Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

Jared Shelly

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Judy Poliakoff believes that she can make math fun, not an easy chore considering that many high-schoolers find the subject notoriously dull. Her approach is to use tailor-made projects to make computations of all sorts more interesting, more hands-on. This is an educational strategy she used as a teacher at Roxborough High School during her almost 30-year career. She retired...
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As a football player, Alan Veingrad followed a strict training regiment to get himself from 215 pounds at the end of high school - undersized for an offensive lineman - to a solid 290 pounds during the prime of his career in the National Football League. "Everything was laid out. How many repetitions [to do], how much weight goes on...
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Dan Rottenberg wants to bring a level of refinement to critiquing the arts in Philadelphia - and he doesn't think he's alone. "I had an idea there was an audience - I guess I would call it a highbrow audience - that none of the other media outlets are serving," said the 63-year-old. To address that community, the man launched...
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When America went to war in Iraq in March 2003 with the goal of uncovering weapons of mass destruction, the concept of a pre-emptive strike - of self-defense from an attack a country believes to be eminent - was parleyed around in political circles. Indeed, on a conceptual level, Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz, who spoke to 200 people...
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Driving with his brother and a friend in his hometown of Mosul, Iraq, in late autumn last year, 26-year-old Safa Ismael noticed something peculiar: A car in front of him was moving at an extraordinarily slow pace, holding up all traffic. Moments later, insurgents in a car going in the opposite direction pulled up next to Ismael's car and detonated...
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