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Student says she and other girls were invited, university opens internal investigation
BY Marc Shapiro
October 23, 2014

A Towson University senior who is taking a class Rabbi Barry Freundel taught prior to his arrest said she and “a couple of other girls” were invited to tour his synagogue. “I had never planned on doing the mikvah, but going to the synagogue sounded like a cool experience,” Karen Berry, who is a student CONTINUE »

Baltimore startup approaches news from a different angle
BY Heather Norris
October 23, 2014

At a time when statistics say young people are less aware of current events than perhaps ever before, the founders of Baltimore-based NewsUp think they have the solution. Years ago, brothers Andrew and Jason Schuster, along with their friend Coleman Anderson, wanted to start a news outlet that millennials could relate to. Last month, they CONTINUE »

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ACLU: County shelter undermining accountability
BY Marc Shapiro
October 23, 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland claims Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) has policies and practices that aim to undermine the shelter’s public accountability. In a statement, the ACLU raised concerns about the shelter, which is in Baldwin in northern Baltimore County, preventing volunteers and members of the public from documenting and speaking out CONTINUE »

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But don’t break the bank
BY Simone Ellin
October 23, 2014

When it was time for his bar mitzvah, Zachary Stein, son of a successful Hollywood talent agent, was given a “Titanic”-themed bar mitzvah party. The affair, which cost a half-million dollars, featured a model of the Titanic with the words, “Mazel tov, Zachary” scrawled on the front of the ship. Among other wacky gimmicks, the CONTINUE »

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Looking back, it was a great time, but a bit ridiculous for a 13-year-old’s party
BY Marc Shapiro
October 23, 2014

It was 16-and-a-half years ago, but I can remember my bar mitzvah like it was yesterday. My brother and I played guitar on the concluding song to close out the service, we had an oneg afterward and then had a few hours until what I’m sure my friends considered the main event: the party. The CONTINUE »