TSA callouts at BWI, Kamala Harris in Baltimore and Ruth Bader Ginsburg lives
BWI-Marshall security checkpoint A closed again due to excessive TSA callouts
A security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport closed Jan. 19 into Jan. 20 and again the afternoon of Jan. 21, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The TSA said it was exercising a contingency plan along with airport authorities and airline officials because of excessive callouts, according to WBAL-TV. TSA agents have been working without a paycheck since the government shut down.
— BWI Marshall Airport (@BWI_Airport) January 20, 2019
Kamala Harris is coming to Charm City
California Senator Kamala Harris (Dem.) announced her plans to run for president on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, becoming the first African-American to enter the 2020 race. Harris also announced that her campaign headquarters would be located in Baltimore, along with a second office in Oakland, Calif., according to Harris’ aides. Politico reported that the bi-coastal arrangement gives the campaign a foothold in two diverse cities with easy access to Washington, D.C.
The Elephant’s building is for sale
The beautiful mid-19th century home of The Elephant restaurant is on the market, but the owners of the restaurant say nothing will change with their dining service as a result. “The thinking is to keep things going just the way it has been without our guests and the community and employees seeing any change,” said co-owner Steven Rivelis. The brick building, constructed in the 1850s by Congressman Benjamin Chew Howard, according to a history posted on the eatery’s website, was listed Jan. 17 with an asking price of $2.9 million. Located in the heart of Mount Vernon, the home later served as the site of a furniture store in the mid-20th century and, most famously to local diners, the home of the Brass Elephant restaurant from the early 1980s until 2009. VSOP LLC bought the space in January 2015 and, according to the listing, fixed it up over 22 months at a cost of $3 million to open as something of a revival of its celebrated predecessor. The group that owns the Elephant, Pincus Restaurant Group, also operates Sascha’s Catering.
Fox News apologizes for airing obituary graphic for Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Fox News apologized after airing a graphic implying that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. The graphic that appeared on screen on Jan. 21 showed a portrait of Ginsburg in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. with the words “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1933-2019.” It flashed on the screen for about two seconds. “This was a technical error that emanated from the graphics team,” a Fox News spokesperson told several news outlets. We need to apologize,” said Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy. “A technical error in the control room triggered a graphic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a date on it. We don’t want to make it seem anything other than ― that was a mistake. That was an accident. We believe she is still at home recovering from surgery. Big mistake.” Ginsburg is working from home after missing oral arguments for the first time in her 25 years on the bench following a Dec. 21 operation to remove cancer from her lungs. Ginsburg, 85, has had two other bouts of cancer. Following the surgery last month, she was declared cancer-free.–JTA
Israel takes 5th place in ranking of most innovative nations
Israel moved up to fifth place in the 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index, an annual ranking of the world’s 60 most innovative countries. The index, unveiled Jan. 22, reviews dozens of criteria using seven metrics, including research and development spending, manufacturing capability and concentration of high-tech public companies. Israel was ranked 10th in 2018. The United States finished eighth after being 11th last year. South Korea led the index, followed by Germany, Finland and Switzerland. Israel was ranked first in the R&D intensity category and fell to second place from first last year in research concentration.–JTA
Arrow 3 missile test called ‘complete success’
Israel and the United States tested the Arrow 3 missile system, calling the test a “complete success.” The test took place early on Jan. 22 at the Palmachim Air Base in central Israel. It was led by Israel Aerospace Industries in collaboration with the Israel Air Force, in cooperation with the American Missile Defense Agency. The Arrow 3 is designed to intercept ballistic missiles from great distances and heights, and at higher speeds, such as outside the atmosphere. “The success of the test is an important milestone in the State of Israel’s operational capability to defend itself against future and existing existential threats in the region,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. The test was planned in advance, but came less than two days after Israel struck several Iranian targets in Syria.–JTA
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