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At 9 years old, JCC swimmer Alan Cherches is making huge waves
BY Melissa Gerr | Photos by David Stuck
May 8, 2014

More than pizza and sharks motivate Owings Mills JCC Barracudas swim team member Alan Cherches. He also calls upon goal setting, time management and technique improvement. And at the age of 9, he has the track record to back it up. Last year, Cherches broke many of 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps’ 8-and-under records, CONTINUE »

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Beth Tfiloh hosts political commentator Charles Krauthammer
BY Simone Ellin
May 8, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and self-described conservative Charles Krauthammer gave his audience plenty of red meat Sunday to hurl at the left-leaning set, and judging from his reception, it didn’t appear that many of them were sitting in the Beth Tefiloh Congregation’s Dahan Sanctuary. In what was billed as the inaugural Haron Dahan Lecture, Krauthammer, CONTINUE »

BY Suzanne Pollak
May 8, 2014

Several Jewish organizations condemned this week’s Supreme Court decision that allows local governments to begin their meetings with a religious prayer as long as no one is coerced into participating. “An individual’s belief — or non-belief — ought not be a prerequisite to accessing the political process,” said Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious CONTINUE »

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Public safety officers, firefighters, state officials pay tribute to Reisterstown firefighter Gene Kirchner and three others who also died in the line of duty in the past year
BY Marc Shapiro
May 8, 2014

A year after her little brother’s death, Shelly Brezicki said her family still thinks about Gene Kirchner every single day. “We had Gene’s unveiling yesterday,” Brezicki said on April 28. “Every day, we remember that Gene’s not here.” Her brother, a member of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company, was just 25 when he died eight CONTINUE »

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Baltimore County Health Department denies accusations about cleanliness, vet care
BY Marc Shapiro
May 8, 2014

More than 100 protestors lined the sidewalk in front of the Baltimore County Council’s offices on Washington Avenue in Towson, holding signs with pictures of dogs and cats and shouting call-and-response chants. “Who kills our dogs and cats?” a woman shouted, to which the crowd answered, “Baltimore County bureaucrats!” The April 21 protest was organized CONTINUE »