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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 »

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Hitler aide’s lost papers reveal longing for approval
BY Suzanne Pollak
January 23, 2014

Adolf Hitler’s close confidant Alfred Rosenberg actively sought out his leader’s praise, but was himself deeply-committed to the cause of creating a superior race in a world without Jews. So concludes Juergen Matthas, director for applied research at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. As the point man at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum assigned CONTINUE »

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Senate committee ponders looking to Germany to solve shortfall
BY Suzanne Pollak
January 23, 2014

Government grants and health insurance companies award a bigger share of benefits to senior citizens living in residential facilities, but Holocaust survivors are better off aging in their own homes, according to several people testifying at a two-hour Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing Jan. 15. The United States, they reasoned, must convince the German CONTINUE »