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Philadelphia Weekly's most recent cover -- the issue of Nov. 14-20 -- has stirred up some debate over what's cute versus what's in poor taste. The full-color front page -- tagged to the paper's annual gift guide -- depicts a tan-and-white hamster with one of its front paws resting on a dreidel. The hamster sports a blue yarmulke and blond...
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French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi once had an idea for a large sculpture to grace the entrance to the Suez Canal. His intent was to have a statue of an Egyptian peasant woman, her face covered with a veil, holding up a lit torch, with broken chains resting at her feet. It was to be called "Egypt Bringing Light to...
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For months, the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition, which represents Jewish federations across the state, has lobbied on behalf of a bill that would mandate the Keystone state to utilize its economic leverage to punish Iran and other nations, including Sudan, that have been labeled by the U.S. State Department as sponsors of terrorism. "Genocide and terrorism will not be tolerated by...
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Israel Consul General Uriel Palti struggled to make himself heard over the jazz band whose sounds -- brass blasts, smooth bass and crashing cymbals -- enveloped the ballroom at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia. With victory already apparent for Democrat Michael Nutter, supporters had begun crowding -- cramming, really -- into the room in anticipation of the hoopla of election-night...
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Jerusalem With the pro-U.S. regime of Pervez Musharraf in crisis following the Pakistani president's move to suspend his country's constitution and scuttle planned parliamentary elections, Israel is watching the developments with great concern. The turmoil in Pakistan presents Israel with several nightmare scenarios. One is that radical Islamists with ties to Al Qaeda actually defeat Musharraf and get their hands...
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