Top Maryland lawmakers said Wednesday that eliminating a scheduled gas-tax increase of more than 6 cents this summer won’t solve the problem of high gas prices and would set back efforts to maintain infrastructure.
With gas now priced at about $4.60 a gallon on average in Maryland, Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones said in a joint statement that “the problem is big oil companies exploiting global uncertainty to drive the price of gas to more than $4 a gallon.”
Eliminating the inflation adjustment “would be a loss of over $200 million in funding dedicated to ensuring the safety of our State’s roads and bridges,” said Jones, a Baltimore County Democrat, and Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat.
“As fuel prices rise, so too ...
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This is a BJL Exclusive:MUST Baltimore – Mothers Unite to Stall Technology
Dear fellow Baltimore parents,
A few months ago, we heard about an organization called MUST, which stands for Mothers Unite to Stall Technology. The organization was started by mothers in New York who realized how technology was affecting their children and decided to join together to postpone their children's personal ownership of smart devices. The program has since spread to communities throughout the co...
Baltimore, MD - May 26, 2022 - Did you ever yell at the screen during a climactic part of a movie? Did you expect that the actors on the screen would listen to your concerns? Were you subsequently "shushed" by the entire audience? This week, in The Torah Sparks Podcast, we discuss the idea that what we - as humans - think, say, and do, actually influences and impacts the world around us. This is in great contrast to the fantasies of the "Western World."Click here to listen.Powered by: TYA of Baltimore
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Baltimore, MD - May 25, 2022 - Two central committee candidates are out and about putting up signs for themselves and Delegate Dalya Attar. If you’d like a sign, text your name and address to 410- 258-2302
With profound sadness, NCSY joins the Jewish world in mourning the passing of Rabbi Pinchas Stolper, zt”l. Rabbi Stolper was a trailblazing pioneer in the education of Jewish teens who served as the first full-time national director of NCSY and as the longest serving executive vice president of the Orthodox Union. During more than forty years of working with Jewish youth, Rabbi Stolper built the NCSY movement from coast to coast. His work with NCSY directly impacted multitudes of Jewish households and played a defining role in Jewish life in the global Orthodox Jewish community for the past several decades. He created and developed modalities of experiential Jewish learning and living that have become the standard for inspiring commitment in Jewish students around the worl...
New York, NY- May 25, 2022 -From May 15th - May 17th, Prizmah Center for Jewish Days Schools held their virtual Mental Health Summit. The three-day conference for Jewish day school educators and staff had presentations from top experts in fields relevant to the social-emotional mental health of our Jewish day schools. Colleagues from across North America participated in an interactive online gathering where they engaged in high level learning, collaboration, and growth. Amongst the list of renowned presenters were Dr. Michael Kidorf, Ph.D and Erich Kaufmann, LCPC, two of Chayeinu Baltimore’s education experts. “Chayeinu is very proud to have presented at Prizma’s Mental Health Summit,” said Chayeinu’s director, Esti Ziffer. “By delivering 4 sessi...
Investigation by US-based cable news channel suggests that Israeli forces deliberately targeted reporter
US-based cable news channel CNN is conducting its own inquiry into the death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who died in Jenin on May 11.
Results, according to the broadcaster, suggest that the correspondent was deliberately targeted by Israeli forces who were operating in Jenin at the time and were deliberately targeting a group of journalists, which then resulted in Abu Akleh's death.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is saying that the allegation is entirely unfounded.
A senior Israeli security official speaking on condition of anonymity told CNN that Israeli troops did not intentionally target Abu Akleh.
"In no way would the IDF ev...
Federal regulators Wednesday announced that Twitter will pay a $150 million fine to settle allegations that it deceptively used email address and phone numbers it had collected to target advertising, in one of the largest privacy settlements federal regulators have reached with a tech giant.
The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department said the company also will be banned from profiting off the “deceptively collected” data and be required to notify the more than 140 million users who were affected that it used their phone numbers and email addresses for advertising, according to a news release about the settlement. And the company will be required to implement and maintain a new privacy program that will require the company to review the security risks of new prod...
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk increased the amount of cash he is willing to commit to buying Twitter and said he was still looking for more outside investors to help him with the deal, according to a financial filing Wednesday.
Musk is now committed to paying $33.5 billion in cash for Twitter, up from the $27.3 billion he had previously committed to. That lowers the amount of debt he will have to take on from banks to get to the $44 billion he has agreed to pay for the social media company.
Twitter shares shot up 7% in aftermarket trading, suggesting Wall Street now believes the deal is more likely to happen, though the stock is still trading around $40, below the $54.20 a share Musk has agreed to pay.
Musk is working to assemble outside investors to help him finance the deal and has ...
Airline passengers can now use their Maryland-issued mobile driver's license or mobile identification card in Apple Wallet to verify their identity at airport security screening, the Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday.
TSA PreCheck travelers can use their mobile license or IDs at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports. Only passengers with TSA PreCheck added to their boarding pass will be eligible now. TSA said it plans to roll out the program to other passengers soon.
The effort comes in collaboration with the state of Maryland and Apple. Maryland joins Arizona as the second state to offer this feature.
Starting Wednesday, travelers with Maryland state-issued driver's licenses or state IDs ...
The donation came as part of a $1 billion fundraising campaign initiated by the museum
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC received a generous donation from the Jewish philanthropist and author David M. Rubenstein, Israel Hayom reported.
He gave the museum a donation of $15 million to support, preserve, increase, and digitalize its immense collection of Holocaust documentation, according to the Israeli daily.
The donation came as part of a $1 billion fundraising campaign initiated by the museum, starting at its 25th anniversary in 2018 and running until its 30th anniversary next year.
“The lessons Holocaust history teaches about the fragility of freedom, the dangers of hate, and the consequences of inaction have never bee...
AAA is anticipating more than 730,000 Marylanders to travel over Memorial Day weekend, and the association wants you to be prepared.
More than 380,000 calls for help are expected nationwide this summer, AAA says, with over 7,000 here in Maryland alone.
Hot weather brings with it some automotive challenges, much like the winter months, so the organization is sharing some tips.
“People really need to prepare their cars for the summer,” said Edward Hickey, manager for AAA club fleet operations in Baltimore. “They need to make sure their battery is good, that they’re taking it in for the recommended services for cooling systems.”
And don’t forget about your tires.
“The pressure, the tread depth, so one thing you don’t want to do is run down ...
A majority of Americans say they are likely to travel for summer vacation this year, but high prices for gas, hotels and flights are weighing on those plans, a Washington Post-Schar School poll finds.
Less of a concern for this year’s travelers: coronavirus, which less than 3 in 10 Americans say is a major factor in their summer vacation plans.
With inflation the highest in four decades, cost concerns dominate considerations about traveling this summer. About 6 in 10 Americans, 61%, say gas prices are a “major factor” in making their summer vacation plans. A 54% majority say hotel or lodging prices are playing a major factor in their plans, and 52% say the same about flight prices.
Of the 72% of Americans who say they will “definitely” or “probably&rd...
Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai is holding a situational assessment ahead of the Jerusalem Day Flag March on Sunday.
The meeting was attended by numerous officials from the defense establishment, including the commander of the Jerusalem District, the commander of the Border Police, and officials from the Shabak, other intelligence officials, and from the Foreign Ministry.
During the meeting, Commissioner Shabtai received a broad intelligence overview and was presented with the operational plans for the Jerusalem district during the holiday.
The Commissioner ordered the police to be on high alert and for vacations to be cancelled in the police force in light of the tensions surrounding Jerusalem Day.
About 3,000 policemen and Border Police officers will operate in Jerusalem to provid...
Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah threatened Israel Wednesday ahead of the Jerusalem Day Flag March on Sunday.
In a speech marking the anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000, Nasrallah claimed that the "harm" the the Al Aqsa Mosque caused by the Jerusalem Day celebrations and could ignite the entire Middle East,
"In a few days, events are expected to take place in Jerusalem that could lead to an explosion. This is provocation against all Arab and Islamic nations," the Hezbollah leader claimed.
Earlier, Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai held a situational assessment ahead of the Jerusalem Day Flag March.
The meeting was attended by numerous officials from the defense establishment, including the commander of the Jerusalem District, the commande...
Eggs will get even more expensive after U.S. production plummeted to a seven-year low during one of the worst-ever bird flu outbreaks.
The price for eggs is set to rise as much as 21% compared to a year ago, the biggest increase among all food staples tracked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In April, the outlook was for an increase of 6% to 7%.
The outbreak of avian influenza has affected more than 38 million birds in the U.S., driving both the number of egg-laying birds and the production of table eggs down to the lowest level since 2015, the last time the bird flu virus ran rampant in the poultry industry.
Costs for fats and oils are also rising, as the USDA raised the price estimate to as much as 11% over the past year.