Councilman Brandon Scott, Holocaust analogies, Judith Krantz, Nintendo and more

Brandon Scott
Baltimore City Council President Brandon M. Scott: “We must rethink and reimagine Baltimore City government. If we look at our city and our government, we have to change that structure.” (Handout Photo)

Catch up with Brandon Scott

In the wake of former Mayor Catherine E. Pugh’s resignation, Baltimore City Councilman Brandon M. Scott (D-2nd) was unanimously elected president of the Baltimore City Council on May 6. A Democrat and two-term councilman first elected to office in 2011, Scott succeeded former City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, who was elevated to the position of mayor. “We have to change,” Scott said after being sworn into office. “This isn’t about me. This is about Baltimore. We have a lot of work to do collectively, and it’s our job to lead this council to focus on what we have to do.” Jmore recently spoke with Scott, 35, a Baltimore native who grew up in Park Heights and lives in the Frankford community, about his new role and the state of the city.

Read the interview here.

City Schools offering free meals this summer at more than 120 sites

Baltimore City Public Schools will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to students during the summer at more than 120 locations, the school system announced June 24, according to Baltimore Fishbowl. At most of those, breakfast is served at either 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m., with lunch following at 11:30 a.m. or noon. A complete list of locations and times can be found here, through the Maryland Summer Meals Site Search or by calling 211. The program runs Monday through Friday until Aug. 30 for students age 18 or younger, or age 19 with a mental or physical disability. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Maryland State Department of Education.

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US Holocaust Museum reiterates its rejection of analogies with the Holocaust

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum reiterated its “unequivocal” rejection of analogies to the Holocaust in the wake of debate about concentration camps sparked by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. The museum “unequivocally rejects efforts to create analogies between the Holocaust and other events, whether historical or contemporary,” the museum said in a statement. “That position has repeatedly and unambiguously been made clear in the Museum’s official statement on the matter.” The statement linked to one last year following a similar controversy regarding migrant detention camps run by the Trump administration. Ocasio-Cortez last week likened migrant detention camps on the border to concentration camps, but has also said she is not likening them to the camps run by the Nazis, but rather to a definition of the term that has been used for other detention camps, including those that imprisoned Japanese Americans during World War II. Her comments nonetheless have launched a firestorm of accusations that she is indeed invoking the Holocaust.

Read more: US Holocaust Museum reiterates its rejection of analogies with the Holocaust

Melvil Dewey
Melvil Dewey in a photo from 1891 (Wikimedia Commons)

ALA to remove Dewey name from medal over his anti-Semitism and misogyny

Seems like the creator of the Dewey Decimal System, the book-classification method for libraries that bears his name, was out of order in his treatment of minorities and women. Now the Council of the American Library Association has voted to remove Melvil Dewey, the association’s founder, from its creative leadership medal because of his anti-Semitism and racism. Melvil Dewey “did not permit Jewish people, African Americans, or other minorities admittance to the resort owned by Dewey and his wife,” and also made inappropriate physical advances toward women he worked with and wielded professional power over,” the council’s resolution passed on Sunday said, according to a report by Inside Higher Ed. The Melvil Dewey Award, according to the American Library Association, is an “annual award consisting of a bronzed medal and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement for recent creative leadership of high order, particularly in those fields in which Melvil Dewey was actively interested: library management, library training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship.”

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Writer Judith Krantz
Writer Judith Krantz published her first novel, “Scruples,” at the age of 50.(Deborah Feingold/Corbis via Getty Images)

Judith Krantz dies

Best-selling novelist Judith Krantz, whose first novel “Scruples” was published the year that she turned 50, has died. Krantz died on June 22 at her home in Bel Air, California at the age 91, Deadline reported. According to the Jewish Women’s Archives, Krantz is the third-largest-selling female novelist in history. “Although her goal is for her books to provide escape and entertainment, she does try to make some serious points and has woven such issues as antisemitism and the German occupation into her novels. All of her heroines are working women, and she has said that the subtext of all her books is women’s opportunities,” according to the archives. She graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in 1948. She moved to Paris after graduation and worked as a fashion publicist, returning after a year to New York to work for Good Housekeeping magazine, where she became fashion editor.  She spent more than a quarter decade as a magazine journalist, writing for Macleans, McCalls, Ladies Home Journal and Cosmopolitan.

Read more: Best-Selling Novelist Judith Krantz Dies at 91

Nintendo opens its 2nd retail store … in Tel Aviv

Nintendo has only two retail stores in the world — one in New York, and now one in Tel Aviv. The official Nintendo retail store opened on June 24 at Dizengoff Center, 14 years after the first store opened in New York in Rockefeller Center. A third official store is scheduled to open in Tokyo in the fall. Nintendo products were only recently introduced to the Israeli market, according to the Hebrew-language GeekTime website. Prior to March, Israelis had to purchase consoles and games abroad.–JTA

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