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Home invasion, carjacking attempt worry residents
BY Marc Shapiro
March 13, 2014

For young couples looking to raise families in a Jewish neighborhood, the close-knit neighboring communities of Pikesville and Park Heights are attractive places. But for some, recent incidents of crime have tarnished that vision. “We’re really concerned, because we moved to this part of town because it was more of a quiet, safe part of CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
March 13, 2014

In response to the growing unrest in Ukraine, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore announced the launch of a Ukraine Assistance Fund to provide support for that country’s Jewish community. “One hundred percent of all funds raised will support relief efforts; funds will ensure home deliveries of food, medicine, heating and cooking fuel to CONTINUE »

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Opposition to BJC-backed anti-boycott bill succeeds in watering down legislation
BY Suzanne Pollak and Heather Norris
March 13, 2014

Those both for and against a bill in Annapolis that would financially penalize any college that was involved in an academic boycott of any country with which Maryland has an official relationship had some strong words for the legislature last week during lengthy committee hearings in both the Senate and the House of Delegates. The CONTINUE »

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Maryland’s Public Service Commission passes opt-out penalty as legislators call for deeper explanation, consumer protection
BY Marc Shapiro
March 6, 2014

Maryland residents who wish to opt out of new wireless electric meters will pay to keep the current analog meters. The Maryland Public Service Commission established one-time upfront and monthly fees for customers of BGE, Pepco, DPL and SMECO who don’t want to have smart meters installed on their properties. The upfront fees can be CONTINUE »

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New book poses questions at the intersection of science, religion
BY Melissa Gerr
March 6, 2014

“Jewish science” was a term used in Nazi Germany that packed a racist and political charge, spoken with the intention to denigrate the work of Albert Einstein and his Jewish contemporaries. In his book “Einstein’s Jewish Science,” philosopher and author Steven Gimbel dissects this accusation — investigating the pathways of Jewish identity, religion and culture CONTINUE »