The Maryland State Board of Education is proposing an emergency masking regulation to eventually replace the one set to expire in late February.
The board voted Tuesday 12-1 to approve an emergency masking regulation that allows Maryland school superintendents and boards of education to decide whether to lift face covering mandates, under certain conditions. The proposal must still be approved by the state General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review.
The conditions are either an individual school has at least 80% of its students and staff fully vaccinated; a school's home county has 80% of residents fully vaccinated; a school's home county's transmission rate falls to moderate or low for at least 14 days.
Israel has carried out three major operations over the last 18 months against Iran’s nuclear sites. These attacks involved as many as a thousand Mossad personnel and were executed with ruthless precision using high-tech weaponry, including drones and a quadcopter — and spies within Tehran’s holy of holies, its nuclear program.
While President Biden’s nuclear negotiators try to snatch catastrophe from the jaws of defeat in Vienna, Israel is taking things more seriously.
Last week, Naftali Bennett, the Israeli prime minister, pivoted to a new policy on Tehran: retaliating against aggression from militias backed by Tehran with covert strikes on Iranian soil.
This builds on the extensive capabilities that the Mossad has built up in the Islamic Republic in recent year...
Four years ago on Zos Chanukah 5778 we all celebrated the miraculous release of Reb Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin. It wasn’t just a Nes and a victory for him and his family, it was a victory for us all – a triumph of trust. As he so clearly demonstrated throughout his ordeal, Emunah and Bitachon are the tools Hashem gave us to overcome adversity. On Gimmel Teves Hashem showed clearly and publicly that trusting in Him will not just help us endure hard times. When we face the hard times with Emunah and Bitachon, we will merit the Geulah. We all face hard times and now more than ever we need to strengthen our Emunah and Bitachon. Join Reb Sholom Mordechai live in celebrating his Nes and in applying its lessons in our lives. The Annual Night of Bitachon will be tonight, Monday nigh...
A Saudi man suspected of involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been arrested in France, reports say.
Khaled Aedh Al-Otaibi was arrested at Charles-de-Gaulle airport on Tuesday, French media report.
He is one of 26 Saudis wanted by Turkey over the journalist's killing.
The 33-year-old former Saudi royal guard was travelling under his own name and placed in judicial detention, RTL radio said.
Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the government in Riyadh, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
Saudi Arabia said the former Washington Post journalist had been killed in a "rogue operation" by a team of agents sent to persuade him to return to the kingdom.
But Turkish officials said the agen...
Baltimore, MD – Dec. 7, 2021 – 11:43AM - A motor vehicle accident is blocking the road at the corner of Reisterstown Road & Pinkney Road.
Baltimore, MD – Dec. 7, 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Shayna Gertz (Baltimore) and Avi Skurnik (Woodmere) on their engagement.
Mazel Tov parents Baruch and Shoshie Gertz and grandfather David Rossman.
יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן!
Israeli Housing Minister Zev Elkin announced that Israel plans to market 500,000 new apartments within the next four years. An additional 280,000 apartments will be started during that time, and land for 300,000 more will be sold to developers.Elkin also spoke of providing cheap apartments to young couples and building 6,500 rental apartments by next year.MK Uri Maklev of UTJ said that the cancelation of a huge building project for chareidim in Kiryat Gat forced the chareidi public to seek homes in the general market and pushed up prices even higher.
The total number of reported coronavirus cases in the United States marched toward 50 million Monday, even as New York City imposed a vaccine mandate for all private employers, federal health authorities warned against travel to several European countries and more nations tightened restrictions on the unvaccinated.
The omicron variant of the virus, which is possibly more contagious than the widespread delta variant, had been found in 17 U.S. states as of Monday — just five days after the first case in the country emerged in California. That number reflected the potentially heightened transmissibility of the newest strain and an improved system for detecting it.
The latest turn in the two-year-old pandemic also brought echoes of its early stages as authorities reported that at least...
Baltimore will get the first chance for light snow on Wednesday.
Tuesday is 20 to 25 degrees colder than Monday was -- so the ground could be cold enough by Wednesday for the snow to stick mostly on the grass (roads should be OK).
Overall, Wednesday's snow chance looks like no big deal. Light snow showers could begin after 7 a.m., then most of it will shift south and east of the Baltimore metro by 1 p.m. The snow will be very wet and light, so little to no accumulation is likely and the roads will remain wet.
A rain/snow mix will continue on the Eastern Shore through the afternoon, then taper in the evening.
Many roads will have a chance to dry out before we drop below freezing on Wednesday night, but as always this time of year, watch for any slick spots into Thursday morning.
There’s no evidence that any data was compromised after a “network security incident” that prompted Maryland’s health department to take its website offline over the weekend, a department spokesman said Monday.
“As part of the ongoing investigation into the network security incident that occurred, the Maryland Department of Health’s servers will remain offline out of an abundance of caution” department spokesman Andy Owen said in an email. “Data updates will resume as soon as possible.”
Owen said the Maryland Security Operations Center is investigating a “network security incident” involving the health department, news outlets reported. State officials are working with federal and state law enforcement and “potential...
A new congressional map that could enable Democrats to gain a seat and sweep all eight Maryland U.S. House seats was advanced Monday by a legislative committee, which did not act on a separate proposal by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.The committee's 18-6 vote on the first day of a special session on redistricting sends the proposal to the House of Delegates, which is expected to take up the map Tuesday.Democrats who hold a supermajority in the General Assembly control the redistricting process in Maryland, but at a hearing there were plenty of critics who say the proposal continues the state's legacy of gerrymandering - in which politicians draw district lines to favor one party.“Citizens living in gerrymandered districts feel as though their vote means nothing, so they stay...
Ashdod - On Tuesday morning just after 10:00 a.m. a man in his 80’s collapsed at home on Hama’apilim Street after suffering a heart attack. Worried family members called emergency services for help.
Avraham Porges, who works as a Kashrut Supervisor for the Rabbinate of the city of Ashdod, was in his office a block away when he received the alert to the emergency. Without hesitation, he put on his helmet and jacket and rushed out the door to his ambucycle, flicked on his lights and sirens, and sped off to the incident.
“I had just gotten back to my office after responding to a serious motorcycle accident that took place on Moshe Sneh Boulevard where I treated a seriously injured motorcyclist who suffered injuries to his head and limbs as well as two other p...
Yesterday we left the light of the Hanukkah lamps behind us, but here is a thought about extending Hanukkah's light throughout the year.I heard the following story from attorney Irit Halevy, who lives in the Givat Massuah neighborhood of Jerusalem. She and her husband, former Knesset member Amit Halevy, together with their children, knocked on the door of the woman living opposite them and invited her over for their Hanukiya lighting. All they knew about her was that she was an older immigrant from the former Soviet Union. And then they discovered who she was: Ruth Alexandrovich, the famous prisoner of Zion.She was born in Latvia and at the age of 14 helped organize the underground Jewish resistance to the Communist regime. Until she succeeded in making aliyah, she led groups that stu...
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941— a date which will live in infamy— the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan,” then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt put the surprise attack — which left about 2404 American service-members and civilians dead and thrust the United States into war — into words.
Today, as the United States remembers that Sunday morning 80 years ago, the survivors barely number in the dozens. But just one day earlier, all was quiet.
But everything changed as morning dawned on December 7, 1941.
At 6:10 a.m. local time, the USS Condor sighted a periscope — and within moments, the first wave of Japanese fighters were in the air. They took off from carrie...
South Carolina sheriff’s deputies arrested a 14-year-old male high school student Monday on charges that he threatened to shoot up schools in his county, authorities said.
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Office said the Gilbert High School student made a "threatening statement" while on the bus last Thursday, and another student overheard them.
The student told school administrators that he heard the other student allegedly talking about wearing a trench coat the next day and shooting up an elementary school and a middle school, according to an incident report cited by the sheriff’s office.
"The student who came forward should be commended for doing the right thing," Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. "They heard something and reporte...
In October, the government infuriated the public by contributing millions to cat welfare but refusing to raise the miserable stipends paid to enlisted troops. Their salaries are now to be raised by 50% from next year at the cost of $300 million — the first such salary increase since 2017.
Combat troops will now receive $1,012 monthly in their third year of service, combat support troops $558, and administrators $407 monthly, still short of Israel’s minimum wage of $1,060.
Stipends of national service volunteers are to be raised by $180 monthly to $270, at a total cost of $20 million.
Finance ministry officials were angry that Avigdor Lieberman failed to coordinate the wage increase with them, saying there was only resources to pay half the $300 million cost.
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan sent a scathing letter to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres following statistics published by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in which it differentiates between the murder of “Israeli Citizens” and “Settlers.”
The OCHA report listed the number of Israeli and Arab casualties, either killed or wounded in hostilities, from 2008.
The letter, sent Friday, was authored following the discovery that the agency’s website separates Israeli casualties into three categories – security personnel, civilians, and “civilian settlers.”
Additionally, following the murder of Eli Kay in a terror attack in Jerusalem committed by a Hamas-linked terrorist...
Baltimore, MD – Dec. 6, 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Yehuda Chaim Liebman (Baltimore) and Meira Simblist (Denver) on their engagement.
יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן!
In the daily situational assessment on the coronavirus convened tonight (Monday) by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, the policy of testing and isolation for returnees from abroad was discussed, which will be adopted when the current restrictions expire.
A decision has not yet been made on when the current restrictions will end. A situational assessment will take place later this week and decisions will be made in accordance with the morbidity data in Israel and around the world.
The following are the main policies that are being formulated for the period after the end of the current restrictions:
Unvaccinated people returning from yellow or orange countries will be required to quarantine for seven days and to receive two negative PCR tests (on the firs...