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Former Nuggets coach Larry Brown barely missed March Madness with SMU

Former Nuggets coach Larry Brown barely missed March Madness with SMU

BALTIMORE — Before leading the Southern Methodist University men’s basketball team onto the practice court Sunday afternoon, March 16, coach Larry Brown spent a few moments in his office with several of his six grandchildren visiting from Charlotte, NC.

The day being Purim, Brown was asked whom he was masquerading as.

“I’m dressed like a coach,” the straitlaced Brown responded.

Not an NCAA Tournament coach, as it turned out this season.

Brown had hoped later that day to figuratively fit his team for tuxedos for the Big Dance, but his squad’s solid 24-9 record wasn’t enough for the selection committee to proffer an invitation.

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With ‘Story of the Jews,’ Schama returns to this roots

With ‘Story of the Jews,’ Schama returns to this rootsBOSTON — For decades, Simon Schama has dazzled the public with epic books and popular television documentaries on topics ranging from Rembrandt to the French Revolution. The famed British-born historian garnered an International Emmy with his 2006 television series “The Power of Art,” while his book Rough Crossings, about escaped slaves who joined the British cause during the American Revolution, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. But not since his earliest writings had Schama, ...
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For ‘The Hockey Maven,’ it’s all about the game — and Israel, too

For ‘The Hockey Maven,’ it’s all about the game — and Israel, tooUNIONDALE, NY — As the Boston Bruins buzz the Islanders net throughout the opening period of a game at the Nassau Coliseum, Stan Fischler is standing 10 feet behind the Plexiglas to the left of New York goaltender Kevin Poulin. Fischler, a hockey broadcaster for four decades, can feel the rattling boards of forechecking Bruins. There’s no place he’d rather be. Providing New York-area hockey fans with a bird’s-eye view and expert analysis is what Fischler, 81, has done on broadcasts of...
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Denverite to direct film starring Bruce Dern

Denverite to direct film starring Bruce DernANY writer knows that one of the hardest things to accomplish these days is selling a book. Another, perhaps even more daunting task, is getting an actual movie made. Arnie Grossman, a Denver author and screenwriter, has now done both. He is also directing the movie he wrote, “The Boat Builder,” which will star Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern. When asked how he has now managed to accomplish what he has only dreamed of doing, he says, “I have to admit there was some kind of alignment of ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:42 )

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Oscar-nominated ‘Omar’ puts Israelis in harsh light

Oscar-nominated ‘Omar’ puts Israelis in harsh lightLOS ANGELES — For cinematic observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this is a banner year, with both sides choosing Oscar submissions that center on the Israeli occupation. Israel’s “Bethlehem,” which pits Shin Bet agents against diverse Palestinian factions eager to blow up the Jewish state, was eliminated early by the Academy Awards selection committee. The Palestinian “Omar” is among the five finalists among foreign language films. Although it is considered a long shot to ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:56 )

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Jewish groups file briefs in Jerusalem passport case

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — A number of Jewish groups have filed friend of the court briefs in a Supreme Court case considering whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list “Israel” as their birthpla... [Link]

Weinberg Foundation awards emergency grants for Israel

Anthony Weiss One of the largest Jewish foundations in the United States awarded$700,000 in emergency grants to Israeli nonprofits to assist in their response to the recent conflict with Hamas in Gaza. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Hamas’ hospital HQ, Virginia pol’s ulpan, understanding metzitzah b’peh

Miriam Moster JTA rounds up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

Five Latin American nations pull envoys to Israel since Gaza conflict start

Ron Kampeas El Salvador is the fifth Latin American nation to pull its ambassador from Israel since the launch of Israel’s operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. ... [Link]

$540K judgment for Chicago cop in anti-Semitic harassment case

Anthony Weiss A Jewish Chicago police officer was awarded a $540,000 judgment against a former superior who allegedly taunted him for years with anti-semitic and racist remarks. ... [Link]

Shell strikes crowded Gaza market

Marcy Oster At least 17 people were killed when a mortar shell struck a crowded Gaza market. ... [Link]

Senate backs Israel’s goals in Gaza conflict

Ron Kampeas The U.S. Senate unanimously supported Israel’s goals in its conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, a posture that distances the body from President Obama’s call for an immediate and unconditional ... [Link]

Three IDF soldiers killed uncovering tunnel entrance in Gaza

Marcy Oster Three Israel Defense Forces soldiers were killed while uncovering the entrance to a tunnel shaft in a home in Gaza. ... [Link]

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