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June 24 is primary day, but turnout could prove to be a big issue for candidates
BY Marc Shapiro and Heather Norris
June 19, 2014

With contested races, large candidate pools and open seats, the June 24 primary elections could see a considerable amount of shakeup in local offices. In addition to the gubernatorial primaries — where Democratic voters will choose between Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur, and Republican voters will choose between CONTINUE »

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Death Race drives Pikesville personal trainer
BY Stacy Karten
June 19, 2014

While most of the expected 300 participants would be happy just to finish the Summer Death Race, which starts on Friday, June 2, in Pittsfield, Vt., Harrison Lessans, 23, of Pikesville is training for this ultimate challenge with the intent of being in the top percentile of the usual 15 to 20 percent of the CONTINUE »

Israel Restoration Ministries still soliciting its proselytizing message to Jewish people
BY Melissa Gerr
June 19, 2014

Israel Restoration Ministries is back in town, and Ruth Guggenheim of Jews for Judaism, among many others, is concerned. “This is the same group that blanketed us a year ago, it’s disturbing,” said Guggenheim. “They think they can come in and disrespect our community. … They are spiritual predators, they are preying on our community, CONTINUE »

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Maryland anatomical donors receive burial at state site
BY Story and photos By Melissa Gerr
June 19, 2014

Dr. Alan Seyfer claimed his most valued instrument as a surgeon during his more than 40 years of practice has been, on many occasions, his in-depth knowledge of human anatomy. Seyfer, chair of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene State Anatomy Board, speaking to a crowd of approximately 250 at the Maryland Anatomical Donors CONTINUE »

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson addresses a Brooklyn audience in 1987. Photo by Mordecai Baron via Wikimedia Commons
Flurry of books and events 20 years after leader’s passing
BY Joshua Runyan
June 19, 2014

Several new books are seizing upon the upcoming 20th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe to point out how much the late Jewish leader’s teachings have bearing upon the events of today. Not following the trend of previous works, which subjected the unprecedented growth in the Chabad- Lubavitch movement — either from 1951, CONTINUE »