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  • THE FORGOTTEN MAN

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    Alan Gross is almost out of hope.  

    In late November 2009, Gross, a technology consultant from Potomac, Md., left the United States for Cuba for his fifth trip there in eight months, a trip that was supposed to last for, at most, a few weeks. He was 60 at the time.

    Nearly five...

  • What kind of Democrat will prevail?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    3 weeks ago

    Much of the political world is transfixed by the national struggle between Democrats and Republicans. But for residents of Los Angeles County and voters in the county’s 3rd District, this year’s elections are not about which party will prevail, but rather about what kind of...

  • A guide to the California, Los Angeles propositions

    by Aron Chilewich

    3 weeks ago

    Gore Vidal famously said, “Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for president. One hopes it is the same half.” 

    Turnout for recent nonpresidential year elections has been notoriously low in Los Angeles, and predictions are that the upcoming...

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  • School-board member battles women’s rights activist for District 26

    by Claudia Boyd-Barrett

    3 weeks ago

    They’re both young. They’re both Democrats. They’re both up-and-comers on the political scene. 

    In fact, judging by their black-and-crimson outfits at a recent debate in Santa Monica, Sandra Fluke and Ben Allen — the two candidates vying to represent California’s 26th Senate...

  • Molly Forrest plans the future at the Los Angeles Jewish Home

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 23, 2014 | 8:48 am

    It is just before noon at the Los Angeles Jewish Home, and Molly Forrest, president and CEO, is giving a tour of the home’s most populous campus, the Eisenberg Village in Reseda, when a silvery-haired woman in a shmatte starts roaming the hallway shouting, “Lunchtime! Everyone!...

  • The few. The proud.
    The Jewish Marines.

    By Jared Sichel

    October 14, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    Sitting at the front of a small room inside a nondescript building at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Navy Lt. Aaron Kleinman was dressed in a uniform rarely seen on these grounds: On top of his gray suit, dress shirt and tie, Kleinman’s head was covered by a kippah and his...

  • Sukkot, rain and Andy Lipkis’ vision for L.A.’s salvation

    By Jared Sichel

    October 7, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    On the afternoon of Oct. 16, the final day of Sukkot, Jews will begin the annual practice of inserting a short but key line into the Amidah prayer: Mashiv haruach u morid hageshem: “Who causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall.”

    In Jewish tradition, Sukkot marks the beginning...

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