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The Holmes trial is insane

DID YOU notice? It took less time to catch, jail, try and convict the Boston Marathon bomber than it took just to start the James Holmes trial — whose mass murder in an Aurora, Colorado theater occurred before the Boston Marathon bombing.

Something is wrong here. An abuse of judicial process. It is one thing to afford a fair trial, it is quite something else to delay and obstruct a trial with every imaginable — and legally pointless — maneuver.

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Reflections

If a tree falls in the forest...

WHEN I was a little girl I used to take long walks with my dad in our neighborhood. Sometimes he would tie pieces of candy to the branches of trees before our walk, which I would delight in finding when he pointed to a bird or new buds on a branch. I believed in magic, I believed in the power of trees and I believed him when he told me that the “GF” (Good Fairy) had left them for me. It wasn’t until I grew up that I realized that GF stood for Good Father. On one such walk Dad presented me...
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Liberal Lens

The economics of marijuana

The convention floor at Denver Airport’s Crowne Plaza on a recent afternoon could have been the trade show for any well-established industry — gray-haired execs in conservative suits mingling with office park dads in polos and fresh-out-of-college types in brand-emblazoned T-shirts. Only this is a new kind of business conference with a special Colorado theme: legal weed.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 May 2015 10:21 )

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View from Central Park

Signs of summer

In most cities in the world, you know it is spring or on the way to summertime when the sunshine spills over and you see bicycle riders, en masse, filling the streets. The thing is, in Denver, you’ve got sunshine spilling over during all four seasons. So other signs become the markers of spring and summer. Lately though, Denver feels more like rainy Seattle. Lest you misunderstand, I absolutely adore thunderstorms. As far as I am concerned, bring them on. Denver always has. Come late aftern...
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View From Denver

Recess

Best I can remember, recess in elementary school was 45 minutes, not 45 days. But what did I know? I wasn’t a United States Congressman. I’m still not, which means I don’t understand “recess.” I flipped on the radio earlier this week and learned that the United States Senate Majority Leader ruined the Senators’ current recess by calling them back for an important vote this Sunday.
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Poll: Majority of Palestinians oppose third intifada

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The majority of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza oppose a third intifada, according to a new poll, reversing the popular sentiment from three months ago. The poll of 1,200 Palestinians... [Link]

Which Jewish city should you live in?

Gabe Friedman ... [Link]

John Tishman, whose company built World Trade Center and other skyscrapers, dies

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — John Tishman, an influential developer who oversaw the construction of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and Chicago’s John Hancock Center, has died at 90. Tishman, who donat... [Link]

See how teen pals found each other some 50 years later

mbrodsky A “Seeking Kin” column spurs a Technion librarian to put his research expertise to work. ... [Link]

In all-Chabad Israeli village, Brooklyn meets country living

Ben Sales The major export of Kfar Chabad, an Israeli village near Tel Aviv where everyone is a Chabad Hasid, is outreach emissaries. ... [Link]

3 Arab-Israeli MKs suspended for meeting with terrorists’ families

Julie Wiener CORRECTION: This article stated incorrectly that 90 Knesset members had voted in favor of a bill that would allow lawmakers to be suspended or expelled for engaging in inappropriate behavior. In fact... [Link]

UN’s Ban heckled in address at New York synagogue

Marcy Oster Ban did not mention Israel in his speech. He reportedly was heckled during portions of the speech and some shul-goers reportedly walked out during his speech. ... [Link]

US officials: Israel won’t get better aid deal after Obama leaves office

Marcy Oster Israel reportedly hopes to increase the annual amount to $5 billion, while Obama administration officials are said to be offering closer to $4 billion. ... [Link]

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