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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

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

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

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

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

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

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

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

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

Jewish World Review April 3, 2006 / 5 Nissan, 5766

It's opening day — call the lawyers

By Mitch Albom


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Baseball season officially begins today, but many fans already are sick of it.


Has there ever been a year in which the game has brought more of a shudder? Before a real pitch even has been thrown, baseball is neck high in investigations, lawsuits, grand juries, books, drug rumors, steroids and asterisks.


Can't we just postpone the whole thing — until it looks more like a sport and less like a congressional subcommittee?


The photos of spring have not been pitchers laughing or outfielders shagging fly balls, but a dour-looking commissioner, Bud Selig; a tight-lipped former U.S. senator, George Mitchell; and a sneering, elusive slugger, Barry Bonds.


The headlines are not about who is healthy or who is favored to win the World Series, but how deep will baseball's latest steroids investigation go?


Save the game. Clean up the game. Expose the game. "Game of Shadows."


Whatever happened to a hot dog and a scorecard?


Sports should never be this much work. They are diversions. They are escapes. Maybe — maybe — you keep score in your program.


But no one ever sat in the bleachers and said, "Hey, you got a pencil? I want to make some notes on these BALCO transcripts."


Alas, the sport we once looked forward to has been cleft in two: There's the game you want to believe in and the game you actually see.


Is there anyone out there who doesn't think Barry Bonds used steroids? Is there anyone out there who looks at Bonds' swollen muscles and pumped up physique and gaudy home-run numbers — all after age 34 — and doesn't think he did something?


Is there anyone who doesn't think the same of Sammy Sosa, who got pumped up, got paid, and then got gone, or Mark McGuire, who was the powerhouse of the summer of 1998 and the pinata of the Congressional hearings of 2005?


Rafael Palmeiro? Jason Giambi? Jose Canseco? They were enhanced. They were inflated. They were not as "natural" as many of their competitors. Do we accept that at long last?


If so, what do we do about it?


Judging by Web sites, radio stations and people who come up and talk to me, many would like to forget it. What's done is done, they say. We're bored. Move on.


The problem is Bonds. He's like the one creature in the horror film that's still in the basement, still coming at you. He is close to Babe Ruth's home-run mark. Within reach of Henry Aaron's all-time position. And even if he's clean now, how many of those home runs he piled up would have been fly balls without the added muscle from an alleged syringe, cream or liquid?


And what is baseball — a game that celebrates records and numbers like no other — supposed to do with him? Deny him the chance? Pretend it's not happening? Make him wear a scarlet asterisk?


Personally, I feel sorry for Selig, whose biggest crime was naivete. He actually believed players didn't use this stuff. He didn't demand testing, his managers didn't want to know, his business partners were content so long as the cash registers were ringing.


Now, he has no choice but to conduct an investigation that is bound to be more gums than teeth. He's left to turn back the calendar, to explore allegations without test results, to wonder if it ends with this group or if more should be scrutinized, and to further expose grand jury testimony that was supposed to be confidential.


For what? At best, to go on the record with something that most Americans already assume is true. Men cheated. It's a lot of work. It will never be enough. It will involve documents, media leaks, rumors.


Just thinking about it gives you a headache. No wonder fans aren't thrilled about the new baseball season. A headache we can get on our own.

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