News Briefs, the Week of June 15, 2017


Man Expected to Plead Guilty to Cyberstalking Charge Tied to Bomb Threats Against Jewish Organizations

Juan Thompson, 32, of St. Louis, is expected to plead guilty this week in Manhattan to a cyberstalking charge stemming from bomb threats against Jewish organizations.

Prosecutors have said Thompson, a former journalist, made the threats as part of a plot against his former girlfriend. Organizations threatened included the Anti-Defamation League and a Jewish museum in New York.

Thompson apparently didn’t make any of the numerous threats made to Philadelphia-area Jewish organizations.

Israeli Michael Ron David Kadar, 18, was arrested in March and faces numerous charge associated with a string of about 120 threats since January.

Ben Platt performing at the 71st annual Tony Awards. | CBS via YouTube

Benj Pasek Wins Tony for Dear Evan Hansen

Ardmore native Benj Pasek, who earlier this year took home an Oscar for his work in La La Land, needs to clear more space on his mantle.

On June 11, the 32-year-old Pasek and his writing partner, Justin Paul, whose lyrics for “City of Stars” won Best Original Song, won the Tony Award for best original score in a musical, Dear Evan Hansen.   

Dear Evan Hansen won six Tony Awards, including best musical, with Ben Platt, who plays the title role, winning the Tony for best performance by an actor in a musical.

Study: More Than 80 Percent of Reform Rabbis are Democrats

Reform rabbis are more likely to be registered Democrats than religious leaders of any other faith, according to a new study, The New York Times reported.

The study, published by Yale University, said more than 80 percent of Reform rabbis are registered Democrats.

African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) leaders ranked second with more than 75 percent being registered Democrats. Unitarians placed third at slightly more than 70 percent.

That’s just ahead of Conservative rabbis, who also are just above 70 percent.

Orthodox rabbis placed 12th in the percentage of registered Democrats at slightly below 40 percent.

Ranking last — with less than 5 percent — were Wisconsin Lutheran ministers.


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