From Awareness to Inclusion Quarter century after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, how far have we come?

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When he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law 25 years ago this July, President George H.W. Bush aimed to change the lives of millions of Americans living with disabilities. According to Virginia Knowlton Marcus, executive director of the Maryland Disability Law Center, the broad-based law mandated access to governmental services, employment, business and… Read More

Ohio Rabbi Remains in Jail

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New details have emerged in the case of the Ohio rabbi accused of sexually abusing a Baltimore County girl. Reached at the seminary from which Rabbi Frederick “Ephraim” Karp, who is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson, graduated in 1998, Rabbi Yaakov Spivak, dean of the Ayshel Avraham Rabbinical Seminary in… Read More

The Other Pro-Israel Lobby

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“Usually after the first event, it’s like a firestorm,” said Pastor Scott Thomas, the Florida state director for Christians United for Israel (CUFI). “The excitement hits, the understanding settles in.” That, in short, illustrates the process through which CUFI has become America’s largest pro-Israel organization in less than a decade of existence. In January, CUFI… Read More

A Look Back

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WASHINGTON — The opening of an exhibit at the Austrian Embassy in Washington of more than 50 photographs by an 84-year-old Jewish Nobel laureate was something of an amateur hour — twice over. Both Austria’s ambassador and Martin Karplus, the photographer, referred to the pictures — postcard-style views of Europe in the 1950s and a… Read More

Pikesville High Renovations Scaled Back

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The $44.9 million renovations to Pikesville High School might not include all of the originally proposed improvements due to higher-than-anticipated construction costs. The renovations, which include a new HVAC system, new roof, accessibility upgrades, new classrooms and technology, now includes a list of “add alternates” — pieces that will get done if money is left… Read More

Coming Up Short

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WASHINGTON — For the second year running, a bid to pass a bill intensifying sanctions against Iran appears to be foundering on threat of a presidential veto. In his State of the Union address Jan. 20, President Obama vowed to veto further sanctions legislation, saying it would “all but guarantee” his efforts to achieved a… Read More

Ohio Rabbi Apprehended

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Rabbi Ephraim Karp, director of spiritual living at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, was arrested in New York Jan. 15 on an active felony warrant from Maryland. According to the Queens, N.Y., district attorney’s office, Karp has been charged by the state of Maryland with perverted practice,… Read More

The Hogan Era Budget delivers on promise of cuts

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Newly sworn-in Gov. Larry Hogan started his tenure in office with a bang last week when he announced his 2016 budget, following through on his campaign promise to close the state’s looming budget gap. “Maryland’s FY 2016 budget establishes balance without slashing agencies, laying off workers and while fully funding education and all of our… Read More

Negotiating the Negev The coexistence of development, preservation and growth

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David Ben-Gurion’s vision was to make the Negev desert bloom, but Israel’s efforts to develop the arid lands of its southern interior often pit environmentalists against government land officials, and native Bedouin tribes against an influx of immigrants and longtime Israeli urban-dwellers. Only 8 percent of Israel’s population lives in the vast Negev region, an… Read More

Nisman Mystery Hezbollah, Argentine government fingered in death of AMIA prosecutor

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The mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman seems ripped straight out of a crime thriller. Nisman — the indefatigable prosecutor collecting evidence of culpability in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people — was found dead in his apartment just hours before he was to present… Read More