Like many 21-year-old travelers, I had no plan. No money. And no real assurance that I was even going to be picked up from the airport on a late rainy evening in Central America’s most notoriously dangerous city. Because I also knew no one.26
It’s rare for an American to set foot in Dimona. With an unemployment rate of 14.5%, almost double the national average, Dimona is one of Israel’s poorest cities. Tourist attractions are nonexistent, and if non-Israelis have heard of the city, it’s because of its nuclear reactor.
A 78-year-old Atlanta woman who has been living in the United States for nearly a decade is mulling a return to her native Kazakhstan — now that her access to a benefits program on which she and thousands of other indigent refugees rely is slated to expire.
For the first time in about 30 years, Providence, R.I., public schools will remain open during the Jewish High Holy Days this fall, a decision that came as an unpleasant surprise to the local Jewish community.
More than a week after the Anti-Defamation League publicly opposed the construction of an Islamic community center and mosque two blocks from the former site of the World Trade Center, erstwhile allies of the group continue to lob criticisms at the organization over the statement.28
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