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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

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Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review January 14, 2008 / 7 Shevat 5768

Marion Jones: The needle, the lying done

By Mitch Albom

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Marion Jones is reportedly out of money, out of work, nursing one child and raising another. She lives in a modest house, having sold the others she once owned. She was forced to give back her Olympic medals. She is banned from track and field, her sport. She was charged with crimes, was tried for those crimes, and despite her pleading for mercy, a judge sentenced her to jail Friday — six months, for lying to federal investigators, mostly about her steroid use.

This is more than a "fall from grace," as analysts have called it.

This is a cannon shot.

This is a sonic boom.

This is arguably our most successful female athlete of the last decade, an Olympic and world champion who reigned supreme for years while honing an attractive, eloquent image, winning races, touting products and loudly — loudly — denouncing any thought she could be cheating.

But she was. And she will go to jail. And you know who should be watching this very carefully? Roger Clemens. The star pitcher was screaming his innocence all last week, despite charges in the Mitchell Report that he was injected with steroids numerous times by his personal trainer, Brian McNamee.

Well, you can scream all you want. You can scream lies if you like. But if the government — not "60 Minutes" — starts asking you questions, you better cut to the truth.

Or you can sleep in a cell.

"I'm very disappointed today," Jones, 32, told reporters outside the courtroom after her sentencing, "but as I stood in front of all of you for years in victory, I stand in front of you today."

Say what you will about Jones. When she fesses up, she fesses up. She admitted her lying, admitted her steroid use, she tearfully told a crowd a few months ago, "I have no one to blame but myself for what I've done."

This is quite different from what we hear from most baseball players, whose "confessions" (if they make them) tend to be, "I only took it to recover from an injury," or, "I was told it was something else." Clemens has been insisting that his trainer indeed injected him — but not with steroids or human growth hormone, only with B-12 and lidocaine. This, despite the fact that most medical people roll their eyes at the idea of injections for either one.

And the thing is, Clemens can jut his chin out as long as he wants in the private sector.

Because the only words that truly matter anymore are "federal investigators."

Apparently, athletes think nothing of lying to teammates, managers and especially the media. They don't mind cycling their usage to avoid tests, or using masking agents so that the tests come up negative. They don't mind ignoring their commissioner or a former senator trying to conduct an investigation.

The only party that carries any weight is the federal government. You know why? It's the only party that can make lying — aka perjury — a crime.

And so Jones will go to jail — not for using steroids, but for lying about it. And Barry Bonds could face a similar fate — again, not for his body, but for his mouth.

Meanwhile, Mark McGuire, who clammed up before Congress, is a free man. Jose Canseco, who admitted steroid use in a book and countless interviews, is a free man. Andy Pettitte, who confessed to being injected with human growth hormone by Clemens' trainer, is a free man. Dozens if not hundreds of others, admitted or suspected, are free men.

And Jones will do six months. What can we conclude from all this? While I would like to think it is that steroids aren't worth it, or that athletes, as the judge who sentenced Jones claimed, "have an elevated status they serve as role models," I fear that's optimistic.

What we're really learning is to choose your lies carefully and stay away from the feds. The image of Marion Jones' sleeping in a cell should send shivers down the sports world's spine. But we can't erase the memory of her, defiant and angry, when anyone — her rivals or her chroniclers — dared suggest she was on the juice. Only when she took that hubris to the government did she have to pay a price.

That's a long way from putting down the needle on your own.

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