Baltimore’s grim outlook, Bubala’s blunder and the return of ‘Shitsel’

New poll says Baltimoreans have grim outlook for city

Nearly two-thirds of respondents – 63% — said the city is on the wrong track, compared with 27 percent who think things are going in the right direction in a poll released by Gonzales Research & Media Services. This view was widely held by Baltimoreans regardless of their race, gender or age – no fewer than 60% of people in any demographic said Baltimore was on the “wrong track.” People younger than 55 were the most positive, relatively speaking, according to Baltimore Fishbowl. The poll was conducted between April 29 and May 1, meaning these newly published figures were tabulated before Mayor Catherine Pugh actually resigned on May 2. At the time the poll was taken, the same number of residents, 63 percent, thought Pugh should step down following the revelations of her nearly $800,000 in sales for “Healthy Holly” books.

Read more: Poll: To surprise of no one, Baltimoreans have a grim outlook about how the city is faring

Mary Bubala
Mary Bubala is shown here reporting on a story in Baltimore in 2015. (Screenshot from WJZ, YouTube)

Mary Bubala’s 10-Second Blunder

Michael Olesker writes that Mary Bubala asked an utterly idiotic and insensitive question on live television, and then apologized quickly and profusely. She now finds herself fired from WJZ-TV, where she previously anchored “Eyewitness News.” “We have had three female African-American mayors in a row,” she told Dr. Kaye Wise, a Loyola College professor and radio host at WEAA-FM. “They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned, though. Is it a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?” The question is utterly idiotic for several reasons, and utterly unexpected because Bubala has spent the last couple of decades in TV news, and she’s shown intelligence, balance and not a hint of the racism with which she’s now been branded. She made a mistake, but she shouldn’t have been fired.

Read more: Mary Bubala’s Blunder Shouldn’t Have Resulted in Firing

Also see: What You’re Saying About Mary Bubala

Bernie Madoff
Bernie Madoff arriving at Manhattan Federal court, March 12, 2009. (Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

Bernie Madoff’s wife to pay $600Kand leave estate in settlement of his fraud

Ruth Madoff, the wife of Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, agreed to pay nearly $600,000 and turn over her remaining assets when she dies in a settlement with the trustee charged with recovering investments for her husband’s victims. Ruth Madoff was never charged with any crime in her husband’s fraud. She will pay $250,000 in cash and hand over two New York trusts for her grandchildren that are valued at $344,000, Reuters reported, citing settlement documents filed May 3 with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan. Federal marshals sold the couple’s assets in 2009 and prosecutors allowed Ruth Madoff to keep $2.5 million. Bernie Madoff used his position as the chairman of his investment securities company to swindle billions of dollars from tens of thousands of investors from the early 1970s until his arrest in 2008. In 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felony counts and is serving a 150-year sentence in a federal prison in North Carolina. He also was ordered to forfeit nearly $171 billion.–JTA

Measles vaccine
There have been 285 reported cases of measles in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community since October, 246 of which are children, the Department of Health reported in early April,. (Hannah Smith/KOMU/Flickr)

Free measles vaccines to be available in NY haredi Orthodox neighborhoods

Free measles vaccinations will be available in haredi Orthodox neighborhoods of New York City. The haredi umbrella group Agudath Israel of America organized the service, which follows a measles outbreak linked in part to haredi Orthodox neighborhoods in New York and elsewhere. The vaccinations will be available May 12 without an appointment or insurance required at Hatzolah rescue service garages in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Borough Park, Flatbush and Williamsburg. As of the end of April, 423 cases of measles have been confirmed in New York since the beginning of the outbreak in October, with 348 of the cases in Williamsburg, according to the Yeshiva World News. The majority of Orthodox Jewish children are vaccinated, according to statistics issued by the New York state and New York City health departments. There is no religious reason not to be vaccinated. Prominent rabbis in New York have called on their followers to vaccinate their children.—JTA

Also see: How to Respond to the Measles Outbreak

Michael Aloni
Michael Aloni stars in “Shtisel.” (Screenshot from YouTube)

‘Shtisel’ renewed for third season

“Shtisel,” the Israeli show about haredi Orthodox Jews that became a surprise hit on Netflix, will get a third season. The show’s writer, Yehonatan Indursky, confirmed the news to a synagogue crowd in London on May 7. The show first aired in Israel in 2013 and only ran for two seasons, although its stars expressed a hope that it would be revived. “Shtisel” follows a recently widowed man and his son as they try to find love within the confines of their strict religious life.—JTA

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