Monday, July 28 2014 9:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:24:27 GMT
Dollar Tree is buying out Family Dollar to create the largest discount retailer in America. Many people who shop both stores say they are significantly different and some are concerned what the acquisitionMore >>
Dollar Tree is buying out Family Dollar, creating the largest discount retailer in America. People who shop at both stores say they have significant differences, and some shoppers are concerned about what the acquisition will mean. More >>
"I'm Thankful" Written by Nina Sapir
Birthdays come once a year. My grandmother used to say that every day is your birthday. This can also be applied to today, Thanksgiving.
In Judaism, we thank God daily, for all things large and small, from waking up in the morning to the food we eat, even for being able to go to the bathroom. Many Americans living abroad, including here in Israel, celebrate Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for, both today and every day. This year, I have many things I am thankful for.
I am thankful for all of the comforting words from family, friends, and even people I do not even know who are concerned for our well being, the people who have constantly asked how we are doing, who are keeping us in their thoughts and prayers as they go about their daily lives far away from the sirens and rockets.
I am thankful that they do not need to choose which of the 36 patients in the hospital ward will get to be the ones who make it to the shelter when the siren goes off because there are not enough hands to get everyone there on time, or that they will have to decide if they should stay home and hide under a table or in a hallway because it takes too long to get to a shelter down the street.
I am thankful that friends volunteering in Ashkelon and friends on their way home from work in Tel Aviv who see the Iron Dome intercepting rockets while trying to take cover in a bus stop walk away a bit shaken up, yet remain physically unscathed.
I am grateful for the people who immediately run out of the shelters to help put out a fire in a home or car, a fire ignited by a direct hit from a rocket or to administer preliminary first aid to someone with shrapnel wounds and burns before the paramedics arrive.
I am thankful that someone thought to start a campaign to order pizzas from abroad for families in the war torn south. That the person organized a list of local pizza places that will accept orders paid by credit card over the phone made by someone from out of the country to have delivered to a family stuck in a bomb shelter in places like Ashdod, Be'er Sheva, Sderot, and Kiryat Gat.
I am thankful that when the air raid siren went off on Tuesday at 2:15 p.m., while my daughter was still at school everyone there knew what to do. Thankful that later that evening her teacher sent an email saying how proud the entire staff was that as soon as the siren went off everyone went to their assigned shelters in a timely and organized manner just like they practiced, that the older students, who are all of 11 and 12 and in the 6th grade helped calm down the first and second graders who were scared and started to cry.
I am thankful that when walking to the local mini market later Tuesday afternoon with my son to buy eggs we stopped to look at a ladybug and he had the piece of mind to ask what the ladybugs do when the siren goes off. He wanted to know if they also have shelters they can fly off to when they hear the "wheeeeeeeeeee BOOM!"
I am thankful that the woman from Beitar who had rocks and Molotov cocktails thrown at her car Tuesday night is now listed in moderate condition, better than the severe to critical condition she was listed in yesterday.
I am thankful that no one was killed in the terrorist bus bombing in Tel Aviv yesterday afternoon, a terrorist attack that took place while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon were in the Middle East brokering a very short lived ceasefire between the sides, a terrorist attack that was celebrated with gunfire and rock throwing and tire burning on our roads and the passing out of sweets to children in the streets by the perpetrators, the same people currently celebrating with fireworks and gunfire at Israel's failure to bring them to their knees.
I am thankful that I am able to host friends from Be'er Sheva for the weekend, friends who have been living out of suitcases for the last week instead of staying home to run from rockets while their children climb the walls from boredom because there is no school and it is too dangerous to go outside and play. They are Israeli; it will be their first Thanksgiving. Granted we will be having our Thanksgiving meal on Friday night for our Sabbath dinner, this year we all have what to be thankful for.
Saturday, July 26 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-07-26 15:48:44 GMT
(WMC) - A man identifying himself as a sheriff's deputy collecting money for a church walked into the wrong business Friday. "This individual walked in, said 'I work for the sheriff's department, andMore >>
A man identifying himself as a sheriff's deputy collecting money for a church walked into the wrong business Friday.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
They were born just two weeks apart. A 10-week-old baby and 8-week-old pit bull have a fascinating relationship. They absolutely adore each other! Louisiana native Brandi Hodges, 25, has posted photosMore >>
A 10-week-old baby and 8-week-old Pitbull have a fascinating relationship. They absolutely adore each other!More >>
Sunday, July 27 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-07-27 16:51:59 GMT
Two men suspected in a gang rape of a woman at a Shell Gas station turned themselves into police on Saturday. According to the Jackson Police Department, the incident allegedly occurred Friday, July 18More >>
Two men suspected in a gang rape of a woman at a Shell Gas station turned themselves into police on Saturday. More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:26:47 GMT
(WMC) – Maurice Brown Jr. would have turned 6 years old just three days ago, but in 2012 his life was cut short. His body was found in a dumpster and his own father is charged with his murder. MauriceMore >>
Maurice Brown Sr. faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of his son. In court on Monday, he pleaded not guilty. More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:54:07 GMT
Leaders of Oasis Church say they received more than 1,000 inquiries about the free house, but those interested say it would cost too much to move the structure.More >>
A free house offer fell through for a Pascagoula church. Last month, WLOX reported that Oasis Church wanted to find a good home for an old house. Leaders posted the house on social media and Craigslist. The post went viral, but there were no takers. So this week, the house came crashing down.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:04:58 GMT
The victim of a vicious gang rape is warning other women in the metro area. The victim and her attorney talked about the attack exclusively with WLBT. The 35-year-old woman, whose identity we are protecting,More >>
The victim, whose identity we are protecting, said, "He put the gun to my head and told me to take my clothes off. And that's when I couldn't do nothing. I was just standing there crying. And the other dude came from behind the truck. He put one in my side. And they bent me over in my front seat and they started raping me over and over again." More >>