produce reflects the presence of Hashem on this earth. Now, in golus (exile), we ask Hashem to place His bracha on the face of the earth, but not actually within the earth itself. We yearn to go back to a time when Hashem's bracha will be within the earth and within us, when we can eat the lush fruits of Eretz Yisroel and be satisfied from even small amounts.


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Today’s global fight against terrorism can be characterized as a “seventh-century clash involving 21st-century weapons,” an Israeli parliamentarian and counter-terrorism expert told The Algemeiner. Likud MK Anat Berko, on a visit to the United States, said that in view of this dire situation, the entire world must realize it is “in the same boat.”   “Every country should put its ego aside and collaborate against terrorism, because we are in the middle of World War Three,” she urged. “I said this many years ago and, I’m sorry to say, many of the warnings I made have become reality.” Berko claimed that the global community is so concerned about not offending a certain population that it lose...
Tokyo - Two very different visions of the hell that is war are seared into the minds of World War II survivors on opposite sides of the Pacific. Michiko Kodama saw a flash in the sky from her elementary school classroom on Aug. 6, 1945, before the ceiling fell and shards of glass from blown-out windows slashed her. Now 78, she has never forgotten the living hell she saw from the back of her father, who dug her out after a U.S. military plane dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. People were walking like zombies, with their flesh scraped and severely burned, asking for help, for water. A little girl looked up, straight into Michiko’s eyes, and collapsed. Lester Tenney saw Japanese soldiers killing fellow American captives on the infamous Bataan Death Mar...
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New York - Two members of a prominent Honduran family accused by U.S. authorities of engaging in a decade-long money laundering scheme are seeking the dismissal of the charges after the government froze their assets and made paying their lawyers impossible. Yankel Rosenthal, a former minister of investment under current Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, and Yani Rosenthal, a former Cabinet member in Honduras, filed papers late on Friday in federal court in Manhattan to dismiss their indictment. Prosecutors said the Rosenthals used their businesses to engineer a scheme to launder drug trafficking and foreign bribery proceeds through U.S. bank accounts. The motions came after months of wrangling over their inability to pay their lawyers due to the U.S. Treasury Departmen...
Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams acquitted Officer Edward Nero on Monday of all four charges against him in connection with the arrest of Freddie Gray. Below are his full comments from the bench, as transcribed by The Baltimore Sun. WILLIAMS: All right, this court has been asked to render a decision in this matter and will give the information as follows. The state has charged the defendant with assault, misconduct in office by corruptly performing an unlawful act, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office by corruptly failing to do an act that is required by the duties of his office. In order to convict the defendant of assault, the state must prove that the defendant caused offensive physical contact with Freddie Gray, that the contact was a result of an intentional or rec...
Washington - The head of security for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has been removed from his position, according to an internal TSA memo on Monday seen by Reuters, after the agency was criticized for long lines at airport security checkpoints. Kelly Hoggan, who had served as TSA assistant administrator for security operations since May 2013, was replaced by his deputy, Darby LaJoye, who will serve on an acting basis, according to the memo from agency head Peter Neffenger. Long security lines at U.S. airports this spring have frustrated travelers and caused thousands of passengers to miss flights. TSA has blamed the problem on a lack of security screeners and an increase in passenger volumes. Hoggan came under fire at a U.S. House Oversight Committee hearing o...
Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, who entered prison about four months ago, has been targeted by criminals in a nearby cell who have been threatening the rav to extort money from his chassidim. According to the Channel 10 News report, the matter began with requests for large sums of money to keep an eye out and make certain no harm comes to Rabbi Pinto in prison. Not wishing to gamble with the rav’s well-being, especially due to his weakened condition, chassidim made certain the sum was paid. However, a short time later a third person become involved and began his own threats against the rabbi, seeking money for guaranteeing his safety. During Pesach things took a turn for the worse as the mother of one of the imprisoned inmates arrived at the rav’s home on seder night, asking to join ...
Rosh Kollel Mikdosh Sholom HaGaon HaRav Shalom Tanji, Shlita, a well-known talmid chacham who lives in the Har Nof neighborhood of Yerushalayim is in need of the tzibur’s tefilos. The rav returned from a visit to Argentina six weeks ago where he traveled to deliver his inspirational Torah to the various communities. It appears he contracted a potentially deadly virus in S. America and is now battling for his life. The rav complained of back pain a few days following his return and visited his HMO where the family doctor did not detect the potentially fatal virus. A few days later the rav departed for Chicago, where he collapsed suddenly and was transported to a local hospital, diagnosed with meningitis and arthritis. The rav’s condition deteriorated and he lost consciousness a...
A French ship joined the international effort to hunt for the black boxes and other wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804 Monday, searching for clues to what brought the plane down, as Greek and Egyptian authorities diverged on what happened to the plane during the crucial final minutes before it crashed into the Mediterranean, killing all 66 people on board. Five days after the air disaster, questions remain over what happened to the doomed jet before it disappeared off radar at around 2.45 a.m. local time Thursday. Egyptian authorities said they believe terrorism is a more likely explanation than equipment failure, and some aviation experts have said the erratic flight reported by the Greek defense minister suggests a bomb blast or a struggle in the cockpit. But so far no hard evid...
Dutch-Jewish woman stabbed at a kosher restaurant in the Jewish quarter of Amsterdam. The background to the incident is unclear. A Dutch-Jewish woman was stabbed at a kosher restaurant in the Jewish quarter of Amsterdam on Monday night. She suffered lightly to moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The attacker turned himself in to police, according to local reports. The background to the incident is unclear, and it remains to be determined whether it was an anti-Semitic attack. In January, the home of a Jewish family in Amsterdam became the target of an anti-Semitic attack. Dutch media reports said that during the New Year festivities held in the city, a number of local youth began rioting and sought to release their anger on Jews. While shouting "Jew...
Member of band ordered by King David Hotel to remove kippot and tuck in tzitzit tells Arutz Sheva about the shocking discrimination. Aviya Grushko, the percussionist of the Inbalim band, spoke to Arutz Sheva on Monday about how the prestigious King David Hotel in Jerusalem last Wednesday demanded that members of his band remove their kippot and tuck in their tzitzit during a performance. The hotel had invited the band to play for its workers, the vast majority of whom are Arabs, and made the discriminatory demand claiming that the sight of the Jewish garb would "hurt the feelings of our Arab workers." Grushko told Arutz Sheva that no one from the hotel told the band members in advance that they were expected to appear before an Ara...
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