2 Arabs stab Jewish man in Jerusalem’s Kiryat Yovel neighborhood

Crime scene illustration 
By: Moses Gold

Police are looking to arrest two Arab men after they stabbed a Jewish man in the Kiryat Yovel neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, according to police reports.

Jerusalem Police said that the incident occurred on Shteren Street. A 25-year-old Jewish man was stabbed in the head and hands, police said.

The two Arab men were seen fleeing from the scene.
Emergency workers of the Magen David Adom and Ichud Hatzalah, arrived at the scene. The paramedics treated the victim at the scene, and he was transported by a Magen David Adom ambulance to the trauma center at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. He condition was listed as moderate.

Police said that the motive behind the attack is still unknown. The police are searching for the two suspects.
“We received a call about a stabbing incident on Shteren Street in Jerusalem, within minutes, we arrived at the scene with a mobile intensive care unit. The victim had several stab wounds on the upper body and was in light to moderate condition. The man was very upset," Shmulik Alfasi of Magen David Adom said.

"The victim was conscious when I arrived. I gave him first aid until other paramedics and an ambulance arrived. He was then transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital located nearby. A large police force also arrived at the scene,” Moti Hecht of Ichud Hatzalah, who was first on the scene, said.

Rachel Goldblatt, a spokesperson for Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, said the victim is currently being treated after suffering from several stab wounds.

Toronto Canada Palestinian leader calls to shoot dead all Jews in Jerusalem

Elias Hazineh 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A Palestinian leader in Canada has called to shoot dead all Jews occupying Jerusalem after giving them a two-minute grace period to leave, according to video uploaded to the internet.

If Israeli Jews do not leave Jerusalem, they should be shot, a leader of the Canadian-Palestinian community said at the annual Al-Quds Day in Toronto. He added, however, that they should be given a warning of two minutes before they are killed.

"We say leave or you’re dead. Give them two minutes and then we start shooting. That's the only way they will understand," the speaker said. The speaker was identified as former president of the Palestine House in Toronto, Elias Hazineh.

Saturday's event was captured on video, you hear audience members shouting "That's it!" Several radicalized ultra-Orthodox Jews were present at the rally despite the fact that it was held on Shabbat.

"We have to give them an ultimatum. You got to get out of Jerusalem. You got to get out of Palestine, and the Palestinian people who have been waiting in refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Jordan, should have the right to return to their homes," Hazineh said.

He quoted from the Koran: "Be prepared against them with whatever possible."
"That's the only thing they will understand!" He added.
According to the explanation posted on YouTube, the verse refers to the preparation of a holy war against the "infidels."

Repeating a frequently cited statement among anti-Israeli activists, Hazineh said: "I want to remind you how the police work. When someone tries to rob a bank the police do not negotiate, and we have been negotiating with them for 65 years."

Number of Christians serving in the Israel Defense Force rises 300 percent

Benjamin Netanyahu meets Gabriel Nadaf 
By: David Ross

The number of Christians, who are serving in the Israel Defense Force, rose sharply, according to a report released by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Christian enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces rose from 35 last year to 100 this year, with 500 additional Christians, who doing national service, according to the Israeli prime minister's office.

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox Christian priest from Nazareth and spiritual leader of a forum for the enlistment of Christians into the IDF, Naji Abid, a leader of the Orthodox council in Yafia, and Lt. Shadi Khaloul, head of the forum.

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics of Israel, some 158,000 Christians live in Israel, 80 percent of whom are Arab Israelis. Father Nadaf has been criticized by some Israeli Arab leaders because of his support for Christians enlisting in the Israeli army.

At the meeting, Netanyahu announced the establishment of a joint government and community initiative that will promote Christian recruitment and help their integration into the state.

"The members of the Christian community should be allowed to enlist in the Israeli army. You are loyal citizens, who want to defend the state, I salute you and support you. We will not tolerate threats against Christians and we will act to enforce the law against those who persecute you. I will not tolerate attempts to collapse the state from within. The State of Israel and the Prime Minister stand by your side," Netanyahu said in a statement at the meeting.

New robot recruited into the Israel Defense Force to defend Israelis from explosives

The new robot 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A new robot was recruited into the Israel Defense Force, which will defend Israelis against a variety of explosive devices, according to a report in the IDF blog.

The elite Yahalom unit, a commando force of the Combat Engineering Corps, recently inaugurated the new Talon IV for the purpose of clearing planted explosives.

A single black robot advances toward a red ribbon hung in front of a line of light-colored robots. The Talon II robot brings the scissors to Chief Engineering Officer Brig. Gen. Yossi Morali and Head of the Ground Technology Division (GTD) Brig. Gen. Haim Rubin. Together, the two commanders cut the ribbon, symbolizing the introduction of the Talon IV.

This was the scene as the Yahalom unit’s latest tanks were recently inaugurated in an official ceremony. Also in attendance were Yahalom commander Lt. Col. Ido Mizrahi, Yahalom’s maintenance personnel, and representatives of the Ground Technology Division who took part in the project.

Engineering Corps, operates in various terrains. It specializes in robotics, diffusion of bombs, minefield neutralization, and destruction of enemy infrastructure and outposts. It is also trained for active combat, such as the planting of bombs in enemy territory. The unit’s explosives disposal detachment is to begin using the Talon IV robots in the near future, bolstering its ability to thwart attempts to kill and injure Israelis using planted explosives.

“The explosives disposal detachment’s robots are a significant and critical part of the unit’s functioning. From my perspective, the new robot doubles the power of the Combat Engineering Corps,” Brig. Gen. Morali emphasized just before the ribbon cutting. “We will continue to receive new equipment in the coming months, and I am convinced that by the end of 2014 Yahalom will look different in terms of strengthening and developing its force.”

The new model joins Yahalom after a number of months of intensive preparatory work by the Chief Engineering Officer’s headquarters, the Ground Technology Division and the Ground Forces’ Weaponry Department.

Brig. Gen. Rubin also addressed the ceremony, discussing the cooperation between units in the development and implementation of cutting-edge technology.

“The winning combination of the Engineering Corps in general - and Yahalom in particular - and the Ground Technology Division is reflected here, but it also exists in the corps’ other systems,” he said. “Cooperation is facilitated by a group of highly motivated people driven by a deep understanding and an awareness of the importance of integrating advanced technological systems in real time, in short time spans that undoubtedly save lives.”

Popular Israeli jeweler Michal Negrin to open store in New York City, eyes U.S. expansion

Michal Negrin 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) There is some great news for those Michal Negrin fans living in the U.S. as the popular Israeli Jeweler announced plans to open its first store location in New York City, according to a report in JNS.org.

Iconic Israeli costume jeweler Michal Negrin, who for more than 25 years has been bringing romantic and vintage-inspired designs to the global fashion scene, is expanding her brand to a new level in the U.S. this summer.

Negrin plans to open more than two-dozen U.S. boutique locations over the next few years. The first of that group opened June 21 at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ, and Negrin’s New York City flagship shop, in the fashion-focused SoHo area, launches Aug. 15.

Asked what has inspired her designs, Negrin, a native of Kibbutz Na’an, a large manufacturing-focused kibbutz about 20 minutes away from Tel Aviv—said she was encouraged by her mother to “create her own world.”

“The Victorian design [of my jewelry] comes from many inspirations, especially childhood memories that are a part of my roots,” Negrin said in an interview with JNS.org.

Negrin said she “always wanted to think differently.”
“I preferred to stay at home, do the things I loved, and follow my own directions,” she said.

In 1988, with the encouragement of her husband Meir, Negrin launched her first official jewelry collection. Negrin’s first retail store, on Shenkin Street in Tel Aviv, was designed as a reflection of her childhood home, using that home’s furnishings, clothing, pictures, and flowers to create a complete, recognizable package. The design of the first piece she sold was based on her Russian grandmother’s jewelry.

Negrin began designing jewelry as a child. Her first marketing was at street stands, as she sold her wearable art pieces one by one. Her personal life and her business career were changed forever when she met and married Meir, who took his wife’s designs from street sales to a larger commercial scale. About 15 years ago, amid the growing success of the Tel Aviv store, Michal and Meir opened their factory in Bat Yam.

Now Negrin is at the forefront of a dramatic change in the Israeli jewelry industry. In 30 years, a once male-dominated industry that was widely known as a world-class center of diamond cutting has become the domain of female designers. In addition to the pioneering work of Negrin, Aya Azrielant has been creating Mediterranean Sea-themed pieces and has gained retail placements in such prominent stores as Saks Fifth Avenue.

“I consider it very good that women have taken the lead in the industry and can express their creativity,” Negrin said. “Everyone can follow her own design. Israeli women are creating a new language of beauty.”

Negrin’s company now includes 60 stores in two-dozen countries worldwide, including Japan, Israel, Italy, Russia, France, Austria, Mexico and China—and starting this summer, in the U.S. All of Negrin’s shops use the same conceptual design.

“She creates here own world of beauty and design,” Ifat Pasternak, marketing manager at Michal Negrin, told JNS.org. “People just fall in love with Michal—the reaction is universal.”

Negrin credits her initial worldwide success to the suggestion of an Israeli man who visited her shop after traveling in Japan. The man carried her designs to Japan, where they were an immediate success—today there are 13 Michal Negrin shops in that country.

But despite the company’s global expansion, all the manufacturing at Michal Negrin is still performed in Israel.
“Everything is designed in Israel and handmade in the factory,” Noam Hanuka, Michal Negrin’s CEO, told JNS.org. “Even the packaging, which is very special, is all made in Israel.”

At the Michal Negrin Visitor Center in Bat Yam, items ranging from linens to shoes to yarmulkes—and, of course, her signature jewelry and clothing lines—are on display. The facility is part of the company’s manufacturing complex, employing more than 400 people. Within her workforce, Michal makes a concerted effort to employ individuals with special needs and disabilities.

The Michal Negrin jewelry collection is about 90 percent costume jewelry, made with materials not considered to be “precious.”
“The shiny parts are Swarovski crystal,” Hanuka said. “Negrin is the second-largest buyer of Swarovski crystal in the world.”

A small percentage of the Michal Negrin designs are more traditional. Those are created in gold and use real or semi-precious stones.

Overall, the Michal Negrin designs “intend to evoke images of a fantastic world filled with optimism and happiness,” Hanuka said.
“The home decor items designed by Michal celebrate romance and spirituality,” he said.

Looking forward to the opening of her flagship store in Manhattan’s SoHo district this month, Negrin said, “New York is a dream come true.”

“New York is a city of great love,” she said. “It has an attitude of excitement with many surprises. The shop has the attitude of holiday all year round. Its creativity is unique.”
The Michal Negrin boutique will join several other Israeli-originated businesses in Soho.

“The Israeli shops [in SoHo] are kind of symbol of Israeli-Jewish entrepreneurs doing business in the city,” Hanuka said. “We are trying to bring the same giving Israeli spirit to the United States. Everything is done according to the ideas of the brand: open-mindedness, love, tolerance, and respect for other cultures. They say that there is no household in Israel without some piece of Negrin jewelry or some household items—a menorah, earrings, linens—something.”

Negrin said that in the future, she would not limit her business to material goods—she is planning to launch a new line of cafes.
“I want to create gallery-coffeehouses, place where people can meet, enjoy cultural events, and come together in the common language of beauty, art and culture,” she said. “I am proud to be a woman able to express my art and happy to see my co-designers showing the world a side of Israel that is positive and colorful.”

Finding friendship in the IDF from Tokyo to Massachusetts

Margot Lurie and Lev Cosijns 
By: Moses Gold

Two people in the Israel Defense Force found friendship despite the fact that one is from Tokyo, Japan, and the other is from Massachusetts, United States, according to a report by IDF blog.

Two of the newest officers in the IDF Medical Corps, one from Tokyo and another from Boston, found friendship and purpose in their service together.

The IDF has never been just a defense force. It is an “army of the nation,” where a great variety of people from around the world and within Israel come together. The army is a unique and challenging experience in a soldier’s young life, and the potential for lasting friendship is immense.

2nd Lt. Margot Lurie and 2nd Lt. Lev Cosijns recently celebrated the conclusion of their officer’s course for the Medical Corps together. Today, we bring you their story in celebration of International Friendship Day.

Though she was born In Tokyo, Japan, Lev is a citizen of the world. It’s difficult for her to say where she is from, or what her nationality is.“It’s a mess,” she says. She’s lived in England, Belgium and Hungary, and her father’s job with Sony has bought her family back to Tokyo. Yet, through all the upheavals of her life, she’s had one mainstay - Israel.

“The only constant thing I had in my life except for my parents and sister was Israel. No matter what, even if there was a war, we would go to Israel over the summer.”Friendship

2nd Lt. Lurie’s life has been less geographically complex. She hails from Boston, Massachusetts, and making aliyah wasn’t always part of her plan.

After attending public school, Lt. Lurie visited Israel with her university for three months in 2011, and “fell in love with the country all over again.” Like many other new immigrants, she finally decided to move to Israel because she “feels more at home in [Israel] than anywhere else.”Friendship

2nd Lt. Cosijns was the medic on 2nd Lt. Lurie’s base during the latter’s basic training. But they wouldn’t cross paths until one day, when then-Pvt. Lurie’s company was spending a day training out in the field.

“It’s a really great story,” says 2nd Lt. Lurie. “A friend from my company got a nosebleed. She went into shock and didn't know what to do. So I started to help her stop the bleeding and that’s when Lev came over. That was the first time I met her.”
They met each other again at a program for lone soldiers, and from then their friendship blossomed.

“We have an incredible bond. we know what it means to be lone soldiers, what it means to struggle with the language, what it means to write an eight page essay in a foreign language, what it means to write a book report,” says 2nd Lt. Lurie, referring to their work during officer’s training.

Though 2nd Lt. Cosijns joined the army first, the new officers began their path towards their new ranks together because the Bostonian rushed into the course.

Even though they didn’t have the same schedule during the course, the two would run over to one another during their lunch breaks just to say hello and see how the other was doing.

“I just can’t imagine having done this without her,” says 2nd Lt. Lurie.
“Margo is an amazing person and I’m so lucky to have met her,” cuts in 2nd Lt. Cosijns. “I know I’ll be in contact with her for the rest of my life.”

Though these new officers have vastly different backgrounds, they ended up together because of their shared passions for Israel and for helping others through medicine.

Before joining the IDF, 2nd Lt. Lurie volunteered at the Boston Children’s Hospital for five years, working with kids with cancer. “This, combined with my degree in biology, meant I knew I wanted to join the Medical Corps,” she said.

As for becoming an officer, 2nd Lt. Lurie believes that “the officer’s course was the best way to help improve the future of the army and the country. The IDF is not a regular army but an army that helps the entire nation. So by building the army you help build the nation.”

2nd Lt. Cosijns path to becoming an officer in the IDF Medical Corps was equally predictable.
“I’ve always loved working with people, making them smile and making them feel better,” she said. When she was living in Hungary, she didn’t speak the language but she was still able to connect with people around by volunteering in the hospitals.

In her basic training, a difficult time for many new recruits, 2nd Lt. Cosijns was known as the psychologist in her company.
“It’s hard for them to become accustomed to the army, and to be away from their parents for weekends because they have to stay on base for Shabbat.” But as someone who worked hard to join the IDF, despite all the difficulties lone soldiers face, 2nd Lt. Cosijns was able to stay strong. Or, as she put it, “I always tried to look at the bright side of everything.”

“It’s really a privilege to be able to serve our country,” said Lurie. “We have no other place. It’s a dream come true to become officers. It’s an honor to march under our country’s flag and to receive our ranks.”
"For us coming to Israel was a dream,” Cosijns added.” It’s like we’re keeping other’s dream of coming to Israel alive.”

United Nations consults Israeli non-profit on disability rights

Jean Judes at the U.N. 
By: Debbie Gross

The United Nations has consulted an Israeli group on disability rights, according to a report by the Tazpit News Agency.

There are around 780 million people across the world living with disabilities today.

At a recent UN Conference, a leading Israeli non-profit organization that services people with disabilities took center stage. Jean Judes, the executive director of the Ra'anana-based Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS) spoke at the three-day UN Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in New York held from July 17-19.

Beit Issie Shapiro is Israel’s leading special needs organization which improves the lives of people with disabilities through cutting-edge services, societal integration programs, and furthering right of people with disabilities. The organization works with 30,000 adults and children ever year and established Israel’s first accessible and inclusive playground, Park Chaverim in Ra’anana.

It was the first time that the UN had Israel’s BIS present its work and research in promoting social change in the field of intellectual and physical disabilities, but not the first time that BIS received international recognition. Last July, the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ESOSOC) awarded consultative status to BIS.

This past May, BIS hosted the first ever conference of Israeli advisers to ECOSOC on the disability issues and rights, hosting UN NGO Chief Andrei Abramov. Abramov visited Beit Issie Shapiro and stated that “Israel has much to offer the world through ECOSOC by sharing its expertise and incredible innovations. ”

At the recent UN presentation, Judes explained in detail the important work conducted at Beit Issie Shapiro, which was founded in 1980 by Anglo immigrants.

“We discovered that children at a very early age think, feel and act differently towards children with disabilities and have negative perceptions towards them. In order to remove barriers and to make a real deep change in society, we have to change attitudes along the whole age spectrum,” Judes explained.

Judes also mentioned the power of mass media in building and changing community attitudes towards people and children with disabilities. She spoke about BIS’s partnership with Sesame Street in Israel, where the children’s show added a Muppet on a wheelchair named Sivan to the Israeli cast, which has since been used in country-wide workshops for children learning about disabilities.

According to the Beit Issie Shapiro website, representatives from across the world including New Zealand, Estonia, Columbia and the Vatican approached Judes to learn more about the disability work and to further cooperation. Even representatives from countries that don’t have diplomatic cooperation with Israel came to consult with the BIS director.

BIS is assisting countries like the UK, South Africa and Uruguay in building inclusive playgrounds following BIS’s own Ra’anana model playground, where children both with and without disabilities can play together.

“At a time when boycotts of Israel are on the rise, I am proud to represent the 'Start-Up Nation'”, says Judes. “Beit Issie Shapiro develops innovations that impact positively on people with disabilities and change attitudes in the community towards people with disabilities.”

$1.3 million reward offered in Lev Leviev $136 million robbery

Scene of the robbery 
By: John Roberts

A more than one million dollar reward was offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible in the robbery of Jewish Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, according to a statement released by an insurance company.

A subsidiary of Lloyds of London, England, is offering a reward of $1.3 million for information leading to the collection of diamonds stolen at gunpoint in Cannes.

The jewels belonging to Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, were on display in the hotel that appears in Alfred Hitchcock's "To Catch a Thief" movie, when a gunman came to the fair on the ground floor, threatened the handful of armed guards, and then disappeared through a side street with $136 million in jewelry, police said.

The theft that occurred at the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel is among the largest jewel robberies in history. In 2008, thieves stole $118 million in rings, necklaces and luxury watches from a Harry Winston store in Paris.

Lloyds announced the award on Tuesday.

As we reported earlier, police are looking to arrest and charge a man with armed robbery related charges after stealing $136 million in jewelry from an Israeli billionaire, according to police reports in France.

Police in France said that the jewelry was stolen from a luxury hotel in Cannes on Sunday by one-armed man with an automatic pistol. The theft is the largest ever theft in France.

A man entered the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel on the beach of the French Riviera resort through a terrace and a side window, which was supposedly locked, and stole 34 pieces of jewelry before fleeing, Philippe Vique, the deputy prosecutor of the nearby town of Grasse, and has authority over Cannes, said.

The heist stirred memories of Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 movie "To Catch a Thief" starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, in which expensive jewels disappeared from the same luxury hotel, which also appeared in many other movies.

The jewels stolen Sunday were part of an exhibition of works from the prestigious house of Leviev diamonds, owned by Russian-born Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, who confirmed the robbery. Leviev employees based in London said the company is working with the police and insurance companies. The company refused to confirm the value of the stolen jewels.

Vique said the theft surpasses the previous French record of over $106 million, in a robbery carried out by several men in Paris in 2008.

Armed SWAT team raids animal shelter in Wisconsin to kill baby deer

Baby deer named Giggles 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) Many people are outraged after an innocent baby deer was killed by an armed SWAT team.

Armed with their guns and a search warrant, government agents surrounded an animal shelter and killed a baby deer named Giggles.
Wisconsin law prohibits keeping wildlife without a permit.

The military-style operation included nine officers of the Department of Natural Resources and four local police officers. They raided the shelter Society of St. Francis, which is located on the border of Illinois.

The animal was brought to the shelter by a family, who was worried that the deer had been abandoned by its mother.
Staff members at the shelter named the deer Giggles because “When it made a little noise, it sounded like it was laughing,” the shelters president, Cindy Schulze, said.

Giggles was at the shelter for two weeks when it was killed by authorities. The deer was scheduled to be transferred to a wildlife reserve facility the day after it was killed.
During the two weeks that the deer was at the shelter, the Department of Natural Resources received two anonymous phone calls indicating that a fawn was staying there against government regulations.

Authorities arrived to the shelter with detailed information about the deer including photos. Officers went around the property to look for the deer. After the deer was found, a worker at the shelter said he saw agents walking away with the deer in a body bag.

Jennifer Niemeyer, Department of Natural Resources spokesperson, said that state law requires the agency to euthanize animals "because of the potential for disease and the danger to humans."
Schulze plans to take legal action against authorities for killing the animal without a court hearing.

Boy finds 'mummy' hidden in grandmother's attic

Mummy found in the attic 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A family was left with a lot of questions after their son found a mummy in his grandmother’s attic.

The 10-year-old boy has found what appears to be a mummy hidden in a corner of the attic at his grandmother’s house.

The mummy was inside a sarcophagus complete with ornaments packed in a wooden box.

But it is unclear if the element, found by the boy named Alexander Kettler of Diepholz, Northern Germany, is an authentic relic of ancient Egypt. The boy’s father, Lutz Wolfgang Kettler, who is a dentist by trade, said he has not done an X-ray of the mysterious item. Instead, he will leave it up to the experts to make the determination.

Along with the mummy, they also found a box, which contained a mask and a canopic jar, used by ancient Egyptians to store removed organs. Kettler believes that the sarcophagus and jar are not real, but he said that there is a big possibility that the mummy itself is real.

Kettler is planning to drive to Berlin to have the mummy examined by archaeological experts. Kettler said that his father traveled to North Africa in the 1950s. At that time, there was still a trade in genuine mummies. He believes that his father may have brought this unusual souvenir back with him from North Africa.

When asked if the mummy smelled bad, Kettler said no. The family believes that the mummy had been it the attic, untouched, for at least 40.

Montreal man fined $147 for sitting under tree on government property

Francois Gendron 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A man was relaxing under a tree when police gave him a ticket for sitting there.

Like hundreds of other residents, Francois Gendron did not know that it is against the law to sit on grass in a public park in the downtown Ville Marie borough of Montreal, Canada.

On Monday, he sat under a tree when he was approached by a police officer. The officer initially asked him to move and get off government property. “They told me I do not have the right to sit on the grass in a public park. I agreed to move,” Gendron said.

But 10 minutes later, he went back under the tree because he was uncomfortable in the sun. When the officer spotted him under the tree for the second time, Gendron was slapped with a ticket of $147.

The officer told Gendron that they ticket homeless people for sitting on the grass so to be fair. They have to ticket everyone, the officer said. "I think it is very poor judgment," Gendron said.

Gendron said he will fight the fine. One person wrote on the internet: “The rule is stupid, but he was warned by the police that it was illegal. At first, they let him off with a warning, but then he did it again anyway.”

The local police commander said that although this law has been around for over a decade they usually do not ticket people for sitting under a tree. But in this case, the grass in that park was recently redone and they don’t want people to ruin it.

After hearing about Gendron’s situation, several other young people said that they have received tickets for minor offenses such as spitting on the floor or flicking cigarette ashes to the floor.

A 26-year-old woman said that when she was pregnant and homeless, she received a number of tickets. The last ticket she got was for the amount of $356. The offense was spitting on the floor. The woman said that she is barely able to feed herself let alone pay a fine for spitting or sitting under a tree to cool herself down while living on the street.

Boy, 8, found inside spinning washing machine

Washing machine illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Police are investigating as to how an 8-year-old boy got into a washing machine, which was working, and filled with water and clothing.

The boy of California was found submerged in the water of the working washing machine. He was unconscious when he was pulled out of the machine by his father.

The father immediately called police. Deputies quickly arrived at the residence in Castaic, Los Angeles and administered CPR to the boy.

The fire department also responded to the scene and helped resurrect him. The child was rushed to a local hospital where he was listed in critical, but stable condition. Sadly, the boy succumbed to his injuries and died at the hospital.

The incident was reported about 7:30 pm. The boy's mother was out shopping and his father was working in the garden outside of the house. After not seeing his son for a while, the father decided to check on him. That is when he found the child inside the washing machine.

His head was underwater and surrounded by clothes. It was obviously that a load of laundry was being done at the time.
Investigators are trying figure out how and why the boy got into the washer. The special needs child reportedly often helped with household chores, including laundry.

Authorities are still investigating this incident and have not yet announced if the parents will face child abuse or child neglect charges, or if the case was simply an accident.

U.S. band banned from Russia after member shoves Russian flag into underpants during stage performance

Band member puts Russian flag in underpants 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) U.S. band members tried to the entertain their audience during a performance in Russia.

While they did a good job with their music, they did a bad job when it came to honoring the Russian flag.

The U.S. rock group “Bloodhound Gang” have been banned from a music festival in Russia after a band member desecrated the Russian flag.

During a concert in Odessa, Ukraine, bass guitarist “Evil” Jared Hasselhoff, grabbed a Russian flag, shoved it into his underpants, and pulled it out from his backside. He then threw the flag at the crowd as the audience erupted in cheers.
Many Russians were offended by this action.

The band later apologized and explained the motivation of the guitarist, saying he was only trying to "appease the fans." However, the rocker’s prank has cost the band more than they expected, and could even lead to legal prosecution in Russia. Desecrating the flag is actually a crime in that country.

When the group arrived the their next concert in the South Russian city of Anapa to the KUBANA music festival, they were told that their concert was canceled and they were banned from performing in Russia. The band was reportedly paid the agreed upon price even though they did not perform.

The minivan taking them back to the airport was reportedly pelted with eggs and tomatoes. Several men reportedly broke into the VIP section of the airport and attacked the band members. One of the attackers allegedly tried to strangle one of the band members with a U.S. flag.

Large supermarket chain offers its employees yoga classes

Wegmans supermarket location 
By: Sarah Weiss

A supermarket chain is offering its employees yoga classes in order to increase worker productivity.

Mark Novelli, an employee at Wegmans supermarket, lost 35 pounds. He said that the credit goes to his colleagues and to the CEO of the company.

Novelli, a 55-year-old maintenance worker at Wegmans supermarket in Western New York, attended one of the optional company health exams several months ago and received a strong warning of an in-house pharmacist about his out of control blood pressure.

In the following months, Novelli has received advice from Wegmans nutritionists and doctors on how best to bring down his blood pressure. Now, his blood pressure is a much healthier 119 over 79 and he keeps tabs on it, along with his cholesterol, thanks to monthly exams offered by the supermarket chain.

"It's just a lifestyle change that Wegmans helped start for me," Novelli said. He needed help not to eat cake and pizza every day.

Several years ago, Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman, the grandson of the chain co-founder, decided to help the company’s 45,000 workers to stay fit and healthy. As a result, the 96-year-old supermarket chain, which took in $6.6 billion in sales last year, now offers a range of health programs, including blood pressure and nutrition training. as well as yoga and Zumba classes.

It is not uncommon for cash-rich tech giants like Google to provide welfare benefits to attract coveted engineering talent, but Gates, New York based Wegmans is known for providing the benefits for its diverse workforce. The services are offered to the executives working at corporate headquarters to the cashiers.

Between 2008 and 2013, the number of Wegmans employees with high blood pressure has dropped from 24 percent to 14 percent, according to the company. Wegmans saw a similar drop in the number of workers with high body mass index, a measure of body fat, during the same period.

Snake strangles two boys after escaping from pet shop

Noah and Connor Barth 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Two boys are dead after a snake escaped from a pet shop, according to emergency workers in Canada.

New Brunswick Police said that they are investigating the sudden deaths of two young boys, who were strangled by a python that escaped from a local pet store in the city of Campbellton, New Brunswick.

The snake, which has been identified as an African Rock Python, escaped out of its enclosure at the Reptile Ocean pet store and slid into a vent above the pet store where the children, ages 5 and 7, were sleeping. The two victims had spent the night at a friend's house.

The bodies of the two children were discovered early the next morning, and the police arrived at the scene at approximately 6:30 am.

"The preliminary investigation has led police to believe that the python escaped from its enclosure at the store sometime during the night," police officer Julie Rogers-Marsh said Monday. "It is believed that the two boys were strangled by the snake," she said.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have not released the identities of the two children. However, the children were later identified as Noah and Connor Barth. An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday.
"I’m in shock. I do not know what to think," pet store owner Jean-Claude Savoie said.

Savoie said the two victims are the children of his best friend. He discovered the bodies when he went into the living room after the sleepover.

"This is a tragedy," Campbellton Deputy Mayor Ian Comeau said. "The city is in shock," he also said.

California couple jailed in Qatar after starving their daughter to death

Matt and Grace Huang and their children 
By: David Ross

A U.S. couple was arrested and charged with murder related charges after their daughter died of hunger, according to court proceedings in Qatar.

The couple from Los Angeles, California, has been jailed after their 8-year-old daughter died, according to a nonprofit legal group that has been on the case and is trying to get publicity to what it claims is a wrongful arrest.

Matt and Grace Huang, who are currently living in Qatar, were arrested shortly after their daughter, Gloria, died, Alex Simpson, associate director of the nonprofit California Innocence Project, said. The Huangs adopted the child when she was 4-years-old from Ghana.

The two other children of the couple, who were also adopted from Africa, have been banned from leaving the country and are in the care of their grandmother. The grandmother also lives in Qatar.

According to the California Innocence Project, the Huangs moved to Qatar last year so that Matt Huang could work as an engineer for two major infrastructure related projects.

When Gloria died, she had not eaten in four days, leading Qatari officials to believe that her parents starved her to death.

New York man arrested after trying to sell a baby for $100 on Craigslist

Paul Marquez 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with child endangerment related charges after he was caught trying to sell a baby on a classified advertisement website for $100 according to police reports in New York.

New York City Police said that a Staten Island man is accused of trying to sell a 2-month-old on Craigslist.

Paul Marquez, 23, posted an advertisement on the website twice late last month, offering a baby for sale for $100 police said.

The advertisement said: "I have a baby of two-months-old, who loves to play and have a bit of fun, but there is a problem, doctors say she has asthma and if she turns a certain way she can stop breathing. She really gets on my nerves and I do not want her."

The girl is the daughter of a 19-year-old woman Marquez had met online and dated a few times.
Prosecutors said Marquez ran the advertisements as an act of revenge because the woman did not spend more time with him.
Marquez admitted that he "did all this to get revenge" on the child's mother, according to court documents.

According to court documents, the advertisement included baby pictures, and Marquez gave out the phone number of the baby’s mother.

He published the advertisement, not once, but twice, after Craigslist took it down for the first time, officials said.
The girl's mother said that at least one person called her and offered to buy the baby, according to court documents.

A neighbor of Marquez said the behavior seemed out-of-place.
"He's quiet, that's all I can say. He does not look like that kind of guy," James Scott said.

Marquez was arrested last Thursday and is being held on $1,000 bail.
He is charged with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors, and faces a year in jail if convicted.
He is due back in court Tuesday.

Utah beauty queen arrested after throwing bomb at homes

Kendra McKenzie Gill 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A beauty queen was arrested and charged with felony charges after she threw bombs at several residential homes, according to police reports in Utah.

Riverton Police said that the winner of the Miss Riverton beauty contest is one of four 18-year-olds accused of throwing bombs at houses.

Investigators said that Kendra McKenzie Gill, who was crowned Miss Riverton two months ago, was allegedly throwing firebombs at several houses in Riverton Friday night to Saturday morning along with John Patrick Reagh, Shanna Marie Smith and Bryce Christopher Stone.

Unified Fire Authority Captain Clint Mecham said authorities received several calls on Friday night to report that incendiary devices were being ejected from a vehicle at several homes in Riverton.

Police said the group used plastic water bottles containing aluminum foil and a chemical.
Investigators said that one of the bombs was thrown near the house of Stone’s former girlfriend. Eyewitnesses said that Stone was driving a vehicle similar to the one seen being used by the suspects during the attacks.

Police said Stone admitted to scaring people with fireworks as a joke and he implicated Gill, Smith, and Reagh as being involved.
All four suspects admitted to the allegations, police said. They were booked on a first degree felony charge of detonation of an incendiary device.

Hawaii cashier beaten after refusing to sell alcohol to drunk man

Liquor store illustration 
By: Moses Gold

A man was beaten after he refused to sell an alcoholic beverage to an apparently drunk man, according to police reports in Hawaii.

Hawaii Police said that an intoxicated man allegedly punched a store clerk in the face because he refused to sell alcoholic beverages.

Police said the 26-year-old man, whose name was not released, was angry at a Waianae liquor store employee around 3:30 pm on Saturday, because the employee refused to sell him liquor.

Investigators said the man struck the employee, left the store and returned with a dangerous instrument.
The man threatened the employee and damaged an ATM inside the store before leaving.

Police said they arrested the man about 4:20 pm on suspicion of first-degree criminal property damage, making terroristic threats in the fourth degree and assault in the third degree.

Man arrested after falsely telling police his girlfriend was kidnapped because she decided to move

Mathew Corp 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A man was angry that his girlfriend decided to move away so he decided to call police to say that she was kidnapped, according to police reports in Florida.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said that a Tavernier man was arrested Saturday afternoon for falsely reporting that his girlfriend had been kidnapped.

35-year-old Mathew Corp called Sheriff dispatchers just after 2:00 pm to report that his wife had been kidnapped by two men heading north from the 92 mile marker in a U-Haul truck. A warning to be on the lookout for the vehicle was announced over police radios, and officer E. B. Askins arrived on Burton Drive in order to meet with Corp.

When he reached the address, the officer found a vehicle parked in the front of the house that was running with the doors open. Two women left Corp’s apartment. One woman was identified as the former girlfriend of Corp. She said she was leaving the house.

Corp came out of the apartment. He was obviously drunk and started yelling at officer Askins and at the two women. Corp told officer Askins that he had called police to report the false kidnapping in order to keep his girlfriend from leaving his apartment.

Corp was arrested. Corp fought with officer Askins as he was being arrested. He was charged with misuse of the emergency 911 system and resisting arrest. He was later booked into jail.

Idaho man arrested after having intimate relationship with cat

Ryan Havens Tannenholz 
By: John Roberts

A man was arrested and charged with bestiality related charges after he had a prolonged intimate relationship with a cat, according to police reports in Idaho.

Boise Police said that Ryan Havens Tannenholz has been arrested and charged with serious crimes against nature for allegedly having sex with a cat on several occasions.

Tannenholz, 28, was arrested Thursday by police in Boise. Investigators said that Tannenholz repeatedly violated the animal in a Boise home between January 2012 and January 2013. Prosecutors did not reveal who tipped off police about the animal abuse.

Tannenholz has been charged with six felony counts of crimes against nature and one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison for each of the felony charges and up to six months in prison on the charge of cruelty to animals.

Charles McClure, a spokesperson for the Boise Police Department, said the allegations against Tannenholz were definitely unusual. In the eight years he has been with the department, McClure said he has only seen one or two other cases like this.

Tannenholz is being held in a Boise jail on $250,000 bond. He is due to appear back in court next week.