Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775

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Sophie Buckingham, 7, has always wanted to be somewhere "inside the solar system" so she could know what it's like to behold the infinity of space - and see stars rushing past her. While Sophie's address in the Philadelphia suburbs technically resides in the solar system, the abundance of artificial light, even out beyond the city's limits, has normally prevented...
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According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, some 1.1 million people in the United States fell into poverty last year, bringing the total to 37 million people - or about 12.7 percent of the nation's population. Alarmed by the reality behind these statistics, two Jewish organizations already working to help alleviate the problem have recognized the urgent need to take...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
When area residents tear open their heating bills this winter, their blood might start to boil. Since Oct. 7, the price of natural gas has gone up by 19.4 percent, according to Douglas I. Oliver, a spokesman for Philadelphia Gas Works. "We anticipate that this latest increase will raise the average customer bill by $335 per year," he said. Combined...
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James Dobson, head of the conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family, is thrilled over President Bush's pick to be an associate justice in the Supreme Court. But after statements from Bush that one of White House counsel Harriet Miers' top selling points was her evangelical Christian faith, Jewish groups are collectively wondering aloud what exactly that means. The fact...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Michael Barkann is on TV so much, you might think he doesn't have the time to order his own lunch. But you'd be wrong. "Yo. It's Michael B. Let me get a hot pastrami - I'm talking' smokin' hot … with a bag of chips … no check that, cheese curls," he rattled off in one recent afternoon, calling in...
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