The Iran Deal’s Anniversary

In the run up to the July 14 first anniversary of the Iran nuclear deal, the pundits have provided mixed reviews. Those who were in favor of the deal cite Iran having apparently abided by the requirement to limit enrichment levels of uranium it processes, by cutting the number of its operating centrifuges in half… Read More

America’s Realty Picks Up East County Property

A Pikesville-based commercial redevelopment firm purchased the North Point Mall in eastern Baltimore County near Dundalk earlier this month. America’s Realty CEO Carl Verstandig said his company acquired the property, which includes a 95,000-square-foot Kmart and an adjacent 40,000 square feet of retail space, for $3.3 million. “It’s a great location,” Verstandig said. “It’s just… Read More

After 66 Years, State Bridge Chief Calls It a Career

From left: Maryland Treasurer Nack K. Kopp. Earle Freedman, Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot at a ceremony on July 6, where Hogan presented Freedman with a commendation for his years of service. (Office of the Governor of Maryland)

The state of Maryland’s bridge chief retired last week after a career spanning over six decades. Earle S. “Jock” Freedman, 86, retired as the longest-serving employee of the state of Maryland after 66 years of service, all spent in the bridge department of the State Highway Administration. On July 6, Gov. Larry Hogan honored Freedman… Read More

Are Fatal Shootings on the Rise?

We are still reeling from the fatal shootings by police of African-American men last week — followed by the deadly revenge attack on Dallas police who, ironically, were protecting the rights of activists to protest police treatment of minorities. Just as television brought the Vietnam War into America’s living rooms decades ago, last week’s deadly… Read More

Baltimore Man In Standoff Charged with Attempted Murder

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A Baltimore man who shot at police during an eight-hour standoff was charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder in connection with the July 6 incident. Robert Blake, 46, of the 6900 block of Reisterstown Road is also charged with first- and second-degree assault, discharging a firearm within city limits and possession of body armor,… Read More

JCC Members Upset Over Pool Hours

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Members of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC are peeved by the hours at the large family pool, which were adjusted to accommodate campers for the summer. The pool is exclusively used by campers until 3 p.m., at which point it’s open to the public. JCC members, many of whom joined specifically to use the pool,… Read More

UPDATE: Swastikas in Bank Account Result of Faulty Browser Extension

On the left side accounts are listed, and on the right side are balances. The swastikas appear in a balance after a decimal and after the last two digits of the balance.

UPDATED 7/11/16 10:30 a.m. The swastikas that appeared in a Baltimore resident’s Bank of America online banking records were the result of a faulty Google Chrome Extension. Mark Goldberg, who discovered swastikas among one of his balances and in the online records of his partner, was using an extension called Nazi Detector, which is supposed… Read More

Elie Wiesel, Our Inspiration

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We join in mourning the passing of Elie Wiesel, one of the most famous Holocaust survivors who died Saturday at the age of 87. Like many other heroic figures of the tumultuous last century, Wiesel transcended his earthly existence to become a symbol, an inspiration and an idea. Through his storytelling and his writings, Wiesel… Read More

Pikesville Run, Walk Is a Winner for Cancer Patients

Runners and walkers of all ages line up at last year’s event. (provided)

More than 1,000 Marylanders will gather at Woodholme Center on July 10 for the Miles That Matter Pikesville 5K run and walk benefiting the Ulman Cancer Fund and the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce. “Supporting young adults and their loved ones impacted by cancer is the core of our mission, and we’re so excited to continue… Read More

Red Goji Brings New Kosher Asian Cuisine

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Baltimore lost a staple restaurant in the kosher community after Umami closed its doors amid confusion and contradictory announcements last year. Now, a new Asian kitchen has stepped up to fill the void. Red Goji opened quietly, less a year ago. Initially, it was owned by two Japanese men and served Asian food that was… Read More