Damage related to looting cost Walgreens Boots Alliance at least $75 million, offering a look at the cost of U.S. unrest for one of the nation’s largest retailers. Walgreens said the estimate includes store damage and lost inventory through May, when the company’s fiscal third quarter ended, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Store closures during protests also hurt sales, the company said. Demonstrations, most of which were peaceful, surged across the U.S. in May following the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. Some were accompanied...
Travelers must be patient before visiting paradise, as Hawaii has delayed reopening tourism for out-of-state visitors until Sept. 1, while coronavirus cases rise in both the mainland and the Aloha State. During a Monday news conference, Gov. David Ige announced that he’s waiting another month to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state visitors who test negative for COVID-19. Ige cited an increasing number of local cases, “uncontrolled” outbreaks in several US mainland states and a shortage of testing supplies, the Associated Press reports. Officials also anticipate case numbers to surge when Hawaiian public schools reopen in early August. Read more at The Hill.
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To the Baltimore Community,TA Dinner Distribution this week will be Monday and Thursday from 4-6pm. DO NOT arrive before 3:45pm.It has come to our attention that individuals have been coming to TA early and taking advantage of an earlier dinner distribution that is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but is open only to our TA Camp parents, as they are picking up their campers during carpool dismissal. Please note that having non-camp parents come onto campus before 3:45pm poses a serious safety risk to our campers and staff. Please be courteous and respectful of our camp needs as we run our carpool dismissal in a safe and efficient manner. B"H there are plenty of meals for all between the hours of 4-6pm. Anyone arriving to TA before 3:45pm for dinner pickup, who is not a TA Camp parent, will be asked...
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President Trump said Tuesday that he has signed legislation that would impose mandatory sanctions on businesses and individuals that assist China in restricting Hong Kong’s autonomy. Trump also said that he signed an executive order declaring the United States would treat Hong Kong the same as mainland China. Trump said he took the actions to “hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong.” Read more at The Hill
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BALTIMORE — Everyone wants to know when there will be a vaccine for the coronavirus, and Maryland researchers are among those racing to find a vaccine. || Coronavirus updates | Maryland's latest numbers | Where to get tested || The New England Journal of Medicine released Tuesday evening some promising news about a vaccine by Moderna. The report said the Moderna vaccine produced an immune response in all trial participants with no safety concerns, which means it will take the next step toward approval. Medical centers and pharmaceutical companies across the world are racing to find a vaccine that works to prevent the coronavirus. The University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore will participate in the next phase of the trial f...
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to a hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday “for treatment of a possible infection,” the court said in a statement. “She underwent an endoscopic procedure at Johns Hopkins this afternoon to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August," the statement said. "The justice is resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days to receive intravenous antibiotic treatment.” The statement said Ginsburg was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. on Monday night after experiencing fever and chills. It's the latest hospitalization for Ginsburg, 87, who has faced a slew of health conditions in the past. Read more at FOX News
U.S. equity markets turned in a broad rally on Tuesday as money poured into some of the more economically-sensitive sectors, such as energy and materials, despite evidence the banks are prepared for the harshest economic downturn since the Great Depression to worsen. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 557 points, or 2.14 percent, while the S&P 500 rose 1.34 percent, wiping out earlier losses. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.94 percent. Looking at stocks, Caterpillar and ExxonMobil were among the names that powered the Dow. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s second-quarter profit was cut in half from a year ago, but the lender reported better-than-expected earnings amid double-digit growth in stock and bond trading...
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BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Police have identified a suspect in an alleged anti-Semitic attack on four Jewish teens at Towson Town Center last week. A warrant has been issued for Seneca Rice, 34, of Wycliffe Road in Parkville. He is currently in custody in Baltimore City on unrelated charges. Baltimore County police said the attack and robbery happened at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9. "There were 4 teenage boys who were targeted by the suspect who is stole their shopping bags, cell phones, and cash and called them [anti-Semitic expletive]," said county police spokeswoman Jen Peach. "Apparently at least one of the boys was wearing a yarmulke." Rice is charged with four counts of robbery, one count second-degree assault and various theft charges. Police said the attack happened "as the juvenile...
EXCLUSIVE: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, in his upcoming memoir titled "Still Standing," dispenses scathing criticism of former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby and others over their handling of the city's 2015 riots, an event that foreshadowed the widespread racial unrest seen in other American cities in recent weeks. Several chapters addressing the 2015 riots were obtained by Fox News in advance of the book's publication later this month. The Republican governor describes the rapid mobilization of the state police and National Guard as he and his advisers realized the seriousness of the situation brewing in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, and he shares his mindset as he de...
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The Trump administration has agreed to rescind rules it issued last week governing whether international students can enroll at U.S. universities this fall, settling a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston federal court. The schools had asked for a temporary restraining order pausing enforcement of the policy. At a short hearing Tuesday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs confirmed that a settlement had been reached. She said the government would rescind the policy, withdraw an FAQ detailing the rule and return to the status quo of guidance issued in the spring. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had issued regulations earlier this month limiting foreign students’ ability to take classes online...
Lily Ebert connected with the American family of the soldier who gave her hope upon being liberated during WWII over a Zoom call. A 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was finally able to thank the family of an American soldier who gave her hope upon being liberated from a Nazi death camp in World War II, 75 years on. Lily Ebert was connected with the children of the soldier over a Zoom call coordinated by her great-grandson, Dov Forman, on Sunday. "It is unbelievable. I never knew something like this could happen. It was a fantastic feeling," Ebert told NBC News by phone from her home in London. Their meeting was made possible by a tweet Forman sent that went viral. The 16-year-old said he took it upon himself to start documenting Ebert's stories of the war onc...
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Over the course of the pandemic many of us have suffered from isolation and the difficulty of being separated from our friends and family. Unfortunately, no one has quite felt the brunt of the extended shutdown like our nursing home seniors. For months on end, our elderly have been deprived of seeing their families while also missing other visitors and activities that bring simchah into their lives.    Now is your chance to do something about this. This summer, Agudath Israel’s Bnos Division is proud to present the first ever Senior Visitation Virtual Program. This Nine Days, day camps will&...
NSC recommends to prime minister that synagogues, yeshivot be closed entirely to prevent spread of coronavirus. The National Security Council (NSC) recommended in a discussion with Prime Minister Netanyahu that all synagogues and yeshivot be closed in response to the rapid spread of the coronavirus. The NSC also recommended that the opening of restaurants be limited to take-out and deliveries. Several of the participants in the discussion recommended the imposition of a full lockdown. However, Defense Minister Benny Gantz stated that two weeks had not passed since the last restrictions were imposed, so it was too soon to impose new restrictions. The meeting was also attended by Finance Minister Yisrael Katz, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, Science and Technology Minister Yizhar Sha...
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Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations pledged Monday to invest $220 million in organizations working to promote racial equality in the US. According to the foundation, $150 million will be given in five-year grants to “Black-led justice organizations that helped to create and now sustain the momentum towards racial equality.” Racial equality groups like Black Voters Matter and Circle for Justice Innovations are among the recipients. The remaining $70 million will be divided among local initiatives that support progress towards racial justice. Read more at i24NEWS.
Israeli 'Black Flag' protesters rally against gov't handling of pandemic financial crisis Clashes erupted Tuesday night between protesters and Israel Police in Jerusalem as demonstrators attempted breaching checkpoints and entering the prime minister’s residence, Hebrew media reported. Around 2,000 protesters arrived at the rally under the moniker “Bastille Day,” inspired by the July 14th French National Day which commemorates the storming of a grand fortress in what turned out to become the launch of the French Revolution in 1789. According to outlet N12, protesters marched toward the prime minister’s residence while lifting torches and yelling “Bibi go home!”, referring to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read more at i2...
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Iranian police are investigating an explosion that started a fire at an industrial complex that contains gas condensate storage tanks, Reuters reported reported on Monday. According to the report, based on Iranian news outlets, Javad Jahandoust, the fire chief at the Kavian Fariman industrial complex, said that six storage tanks were ablaze and that one had exploded. The industrial complex is located south of the city of Mashhad. Jahandoust said that the fire was under control and that there were no casualties. This was the latest in a series of mysterious explosions and fires around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities in recent weeks. Separately, the Iranian currency rial dropped to its lowest ever rate against the U.S. dollar on the unofficial market on Monday, accord...
NEW YORK (Newsmax) – A disturbing new study reveals that people who are infected with COVID-19 could lose their immunity to the novel coronavirus within months. Researchers at King’s College London analyzed the blood of infected patients and healthcare workers and found that the levels of protective antibodies peaked about three weeks after the first symptoms appeared. However, those antibodies were found in only 17% of the patients three months later. According to The Daily Caller, in some patients, the antibodies were virtually undetectable. “People are producing a reasonable antibody response to the virus, but it’s waning over a short period of time and depending on how high your peak is, that determines how long the antibodies are staying around,” said D...
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