Citizen app in Baltimore, Rod Rosenstein, Parkland anniversary and more

Crime scene tape

Crime scene tape (Photo by Brandon Anderson, Flickr)

Citizen app now available

Citizen, an app offering real-time alerts about crime and other emergencies to users in a given area, launched in Baltimore on Feb. 13, according to Baltimore Fishbowl. It’s the third city where the company is deploying the app and standing up a local team, along with New York and San Francisco.




Read more: Public safety alert app Citizen launches in Baltimore

Rod Rosenstein to give UB Law commencement address

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein is to deliver the keynote address at the University of Baltimore School of Law’s commencement ceremony on May 13, the law school announced Feb. 12.

Read more: U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to Speak at UB School of Law Commencement, May 13

Also see: 5 Things to Know About Rod Rosenstein


Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

A look at the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.,
Feb. 14, 2018. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Parkland anniversary

Feb. 14 marks the one-year anniversary since 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Trump’s Middle East peace plan will be revealed after Israel’s April elections, Kushner says

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner said the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan will be presented after Israel’s national elections in April. Kushner, who is President Donald Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, announced the timing for the rollout of the peace plan during a closed-door session in Warsaw, Poland, as part of an international conference co-sponsored by the Polish and U.S. governments called the “Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East.” Kushner is leading a U.S. peace process team that also includes Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel. He reportedly also said that both Israel and the Palestinians will have to compromise under the plan, which has been in process since early in the Trump administration. Kushner said the parties involved in the peace plan must “keep an open mind.” Kushner did not reveal any details of the plan during his briefing, The Associated Press reported, citing an unnamed diplomat who was in the room for the presentation. “We hear Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Israel and we understand that there is a chance,” Kushner said, The Jerusalem Post reported. “Once the unifying factor in the Arab world was the hatred towards Israel. Today they are concerned about the citizens.”–JTA

Russ and Daughters, iconic Lower East Side shop, expands to Brooklyn

Brooklynites can now have bagels and lox from the iconic Russ & Daughters in their home borough. The family-owned Jewish appetizing shop, located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side for more than a century, just opened in the refurbished Building 22 in the Navy Yard. “Over the past two years we have designed and built out a 18,000 square foot base of operations, which includes our bakery, nationwide shipping facility, kitchens, a beautiful appetizing store, and [future] private events space,” the company said in a statement. Russ & Daughters also has a café around the corner from its original location and a café in the New York Jewish Museum. It is co-owned by cousins Niki Russ Federman and Joshua Russ Tupper, the fourth generation of Russ family members to run the business. “We want to preserve the tradition, the quality, the recipes, the experience of 105 years of history,” Federman told Eater NY website. “In order to do that, we have to stay relevant and have the infrastructure to do that. It’s this interesting dance that we do constantly of, how do you maintain 105 years of history and keep it moving forward at the same time?” According to the company’s website “Used as a noun, ‘appetizing’ is most easily understood as ‘the foods one eats with bagels.’ Its primary components are a variety of smoked and cured salmon, homemade salads, and cream cheeses.”–JTA 

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