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New trend toward intentional communities is sparking interest in the Jewish world — and in Jewish Baltimore
BY Maayan Jaffe
January 9, 2014

Americans are far more socially isolated today than they were more than two decades ago, according to research funded in 2006 by the National Science Foundation. A quarter of Americans said they have no one with whom they can discuss personal troubles, more than double the number who were similarly isolated in 1985. Overall, the CONTINUE »

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 »