Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Iyyar 2, 5775
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Geoffrey W. Melada JE Feature
PITTSBURGH You might not have known that Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, the two-term Republican incumbent, was fighting for his political life when he strode into the Crafton Volunteer Fire Company for a rally on the eve of Election Day. The 48-year-old Pittsburgh-area native -- followed by his wife Karen and their six young children -- looked casual in a brown...
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Geoffrey W. Melada, JE Feature
PITTSBURGH Lynn Swann is a man who hasn't grown accustomed to losing. The 54-year-old from Sewickley Heights, just north of Pittsburgh, was a star football player for the University of Southern California who made it to two Rose Bowls. After being drafted by the Steelers in 1974, Swann went on to earn four Super Bowl rings with the team in...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Democratic Gov. Edward G. Rendell's supporters packed the ballroom at Philadelphia's Warwick Hotel, and crowded around television sets, which fed them up-to-date information on competitive races throughout the country. They watched with an intensity of focus, as the scroll of numbers across the screen slowly unveiled whether or not Democratic candidates throughout the country could unseat Republicans from their positions...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann expected a parade of ghoulish figures to enter her West Philadelphia mansion on Halloween night. Still, when a student dressed as a suicide bomber posed with the costumed president -- and then posted the picture online -- the incident caused more than just a holiday scare. To many in the Jewish community, in particular,...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
On April 29, 1945, Ernest Gross, a 19-year-old Romanian Jew, found himself waiting in a line of prisoners at the Dachau concentration camp, outside Munich. After 11 months in captivity in various camps, Gross' body was reduced to mere skin and bones. As he made his way toward the front of the line, he got his first glimpse of the...
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