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BY Dmitriy Shapiro
January 30, 2014

Moments after President Barack Obama finished his State of the Union address Tuesday, members of Congress were already picking apart the speech. Some, like Tea Party favorite Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, thought the president was less antagonistic to congressional Republicans than in previous speeches. But, he said, “He could have pulled all of the Obamacare CONTINUE »

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During a routine shift in the Northwestern District, officers face a myriad of problems — from the mundane to the very serious
BY Heather Norris
January 30, 2014

In a city where the murder rate, which just hit a four-year high with 234 homicides recorded in 2013, gains national attention year after year, it’s just business as usual for officers in Baltimore’s busy Northwestern District. “You’re never more than a block away from sheer, unadulterated violence,” says police officer Jacob Gabbard. Gabbard, 38, CONTINUE »

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Disabilities awareness month features webinars, programs, speakers
BY Melissa Gerr
January 30, 2014

The goal of the National Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month is to initiate discussion and promote inclusion for everyone in all aspects of Jewish life, regardless of their physical or mental ability. But “the discussion shouldn’t be about deciding things for people with disabilities but should include people with disabilities in the discussion,” said Shelly Christensen, CONTINUE »

Federations receive disbursementsto provide employment for people with disabilities
BY Simone Ellin
January 30, 2014

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore is among five federations nationwide to receive a Ruderman Family Foundation Opportunity Initiative grant to place young adults with disabilities in workplace-based internships and fellowships. The Jewish Federations of North America, which is working with the foundation to implement the initiative, also will have a fellow in its CONTINUE »

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Park Heights mosque making progress
BY Heather Norris
January 30, 2014

Two years ago the residents of Northwest Baltimore and Pikesville learned that a mosque would be moving into their neighborhood. After years of waiting on renovations and inspections, the Ahmadi Muslim mosque finally will open its doors later this year, giving residents of the predominantly Jewish community an opportunity to interact with a population that CONTINUE »