Hateful Messages Found on Towson Chalkboard

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Students found anti-Semitic messages written on chalkboards at Towson University on the night of Oct. 10, according to a spokesperson for the school. The messages included: “Fascism, Just do it,” “Hitler was right” and “With Jews you lose.” After photos of the chalkboard were posted to Facebook, both Towson University and Baltimore County police were… Read More

Fight Against Heroin, Opioids Gets a Boost

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention announced a new round of grants on Oct. 7, totaling more than $600,000 and issued to organizations and institutions across Maryland to help fight the heroin and opioid epidemic. Among the grantees is the Howard County Department of Corrections, which received $49,706. “We must work together across… Read More

Umami in Pikesville Announces Closing — Again

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Umami Bistro of Pikesville, according to a sign in its lobby, was to close on Thursday, Oct. 15. The sign displayed in the kosher Asian restaurant’s lobby read, “Oct. 15 last day close forever.” In April, the restaurant claimed it would close but never followed through due to issues with its leasing agreement. Carl Verstandig,… Read More

Surveying with the Stars Mason and Dixon’s original plotting instrument at MHS for one week only


Mapping a couple of perfectly straight lines isn’t typically a prelude to infamy. But for British surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, the engineering feat — surveying hundreds of miles through wilderness that resulted in the razor-edge borders shared by Maryland with Pennsylvania and Delaware and calculated by navigation of the stars — is something… Read More

Unmasking the Myth CHANA commemorates two decades of hope, help and healing for victims of abuse


Michelle admits she was “kind of a statistic” in that it took three protective court orders before she finally left her abusive husband. But her experience is not uncommon. A victim averages seven attempts to leave an abuser before he or she is successful, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The first time Michelle… Read More

Israel Sets Up Checkpoints in Eastern Jerusalem, Calls Up Reservists

JERUSALEM — Israel set up checkpoints in eastern Jerusalem and called up 1,400 Border Police reservists in its bid to quell the recent surge in Palestinian terrorist attacks. The Security Cabinet approved the new measures at 1 a.m. Wednesday following 8 1/2 hours of discussion. Also among the measures approved: no new construction will be permitted at… Read More

Comity, Foreign Policy Differences are Hallmarks of Democratic Debate

From Left: Jim Webb, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee at the CNN-moderated Democratic presidential debate  (Josh Haner/NYT/ZUMA Press/Newscom)

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The first Democratic presidential debate focused mostly on economic issues, although foreign policy differences emerged on how to handle the crisis in the Middle East. The debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas brought together the five candidates running for the Democratic nod for the presidency. Making his first appearance on a national… Read More

BJSZ Holds Prayer in Response to Israel Violence

Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion held an emergency evening service on Oct. 13 to recite tehillim in response to the recent wave of violence in Israel, as was urged by the Rabbinical Council of Greater Baltimore. “We all know why we are here,” said Rabbi Moshe Hauer at the start of the service. “Just today there… Read More

Day of Rage American pols react to violence in Israel


Three Israelis were murdered and 20 more injured following multiple terrorist attacks in Jerusalem and near Tel Aviv on Tuesday organized by Palestinian groups as part of a Day of Rage. The murders are the latest in a string of violent attacks on Israelis perpetrated by knife- and gun-wielding individuals, leading to security crackdowns and… Read More

Up, Up and Away Local model airplane club entertains and provides camaraderie, escape


There’s something mesmerizing about a flying object gracefully soaring high in the sky, and there were dozens of them performing gravity-defying tricks at the Charm City Memorial Fly-In, a remote-control plane festival hosted each year by the Southwest Area Park Remote Control Modelers. About 30 pilots and more than 500 spectators, mouths agape and heads… Read More