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After his heart attack, Grandpa rides bike 3,000 miles

After his heart attack, Grandpa rides bike 3,000 miles

Mike Samuelson, 67, doesn’t “fear the force of the wind, the slash of the rain.” He “[faces] them and [fights] them ... to walk like a man.”

These are the words of Samuelson’s favorite childhood poem, “Do you fear the wind?” by Hamlin Garland, that are inspiring him to bike 3,000 miles on the Continental Divide Trail from Canada to New Mexico.

Samuelson grew up in South Africa. He was a very active boy and teenager, always playing sports. In 1970, at the age of 20, he made aliyah, after volunteering during the Six Day War.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:53 )

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Jacob Lissek helps US men’s soccer team take gold

Jacob Lissek helps US men’s soccer team take goldTHE United States open men’s soccer team, including Rock Canyon High School graduate and goalie Jacob Lissek, proudly represented the red, white and blue in Israel at the 19th World Maccabiah Games. In nail-biting fashion, the team defeated Argentina to win the gold medal for the first time. Lissek and the team arrived in Israel on July 7 for training camp, 10 days prior to the start of competition. A team of athletes, aged 18-35, from all across the country, this was the first time the teamm...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:49 )

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JCC Sox unseat HEA-brews as Denver Jewish Softball League champions

JCC Sox unseat HEA-brews as Denver Jewish Softball League championsDENVER’S notoriously successful Jewish Softball League came to a close Sunday, Aug. 11. But something different happened this year. For the first time in eight years, new kings were crowned. The JCC Sox snatched the league title and will celebrate a full year as the new champions. And they won with conviction. They didn’t lose a single game during the regular season (they tied a game with The Denver Synagogue’s Bullets) and secured the title with a commanding win over the runner-ups, the...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:46 )

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Donald Zuckerman: Movie producer turned film commissioner

Donald Zuckerman: Movie producer turned film commissionerTRYING new things has never been a problem for Donald Zuckerman, Colorado’s relatively new film commissioner. He’s tried plenty of new things, many of them connected to entertainment in some way, some not. He has been comfortable on both the financial and creative sides of cinematic and other pursuits. In his 67 years — he looks an easy 20 years younger, despite his silver hair — Zuckerman has succeeded at many of his ventures and failed at a few. He doesn’t mind discussing any of t...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:52 )

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Blackburn — minus leg — inspires at Maccabiah

Blackburn — minus leg — inspires at Maccabiah RAMAT GAN, Israel — Dave Blackburn beamed triumphantly, surrounded by a crowd of American athletes and cheering spectators. It was like old times, the great pitcher basking in applause. But Blackburn wasn’t being ushered off the field with a championship trophy in hand as he was after leading the US softball team to gold medals in four earlier Maccabiah Games. Instead, Blackburn maneuvered his wheelchair down an aisle to the front of a reception hall last month after being named one of 1...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 August 2013 08:52 )

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Ron Kampeas The Obama administration asked Congress to fast-track Israel’s request for an additional $225 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system. ... [Link]

Former Auschwitz guard dies before extradition to Germany

Marcy Oster Johann Breyer, the 89-year-old Philadelphia man who served as a guard at Auschwitz and was scheduled to be extradited to Germany, has died. ... [Link]

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