Amy Winehouse exhibit featuring her Jewish roots opens in London

Amy Winehouse tributes 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) Several Amy Winehouse tributes were publicly displayed in the past, but this particular exhibit in London will feature her Jewish roots.

Two years after Winehouse died from accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27, the Jewish Museum in London has launched an exhibition that reveals Winehouse's side the public never knew.

"Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait", co-curated by her brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva, focuses on Winehouse's ethnic roots and early childhood. It also highlights the strong bond she shared with her family.

As we reported earlier, a new Amy Winehouse exhibition opened which celebrates her Jewish roots.
The family of Amy Winehouse is hopeful that the new exhibition will see Amy reclaim her name as a typical Jewish girl from North London.

Amy’s older brother, Alex Winehouse and his wife, Riva, collaborated with the Jewish Museum in Camden and gave unprecedented access to the belongings of Amy, including her guitar, her collection of books, and a vintage bar of her former home.

The exhibit, presented on what would have been her 30th birthday, will also include family photographs, including the ceremony of her brother's bar mitzvah, Friday night dinner, and her grandmother Cynthia, who was a big influence on Amy. Amy even got a tattoo on her arm dedicated to her grandmother.

Alex Winehouse said: "Amy was a person who was very proud of her London Jewish roots. We were not religious, but we were traditional. Hopefully, the world will get to see the Jewish side of Amy."

“We all know that Amy Winehouse was a great singer. What people did not know is that Amy was dedicated to the Jewish community, and this is what the exhibit is all about,” Geneva Wilkerson, 21, of London, England told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the new exhibit.

Abigail Morris, executive director of the museum, said: "Amy Winehouse was an immensely talented, iconic and inspirational singer, and she was a Jewish girl from North London."Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Alicia Keys performs for large Israeli crowd in Tel Aviv ignoring boycott calls

Alicia Keys performs in Tel Aviv 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Popular U.S. singer Alicia Keys performed for a large crowd in Tel Aviv despite numerous calls for her to cancel and boycott Israel, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Keys’ show was a triumph for her Israeli fans, who suffered from anxiety about whether she would perform in Tel Aviv, after the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, put a lot of pressure on the star to cancel her show. Alice Walker, a BDS leader, went so far as to issue an open letter to Keys, telling the 33-year-old star that she would be very sad if she went ahead with the performance in the "apartheid country."

Keys refused to be bossed around, and in response to the boycott calls she stated her excitement about her trip to Israel and her belief that music should unite not divide the public.

It is safe to say that after the Alicia Keys performance Thursday night, the audience went home satisfied. Keys performed all her greatest hits, the band was a blast and she pleased 8,000 concertgoers at the Nokia Arena in Yafo-Tel Aviv.
Keys left the stage with "Shalom Tel Aviv" and the 8,000 people went home satisfied.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Fake tampons and breast implants now allows you to carry alcohol undetected wherever you go

Products to hide alcohol 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A company has introduced a container in a tampon, which allows you to carry booze, undetected, wherever you want it.

Have you ever wanted to take your own drinks to a nightclub? Now, you can, thanks to several strange products, such as fake tampons and fake breast implants.

A company came up with strange bottles, where you can hide your drinks and nobody will suspect you of anything.
The “Smuggle Booze Company” has designed the latest accessories to help people avoid paying high prices for drinks at venues.

Drinkers can hide their favorite drinks in a variety of objects including bottles of suntan lotion, breast implants and even fully wrapped tampons.

“At a concert, festival, beach, fair or sporting event, our products is there with you!! The new items are a convenient way to bring your beverages of choice to any event, anywhere,” the company wrote on their official website.

“Our products have been tested and have gotten into all events listed above, undetected! All our products are safe for food and beverages,” the website states.

Four breast implant bags which carry 4 ounces each, are being sold for $12. “Women: get an instant boob job with our boobie bags it will give you a “lift” while being comfortably hidden in your bra,” the website states. Four reusable tampon booze tubes with caps including eight tampon wrappers are being sold for $10.

The website claims that the tampons were never detected. “It’s untouchable. Men won’t even look at a tampon, much less handle it at security. Women, you know you gotta have it! The tampon shot holder will never be questioned at your venue,” the website states.
The sun screen booze bottle includes a funnel for easy use and is priced at $10.
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Woman, 39, locks son, 7, in bathroom while partying with 26 teens

Kimberly Kieman 
By: Eva Fett

A woman was arrested after police found her son locked in a bathroom while she was busy at an alcohol fueled party.

Kimberly Kieman, 39, of Florida, has been jailed after she threw a party for 26 teenagers, and she allegedly locked her 7-year-old son in the bathroom.

Police officers were dispatched to the Palm Beach Shores apartment complex after receiving a complaint about a group of teenagers in the complex, who were fighting. Neighbors also told police that Kiernan had a young son and they were concerned for the welfare of the child.

When officers arrived, the teens all ran into the apartment where the party was being held. When officers knocked on the apartment door, partygoers shouted obscenities and told the officers to leave. About 20 minutes later, after repeated orders to open the door, an intoxicated Kieman opened the door.

Officers alleged that Kiernan was so intoxicated that she "could not stand without leaning against the door." Officials asked permission to enter the apartment to check on the welfare of her son. Kieman denied the request and hid behind partygoers, who slammed the door in the face of the officers.

Police officers eventually broke down the door and arrested all 26 teenagers who attended the party. Officers then looked for the 7-year-old boy. They found him locked in a bathroom in the apartment, while Kiernan was found hiding under a pile of dirty clothes.

A 16-year-old girl was found in a hallway choking on her own vomit. She was taken to St. Mary Medical Center.
Officers also found two 55-gallon trash cans filled with ice and various beverages on the front porch.
Kiernan was booked into jail on charges of child neglect.

Phone application saves taxi driver from false rape claim

Astria Berwick 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A taxi driver was arrested after a woman accused him of slashing her face before raping her.

The woman went through great lengths to make her story believable.

The innocent taxi driver only escaped charges of sexual assault after a cell phone application exposed the woman as a liar.

Mohammed Asif of Carlton near Nottingham, United Kingdom, was arrested after a female passenger told police that he threatened her with a knife before sexually assaulting her. Astria Berwick, 27, cut her own face in an attempt to back up her false accusations.

When Mr. Asif, 45, was arrested, his parents and his two young children were made aware of the claims. The ordeal only ended after Asif told police that he records all passengers while they ride in his car.

Officers listened to the recording on his phone of the time when Berwick rode in his car and they agreed that the woman had lied to them. The recording, on an application downloaded to his Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone, revealed that no assault has taken place in the car.

"She really has turned my life upside down and I really wish I can go back to what it used to be, but life is hard right now," Asif said. “Now I feel scared to pick up passengers and always pray that the passenger is not a woman alone,” he added.
Mr. Asif, started recording all passengers through the application after the CCTV in his car stopped working.

After Asif proved that he was innocent, Berwick of Bingham in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom was arrested and jailed for 16 months for perverting the course of justice. At her sentencing Judge Michael Stokes reprimanded the woman and said: “If he had not recorded the conversation, which proved that nothing had happened in the car, then he would probably still be in custody awaiting trial."

Detective Con Laura Clarke of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Falsely reporting crimes such as this one not only causes damage to the innocent victim, but real victims may be reluctant to report crimes.”

Couple arrested after children flee home screaming that dad is trying to set mom on fire

7-Eleven illustration 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A couple was arrested after their children fled their home and ran to ask people for help.

The couple faces child endangerment charges after their 5-year-old daughter ran out of their house and ran to a nearby to 7-Eleven, where she told bystanders that her father was trying to set her mother on fire.

According to police, Thomas Kimmel and Lindsey Cope of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania were fighting inside their home. The woman told police that while Kimmel held her down, his cigarette fell out of his mouth and onto her hair.

Police said that their daughter, 5-years-old, was so afraid for her mother’s life that she ran out of the house to call for help because she thought her father was trying to kill her mother.
Surveillance video showed the girl crossing the street by herself, and then it showed her into a 7-Eleven to ask people for help.

Moments later, the couple’s other children were seen running into the 7-Eleven, also asking people for help. A customer tried to calm the children before allowing one to use her cell phone to call police.

Kimmel and Cope are fine, but they were charged with child endangerment. Kimmel was also charged with assault and harassment for allegedly attacking his wife.
Cope was arrested after she was unruly and refused to relax. She vomited in the police car and on an officer, who had to restrain her, according to the police report.
The children have been taken away from their parents.
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Man gets 7 years jail after stealing piggy bank of nephew, 4

Baron Calmese 
By: Moses Gold

A man was jailed after he stole from his 4-year-old nephew.

The Missouri man was sentenced to seven years in prison for theft on Monday.

Baron Calmese, 31, was given the prison sentence after stealing money from his four-year-old nephew’s piggy bank.

Investigators said that Calmese was visiting his sister when he asked for a $2 loan. The sister told Calmese to get it from her son's piggy bank. However, instead of taking $2 from the piggy bank he decided to take all the money.

Court documents showed that Calmese continued stealing after he was arrested for taking his nephew’s money. He was also charged for theft in an unrelated incident.

Calmese pleaded guilty to robbery after stealing from his nephew. He also pleaded guilty to burglary for a crime he committed in St. Louis County while awaiting trial for stealing from his nephew.
Judge Gloria Clark Reno sentenced Calmese for both cases, which included theft of over $500 which he took from the piggy bank.

Investigators said that the sister only gave Calmese permission to borrow two dollars in quarters from the piggy bank.
In a another robbery incident, a young man was in for a rude awakening after his grandmother caught him stealing in her home by ripping off his face mask, according to police reports in New Mexico.

Albuquerque police said they captured the suspected masked intruder because he was recognized by his grandmother.
Investigators said the victim told police a man wearing a purple bandana over his face entered her house through the back early Friday. She immediately suspected the man to be her grandson, Thomas Clark, 22.

The woman said that the intruder grabbed her. that is when she tore the mask off his face, revealing the face of her grandson.
Clark, who fled with the woman's purse, was arrested about four hours later at his parents' house. He told police he stole from his grandmother after two of his friends convinced him it was a good way to get money for a trip to the casino.

The victim, who told police Clark broke into her house and stole a television last year, said she was recovering from wounds and bruises to her wrist and neck.
Clark was indicted on felony charges Saturday and ordered held on $15,000 bail.

Taxpayers to shell out $150,000 to refurbish two small toilets for lawmakers

House Of Lords 
By: Sarah Weiss

Taxpayers are angry after it was discovered that the government will refurbish two small toilets in the House Of Lords for a staggering $150,000.

The men and women toilets in the House of Lords are in "unacceptable conditions for such a high-profile area they are in" according to a notice inviting contractors to bid for the work.

The rooms are not the only bathrooms in the building and are not particularly large, with two urinals in the men's toilets and one cubicle, plus a sink in the female room.

However, the costs will not be helped by the fact that the work must comply with the requirements of English Heritage for Grade I listed buildings.

The work includes replacing historic oak paneling, minor demolition work, new decorations and new healthcare equipment.
The toilets, used by peers, staff and visitors by delegations of foreign parliaments, was built in 1937.

They have reached the end, and they give a bad image of the Palace of Westminster, the statement added.
Twelve companies have expressed interest in carrying out the work at the House of Lords. The spokesperson said the contractor would be chosen based on who will create value for the money of the taxpayer.

Taxpayers' Alliance chief executive Matthew Sinclair said the amount of money involved were "eye-watering".
"A typical family could afford to build a house for this amount of money," he said.
The work is expected to take six weeks.

The last renovation took place over 20 years ago, and the contract is valued by the House of Commons authorities at 100,000 pounds.

Georgia man stabbed after showing his interest in woman with large behind

Obama appears to be checking out woman with large behind 
By: Shifra Unger

Police are looking for a man, who stabbed a man at gas station, after a fight broke at because the man was looking at his woman, according to police reports in Georgia.

Georgia Police said that a man from Athens, who loves women with large behinds, got into trouble early Monday morning.
The man told police that he was stabbed in the back by a man, who was angry that he was flirting with a woman, according to Athens-Clarke police. The victim told police that he was attracted to the woman because of her big behind.

Police were called to the Athens Regional Medical Center shortly before 1:30 am on a report that medical staff treated a man with a stab wound.

The 48-year-old victim at first told police officers that he had been on "The Block", referring to the area near the Triangle Square shopping center, when he was attacked by four men, one of whom had a knife. He later admitted he made up the story, and said that the assault actually occurred outside a gas station on Commerce Road, police said.

The man stopped at the gas station after he saw a woman with a large behind and "wanted to chat with her," an officer wrote in an incident report.

A man then came out of the store, while the victim was talking to the woman. After the men exchanged words, the suspect struck the victim in the face, according to the report.

The victim told police that he responded by hitting the other man with a punch in the face. The man then stabbed him as he walked to his truck, according to the report.

The victim then drove himself to the hospital, where he was interviewed by police.
"The victim said he was dishonest with us because he did not want his wife to know where he was," police said in the incident report.

Officers went to the Shell gas station and found blood on the floor, where the victim claimed he was attacked, police said. He described his attacker as a tall black man, with long hair.

Man seen on video eating record 69 franks in 10 minutes

Joey Chestnut 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A man showed how he can eat like a machine after downing sixty-nine hot dogs within ten minutes, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Officials in New York confirmed that Joey Chestnut has demolished sixty-nine franks, breaking his own record at the Coney Island annual hot dog eating contest.

The man from San Jose, California, also known as Jaws downed the dogs and buns to win the male contest. He took home $10,000 and the championship belt.

Chestnut, 29, is a seven-time winner who set the record of eating sixty-eight hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, in 2009. He tied the record last year.

Now in its 98th year, Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, usually draws a crowd of thousands of people. The come to admire the contestants, who cram down hot dogs as fast as they can.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

North Carolina judge dies in front of wife and kids after trying to save drowning woman

Mitchell McLean 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A North Carolina judge died after drowning at the beach while trying to save a drowning woman, according to hospital officials in North Carolina.

North Carolina Police said that the judge was at the beach as part of his vacation with his family. He died yesterday after heroically jumping into the ocean in order to save a woman who was in distress.

The 54-year-old Mitchell McLean died trying to help a husband and wife struggling in the water.
The woman he was trying to save was identified as 55-year-old Mary Ann Galway. She later died at a hospital. Her husband, Edward John Galway, 59, was treated before being released on Wednesday afternoon.

Chief District Judge Mitchell McLean was pronounced dead after the tragic rescue attempt at Sunset Beach, on the southeastern coast of North Carolina.

McLean rushed into the water as Edward Galway tried to bring his wife to shore after she was caught in a strong rip current.
The judge, who had worked for 15 years as a public servant, was on vacation at the beach with his wife and children. He received CPR on shore after being pulled from the ocean, but he could not be revived.

“When the arrived back to shore, two of those people were in cardiac," County Emergency Management Director Anthony Marzano said.
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Former CBS News TV anchor pleads guilty after choking his wife

Rob Morrison 
By: Eva Fett

A former popular television news anchor was arrested and charged with assault related charges after he choked his wife, according to court proceedings in Connecticut.

Now, the man has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in a plea bargain agreement.
Connecticut prosecutors said that Rob Morrison pleaded guilty Wednesday to threatening and breach of peace charges arising from the incident earlier this year, during which he allegedly choked his wife at his home in Darien, Connecticut.

As part of the plea agreement, the Superior Court in Stamford could remove Morrison’s charges from the public record if he completes two family violence programs. It takes about two years to complete these programs, his lawyer, Robert Skovgaard said.
Skovgaard said that Judge Gary White proposed the deal that will end the criminal prosecution of Morrison, 45.

"It's very rare that a defendant would plead guilty," Skovgaard said. "That said, Rob recognized the potential risks of going to trial, and most importantly, he realized that the extension of the case will not serve the interests of the Morrison family," he said.

Morrison is married to Ashley Morrison, also a television journalist on CBS Moneywatch. They have a young son.
After the incident, Morrison was fired from his position at CBS News.

Russian heart surgeon seen on video punching surgery patient who later died

Doctor Votyakov with the patient 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) People were shocked to see a heartless doctor punching a heart surgery patient, who later died, and they are calling on police to charge the doctor with a crime, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Russian Police said that a highly respected anesthesiologist was fired shortly after he brutally beat a heart surgery patient that allegedly caused the patient to die.

The stunning images, which show a brutal attack on a heart surgery patient by his physician, was recently released. After the heart surgery, the patient was apparently calling the doctor names and being rude to him, prompting the doctor to attack him.

"As soon as I entered the room with my team the patient started calling me several derogatory names. I just lost myself," Doctor Votyakov, said.

"We spent a lot of time with his surgery, it was a very difficult procedure, and he did not thank me at all for it. I was also extremely tired after the long procedure. I got carried away, and I hit him several times," Votyakov said.

The doctor offered an apology to the family of the patient. The patient died shortly after the beating.
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Thieves steal more than $1 million in Spirits of the Tsars Vodka from Florida warehouse

Spirits of the Tsars Vodka 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) That is enough vodka to last a lifetime.

More than $1 million worth of vodka was recently stolen from a warehouse, according to police reports in Florida.
Florida Police said that thieves took $1.1 million worth of Tsars Golden Vodka from the warehouse in Florida.

The thieves entered the facility in the Miami area by cutting a hole the size of a case through the concrete, next to where the company stored the vodka.

"I could not believe it at first, they actually drilled through a concrete wall. They obviously crawled through that hole and handed over the vodka to the ones outside," Mark Owens, who is the president of Spirits of the Tsars Vodka, said.

The thieves took 752 cases of vodka, which contained more than 4,500 bottles.
Owens is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the return of the vodka.

Spirits of the Tsars Vodka is distilled and from Ukraine. Only 5,000 bottles are produced for export to the United States each year.

"Such events put us in a difficult situation because we suddenly exhausted our limited stock," Owens said in a statement. "We ask our loyal customers to report anyone trying to sell our product outside our usual distributors," Owens also said.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Taco Bell customers receive bag with $3,600 instead of their food

Kennidi Rue 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Several fast food restaurant customers were shocked when they found a bag stuffed with cash instead of their favorite food, according to a statement made by Taco Bell in Michigan.

A spokesperson for a Taco Bell of Michigan said that three customers of its store location in Kentwood, Michigan, received a bag filled with $3,600 in cash instead of the food they ordered at the restaurant.

The customers discovered the mistake Tuesday when 18-year-old Kennidi Rue opened the bag a few miles down the road in order to give some tacos to her friends.

"This is all the money here," Rue recalled having told her friends. "It was the weirdest thing ever," she said.
Rue was with her boyfriend, Grant Kruse, 20, and his friend, 25-year-old Luke Postma, at the time.

"We all kind of talked about this together and we all decided that we should give the money back. No one ever felt guilty about giving back money they found. We could not have that on our consciences," she said.

The friends called police for help and went with an officer to return the money.
Rue said that a manager began to cry when they returned the bag full of cash.

The store manager told police she had put the money bag on the counter and another worker mistook it as the bag for the next drive-through customer.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view