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BY Gabriel Lewin
October 24, 2013

By Michael Olesker Johns Hopkins University Press, 248 pages To be a proud Baltimorean is to be ambivalent. There is perhaps little charm left in Charm City, and yet its people cling to past triumphs and glory days with a fierce tenacity. Michael Olesker’s latest Baltimore history “Front Stoops in the Fifties, Baltimore Legends Come CONTINUE »

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October 17, 2013

Alan Rosenblatt: I’m an employee of Social Security and I was furloughed. Ed Kafes:The government isn’t shutdown, it’s partially shut down. The employees are on a paid vacation. Penina Szojchet­:Not at all. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.CONTINUE »

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BY Chayim Lando
October 17, 2013

When Boston returned to normal after the marathon bombings, Neil Diamond pulled off a classy act. Knowing that the Red Sox played his “Sweet Caroline” during the seventh-inning stretch, he flew into Boston unannounced and uninvited and arrived at the first game played after Bostonians again were free to move about the city. He sang CONTINUE »

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October 16, 2013

Ambassador Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres, published his insider’s account on those experiences in 2010. “The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership” was an instant best seller and received rave reviews from CONTINUE »

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October 10, 2013

Marcy Flicker: My granddaughter became a bat mitzvah last weekend. Even though everything leading up to the event went wrong, the day itself turned out perfect. You just have to have faith in Hashem. Sharon Ryterman: My mother made my bat mitzvah dress and I still have it. It is pink with flowers. Ada Grodzinsky: My grandson, Aaron, CONTINUE »