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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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Aguda, Reform praise feds’ Sabbath suit against Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee

Ron Kampeas A federal government lawsuit against a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee for refusing to hire a Sabbath-observant worker drew praise from Agudath Israel of America and the Reform movement. ... [Link]

Italy opens anti-Semitism hotline

Marcy Oster Italy now has an “anti-Semitism hotline” that victims and witnesses of anti-Semitic acts can contact to report incidents. ... [Link]

NYC police look into swastika fliers in Williamsburg

Ron Kampeas New York City police are investigating the distribution of fliers marked with swastikas in Williamsburg. ... [Link]

Broyde, rabbi in pseudonym scandal, launching new synagogue

Ron Kampeas Michael Broyde, the Orthodox rabbi at the center of a scandal involving his sue of pseudonyms in talkbacks to tout his reputation, reportedly is launching a new Atlanta-area synagogue. ... [Link]

Winehouse statue features Star of David

Ron Kampeas A statue of Amy Winehouse in London has the iconic blues singer wearing a Star of David. ... [Link]

5774: For Europe’s Jews, a year of upheaval and uncertainty

Cnaan Liphshiz In France, Belgium and across the European continent, Jews have encountered measurable increases in anti-Semitic activity over the past year, prompting both increased emigration and a creeping sense o... [Link]

Shofar so good: The Jews who inspired us in 5774

Uriel Heilman In a year with no shortage of bad news, these 10 Jewish individuals or groups inspired or impressed us in 5774. ... [Link]

5774: Top 10 viral videos

Anthony Weiss With JTA’s list of the videos that went viral this year, you’ll be hitting “share” again and again. ... [Link]

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