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Rabbi Barry Freundel (Courtesy Towson University)
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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BY Allie Freedman
October 23, 2014

Pizza, bowling and books. Sounds like the perfect recipe.PJ Library, a national program that provides free books with Jewish content to families, is launching its PJ Your Way Program in Baltimore. With more than 200 programs across the country, PJ Library handpicked Baltimore as one of nine pilot cities to begin its new initiative for CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
October 23, 2014

Although his untimely death was nearly a year-and-a-half ago, time has not forgotten Gene Meir Kirchner, a member of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company who died at age 25 on May 2, 2013, eight days after he was critically injured while attempting to rescue someone from a house fire.   On Sunday, Oct. 12, Kirchner CONTINUE »