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George McGovern: A pacifist who wanted to bomb Auschwitz


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 America should use military force abroad.

Case in point: the Allies’ failure to bomb Auschwitz, an episode with which McGovern...

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 a DC Comics lawsuit filed in 2010 seeking a judgment that it owns all copyrights to the Man of Steel,...

Protestants’ letter to Congress straining ties with Jews


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 an upcoming annual Christian-Jewish roundtable meeting, saying the Oct. 22-23 forum was no longer viable. Earlier in the week, the Anti-Defamation...

Arlen Specter remembered as an iconoclast


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, ultimately did in his career. In his 2010 bid for a sixth term, Specter lost the support of both Democrats and...

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 on Oct. 16.

Kunis, who appeared on “That 70’s Show” as a teenager, and more recently in the films “Black...

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 failing grades, were thrown out of school or were forced to repeat classes only because they were Jewish.

“I hereby...

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 one-line news release issued last Friday.

Asked for details about the probe, a Hadassah spokesperson refused to elaborate.

Blum was...

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 Holidays, the Washington Jewish Week reported Wednesday.

In a Sept. 12 note to its membership, the board wrote in part...

Study: Young pro-Israel activists are diverse ideologically, religiously


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 leaders involved in pro-Israel advocacy.

Of the 4,000 or so Israel advocates age 30 and younger who were surveyed, 87 percent...

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 contender for the National League’s Cy Young Award. Wearing No. 10, the former Chicago Cubs’ player swung and missed at...