Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Vows to Veto Minimum Wage Bill

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh on Friday afternoon announced that she will veto a bill to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022. Pugh said “it is in the best interest” of the city to follow the state in raising the minimum wage from $8.75 to $10.10 by 2018 and not increasing… Read More

JT Exclusive: Pugh Veto Would Kill Minimum Wage Bill

If Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh chooses to veto a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, the City Council will not have the votes to override the veto. Since the council voted overwhelmingly on Monday in favor of the bill, Pugh has remained mum on whether she plans to sign it. But if… Read More

Israeli-American teen arrested in Israel for JCC bomb threats

JERUSALEM — An Israeli teenager who also has American citizenship was arrested on suspicion of carrying out more than 100 bomb threats on Jewish institutions in the United States. The Park Heights JCC received threats three times, while the JCC in Owings Mills did so twice. Israel’s anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-year-old suspect at his home… Read More

Arrests Made in Bomb Threats, ADL Says

An arrest has been made in connection with the wave of bomb threats against Jewish institutions, according to the Anti-Defamation League and the Forward. This morning, the Forward identified the man arrested as Juan Thompson and reported that he made threatening calls to Jewish institutions as part of an attempt to harass and incriminate his ex-girlfriend. The… Read More

Owings Mills JCC, Md. Day Schools Receive Non-Credible Bomb Threats

The Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, along with 22 other JCCs and eight Jewish day schools in 16 states, received a bomb threat on Monday, which proved to be “noncredible.” The Owings Mills JCC received the phone threat around 10 a.m., and after consultation and an extensive sweep of the building, it was determined that an… Read More

Maryland Legislators Will Introduce Anti-BDS Bill

Maryland lawmakers and Jewish advocacy groups are in the process of putting the final touches on a bill that would ban companies that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel from doing business with the state. The bill, which is expected to be introduced in the next few weeks, would prevent the… Read More

Wasserman-Schultz Resigns from DNC Chair Post

When the Democratic National Convention gets underway this week in Philadelphia, it will be without one of the party’s key leaders. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) resigned her position as chair of the Democratic National Committee Sunday. Her term was scheduled to end next year. “Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals… Read More

UPDATE: Suspect in Barricade Situation in Police Custody

After a nearly eight-hour barricade that closed sections of Reisterstown Road in the northern part of the city, Baltimore Police arrested a man who refused to come outside when sheriffs tried to serve him a warrant, according to police spokesman T.J. Smith. Shots were fired from the house, located in the 6900 block of Reisterstown… Read More

At Least 15 Reportedly Injured in Jerusalem Bus Explosion

JERUSALEM — At least 15 people are reported injured in an explosion Monday afternoon on a public bus in Jerusalem that is being investigated as a bombing or an engine malfunction. Two of the injured in the explosion on Derech Hebron Road, in the Talpiot neighborhood southern Jerusalem, are in serious condition. Police believe a bomb… Read More

BJC Advocates in Annapolis

More than 200 Jews from across Maryland gathered in Annapolis Tuesday for the state’s annual Jewish Advocacy Day — a day where constituents from the Jewish community meet with legislators to lobby for the legislation they hope to see passed in the current session, which runs through April 11. This included several members of the… Read More