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The Jewish Vote
Jewish community considers issues ahead of election
By Marc Shapiro and Heather Norris
101714_cover_smOn Tuesday, Nov. 4, Marylanders will head to the voting booths to decide who will be the state’s next chief executive. While the Baltimore Jewish community is generally concerned about many of the same issues as others in the state, there are some areas Jewish locals are following closely. CONTINUE>>


Referendum Stalemate
Court appeal for N.Y. election may stall vote for months, years
By Melissa Ger
101714_ramapo_smAll electronic and paper ballots from a Sept. 30 referendum vote in Ramapo, N.Y., were impounded and then ultimately nullified last week by the state’s Supreme Court on allegations of election fraud. Town lawyer Michael Klein has appealed the ruling. CONTINUE>>


Conversations in a Sukkah
Fourth-graders visit “those little huts” and get to know their neighbors
By Melissa Gerr
101714_sukkah_smCommunity Conversations, an organization that works to improve communication and understanding between the Orthodox Jewish population and the African-American population in the Glen, Falstaff, Cheswolde, Cross Country and Mount Washington communities, took 20 fourth-graders from Cross Country Elementary School through the neighborhood this week to gain an appreciation for the holiday of Sukkot. CONTINUE>>


Living in a Dystopian Future
Baltimore Rock Opera Society premieres ‘Electric Pharaoh’ this weekend
By Marc Shapiro
101714_rockopera_smAn ambitious show calls for ambitious materials: LED lights, wigs, foam armor, bicycle tubes, belly-dancing outfits and telescoping wooden columns. CONTINUE>>


Prominent Rabbi, Towson Professor Arrested
D.C. leader accused of installing hidden recording device
By Suzanne Pollak and Dmitriy Shapiro
101714_mikvah_smRabbi Barry Freundel of Kesher Israel Congregation in Georgetown was arrested Tuesday morning at his home in the 3000 block of O Street N.W. by Washington D.C. Metro Police. Freundel, 62, was charged with voyeurism, according to Officer Hugh Carew, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department. CONTINUE>>


A Close Race: Be Counted

By Joshua Runyan
runyan_josh_otIn case you haven’t noticed, Maryland’s got a gubernatorial race shaping up. If the latest polling numbers are any indication, in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1, GOP candidate Larry Hogan has narrowed a once-commanding lead enjoyed by Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to anywhere from 9 percentage points (The Washington Post) to 4. (Hogan’s own campaign released this last result). CONTINUE>>


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