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‘Monuments Men’ recalls Allied effort to save Europe’s heritage

‘Monuments Men’ recalls Allied effort to save Europe’s heritage

BOSTON — There’s nothing like a star-studded Hollywood movie to shine a light on a little-known piece of history.

That’s the hope of Robert Edsel, who wrote the book that inspired “The Monuments Men,” the George Clooney-Matt Damon film that opens today, Feb. 7, in theaters across the country.

The all-star cast also includes Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett.

Clooney, who directed the film, teamed to write and produce it with Grant Heslov, bringing together the duo who produced last year’s Oscar winner for best picture, “Argo.”

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 February 2014 08:14 )

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Israelis at Olympics

Israelis at OlympicsHACKENSACK, NJ — Evgeni Krasnapolsky and Andrea Davidovich glide around the ice, shadowing one another to the accompaniment of Nino Rota’s “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet.” At a rink in this New York City suburb, the figure-skating pair are refining their long program a few weeks before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, opening today, Feb. 7. Krasnapolsky, 25, and Davidovich, 16, are practicing their choreographed hand holding, lifts and throws at the indoor Ice House complex, wh...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:12 )

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Film sparks renewed interest in 2006 anti-Semitic murder

Film sparks renewed interest in 2006 anti-Semitic murderSAINTE-GENEVIEVE-DES-BOIS, France — The phone calls from Africa, the calm demeanor of the suspects and their extreme caution left no doubt in the minds of detectives working the Ilan Halimi case: They were up against an international ring of professional kidnappers. It would be more than three weeks after Halimi’s abduction, when the young Jewish phone salesman was found dying on a suburban Paris field in February, 2006, that police finally realized their mistake: A gang of local amateurs h...
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Digging for spiritual growth on Tu b’Shvat

Digging for spiritual growth on Tu b’ShvatLOS ANGELES — While my neighbors were putting their Christmas trees to the curb, in what seems like a ritual of replacement, I was preparing to plant for Tu b’Shvat. My friend Freda recently presented me a cutting from an Angel’s trumpet — a small tree with beautiful, large, pendulous white flowers that grows in her yard — and to observe the New Year of the Trees on Jan. 16, I wanted to get it in the ground. Looking around the garage for a shovel, I wondered if there were a Jewish ce...

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 January 2014 03:47 )

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At 91, Harvey Pollack is still NBA’s leading scorer

At 91, Harvey Pollack is still NBA’s leading scorerPHILADELPHIA — Fittingly, Harvey Pollack was the one who scribbled the number 100 on the most famous photograph in basketball history: Wilt Chamberlain holding the piece of paper signifying his astounding point total in a 1962 game for the then Philadelphia Warriors. After all, Pollack is basketball’s ultimate numbers and public relations man. But the scrawling is hardly Pollack’s sole legacy in a nearly seven-decade career in basketball. He was the first to track a player’s blocked s...
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White House, State Dept. slam reissued West Bank construction tenders

Marcy Oster The tender announcement will “further isolate Israel internationally,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. ... [Link]

Israel drops charges against Palestinian-American teen beaten, arrested during riot

Marcy Oster Tariq Abu Khdeir, of Tampa, Fla., was seen in a video that went viral being kicked and punched by two Israeli police officers. ... [Link]

Dermer: Netanyahu’s D.C. visit only to talk about Iran

Marcy Oster Israel’s U.S. envoy told The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg in an email interview that Iran is “an issue for all Americans.” ... [Link]

From the Archive: Remembering — and not — the liberation of Auschwitz

Julie Wiener Today, Auschwitz is the most potent symbol of the Holocaust. But the liberation itself, on Jan. 27, 1945, got virtually no press coverage, at least not in the American media. ... [Link]

Netanyahu sends condolences to Japan’s Abe over ISIS executions

Marcy Oster The Islamist group said in a video released online that it had beheaded journalist Kenji Goto; aid worker Haruna Yukawawas was shown killed last week. ... [Link]

Killer filmed Paris kosher supermarket attack

Marcy Oster Amedy Coulibaly recorded seven minutes of the attack on a video camera, including the shooting deaths of three of the victims, CNN reported. ... [Link]

Arab-Israeli man charged with fighting for ISIS

Marcy Oster The Nazareth man, about 20, fought in Fallujah and was seriously injured, according to Israel’s Shin Bet security service. ... [Link]

Italy’s new president, at site of Ardeatine massacre, calls for united terrorism fight

Marcy Oster Sergio Mattarella’s visit to the Ardeatine Caves in suburban Rome was his first act as president. ... [Link]

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