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George McGovern: A pacifist who wanted to bomb Auschwitz

By RAFAEL MEDOFF

WASHINGTON (JTA) — George McGovern is widely remembered for advocating immediate American withdrawal from Vietnam and sharp reductions in defense spending. Yet despite his reputation as a pacifist, the former U.S. senator and 1972 presidential candidate, who died Sunday at 90, did believe there were times when...
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Superman belongs to DC Comics, judge affirms

(JTA) — The heirs of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster do not have the right to reclaim copyrights to the popular character, a federal judge ruled. Wednesday’s ruling in California gives DC Comics, owned by Warner Bros., all rights to Superman for books, movies, television and other medium.

In response to...
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Protestants’ letter to Congress straining ties with Jews

By NEIL RUBIN

WASHINGTON (JTA) — When 15 prominent American Protestant leaders sent a letter to Congress last week calling for an investigation and possible suspension of U.S. aid to Israel, at least one outcome was certain: The Jews wouldn’t like it. On Wednesday, Jewish groups unilaterally pulled out of...
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Arlen Specter remembered as an iconoclast

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — During his 30 years in the clubby confines of the U.S. Senate, Arlen Specter never lost his acerbic prosecutorial zeal, friends and associates say. The insistent questions, the commitment to independence that made the longtime Pennsylvania senator a critical player in recent U.S. history,...
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Esquire names Mila Kunis ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’

(JTA) — Actress Mila Kunis was named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive for 2012. The magazine, which shows Kunis on the cover wearing just a pair of pants, called Kunis “the most beautiful, opinionated, talkative, and funny movie star that we’ve all known since she was nine.” The issue hits newsstands...
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Emory University apologizes for anti-Semitism at dental school

(JTA) – Emory University issued a formal apology to Jewish dental students who attended the school between 1948 and 1961 and faced anti-Semitism. University President James Wagner delivered the apology at a special event Wednesday night that included 32 former students now in their 70s and 80s. The students had received...
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Hadassah concludes probe of ex-COO Blum

BALTIMORE (JTA) — Hadassah concluded its investigation of former COO Larry Blum for allegedly misusing his corporate credit card but declined to release any details. “The issues between Larry Blum and Hadassah have been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of both Mr. Blum and Hadassah,” the organization said in a...
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Rabbi banned from D.C. area synagogue

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Rabbi David Kaye, who was convicted in 2006 for trying to sexually solicit a minor, was told he could no longer worship in a synagogue in suburban Washington. The board of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, Md., notified congregants of the decision just before the High...
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Study: Young pro-Israel activists are diverse ideologically, religiously

By NEIL RUBIN

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jewish student leaders may be strident in their Israel advocacy, but they are tolerant in defining pro-Israel activism and diverse in their political views. Those are among the major findings of a new survey being billed as the first major study of North American young adult...
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Adam Greenberg strikes out in ‘second chance’ at bat

(JTA) — Adam Greenberg, who was beaned in his only Major League at-bat in 2005, struck out as a pinch-hitter after being given a one-day contract by the Miami Marlins. Greenberg was fanned on three pitches in the sixth inning by the New York Mets’ R.A. Dickey, a knuckleballer and leading...
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