New York - The New York Times says it agreed at the request of the White House not to use audio from an interview with President Trump’s aide Stephen Miller for Tuesday’s episode of its popular podcast “The Daily.” The Times said Tuesday that reporters Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear interviewed Miller for a story that appeared in print and online last weekend. He was quoted in the article, but the White House balked at letting Miller’s voice be heard on “The Daily,” the podcast that gets roughly 1 million downloads each day. The newspape...
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A brief conversation with BJLabout the Jewish community with Councilwoman Vicki Almond Q: Councilwoman Almond, with a large segment of your councilmanic district serving as the home to several thousand Jewish families, we thank you for your two terms of service in the County Council. In a few words what would you say are the most unique aspects of representing the Jewish community? A: First, thanks for this opportunity! To answer your question, I can’t tell you how many cherished relationships I have forged with the leaders and members of your community over the last eight years. Working with people like Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, the leaders of the Baltimore Jewish Council, Rabbi Neuberger, and other rabbis and heads of organizations, we have tackled issues ranging from stormwater manage...
New York - Verizon is pledging to stop selling data through intermediaries that pinpoints the location of mobile phones to outside companies, the Associated Press has learned. It is the first major U.S. wireless carrier to step back from a business practice that has drawn criticism for endangering privacy. The data has allowed outsiders to track wireless devices without their owners’ knowledge or consent. Verizon, the nation’s largest mobile carrier measured by subscribers, said that about 75 third parties have obtained its customer data from two little-known California-based brokers that it supplies directly — LocationSmart and Zumigo. The company made its disclosure in a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who has been probing the phone location-tracking mar...
Logan, VA - A family says they held the wrong baby for nearly two hours days after his birth at a West Virginia hospital. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Crystal and Arnold “Junior” Perry gave birth to Dawson at Logan Regional Medical Center on June 12. Grandmother Barbara Colegrove says on Thursday Junior Perry went to the nursery to get the baby. Crystal Perry says Dawson’s basket was in the same spot, and it said Perry on the ID card. She says a nurse said it was their baby. However, Crystal Perry says a nurse asked her to read her armband number and then returned with Dawson. Relatives had the baby of someone else with the same last name. Heather Perry believes her son Colton had been in the room for seconds and says it was an honest mistake. ___ Information...
Cincinnati - Otto Warmbier’s legacy is still being written a year after his death. The 22-year-old U.S. college student who died in a Cincinnati hospital days after his release from North Korea while in a vegetative state is being remembered prominently during a dramatic shift in U.S.-North Korean relations. President Donald Trump said the death of the “very special person” galvanized determination to deal with North Korea, leading to his history-making summit this month with Kim Jong Un. Trump said in Singapore that Warmbier “did not die in vain.” Parents Fred and Cindy Warmbier, of suburban Cincinnati, expressed appreciation for Trump’s comments and have said they hope “something positive” comes from the summit. “We are proud of Ot...
Lakewood Ranch, FL - Florida authorities are searching for two suspects after an injured alligator was dumped in a Wawa store. The Bradenton Herald quotes Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dave Bristow as saying the department was alerted to the alligator around 2:30 a.m. Friday. Bristow says the department was told two people had dropped off a three-foot (1-meter) alligator at the Lakewood Ranch convenience store. Deputies alerted the Fish and Wildlife Commission, which sent a trapper who removed the gator. ___ Information from: The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald , http://www.bradenton.com
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Paris - A video of French President Emmanuel Macron strongly admonishing a teenager who called him by a nickname is going viral on social media. A teenager asked Macron “How’s it going, Manu?” — using a diminutive for Macron’s first name — at a ceremony Monday for the 78th anniversary of Charles De Gaulle’s historic appeal for armed resistance against Nazi tyranny. Macron responded “call me Mr. President of the republic or sir.” He then added: “the day you want to start a revolution, get a degree and learn to feed yourself, OK? You can start lecturing others then.” Macron tweeted a video of the discussion, sparking a lot of comments Tuesday. Some people criticized the French leader for his perceived arrogance while others...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spooked by worsening tensions over trade between the world's two largest economies, investors are selling stocks and commodities and buying safer assets. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Nasdaq composite index have each dropped more than 1.4 percent in early trading. That follows brisk selling in international markets. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dropped 2.8 percent and France's CAC 40 slipped 1.4 percent. The sell-off came after President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion in imports from China, and the Chinese government said it would retaliate. Large U.S. companies with significant overseas business were hit especially hard. Boeing's stock shed 4.3 percent, Caterpillar 4 percent and GE 2.2 percen...
Baltimore, MD, June 19, 2018 — Responding to the policy debate regarding illegal immigration, and the statements of other Jewish groups, Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, Vice President of the Coalition for Jewish Values, said the following: We commend Senator Ted Cruz for proposing a workable solution to this crisis. The previous policy left children vulnerable to trafficking, abuse, and being held for months without their parents. So the answer is not to blame the current administration, to simply return to previous, failed policy, or to join with left-wing groups anxious to exploit this crisis for partisan purposes. Senator Cruz has suggested a sincere, sober response, and we call for speedy consideration of his and other proposals to keep families together while also protecting children fro...
Beirut - Warplanes struck an opposition-held area in Syria’s southwestern Deraa province on Tuesday, a war monitor and local activists reported, a military escalation in territory where government forces are threatening a major offensive. The raids hit the area of al-Masika village in northeastern Deraa province. Clashes were also underway in the area. Rebel forces control swathes of territory in southwestern Syria, which borders Jordan and the Israeli Golan Heights. Syria’s multi-sided war has pivoted towards the southwest in recent weeks, risking escalation in an area of major concern to Israel where the conflict has been contained since last year by an agreement underwritten by the United States and Russia. While a notable escalation, Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Sy...
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Beijing - China on Tuesday threatened “comprehensive measures” in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s new tariff hike, raising the possibility Beijing might target operations of American companies. Trump’s announcement fueled fears that economic losses, limited so far to companies hit by U.S. or Chinese tariff hikes, might spread if the dispute chills global trade. Global stocks fell after Trump’s announcement. China’s market benchmark dropped 3.8 percent while Hong Kong’s lost 2.8 percent. In Europe, Germany’s main index was off 1.3 percent and France’s lost 1.1 percent. The Commerce Ministry criticized Trump’s order for new tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods as blackmail. In a forceful statement, it said Beijing w...
San Francisco - IBM pitted a computer against two human debaters in the first public demonstration of artificial intelligence technology it’s been working on for more than five years. The company unveiled its Project Debater in San Francisco on Monday, asking it to make a case for government-subsidized space research — a topic it hadn’t studied in advance but championed fiercely with just a few awkward gaps in reasoning. “Subsidizing space exploration is like investing in really good tires,” argued the computer system, its female voice embodied in a 5-foot-tall machine shaped like a monolith with TV screens on its sides. Such research would enrich the human mind, inspire young people and be a “very sound investment,” it said, making it more impor...
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Washington - White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, who is also President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, met on Tuesday with Jordan’s King Abdullah about the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the Trump administration’s efforts on creating peace between Israel and the Palestinian territories, the White House said on Tuesday. The meeting, which also included Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, came one day after a tete-a-tete between the king of the Arab nation and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on advancing regional peace. The Trump administration has been working on an Israeli-Palestinian plan, but it has yet to be made public.
Baltimore, MD - June 19, 2018 - Six years ago, while traveling around the state during my campaign for Attorney General, Judge Katie O’Malley, the former first lady introduced me to Grace McComas’ mom.  I learned about Grace -- a witty and happy Howard County teenager, but Grace was being bullied.  Not by a schoolyard bully, but rather at home -- online.  Every time she opened Facebook, she was terrified by a schoolmate threatening her with violence, rape and humiliation.  Grace eventually took her own life to escape what seemed to be an unbearable reality emerging from the digital world.  Like many of us, I have been touched by the needless tragedy of suicide.  No one deserves to be treated the way Grace was, and we all have to work together to s...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to end the separation of families at the southern border ahead of a visit from President Donald Trump to discuss legislation. Trump's meeting late Tuesday afternoon with House Republicans comes at a time when lawmakers in both parties are up in arms over the administration's "zero tolerance" approach to illegal border crossings. Under the policy, all unlawful crossings are referred for prosecution — a process that moves adults to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and sends many children to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the previous administration, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separatio...
A sign seen posted at a Dunkin Donuts in Baltimore asks customers to report employees shouting in languages other than English. The general manager posted the sign that was seen Monday morning by customers, including a WBAL-TV 11 News producer, at the Dunkin Donuts on 41st Street. The sign read: "If you hear any of our staff shouting in a language other than English, please call 443-415-7775 immediately with the name of the employee to receive a coupon for free coffee and a pastry." The 11 News I-Team called the phone number, and a man who answered said it was an old sign and that he is no longer the general manager at that particular store. However, he did admit to putting up a similar sign in the past, saying customers had complained about it in the past. The sign caused a tweetstorm...
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People in many neighborhoods from Sykesville to Towson are reporting damage from a fast-moving thunderstorm Monday evening. A storm with wind gusts of 60 mph moved through central Maryland shortly before 5 p.m., leaving behind scattered damage and debris. In Towson, Joppa Road remains closed west of Bosley Ave and east of the bridge over Charles Street. A house on Donington Circle is now condemned after a large portion of a tree fell on it. The Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department reported several trees down in the area. According to BGE, as of Tuesday morning, several thousand customers were without power because of the storms. View the outage map here. The Fire Department was responding to a report of a tree the fell into house in the 700 block of Morningside Drive...
Berlin - A 19-year-old from Syria is on trial in Berlin over an assault in the German capital on an Israeli wearing a skullcap. The young man is charged with bodily harm and slander. The April 17 attack caused nationwide outrage and fueled concerns over anti-Semitism in Germany. German news agency dpa reported that the verdict could come already on Tuesday. The victim, an Arab Israeli who has said he isn’t Jewish but wore the skullcap as a personal experiment, caught the assault on video, showing the attacker whipping him with a belt while shouting “Yehudi!” — Arabic for “Jew.” Prosecutors say the suspect was assigned to a home for refugees outside Berlin, but lived in the city without a fixed address. He turned himself in two days after the assault.
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Washington - US President Donald Trump, like the three US presidents before him, signed a letter when he entered office, declining to pressure Israel to sign an international nuclear-nonproliferation treaty, according to a report in The New Yorker released on Tuesday. The report claims Israel houses a nuclear facility near the Negev city of Dimona, something that Israel neither confirms nor denies, and presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all signed similar letters. The report states that when Trump entered office, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer went to the White House to arrange for Trump to sign the letter, stressing the need for secrecy and a limit on who could take part in the discussion. Dermer reportedly spoke to then-US National Security Advi...
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred. On Tuesday, the soldier would have his identity recovered — and be reunited with his twin brother in Normandy, where the two Navy men died together when their ship shattered on an underwater mine while trying to reach the blood-soaked D-Day beaches. Julius Heinrich Otto "Henry" Pieper and Ludwig Julius Wilhelm "Louie" Pieper, two 19-year-olds from Esmond, South Dakota, will rest in peace side-by-side by day's end on Tuesday at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France, 74 years after their deaths on June 19, 1944. While Louie's body was soon found, identified and laid to rest, the remains of Julius were...
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