Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774
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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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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
For Estelle Gilbert, voting on Nov. 7 meant voicing her opinion on one particular issue: the war in Iraq. "Get the war over in Iraq," said Gilbert after voting at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim in Northeast Philadelphia. "Bring the boys home!" The issues were not so cut-and-dried for some other voters in the the 58th Ward, 13th Division. For...
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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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SCRANTON, Pa. Democrat Bob Casey led in the polls virtually from the moment he announced his candidacy to unseat Sen. Rick Santorum some 20 months ago. Nevertheless, analysts argued that the Republican -- a skilled debater and a fierce campaigner -- would find a way to close the gap and take the contest to the distance. But in the end,...
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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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