Baltimore police on Wednesday released a review of its first year of reforms under its Five-Year Transformation and Crime Reduction Strategy. In a statement, Commissioner Michael Harrison said the changes have led "to further accountability, more fiscal responsibility, newer technology, more rigorous training as well as implementing stronger networks to streamline how our resources are managed." He said the actions have curbed crime nearly across the board, even as homicides remain nearly on par with where they were last year. Read more at WBAL
TOWSON, Md. — A black bear sighting is the talk of the town in the west Towson and Ruxton area of Baltimore County. Neighbors have spotted a young black bear running through yards, digging into a trash can and chowing down on a bird feeder. The Department of Natural Resources believes the bear is a yearling, a teen that got kicked out of the den and is simply looking for a new habitat. The young black bear was caught on the prowl in a video. Witnesses said the bear got spooked by a car before darting toward some trees. “It was surreal to see a bear running down a suburban street and I had a minute where I kind of wondered, ‘Did I really just see that?’” said Tim Zink, of Towson. The bear ran through the yard of 6-year-old Gemma McGinley. It was captured by...
TOWSON, Md. — The Baltimore County Public School system is looking at 3 scenarios for the start of the fall semester. A spokesperson for the district saying those scenarios are condition based, not time based. The plan to reopen is a moving target for school boards all over the country. During a virtual school board meeting Tuesday Night Superintendent Dr. Darryl Williams laid out his thoughts on next year. “Not only do we have to address the teaching and learning, but the social well-being of our staff and students,” said a Williams. “To that end I’m leaning towards a virtual return with some type of phased in approach after we open. Perhaps looking at the transition years particularly those in Kindergarten, grade six and grade nine.” The district ...
Impeachment push said ditched after supreme leader steps in to defuse tensions Iranian lawmakers seeking to impeach President Hassan Rouhani have backed away from the initiative, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing the semi-official Tasnim news agency. The agency cited a member of the Majlis -- the Iranian Parliament -- as saying that the motion to impeach the besieged president was dropped after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In Sunday's address to the Parliament, Iran's supreme leader urged unity between the executive and legislative branches. According to Reuters, the push for the impeachment was spearheaded by a group of 10 hardline conservative lawmakers, who sought to rally more allies around the motion. Read more at i24
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio warns working and low-income families will be hurt the most the longer schools stay closed.
Baltimore, MD - July 15, 2020: Note: When you ignore instructions and you arrive early you cause a traffic backup and a chillul Hashem with the neighbors.  Please read & follow instructions and do not block driveways.PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY!  IF YOU ARRIVE EARLY YOU MAY BE TURNED AWAYPLEASE OPEN VAN PASSENGER DOOR OR TRUNK IN ADVANCE OF PICKUP.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH SPACE CLEARED FOR THE AMOUNT OF BOXES YOU ARE PICKING UP.MENU per child:Shabbos items: Challah, chicken, potatoes, mango, pickles, brownie barOther food: pizza, knish, yogurt, peanut butter, large cereal box,, apple sauce, canned vegetables, small bags of chips, juice box, milkSCHEDULE:Wed Night - PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY or you may be turned awayWed 8 PM -10:00PM  - Cars...
Banks will make out with $18 billion in fees for processing small business Paycheck Protection Program relief loans during the pandemic, according to calculations by Amanda Fischer, policy director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a progressive economic think tank. That’s money taken directly out of the overall $640 billion pot of funding Congress allocated to the program it created as part of the CARES Act. “If we did it through a public institution, there would be [more than] $140 billion left,” Fischer noted, as opposed to the $130 billion still up for grabs. The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is releasing an analysis of the government response to the pandemic as soon as this week. The fees compensate the banks for some of the costs that come wi...
Fox News medical correspondent Dr. Marc Siegel and former White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson discuss the latest developments amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As Trump administration officials have increasingly sought to undermine him in recent days, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and one of the most trusted federal officials working on the pandemic, made his most pointed remarks yet on Wednesday addressing tensions with the White House. “I cannot figure out in my wildest dreams why they would want to do that,” Dr. Fauci said in an interview with The Atlantic on Wednesday. “I think they realize now that that was not a prudent thing to do, because it’s only reflecting negatively on them.” He spoke as Trump administration officials have sought to undermine his credibility — first anonymously, over the weekend, and then out in the open. A short op-ed by Peter Navarro...
We are told that the Rosh Hayeshiva Rav Dovid Feinstein shlita has been taken to the ICU, and that his condition is very serious. At the urgent request of members of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, please offer special tefillos for the Rosh Hayeshiva’s refuah shelaima b’korov. The Rosh Hayeshiva’s name is Dovid ben Shima. May we share besoros tovos. --- Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel Executive Vice President Agudath Israel of America
If elections were held today, Likud would drop two seats to 34 seats, while Yamina would rise eight seats to 14 seats. As support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to fall, former defense minister Naftali Bennett’s Yamina Party has seen rising popularity amid the coronavirus crisis, with a poll by 103FM finding that the party would garner 14 seats if elections were held today (eight more than in the March elections), while Likud would earn 34 seats (two less than in the March elections).Yesh Atid earned 16 seats and the Joint List earned 14 seats in the poll. Blue and White, Yisrael Beytenu and Shas would each earn nine seats, while United Torah Judaism and Meretz would earn seven seats.If the right-wing bloc were to be split between Likud, the haredi part...
The city’s top uniformed cop was injured when he was attacked by a group of people who were at a George Floyd protest on the Brooklyn Bridge Wednesday morning, police said. Chief of Department Terence Monahan received “non-life threatening injuries” during the scuffle, an NYPD spokesman said. Monahan’s finger was broken when he was struck with an object, police said. At least two other officers were seriously injured. Read more at NY Post
2-year-old loses consciousness after being forgotten in car in Jerusalem. A two-year-old toddler was forgotten in a vehicle for an extended period of time. The child was unconscious when he was rescued from the vehicle and taken to a clinic Jabal Mukaber neighborhood of Jerusalem in critical condition. United Hatzalah and Magen David Adom paramedics arrived at the scene and performed lengthy resuscitation efforts on the toddler before transporting him to the hospital. Hatzalah paramedic Ramzi Batash said: "When we arrived at the scene, we came across a two-year-old boy who, according to his family, had been in the vehicle for a long time and as a result had lost consciousness." Read more at Arutz-7
Post comparing Netanyahu to beheaded king of France, appears on official Twitter account of Israeli embassy in Ghana. The official Twitter account of the Israeli embassy in Ghana, Africa, published an embarrassing tweet attacking Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Israeli haredi community. The person who posted the tweet meant to use his personal account, but accidentally posted it on the embassy's official account The embarrassing tweet was posted after Globes journalist Avishai Grinzaig criticized the claims by left-wing protesters that the protest outside the Prime Minister's Residence Tuesday night was similar to the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. "Who would have believed that a call to attend the event of the storm...
When I came out of shul earlier last week, I ran into a former client.  I didn’t literally run into him and during the Corona crises, I certainly made sure not to really run into him.  But keeping our social distance, we had a very interesting conversation that I would like to share with you.  First, a little history. I have been in the health and fitness field for over 21 years now.  Prior to that, I turned my own health around.  I have always prided myself on advising people on health, fitness, and weight loss based on the latest science.  I have always tried to keep up with the latest in health research.  Aside from professional magazines, I also receive daily emails from respected publications, many used by doctors.  However, there are two...
JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In the wake of the steep rise in authenticated cases of COVID-19 in Israel, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein declared Wednesday that unless there is a miracle, Israel is on the way to a second total lockdown. Edelstein set 2000 infections per day as the maximum point at which Israel will have to initiate a renewed lockdown. The past day saw an unprecedented 1,718 positive diagnoses and Edelstein is pessimistic: “What we are looking at is a synthesis of factors. If we reach 2000 new cases a day and a continuation of the worrying increase in seriously ill patients and patients on respirators, as hospitals inform us that they are stopping elective surgeries- then we will have to come to harsh consequences,” Edelstein told Ynet. Edelstein criticized fel...
TEHRAN (JNS) – The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, Maj. Gen. Esmail Ghaani, said on Tuesday that “tough times” await Israel and the United States. Ghaani’s remarks broke the Iranian regime’s silence regarding a series of explosions that have recently occurred at Iranian industrial facilities. “Tough times lie ahead for the United States and the Zionist regime. Major events are about to strike you,” said Ghaani, according to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency. The Quds Force commander hinted that a fire that broke out Sunday on the amphibious assault vessel USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego was Iranian retaliation for the recent blasts. “The Americans should not look for who is responsible for what ...
ALBANY (VINnews) — In a statement issued on Wednesday by the head of the New York State Troopers PBA, “demanded” that state troopers be removed from New York City “and cease any law enforcement activities within that jurisdiction.” “We have arrived at this unfortunate decision due to the hastily written so-called police reform legislation recently passed by the New York City Council,” wrote PBA President Thomas H. Mungeer in his statement. “This poorly conceived bill, which will be signed into law by Mayor de Blasio today, puts an undue burden upon our troopers; it opens them up to criminal and civil liability for restraining a person during a lawful arrest in a manner that is consistent with their training and is legal throughout ...
Baltimore, MD - July 15, 2020: Dear Community Members, The Pikesville Precinct has experienced an increase of theft from motor vehicles and theft of motor vehicles. During these incidents there were no signs of forced entry on most of the vehicles. All vehicles were rummaged through and miscellaneous items were stolen from some of the vehicles. Keys were left inside several of the vehicles that were stolen.  Please lock your vehicles and remove all valuables from your vehicle.  This includes vehicle keys, house keys, and garage door openers. Keep your residences secured at all times.  Lock your windows, doors, and use your residential alarm system if available.  The Pikesville Precinct Community Outreach Team offers free residential security surveys, where a uniform...
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