Maryland Congressional Representatives Push For New FBI HQ

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Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, as well as Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-5) and Donna Edwards (D-4), are hoping the Federal Bureau of Investigation will open its new headquarters in Greenbelt. “Prince George’s County has the ability to donate, at no cost to the federal government, the proposed location that meets the size requirements and… Read More

Tamar Epstein’s 5-Year Battle for Marital Freedom Apparently Over

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Some are saying that Tamar Epstein, the former Silver Spring resident who has not received a Jewish divorce for more than five years, is now free to go on with her life. Details of the arrangement are sketchy, however, as a source close to her former husband denied that an official Jewish bill of divorce,… Read More

Paying More For Energy

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On Dec. 13, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) ordered partial gas and electric distribution rate increases, as well as a surcharge to fund accelerated grid reliability. According to Regina L. Davis, a spokeswoman at the PSC, the commission’s order balanced various interests and obligations, including the need to set just and reasonable rates, ensure… Read More

Credit Card Numbers Compromised For 40 Million Target Customers’

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Credit and debit card information of approximately 40 million Target customers was accessed by unauthorized means between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, according a statement the company released on Thursday, Dec. 19. The theft included customer name, credit or debit card number, expiration date and CVV, the three- or four-digit security code on the back… Read More

Anti-Defamation League’s Top 10 Issues Affecting Jews in 2013

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The Anti-Defamation League compiled a list of 10 significant issues and events that the organization determines could affect the lives of Jews worldwide. Nuclear arms talks, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and increases in anti-Semitic attacks are found on the list, as well as the election of Pope Francis and his positive influence on Catholic-Jewish relations. The list… Read More

24 Hours Under The Radar

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On Nov. 21, 2013, the staff of the Baltimore Jewish Times sought out, photographed and engaged with Jewish Baltimore. Twenty-four hours. Three teams. One city. An impressive and diverse cross section of the area’s Jewish people. What comprises Jewish Baltimore? A lot of very different people, places, traditions and organizations, to be sure. “24 Hours… Read More

Increased Sanctions Proposed For Iran

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Defying the Obama administration’s push for a diplomatic way to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program, 26 U.S. senators introduced legislation calling for increased sanctions if Iran violates an international six-month agreement that has yet to go into effect. The legislation introduced last week requires further reductions in purchases of Iranian petroleum and applies additional penalties… Read More

Taking Initiative

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One of the core characteristics of being in the National Honor Society is service. Students frequently spend time tutoring other students as part of this commitment. One student at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School felt that his chapter was not doing enough. He took action. Junior Zach Azrael, vice president for service in BT’s… Read More

Pay Check

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A pay raise could be in the future for Maryland politicians. The General Assembly Compensation Committee and the Governor’s Salary Commission will recommend salary increases for the governor, lieutenant governor and state legislators when the General Assembly goes back into session Jan. 8. The General Assembly Compensation Commission will recommended that members of the Maryland House… Read More

An Academic Exercise

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Four months into his tenure as CEO of Hillel International, Eric Fingerhut says he understands several things. “Everyone understands that the discussion about Israel on campus has gotten complex. There are legitimate areas for discussion, and Hillel wants to foster robust dialogue and build [the students’] connection to Israel, which is my ultimate goal.” In… Read More