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BY Suzanne Pollak (Washington Jewish Week)
January 9, 2014

A huge floor-to-ceiling map at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Wheaton was taken down Monday, following complaints that it depicted a distorted version of the Middle East: omitting Israel while including Palestine, misplacing Tel Aviv, misrepresenting the shape of the West Bank and not mentioning Gaza. Following numerous emails on a local Jewish community listserv CONTINUE »

Resolution urges State Department to contest country’s treatment of U.S. academics associated with Palestinian universities
BY Melissa Gerr
January 9, 2014

The Modern Language Association, perhaps best known for its rulings on writing style and bibliographical usage by English-language students, researchers and professors the world over, is wading once again into the murky pool of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the group’s convention in Chicago this month, members of its Delegate Assembly reportedly will vote on a CONTINUE »

BY Melissa Gerr
January 9, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration designated Virginia, New York, Texas, North Dakota, Nevada and Alaska as testing areas for unmanned aircraft systems, popularly known as drones. The designations, part of a plan to safely integrate pilotless aircraft into the national airspace system, will see institutions in Maryland (the University System of Maryland), New Jersey (Rutgers University) CONTINUE »

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BY Heather Norris
January 9, 2014

While Baltimore City was garnering national attention for its staggering murder rate in 2013, Baltimore County was quietly becoming one of the safest areas in the region. In 2013, the county saw 19 homicides — 14 of which the department said involved people who knew each other — bringing the 2010-2013 homicide rates to the CONTINUE »

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ASA’s call for academic boycott of Israel has invoked response by many
BY Melissa Gerr
January 9, 2014

Nearly 100 academic institutions from across the nation have issued formal statements rejecting the American Studies Association’s December vote on the endorsement of, and participation in, a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Four American studies departments — at Brandeis University, Indiana University, Kenyon College and Penn State Harrisburg — have gone so far as to CONTINUE »