News Briefs: Bregman Named All-Star Game MVP, Wyncote Post Office Renamed for Fallen Jewish Soldier, and More


Post Office Renamed for Fallen Jewish Soldier

The Wyncote Post Office was renamed the Staff Sgt. Peter Taub Post Office Building on July 23 at a ceremony that included a plaque unveiling.

Taub, 30, who was Jewish, was one of six American soldiers killed in Afghanistan in December 2015 by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle. A native of Wyncote, Taub left behind a 3-year-old daughter, Penelope, and a pregnant wife, Christina, who later gave birth to his second child, Petra.

He was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and was out gathering information to make the area safe for other service members to come on and off the base when he was killed.

Taub was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Force Commendation Medal and Air Force Combat Action Medal.

Jewish Player Named MLB All-Star Game MVP

Alex Bregman

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who hit a two-run home run to break a 10th inning tie in baseball’s All-Star Game, was named the Most Valuable Player, according to the Associated Press.

The American League beat the National League 8-6 on July 17.

Bregman is the first Jewish player to win the award. The third-year player also appeared in the previous night’s Home Run Derby but was defeated in the first round.

Pepe the Frog Images Removed from Neo-Nazi Website The Daily Stormer

Cartoonist Matt Furie is fighting to take back the cartoon Pepe the Frog image that has been appropriated as a far-right mascot, according to JTA.

Furie’s lawyers sent copyright violation notices to the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, which removed 90 percent of its 40 Pepe images. The task was made more difficult because the site moved to the “dark web,” according to Motherboard.

Motherboard also said Furie was successful in stopping publication of alt-right children’s book Pepe and Pede, which used the frog image. Furie has also asked white supremacist Richard Spencer to discontinue use of the image.

Furie said Pepe the Frog originally was meant to be a stoner frog.

Toomey Introduces Resolution to Protect Historic Artifacts Found in Iraq

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and three other senators announced July 18 the introduction of a bipartisan measure to help protect historic Jewish artifacts.

The Iraqi Jewish Archives were uncovered by U.S. soldiers in the basement of Saddam Hussein’s secret police headquarters in 2003 and include 2,700 priceless books, religious texts and civic documents.

The contents were badly damaged so the United States and the Coalition Provisional Authority signed an agreement that had the United States restoring the material, then returning it to Iraq. Since preserving the archives, the National Archives and Records Administration has displayed the collection throughout the United States.


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