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Sam Gertner keeps on reading, learning
BY Melissa Gerr
January 30, 2014

On Sunday Jan. 26, Sam Gertner — father to three, grandfather to four, great-grandfather to five, accomplished musician, voracious reader, seasoned writer and avid traveler — celebrated a century of living surrounded by family and friends. The party took place at Springhouse of Pikesville, a senior living facility on Reisterstown Road, but Gertner has come CONTINUE »

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Shooting pierces quiet of Howard County suburb
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
January 27, 2014

Last Saturday morning’s fatal shooting at a popular Howard County shopping mall sent shock waves through the typically quiet suburb of Columbia, Md., with members of the area’s close-knit Jewish community joining their neighbors in mourning a sense of safety shattered by a teenager’s bullets. Lynn Green, president of local Reform congregation Bet Aviv, shops CONTINUE »

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State’s Medical Marijuana Commission is taking an academic approach to exploring the plant as a medicine, but critics doubt a program will get off the ground
BY By Marc Shapiro Photos by David Stuck
January 23, 2014

The waiting room at the Takoma Wellness Center looks not unlike a doctor’s office. Two black leather chairs bestride a coffee table, and informational pamphlets reside in a display on the back wall. A hamsa, a Middle Eastern symbol for health, happiness and good fortune, sits above one of the chairs. But in the next CONTINUE »

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In the world of hostage release, success hinges on relentless support
BY Suzanne Pollak
January 23, 2014

Recent events — the release of Jacob Ostreicher, President Barack Obama’s handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro and the ongoing diplomatic talks with Iran — may bode well for the fate of several Americans being held hostage overseas. While each case is different, the outcomes of such figures as Alan Gross in Cuba and Robert CONTINUE »

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Hadassah of Greater Baltimore, Hadassah Medical Organization remain at the forefront of stem cell research and advocacy
BY Melissa Gerr
January 23, 2014

Hadassah of Greater Baltimore’s eighth annual CELL-A-BRATE event will feature a night of music and dancing with Bruce in the USA — a tribute band to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band — as well as a catered reception, drink offerings and a silent auction. The gathering promises to raise critical funds necessary to CONTINUE »