Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774
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Ryan Teitman
When Varsovia Fernandez came to Philadelphia from the Dominican Republic to attend Rosemont College, a neighboring interfaith Jewish-Catholic couple became her surrogate family. She had fled political turmoil, and her new friends helped her perfect her English skills, and taught her about such things as the Passover seder and the concept of mitzvot. They showed her, she said, a "sense...
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Inside a South Philadelphia shooting range, a man rattles off round after round of ammunition using a high-powered 357 magnum. Just a few lanes away, Sloane Milstein -- equipped with ear muffs and eye protection -- methodically positions her feet, loads a small pellet into an air pistol, then slowly raises her gun straight ahead. With seemingly endless, piercing shots...
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Ryan Teitman
The Galloway, N.J., fifth-grader is curled up on the couch, playing with a doll and whispering into her mother's ear -- a habit from when she first began losing her hearing. Eating certain foods triggered the temporary hearing loss, a medical phenomenon doctors still cannot explain. Though her hearing has returned, the old habit remains. She does not appear to...
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Hoping to chip away at Democratic Challenger Bob Casey's consistent lead in the polls, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) has repeatedly touted his ardent opposition to the Iranian regime, arguing that he -- and not his opponent -- has a deep and longstanding commitment to confronting what he labels "Islamic-Fascism." His campaign Web site includes a "Jewish Community Accomplishments" section...
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After U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-District 13) had introduced U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) at a press conference -- one that had everything to do with the campaign to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate, and little to do with Schwartz's own re-election bid -- Lautenberg, perhaps only half-jokingly, said to her that, "We expect you to win comfortably; otherwise,...
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