Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

By:
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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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
On Tuesday, the difference in mood between Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach's camp and that of his democratic challenger Lois Murphy seemed like night and day. While an energized crowd of several hundred partied until the wee hours at Murphy's gala in King of Prussia, Gerlach's Exton-based affair emptied out early. And though Gerlach himself appeared calm and collected...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
It took Maxine Chalker nearly 40 years to muster up the courage to face her past. Even then, finding her biological family wasn't so easy: It required tracking down the judge who approved her adoption, writing to dozens of churches in Philadelphia, and waiting for months to get answers. The investigation paid off. Chalker, who was born Christian, but adopted...
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What was thought to be an easy win turned into an uphill battle for a sitting House member
After a campaign hinged on his experience as a veteran of the Iraq war -- and his desire to change the American course of action -- Democrat Patrick Murphy appeared to have eked out a razor-thin decision to unseat Republican incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick in the 8th Congressional District. Murphy won by 1,521 votes in an election where almost 250,000 votes...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
When she arrived at Villanova University last year for her first days of college, Dana Tartazky had good reason to feel a bit more anxious than the average student. "I was shaking," she admitted. "I couldn't talk. I was in shock." For Tartazky, who grew up in Haifa, Israel, it was the first time that she had ever been to...
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