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Candidate for delegate brings $200K suit against former staffers
BY Heather Norris
August 7, 2014

Jay Jalisi surprised many when he won a Top 2 slot in June’s House of Delegates primary election. The District 10 general election candidate defeated three officially supported candidates, losing only to incumbent Del. Adrienne Jones when all votes were totaled. Three days after the election, on June 27, Jalisi, together with his Friends of Jay CONTINUE »

Alan Gross, still captive in Cuba, losing all hope
BY Suzanne Pollak and Dmitriy Shapiro
August 7, 2014

Alan Gross, the contractor from Potomac currently imprisoned in Cuba since 2009, has taken a major turn for the worse, according to Jill Zuckman, a spokeswoman for the family. Gross, 65, “has said that he will kill himself if he is in prison much longer,” Zuckman said. During a permitted visit this past July between CONTINUE »

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Maryland’s secretary of health and mental hygiene moves to academia
BY Marc Shapiro
August 7, 2014

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will be stepping down from his current position and joining the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as its new associated dean for public health practice and training. The move is effective Jan. 1, 2015. Sharfstein will also hold a faculty CONTINUE »

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Beth Sholom in Frederick gets its man
BY Suzanne Pollak
August 7, 2014

Rabbi Jordan Hersh can finally have a rest from his twice-monthly commute from New York City to Frederick. After one year of leading services, teaching and counseling part time at Beth Sholom Congregation, he has been named the congregation’s full-time rabbi. Hersh, 32, had been working at the 150-member synagogue as a Gladstein Fellow, a CONTINUE »

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Demonstration meets counter-demonstration at Penn Station
BY Heather Norris
August 7, 2014

When Raquel Minka heard about a rally taking place in downtown Baltimore protesting Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, she had to do something. “They’ve been having so many,” she said of the pro-Palestinian demonstration. “We also need a chance to speak up.” Minka took to Facebook to organize her own demonstration — one in support of CONTINUE »