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Increasingly, Israel’s critics blame the Jews
BY David Holzel and April Simpson
August 7, 2014

Set back from a main street on one side and obscured by trees and shrubs on another, it’s easy to miss Torah V’Emunah, an Orthodox synagogue in a residential North Miami Beach neighborhood. “We don’t even have a sign in front of the synagogue,” said Miriam Bensinger, the rabbi’s wife. “People in the Jewish community CONTINUE »

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The perfect summertime treat gets its own day
BY Ilene Spector | Photos by David Stuck
August 7, 2014

My grandchildren reminded me that Aug. 10 is National S’mores Day. I couldn’t disappoint them, so we decided to have an August S’mores weekend. I prepared by looking up the history of this uniquely American treat. After all, it could be a “Jeopardy” question someday. The name for s’mores originated when people asked for “some CONTINUE »

Candidate for delegate brings $200K suit against former staffers
BY Heather Norris
August 7, 2014

Jay Jalisi surprised many when he won a Top 2 slot in June’s House of Delegates primary election. The District 10 general election candidate defeated three officially supported candidates, losing only to incumbent Del. Adrienne Jones when all votes were totaled. Three days after the election, on June 27, Jalisi, together with his Friends of Jay CONTINUE »

Alan Gross, still captive in Cuba, losing all hope
BY Suzanne Pollak and Dmitriy Shapiro
August 7, 2014

Alan Gross, the contractor from Potomac currently imprisoned in Cuba since 2009, has taken a major turn for the worse, according to Jill Zuckman, a spokeswoman for the family. Gross, 65, “has said that he will kill himself if he is in prison much longer,” Zuckman said. During a permitted visit this past July between CONTINUE »

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Maryland’s secretary of health and mental hygiene moves to academia
BY Marc Shapiro
August 7, 2014

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will be stepping down from his current position and joining the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as its new associated dean for public health practice and training. The move is effective Jan. 1, 2015. Sharfstein will also hold a faculty CONTINUE »