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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 28, 2005 / 26 Mar-Cheshvan, 5766

A capitol of offenses

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you've been following the news, you may think, as I do, that the most fascinating caper around the nation's capital in recent days does not involve politics, national security or a White House aide called "Scooter."


It involves a young woman famously known as the "Cell Phone Bandit."


By now, you've probably seen the grainy bank surveillance photos of the young and determined woman with the sunglasses on top of her long dark hair and the little cell phone tucked under her ear as she presents a shoe box with a note stuck on top that tells the teller to fill the box with cash.


The surveillance photos raised interesting questions, like, who is she talking to?


And, why doesn't she have a hands-free headset?


And, is she just shy or too engrossed in her conversation to say, "Stick 'em up"?


Whatever her real story, she appeared to me to be a naive amateur to have decided to use a bank as her personal ATM, especially since your average bank has almost as many cameras as a presidential press conference.


Besides, bank robbers are like potato chip addicts; they usually can't stop with just one and that rule apparently applies to the Cell Phone Bandit.


After a flood of phone tips, Candice R. Martinez, a 19-year-old community college student, and her boyfriend, Dave Chatram Williams, also 19 and a former employee of the bank chain that was robbed, were arrested and confessed to the crimes, according to the FBI.


It turned out that the Cell Phone Bandit was talking to her boyfriend, who was sitting outside, cooling in his heels in their getaway car, the FBI says; he also worked for Wachovia banks, the same banks in which all four robberies occurred.


Until then, I imagined this nicely dressed female felon had decided to steal money in the neighborhoods of powerful politicians for the same fabled reason that sharks don't eat lawyers or journalists: professional courtesy.


After all, the best friend law enforcement has ever had is the greed of serial offenders who don't know when to quit. What town is better known for people with sticky fingers who don't know when they've stolen enough?


Such appears to be the case with Michael Scanlon, a former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to bribe public officials. The charge grew out of a long-running federal investigation of alleged attempts by Scanlon and his former partner, super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, to defraud Indian tribes in a scheme that lavished trips, sports tickets and more than $830,000 in Abramoff-related campaign donations to almost three dozen members of Congress.


Abramoff and Scanlon have been slithering around at the center of an investigation by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Here's where we talk about real money: The Cell Phone Bandit stole $48,000, according to the FBI. Abramoff and Scanlon were paid more than $80 million between 2001 and 2004 to help the gambling operations of six American Indian tribes.


In one astonishing escapade, even by jaded Washington standards of palm greasing, Abramoff is accused of receiving big money to help a tribe reopen its casino shortly after taking money from rival tribes to close it.


He lobbied congressmen to urge the Interior Department on behalf of the Coushatta tribe in Louisiana to close a casino owned by the Tigua tribe in Texas, according to Senate documents, then shifted gears to charge the Tiguas $4.2 million to lobby Congress on their behalf to reopen the gambling operation.


That's sort of like learning that your defense attorney is secretly working for the people who are suing you. Lawyers can't do that, but nobody licenses lobbyists.


Scanlon could face up to five years in prison. He has agreed to cooperate in the investigation and to pay $19 million in restitution to the tribes, according to his attorney. Abramoff has been indicted in connection with an unrelated deal to purchase a cruise ship line at a cut rate, also with the help of friends in Congress.


But, the real scandal of representing and wildly overcharging two opposing Indian tribal clients is that it may not have violated any existing laws. That's where the Cell Phone Bandit went wrong. She was thinking too small for big-time Washington.


The lesson: Get a good education, kids, and you, too, might learn how to steal big without breaking laws. Just make friends with the right lawmakers.

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