Village in Spain drops ‘Kill Jews Fort’ name for ‘Hill of Jews’

Castrillo Matajudios 
By: Hydar Tomar

A village in Spain that was named “Kill Jews Fort” changed its name to “Hill of Jews,” an official said.

On Sunday, the village of Castrillo Matajudios, voted to change its name, which was adopted during an era of religious persecution over 400 years ago.

The campaign to rename the village was led by Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez, after the controversial name was made public. The residents of the village cast their votes along with the election for representatives to the European Parliament.

The motion to change the name of the village had received 29 votes in favor, while 19 people had voted against it. The others did not vote or cast blank ballots.

The new name “Hill of Jews” is similar to the original name of the town before the Spanish Inquisition. Mayor Rodriguez said that the village was accused of being anti-Semitic.

However, in reality, the people are descendants from a Jewish community.

NYU professor files discrimination lawsuit after being asked ‘just how Jewish are you’

Star of David illustration 
By: Anika Rao

A professor filed a lawsuit against NYU, after allegedly facing discrimination because she is Jewish, according to court documents filed in New York.

The professor and television comedy writer alleges that NYU discriminated against her because of her religion.

61-year-old Mollie Fermaglich, said that she was forced to work on the Jewish holiday of Passover. When she protested, a colleague asked her: “Just how Jewish are you?” According to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court.

Fermaglich also claimed that despite working 20 years at New York University and having a career in television working with Jerry Seinfeld, William Shatner, Rita Rudner, Jackie Mason and others, she was passed over several times for promotions. Fermaglich is seeking $12 million in damages.

A spokesperson for NYU said that Fermaglich still teaches full time at the school and he denied her allegations.

Woman found hanging on tree in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park

Prospect Park 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A woman committed suicide by hanging herself on a tree in Prospect Park, police in New York said.

Brooklyn Police said that the incident began when the woman was found hanging from the tree in the park early on Sunday.

Police received a call about the incident around 6:45 a.m. When police officers arrived at the scene, the body of the 27-year-old woman was found near the corner of West Drive and Prospect Park West, near the park picnic house.

A female witness told police that her husband arrived at the park around 4:30 a.m., and a little later, he heard a big crash. The woman's husband also said that another person, who was in the park at the time, came running up to the picnic tables shouting, "There's a body."

The New York Police Department said that no crime is suspected and the death is believed to be a suicide.

Pope Francis visits Jewish and Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem (photos and videos)

Pope Francis at the Western Wall 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) Pope Francis scrambled on Monday to visit the most holy sites in Jerusalem, photos and videos uploaded to the Internet showed.

The pope walked on a diplomatic tightrope, when visiting Muslim and Jewish holy sites in Jerusalem, on the last day of his tour of the Middle East.

The pope is rounding off a whirlwind tour after issuing a unique invitation to the presidents of Israel and Palestine to pray with him in the Vatican to end its "increasingly unacceptable" conflict. Pope Francis had promised that during the three-day pilgrimage he will stay away from political issues.

However, he condemned anti-Semitism, religious intolerance and those behind the conflicts in the Middle East. The pope visited the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.

 
 
 
 
 

Prime minister and Jewish community of Belgium express their shock over terror attack that killed 4 at Jewish museum

Scene of the incident 
By: Anav Silverman

(Scroll down for video) The prime minister of Belgium, said that he is shocked over the terror attack at the Jewish museum, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Following the deadly shooting attack at the Jewish museum in Brussels, that left a Tel Aviv couple and two museum employees dead, Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday afternoon.

The prime minister phoned to update Netanyahu on the details of the investigation into the Brussels attack, while expressing shock over the murders including the Tel Aviv husband and wife, Mira and Emmanuel Riva, who have left behind two teenage daughters.

Di Rupo condemned the manifestations of anti-Semitism and sent his condolences to the families of the victims. “It is in everyone’s mind. In Belgium we are not accustomed to such acts of barbarity,” Di Rupo said.

Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked his Belgian counterpart for the call and offered to cooperate with the investigation. "As of now, you are the only European leader who has called me on this issue. I am very disturbed by the growing anti-Semitism in Europe. There must be zero tolerance for anti-Semitism toward Jews and their state," Netanyahu said.

Maurice Sosnowski, President of the Coordination Center of Jewish organizations in Belgium, said in a Daily Mail report that this attack, if confirmed, would be the “worst anti-Jewish attack in Brussels since the Second World War.” The last attack against a Jewish target in Belgium, took place more than 30 years ago in 1982, when a gunman opened fire at the entrance of a Brussels synagogue.

According to eyewitnesses, the shooter targeted museum visitors, firing bullets into their faces and necks. Belgium is home to 40,000 Jews, with about 20,000 living in Brussels and the other remaining half in Antwerp.

The cantor of a local Brussels synagogue told the Tazpit News Agency that despite the shooting, Jewish congregants came to prayers services as usual on Saturday evening. “There was a debate with security guards whether to cancel services, but we held prayers as usual,” Shimon Klein said.

“I’m a religious man and I don’t hide my kippa here. I believe that anything can happen anywhere so I continue with life as usual,” he added.

However, Klein said that the attack left others in the Jewish community including his wife feeling apprehensive. The President of the Belgian League against Anti-Semitism, Joel Rubinfeld, stated that such an attack did not surprise him because of the "climate of hate."

“This kind of attack was in the air,” he told the Financial Times. Over the past few years, we’ve allowed anti-Semitic speech to run loose. It’s this violent language that has armed the terrorists’ guns.”

Real estate company issues letter banning its employees from having sex in toilets

Toilet illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

A real estate company sent emails to its employees, prohibiting them from having sex in toilets.

Savills Sloane Street director Richard Gutteridge, emailed his employees after a plumber spent seven hours this week, fixing a stuffed pipe in the ladies room.

The plumber revealed that condoms were blocking the flow in the pipes. After the problem was solved at a great cost, Gutteridge wrote and email to all his 50 agents, prohibiting them from sexual activity in the toilets.

To the embarrassment of the company, the email was published on the Internet, and it has since gone viral. Earlier this month, a restaurant owner did the unthinkable and swallowed a condom in order to destroy evidence.

The incident began when disgusted diner Mai Liang, was halfway through her fish and squid rings dish, when she discovered the particular chewy piece.

Upon closer examination, she realized that it was a condom. However, the story took another strange twist when the owner of the restaurant, which is located in the Anhui Province, China, grabbed the condom and swallowed it.

The woman said that she does not know if the condom was new or used. Yi Ze Teng, the owner of the restaurant, said that she ate the condom in order to stop arguing with the customer.

She blamed her customer for planting it in the dish in order to get a free meal. Teng said that Liang claimed that if she swallowed the condom she would let the matter go.

The diner hired a lawyer in an attempt to secure a compensation package, and claimed that the owner swallowed the condom to destroy evidence.

Elderly man stabs his much younger wife for hogging their blanket leaving his feet cold

Couple in bed illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

An elderly man became extremely angry at his much younger wife after he woke up with cold feet, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

According to the police, the retired engineer tried to murder his wife with a kitchen knife when he awoke to find her hogging the sheet , leaving him with cold feet.

76-year-old Derek Miller, stabbed his 57-year-old wife Galina, in the back with 10 inch blade and said: “You will die now.” Luckily, she was able to run out of the house in a bathrobe.

After the wife escaped the man called police and told them that he had just tried to kill his wife but failed. Miller also told police that his wife was abusing him for years.

Miller told investigators that when he came home, he gave his wife chocolates and the biggest bunch of flowers he could find. However, he became extremely angry that his wife took the bedsheets for herself despite the fact that he cooked her a good dinner.

Galina was taken to a nearby hospital while bleeding from the shoulder, but her wounds were not life threatening.

Woman gives birth to perfectly healthy boy despite being in coma

Brian Lande with West Nathaniel Lande 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A baby was born perfectly healthy despite the fact that his mother is in a coma, medical staff at a California hospital said.

The 39-year-old woman of Santa Cruz, who has been in a coma for more than 10 weeks, gave birth to the healthy baby boy on Monday.

Melissa Carleton gave birth by Caesarean section to West Nathaniel Lande, at 10:56 a.m. The baby weighed 5 pounds and 9 ounces.

The father, police officer Brian Lande, said that he was happy to have a healthy baby. However, he said that it was extremely painful that his wife was not awake to share the big moment.

Several months ago, Carleton was rushed to emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor. She has been in a coma ever since.

Lande hopes that Carleton will someday gain the ability to hold her baby.

Teacher arrested after raping 5 girls in school toilet

School toilet illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A teacher was arrested on charges of child rape after allegedly raping many girls in a school toilet, police in Nigeria said.

Oyo State Police said that they have arrested Olayinka Oluwadare Folarin, after being accused of raping five girls at the Calvary Heritage Kiddies Castle school.

The victims, who are all between the ages of 10 and 11, have been sexually abused by their teacher on a weekly basis. Two of the victims are orphans.

Folarin committed the abuse in the school toilet and threatened to kill the girls if they told anyone about what was happening. Folarin, who is a father of four children, has been fired from his previous job after being accused of rape.

The abuse came to light after a student at the school noticed one of the victims crying in the hallway. When she was approached, the child said that the teacher had raped her.

The boy notified school administrators, who called the police. Police said that they recovered lubricant gel used by the suspect hidden in the school.

Z-Mart shopper beat up inside store because he is gay

William Eugene Massey 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on charges of assault after he allegedly beat another man because he is gay, police in Tennessee said.

Nashville Police said that the suspect was charged with aggravated assault after a gay slur degenerated into a violent attack.

28-year-old William Eugene Massey, was arrested in connection with the incident that occurred in the Z-Mart located on Dickerson Pike. The incident began when Massey, who was holding a beer while waiting in line at the cash register, was asked “where's the party at?"

Massey responded with a gay slur. The man, who is gay, asked Massey if he had been called the insulting name and Massey said “yes.”

Massey repeatedly asked “Now what happens?” Massey returned to his car and told someone else to help him.

The two suspects came back into the store and punched the victim in the head and face, causing the man to lose consciousness. The victim needed 13 stitches on his face.

Police reviewed surveillance video from the store and a probation officer recognized Massey. Investigators are still looking for the second suspect in the beating.

He was described as a black male in his mid to late 20s. He was wearing his hair in braided lines and appears to be approximately 5 feet nine inches tall. He and Massey left in a gold Chevrolet Avalanche.

Homeless man seen pushing dead body in shopping cart

Shopping cart illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) Residents in Seattle, Washington, were shocked to see a homeless man pushing a shopping cart that contained a dead body, police said.
The incident began when a passerby saw the man with dreadlocks and a casual hat, pushing the shopping cart full of clothes near Martin Luther King Jr. Street and South Austin on Thursday, and realized that human feet were hanging out of the basket.

When police officers arrived at the scene they found that there was indeed a dead body in the basket. The Seattle Police Department said that firefighters determined that the person had suffered fatal injuries.

The cause of death is still undetermined. Witnesses said that the man who was pushing the shopping cart with the body, was rummaging in the garbage can.

When a neighbor confronted him, he left the shopping cart behind and fled. Officers searched the area, but the man was nowhere to be found.

Later, police said that they arrested an unidentified 46-year-old man in connection with the murder.

Young mother kills her 3 daughters while ‘going crazy’

Carol Ann Coronado 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A mother was arrested on charges of murder after killing her three daughters while “going crazy,” prosecutors in California said.

The Los Angeles Police Department said that 30-year-old Carol Ann Coronado, was charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder on Friday.

Coronado is accused of fatally stabbing her three young daughters in Torrance on Saturday. She also tried to kill her mother.

Prosecutors are still deciding whether to seek the death penalty. Coronado remained hospitalized on Friday.

The incident began when Los Angeles County Police received a call around 5:10 p.m. on Tuesday, and responded to the 1000 block of West 223rd Street. When they arrived, officers found family members who told them that the woman killed her three daughters, ages 3, 2, ​​and 2 months.

Neighbors said that the children's grandmother made ​​the gruesome discovery after her daughter called her and said that she was going mad. Coronado's husband was in the yard of the house at the time of the incident.

Man kills his roommate after refusing to give him chocolate

William Alexander Brooks 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A man is dead after he refused to give chocolate to his prison roommate, prosecutors in Georgia.

Now, Clayton County prosecutors said that the inmate was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, for killing his cellmate during a fight over a Reese's peanut butter cup.

22-year-old William Alexander Brooks pleaded guilty to killing Kenneth Robert Grochowski. He was given the possibility of parole as part of a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors.

Brooks, who drowned Grochowski in the toilet bowl, was originally arrested on charges of theft. Grochowski, 57, was found unconscious following a roll call.

The fight started after Grochowski bought candy at the prison shop and gave Brooks one peanut butter cup. However, Brooks wanted all the candy. Brooks beat Grochowski and then held his head in the toilet bowl.

Grochowski was originally jailed on charges of weapons possession, DUI and eluding police.

Woman sentenced to jail after successfully pining speeding tickets on dead husband

Ticket illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

A woman got off easy with her speeding tickets after blaming her speeding on her dead husband.

60-year-old Catherine Goodwin of Nottingham, United Kingdom, successfully got away with two tickets for speeding, claiming that her husband was behind the wheel.

The problem is that her husband has been dead since 2007.

Goodwin was sentenced to six months in jail for two counts of obstruction of justice, and to making fraudulent applications to obtain a passport.

The woman’s lies was uncovered after she applied for a passport for her deceased husband. Authorities said that a car belonging to Goodwin, was caught speeding twice by speed cameras.

Goodwin paid the fines, but avoided getting points on her license by claiming that her husband, Alan, had been driving.

Six penalty points were placed on the dead man’s driving record after he was already deceased.

Workers at the United Kingdom's Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, were unaware of the deceit until Goodwin applied for a passport on behalf of her husband.

This form for the passport was returned to her unprocessed. However, Goodwin resubmit the request, and this time she used a photo of a man she met in Spain.

Officials realized that something was wrong and alerted police, who discovered that Goodwin's husband was no longer alive.

Goodwin's attorney, Steve Gosnell, told the court that his client had been the primary caregiver of her husband and she became depressed after his death.

Judge Ebrahim Mooncey was not sympathetic and sentenced her to six months in jail.

Teenager kills taxi driver for refusing to take short cuts

Aazis Richardson 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A taxi driver was killed by a teenager while doing his job, according to police in Pennsylvania.

The 16-year-old passenger ordered the driver to take shortcuts to get to his destination faster. However, when the driver did not follow the teen’s orders, he was shot and killed, according to police.

Aazis Richardson will be spending many years behind bars.

Richardson was charged with murder after police said he shot 47-year-old Vincent Darbenzio, twice in the head.
The driver's body was found in his vehicle shortly before 5:00 a.m., near the entrance to a Scranton housing complex.

Richardson allegedly told police that he became angry because the taxi driver was taking the long way and scamming him.

Richardson told investigators that the driver kept taking longer routes even after being told about the shortcuts.

Richardson was arrested and a firearm was also recovered. Darbenzio only began working for the taxi company several weeks ago.


Man delivers deer by cesarean section using box cutter after mother deer was hit by car

Fawn illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A compassionate landscaper saved the life of a baby deer by performing a Cesarean section.

The baby deer’s life was saved on Sunday, when the landscaper used a box cutter to perform the Cesarean to take the baby out of its mother’s womb.

Sadly, the baby fawn never knew its mother as it was struck and killed by a car near Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Bill Schulte was on his way home from church when he saw the mother deer being hit by the car in front of him. Schulte pulled to the side of the road to see if the deer needed medical attention.

He realized that the female deer had been killed. He then noticed something moving inside the stomach of the dead deer.

Schulte discovered that the mother was pregnant and he needed to work fast in order to save the unborn animal.
He pulled a box cutter and made an incision. The birth went smoothly and the baby fawn was doing well.

Schulte then placed the deer in his truck and drove 30 minutes to the center of wildlife rehabilitation in Roseville. He handed over the fawn to the care of Rixe Polly, who began feeding it.

The fawn was nicknamed Bambi, and is on the way to recovery.

Restaurant worker laces customer’s food with pubic hair for being rude

The Facebook message 
By: Aarav Sen

A disgusting revenge plot left a KFC customer horrified.

A KFC worker was angry when the customer was disrespectful to another employee.

The employee, who worked at a drive-thru in Cardiff, Wales, allegedly plucked some pubic hair and placed it into the customer’s order to take revenge for the rudeness.

In a Facebook message the KFC employee allegedly wrote that a group of girls came through the KFC drive-thru on Western Avenue, between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

“They threatened my friend who served them, saying she ‘needed to smile more.’ Karma's a b**** girls, hope you enjoyed your food I made for you after over hearing the way you spoke to my girl on the headset. You will be picking pubic hair out of your teeth for a week. Mwah xo,” the Facebook message said.

A spokesperson for the fast food giant said that they have fired the worker involved. However, they did not believe that the food was contaminated in any way.

The spokesperson also said that they have investigated this incident and learned that there was an altercation at the drive-thru between clients and a member of the staff.

“We have the highest standards of food hygiene and do not tolerate even the suggestion of such behavior. The employee was suspended as soon as the matter came to our attention,” the spokesperson said.

Missing girl found in hotel room preparing to have sex with man, 32, after meeting online

Hercules Nelson Jr. 
By: Hydar Tomar

A man was arrested after he was found with a young girl in a hotel room.

The two met and went to a hotel room to have sex after meeting online. The man of Virginia, allegedly drove to Pennsylvania, to meet the 12-year-old girl.

32-year-old Hercules Nelson Jr. of Virginia Beach, allegedly told investigators that he knew the child’s age and planned to have sex with her, police said.

Nelson was charged with attempted rape of a child, indecent assault and kidnapping of a minor amongst other charges.

The search for the girl began on Friday afternoon, when she did not come home from school.

After speaking to some people, the mother learned that her daughter was seen entering a man's car.
Police issued a description of the girl, the vehicle she entered and the man who drove the car, to all police units in the area.

Within half an hour, officers found the man's car in a Harrisburg Pike hotel parking lot. They subsequently found the man and the girl inside a room.

Police said Hercules hooked up with the child after meeting her in a chat room online, and then the two texted each other.

Hercules is being held on $250,000 bond. Police urged parents to talk to their children about the dangers of online predators, and to monitor the activity of their children, both online and in texts.

Kids drawings on father’s passport leaves family stranded in South Korea

The passport 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A kid’s adorable drawings left his family stranded in another country.

Kids love to draw and child psychologists even say that it is good for their development. However, there is a time and place for everything.

One four-year-old child of China, left his father stranded after he scribbled all over the passport when the two were on a trip to South Korea.

The child used the passport as a coloring book and colored into his father’s eyes, and drew him whiskers and a beard.

He also did some other drawings on the passport. The father posted a photo of the passport to a social networking site earlier this week.

The trip's organizers and authorities at the Chinese embassy, helped the father get the necessary paperwork done so that he can obtain a new passport.

Parents lose custody of 5-month-old boy after refusing to give him first name

Name tag illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

A couple lost custody of their child after refusing to name him.

The couple said that they will fight the judge’s order as they believe that they are capable of caring for the child.

The baby of Watford, England, was not given a name by his parents for five months after birth, and will now be placed in foster care.

Mrs. Justice Parker said she was concerned by the lack of a name and by the father’s “dangerous” behavior.

Judge Parker said that not naming the child could be “emotionally damaging.”

When social workers initially came to take the baby, his father assaulted one of them and threatened another worker, an incident that also caused concern for the judge.

The father claimed that he was frustrated by the “invasive” approach used by social services.

The judge also expressed concern about the vulnerability of the baby's mother, who had been diagnosed with a learning disability.

The couple intends to challenge the ruling of Judge Parker in the Court of Appeals.

The judge has not revealed the reason the family decided not to name the baby.

In another incident, a family decided to raise their child gender neutral so that the child can “choose” which gender it wants to associate with.