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Jews’ Role Murky As Rebel Banner Drops in Georgia

By Jeff Zell

ATLANTA — Thanks to a last-second compromise reached by lawmakers last week, the state flag of Georgia is about to drop the notorious Confederate battle emblem for the first time in nearly 50 years..The deal — widely seen as a rebuke of Republican Governor Sonny Perdue — came quickly, catching most observers by surprise. But for TyroneRead More


New Welfare Plan Said To Deal Blow To Single Mothers

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Republican efforts to tighten America’s chief welfare plan could drive poor single mothers deeper into poverty, according to a new report.The current welfare plan, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, was enacted as part of the celebrated welfare reform legislation passed by the Clinton administration in 1996.Read More


Sighs of Relief Greet Quebec Separatists’ Defeat

By Sheldon Gordon

MONTREAL — As they observed Passover last week, many members of Montreal’s 100,000-strong Jewish community were also celebrating what some called a liberation of another sort: the defeat in provincial elections of the nationalist Parti Quebecois, which had been trying since 1994 to promote Quebec’s secession from Canada.The PartiRead More


Cabinet Pick Opens Door to ‘Map’ Push

WASHINGTON — With the last-minute breaking of a deadlock in Ramallah over the formation of a new Palestinian Cabinet, the Bush administration appears once again to have been vindicated in its “vision” of Palestinian reforms leading to a renewed peace process.The deadlock ended Wednesday when Yasser Arafat accepted the Cabinet presentedRead More


Passover Laws Divide Coalition

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Sharon’s government faced a possible new coalition crisis this week after the Interior Ministry, led by the anti-clerical Shinui party, declined to enforce laws against public display of leavened foods, or chametz, during Passover.The ministry policy led to protests from Orthodox politicians, who called on SharonRead More


Newsdesk April 25, 2003

JCC CFO Pleads GuiltyA Florida woman pleaded guilty to stealing more than $20,000 from a Jewish community center where she was chief financial officer. Wendi Korb, 37, was placed on probation and must pay $25,000 to the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches immediately, and $45,000 more during the next 10 years. Korb, 37,Read More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Pipes Seam: The recent nomination of Daniel Pipes to the board of the quasi-governmental United States Institute of Peace sparked a battle of pens between Beltway and Big Apple editorialists, with trench lines being drawn around the conservative Middle East scholar’s belief in the militancy of Muslim Americans.“The BushRead More


In a Time of War, Runner Ties a Yellow Ribbon

By Rob Charry

Deena Drossin is one of the fastest women on earth. She’s the fastest female marathoner in American history. She’s considered the American distance runner with the best shot at winning a medal at next year’s summer Olympics in Athens. For now, though, the color she runs for is yellow — the color of the ribbon she wears around herRead More


Doing Well by Doing Good: ‘Tax Cheat’ Trumpets Largesse

By Daniel Treiman

Marc Rich, the pardoned tax fugitive, has given away more than $100 million in the last two decades, according to an elegant, hard-bound history of his philanthropic work issued recently by his foundation.It turns out, though, that even if recipients returned every penny, it still might not be enough to settle his tax bill. NewRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Does the presidential candidacy of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman have a Jewish problem? Some folks seem to think so.The Hartford Courant took its home-state senator to task last week for what it called his “dismal” first-quarter contribution filing, saying there was a “Jewish wrinkle” to Lieberman’s lackluster showing: TheRead More





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