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(Orthodo)X-Men

By Ami Eden

In the long-running comic book series “The Uncanny X-Men,” a string of genetic mutations gives birth to a sub-species of humans endowed with super powers. The mutants strike fear in political and military leaders, who worry that this new breed will supplant its genetic predecessors.Read More


In Sickness and Health (Care): Marrying To Get a ‘Blue Card’

By Amy Waldman

Several days ago I developed a dreadful cough and started feeling feverish. Fearing pneumonia, I rushed home to my boyfriend and said, “Let’s get married!”I am one of more than 41 million Americans who, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, currently live without health insurance, . Nine months ago I left a career as an analyst on Wall StreetRead More


Restitution Deadlines Approaching

From Aach to Zywietz, hundreds of thousands of names are waiting to be rediscovered on the Web site of the International Commission of Holocaust Era Insurance Claims.The list of 363,232 names, on the Internet since April 30, represents unpaid insurance policies belonging primarily to Jews in Nazi Germany. It is the most comprehensive such listRead More


Newsdesk May 23, 2003

Einstein Site LaunchedA new Web site dedicated to Albert Einstein was launched this week by Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the California Institute of Technology.The site provides access to 43,000 never-before-published documents, articles, photographs and scientific papers taken from the Einstein Archives at Hebrew University.HanochRead More


Boxing Writer Learned His Love of the Gloves as a Child

By Rob Edelman

Long before Budd Schulberg made his name as a boxing writer, he was a devoted fan of the sport.On June 8, the author of “On the Waterfront” and “What Makes Sammy Run?” will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame & Museum in Canastota, N.Y. During a recent phone conversation with the Forward, Schulberg recalled how hisRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

‘Blue Book’: “There is a good reason why neither Congress nor the American Jewish leadership supports the release of Jonathan Pollard from prison,” John Loftus writes in the June issue of Moment magazine. “They all were told a lie — a humongous Washington whopper of a lie.”The truth, says Loftus, a former prosecutor and head of theRead More


Moving On After Crown Heights Verdict

By Nacha Cattan

Two days after the verdict in the third trial of Lemrick Nelson Jr., a mix of black and Jewish leaders met in Crown Heights to announce that the community would move forward not backward.The message was delivered at a press conference May 16 on Kingston Avenue to a handful of passersby — mostly children — and even fewer journalists. ManyRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman’s May 13 appearance in front of a group of young Democrats in New York prompted divergent reactions in the national media.The Associated Press led its story about Lieberman’s speech to 400 supporters of Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century by noting the “hissing” and “jeers” that greeted theRead More


Major Suspected Al Qaeda Attacks Since September 11, 2001

By Forward Staff and JTA

April 11, 2002 — Djerba, Tunisia. In a suicide attack, a tanker truck explodes at an ancient synagogue on the island of Djerba killing 21 people, including 14 German tourists.Read More


WELCOME TO WASHINGTON

Split on Church-State CaseJewish organizations are gearing up for a landmark Supreme Court church-state case, following Monday’s decision by the court to hear an appeal regarding government funding for religious education.The case involves Joshua Davey, a theology student in the state of Washington who applied for a state grant to help pay hisRead More





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