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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 champions

DENVER’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 Denver Synagogue Bench Jocks, 13-5, in the championship game.

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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Mass Bar Mitzvah ceremony proves Maccabiah is about more than sports

Mass Bar Mitzvah ceremony proves Maccabiah is about more than sportsNEVE ILAN, Israel — Luke Rosener removed his orange T-shirt, changed into a white dress shirt and alighted from a chartered bus. The garb was a far cry from the uniform Rosener will wear while playing for the US volleyball team at the Maccabiah Games, the 78-nation sports competition that began last week in Israel. The attire was more befitting a religious ceremony — in this case, his Bar Mitzvah. Rosener, 22, of Cupertino, Calif., had never had a Bar Mitzvah, owing to his family’s fina...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:43 )

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Extreme Kosher couponing: About the money — and the mitzvah

Extreme Kosher couponing: About the money — and the mitzvah SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Anita Batt’s weekly grocery shopping goes something like this: First, she checks several online coupon blogs, which offer guidance about the best sales and coupon combinations in stores such as CVS, Kroger and Target. Next, Batt prints the several dozen coupons she will use and places them in her organizer sorted by store. Then she visits about six stores, sometimes performing multiple transactions at the same location to maximize savings. Her purchases are stored in ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:47 )

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Arab-Israeli killer in Michigan prison seeking deportation to Israel

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Israeli civilian injured by Syrian mortar on Golan Heights

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Netanyahu: Hamas ‘begged’ for cease-fire

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Roman Vishniac archive chronicling pre-Shoah Eastern Europe goes online

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Israeli toddler riding in car hurt in West Bank rock throwing

Marcy Oster An Israeli toddler traveling in a car in the West Bank was injured by rocks thrown by masked Palestinians. ... [Link]

Netanyahu’s plummeting poll numbers

Ben Sales How did Bibi’s approval ratings drop from 82 percent to 38 percent in just a month? ... [Link]

State Dept. calls for due process for U.S. citizen held in Israel

Marcy Oster The U.S. State Department called for the speedy resolution to the case of a U.S. citizen being held in an Israeli jail. ... [Link]

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