Palestinian Economy Wins Plaudits, But Statehood Still Distant Without Israel's Cooperation

It is a classic good news-bad news story. The Palestinian economy is booming and for the first time is being acknowledged as strong enough to support an independent state. That is the good part.

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Church Leaders Showing Rifts Over Vatican’s Pius XII Papers

Catholic scholars, no less than Jewish scholars, are frustrated over the Vatican’s decades-long delay in opening its closed Holocaust archives, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan told a Jewish audience April 12.

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A Grave Marker Unveiled for Six Triangle Fire Victims Who Had Been Unknowns

A grave marker inscribed with the names of the six victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire who were only recently identified was unveiled April 5 in Evergreen Cemetery in Brooklyn. The six were buried as unknowns 100 years ago, and later a large monument was dedicated to them at the cemetery. The new stone marker, placed in front of the monument, declares the site to be the final resting place of Max Florin, Concetta Prestifilippo, Fannie Rosen, Dora Evans, Josephine Cammarata and Maria Lauletti.

Tel Aviv Mayor Wants Illegal Immigrants To Feel at Home — Diplomats, Not So Much

He’s the budget-conscious, business-friendly mayor of his country’s most cosmopolitan city. Amid a building boom that has transformed the city’s skyline, critics accuse him of abetting gentrification and pricing out lower-income residents. Meanwhile, at a time when concern over illegal immigrants is playing out in a big way on the national political stage, he has been a staunch defender of providing municipal services to this marginalized group. He’s also busy adding mile-upon-mile of bike lanes.

Top Pinto Aide Tied to Porn Sales and Legal Troubles

In early 2005, porn producer and actor Ashley Gasper realized that someone was bootlegging his films. Counterfeit copies of “Jules Jordan’s Flesh Hunter 6” and “Jules Jordan: Feeding Frenzy 2,” among other titles, were showing up among the DVDs being returned to his distributor.

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