WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of hate crimes across the United States dipped slightly in 2018 after three consecutive years of increases. The FBI released its annual hate crimes report on Tuesday. There were 7,120 reported hate crimes in 2018, down from 7,175 in 2017. The report shows 24 people were killed and there were 22 report rapes identified as hate crimes. The report is compiled by using data submitted by more than 2,000 law enforcement agencies around the U.S. Religion-based hate crimes decreased by about 8 percent in 2018, with 835 incidents targeting Jews and Jewish institut...
Rockets damaged a house in southern city of Sderot, Netivot and highway as rocket alerts reach Tel Aviv The Israeli army said that Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip pounded the Jewish state with "substantial" rocket fire Tuesday after Israel killed a commander of Islamic Jihad. "There is substantial fire," army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists in a conference call. Rockets struck the south of Israel and warning sirens wailed in Tel Aviv and other central cities, although there were no immediate reports of hits on the seaside city.   "We are preparing for a number of days of fighting," Conricus said as reports emerged of Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip.  A house was damaged in Israel's southern city of Sderot Tuesday morning by a rocket launched ...
A Russian Navy submarine was spotted in Israeli territorial waters three months ago, it was reported on Monday. According to Yediot Ahronot, the vessel was detected by the Israeli Navy approximately eight nautical miles off the Jewish state’s central coastline. Israel’s territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles into the Mediterranean Sea. After the detection, Israeli naval commanders spoke with their Russian counterparts and the submarine eventually sailed away to the west. The primary concern about a submarine in such close proximity to the shore is not the possibility of a military clash, but rather its intelligence-gathering capabilities. In a statement about the report, the IDF said that “from time to time, navel targets are identified … which may be tak...
Southwest Airlines is operating 49 jets that may not have been properly inspected and should be grounded until it can be determined that they meet U.S. airworthiness standards, according to a top official at the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft in question are among 88 used jets purchased from foreign carriers by Southwest between 2013 and 2017. The planes underwent special inspections, including reviews of their maintenance records, before being cleared to fly, according to the FAA. But now the quality of those inspections is being questioned. In a memo sent to FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson last month, labeled “URGENT: Action Required, Southwest Airlines Airworthiness Concerns,” Clayton Foushee, director of the FAA’s Office of Audit and Evaluation, ra...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — As Kentucky’s Republican governor trailed by thousands of votes in his re-election bid and Democrats took the reins of the Virginia Statehouse, social media posts offered an unsubstantiated explanation for the Election Day results: voter fraud. The messages seized on small-scale voting issues or pushed inaccurate reports to call into question all the election results. Thousands of dead people voted, some claimed. So many Virginia voters were turned away or given misprinted ballots that the results were suspect, a conservative pundit speculated. One Twitter user suggested that the entire state of Kentucky had purchased new voting machines that led to sweeping errors. The online responses provide a glimpse into the type of misinformation that could cloud next...
Baltimore, MD - Nov. 12, 2019 - In a quest to further the growth of their students and teachers, Bais Yaakov of Baltimore was excited to bring in Mrs. Faigie Zelcer of Montreal, the director of Penimi, an organization that educates teachers and parents on raising children in the age of technology.  Mrs. Zelcer began her day in Baltimore with a presentation for teachers at Bais Yaakov High School, where the teachers learned invaluable skills and strategies to communicate with their students.  Later that evening, Mrs. Zelcer spoke to the mothers of Bais Yaakov on the timely topic of Connecting with our Children as they Face the Challenges of the Digital Age.  She discussed how our children are growing up in a world where digital technology affects our lifestyle, culture, and v...
JERUSALEM (Israel Hayom) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed confidence on Monday that it was still possible to achieve a “robust” unity government, saying there was no need for the country to go back to elections. “The worst option of all is a government that is dependent on Arab parties who will want to judge IDF soldiers as war criminals,” said Netanyahu. Furthermore, he said, “there’s no reason to reach a situation where we either assemble this kind of government or go to elections. There is still the option of creating a patriotic and robust unity government.” Netanyahu, Yisrael Beiteinu head Avigdor Lieberman, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin are expected to meet in the coming day...
In this exciting episode of SHMUZIK we take a look at the life of a talented musician. Ever wonder what the wedding/concert life is like. Tune in for a candid conversation with three of the biggest musicians in the industry; Danny Flamm of New York Brass Co., woodwinds expert Mark Fineberg and drummer extraordinaire Gal Gershovsky.
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LONDON (AP) — Hillary Clinton says she’s “dumbfounded” that the U.K. government has failed to release a report on Russian influence in British politics before the country holds a national election next month. The former U.S. presidential candidate told British media that the public needs to know what is in the report by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee before voters go to the polls on Dec. 12. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has said it needs more time to review the security implications of the report before it is released. Critics, however, allege the report is being withheld until after the election because it is embarrassing to Johnson’s Conservative Party, which is trying to win a majority and push through Jo...
The weather is getting colder, and people are pulling out their space heaters. We just wanted to remind you that you should NEVER plug a heater into a power strip. These units are not designed to handle the high current flow needed for a space heater and can overheat or even catch fire due to the added energy flow. Please share and stay safe this Winter season. This is an image from our fire station when a surge protector was misused.  The point comes down to proper use. Even the best equipment can fail if not used correctly. No one manufacture is at fault, yet it’s all about the end users ability to use the product safely. #UCFD1 Umatilla Country Fire District #1 shared an alarming photo of a melted and charred power strip on Facebook showing the damage an ov...
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Efforts to improve state regulations that oversee proper licensure and how teachers are prepared for class came to a halt Tuesday. The Kirwan Commission held a hearing Tuesday that focused on the state's 61,000 public school teachers. The focus for most of the day was on teachers and what needs to happen to make sure they're prepared and properly licensed to be in the classroom. From the start, there was pushback from teachers over the changes proposed by the Maryland State Board of Education. Teachers said the changes are too much, too soon. "I think there's a much larger issue at hand and that is whether or not we are going to invest in people or seek to make them compliant," said Chris Lloyd, president of the Montgomery County Education Associati...
Baltimore, MD - Nov. 12, 2019 - There are 2 covenants associated with Avraham Avinu-the bris of chessed, and the bris milah. Although we usually associate the bris milah as symbolizing the relationship between man and Hashem, chessed also shows this connection, through the person emulating Hashem. A Jew is identified by both of these covenants. Even when a person has strayed far from Judaism, he can still be connected to Avraham Avinu and the Jewish people through the bris hachessed and bris milah. Click here to listen
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Citing overwhelming demand and a long wait list, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City announced Tuesday that it will stop taking applications for public housing on Dec. 13. Though actions taken this year have nearly halved the list from 27,000 to 14,000, officials said the wait time -- as long as seven years on average -- is too long to take new applicants. “This is a decision we wish we didn’t have to make but by continuing to accept applications we would be performing a disservice and creating a false sense of hope that we can accommodate applicants in the near term,” HABC president and CEO Janet Abrahams said in a statement. “The applicants at the top of our waiting list right now have been waiting on average between five and seven years. We work very hard t...
Former president Jimmy Carter was hospitalized Monday for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain, the Carter Center said in a statement. The pressure was triggered by bleeding in the brain caused by recent falls, and the procedure is scheduled for Tuesday morning, the center said. He was admitted to Emory University Hospital on Monday evening and was resting comfortably with his wife, Rosalynn Carter, the center said. Carter, a Democrat, was hospitalized last month with a minor pelvic fracture after falling in his Georgia home. The 95-year-old fell on Oct. 6 and required stitches above his left brow. In 2015, Carter announced that doctors had discovered a form of melanoma that spread to his brain. “I just thought I had a few weeks left, but I was surprisingly at ease,&rdquo...
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Google has partnered with one of the largest health care systems in the country to collect data on millions of American patients, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The venture, called Project Nightingale, allows Google to obtain access to personal health care data from Americans across 21 states through its partnership with Ascension, people familiar with the matter told the Journal, which also relied on internal documents for its report. The data Google has access to includes lab results, doctor diagnoses, hospitalization records and health histories with names and date of births. Neither patients nor doctors were informed that Google was collecting the data, according to the Journal, and at least 150 Google employees have access to the information. Read more at The Hill.
Russian hacker Alexei Burkov was extradited from Israel to the United States on Monday night, Hebrew-language broadcaster Channel 12 reported. The Russians requested Israel extradite Burkov to Moscow, but on Sunday the Israeli court rejected the petition filed on the hacker’s behalf. The court’s “decision constitutes a breach of his rights as well as Israel’s international obligations,” the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv tweeted. The Embassy added that “this step does not contribute to the relations between Russia and Israel.” Read more at i24NEWS.
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Stebbins Anderson, the furniture and housewares store in The Shops at Kenilworth, is closing Dec. 31 after more than 150 years in business, its owner said. “It was really difficult,” said owner Ken Knight.  “It hurts. In the internet world, if you don’t have the dollars to have several stores to set up avenues to sell your products, you can’t compete. I’m in a world of shrinking sales due to the internet.” Stebbins has 18 full-time employees and 22 part-time employees. Everything in the store is 30% off. Though Knight and his wife, Bonnie, bought the store in 2015, he has been with the store for more than 30 years, when he was hired as an accountant. "Traffic in malls gets smaller every year," he said. Stebbins began in 1867 as a Towson co...
NEW YORK (VosIzNeias) — The Intercontinental Hotel in Manhattan was filled up with approximately 400 Jews on Tuesday at an event organized to give thanks and generate support for President Trump from the Jewish community. The event organized by noted philanthropist Louis Scheiner was said to have raised $5 Million for President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee. The event was emceed by Mr. Kivi Bernard. The event kicked off with popular Jewish singer Beri Weber performing the national anthem, and the Jewish classic Tov Lehodos. The “Birchas Hanasi,” a special Blessing dedicated for world leaders was recited by Rabbi Yosroel Reisman, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath. Rabbi YY Jacobson then introduc...
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