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BY Marc Shapiro
January 30, 2014

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley gave his eighth and final State of the State address last week in Annapolis. He used the Jan. 23 speech as a way to chronicle his two terms as governor and call on the General Assembly to increase the minimum wage, move toward universal pre-kindergarten, better protect domestic violence victims and CONTINUE »

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Israel’s treatment of thousands of Eritreans, Sudanese targeted
BY Suzanne Pollak
January 30, 2014

Infiltrators. Asylum seekers. Illegal migrants. Migrant Workers. Refugees. The fate of the 53,000 Eritreans and Sudanese who have entered Israel illegally rest on these words. To be granted the right to live and work freely in Israel, the government must rule that those entering its borders left their homeland for fear of persecution and cannot CONTINUE »

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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 »

Loosened restrictions may still violate religious apparel statute
BY Alina Dain Sharon/JNS.org
January 30, 2014

The Pentagon has issued a directive that loosens restrictions for U.S. troops who wish to wear religious garments, such as head scarves, turbans and yarmulkes, with their military uniforms or to grow beards. But while the Department of Defense’s new policy should in some cases benefit Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and members of other faiths, men CONTINUE »

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BY JTA
January 30, 2014

Jewish-American actress Scarlett Johansson has come under fire from human rights groups for serving as a spokeswoman for Israeli carbonated beverage company SodaStream. Oxfam International, a human rights group that Johansson is involved with, took issue with her deal due to its opposition to “all trade from Israeli settlements.” SodaStream has long been the target CONTINUE »