Baltimoreans Protest, Rally for Trump on Monday


No matter where Donald Trump visits as the Nov. 8 presidential election draws near, appearances from the polarizing Republican nominee always seem to stir up fervent  debate for his advocates and opponents. That trend held true when Trump visited the Baltimore Convention Center on Monday afternoon to address the annual conference of the National Guard… Read More

5 Feel-Good Stories from Israel That Will Echo into the Jewish New Year


The Jewish state has nearly made it through another Jewish year and, as always, there was plenty to kvetch about in 5776. But Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time to take stock and celebrate. Before the shofar blowing begins, here are five Israeli stories from the past year worth trumpeting. Expect them… Read More

Rezoning Means Homes Coming To Woodholme

Maps created using Baltimore County’s My  Neighborhood interactive map highlight areas in which zoning changes could lead to new development. (Zoning maps:

The Baltimore County Council on Aug. 30 approved a rezoning request that will pave the way for homes to be built on a piece of vacant land near the Woodholme Country Club. On another contentious zoning issue, the matter of the Hidden Waters property in Pikesville, the council blocked a developer’s request to up-zone the land… Read More

Classroom Conundrum County schools wrestle with air conditioning, calendar

The Baltimore County Board of Education must adjust its calendar to comply with an executive order from Gov. Hogan.

The new school year brings new teachers, old friends and for some kids and parents a countdown to the next summer break. But for Baltimore County students and parents, a number of lingering issues resurfaced right at the  outset of the 2016-17 school year. High-heat weekdays forced county schools without air conditioning to close twice… Read More

Trump, Clinton Talk Tough on Iran Following Controversial Report

Hundreds of demonstrators in Los Angeles protest the Iran  nuclear deal in July 2015. (Peter Duke)

WASHINGTON — The Trump and Clinton campaigns issued tough-on-Iran statements in the wake of a report alleging that negotiators allowed Iran secret loopholes in the nuclear agreement. The Institute for Science and International Affairs, a think tank founded by a former United Nations nuclear weapons inspector, David Albright, said in a report released this week… Read More

‘Welcome Home’ Now in Israel, former Baltimore-area residents are living their dream, thanks to Nefesh B’Nefesh


TEL AVIV — At just after 7 a.m. on Aug. 17, their 10-hour ordeal of a flight finally concluded, 233 weary soon-to-be new citizens of Israel staggered off the El Al charter. They couldn’t possibly have imagined what they were in for next. As they walked down the makeshift steps to the Ben Gurion Airport… Read More

Gene Wilder ‘One of the Truly Great Talents of Our Time’


Gene Wilder, whose likeness became synonymous with the energetic and mysterious chocolatier Willy Wonka, died on Monday in his Stamford, Conn., home of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to a widely reported statement from Wilder’s nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman. He was 83. Beyond the movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Wilder… Read More

What Would Heschel Say About Black Lives Matter?


When the Movement for Black Lives published its platform last month, many Jews were shocked that in addition to its call for the end of systemic racism against African-Americans, the platform demanded an end to U.S. aid to Israel. Support for Israel made the United States complicit in the “genocide” against the Palestinians. Israel, the… Read More

Wage Dispute Will the city be at a disadvantage if it raises minimum wage to $15?


Larry Brenner prepared for the worst when Baltimore officials announced two years ago they would gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2018. For the last eight years, he has owned and operated Konstant’s, a stand in Lexington Market, and raises doubts about the ramfications additional increases could have on his… Read More

City Fires Alleged Neo-Nazi Lawyer


A lawyer for Baltimore had his contract terminated by the city Aug. 18 after it was discovered he had neo-Nazi connections. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement saying the city fired Glen Keith Allen, 65, an independent contractor who defended Baltimore police in civil litigation against misconduct allegations starting this past February. The Southern Poverty… Read More