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December 2, 2014

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

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

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

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 Sept. 11, 2008 / 11 Elul 5768

Late Summer Notes and Asides

By Greg Crosby


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In reading the Los Angeles Times this past Sunday I couldn't help but notice a couple of erroneous statements in two of their stories. Now I must tell you that I didn't read the ENTIRE newspaper so in all likelihood, within the paper as a whole, there were undoubtedly more than just those two errors that I found. However, the two that I site for you here are interesting in that they are not what most people would refer to as "typos" or common mistakes in punctuation, grammar, or other such things.


In a story in the main section entitled, "Hollywood Sees Politics as a Plot," the piece mentions a new Oliver Stone movie, "W," which is a made-up story on the life of George W. Bush. In the body of the article the writer correctly refers to the film as a "fictionalized presidential biography." But the caption under one of the photos from the film, states that the movie is "a fictional autobiography of the president directed by Oliver Stone." A fictional AUTOBIOGRAPHY? So that would mean that George W. Bush actually wrote the fake movie himself for Stone, right?


Mistakes like that are not typos, they're just plain stupid. Individually they might seem trivial and inconsequential, but when they occur over and over again, day in and day out, that has to be a big problem for a major newspaper. Here's another one in the same paper, different section - the California section. An ongoing feature in that section each Sunday is "LA Then and Now." This particular installment dealt with minstrel show performers.


The opening sentence of the piece began, "Seventy years ago, on Aug. 20, 1938, The Times published an editorial mourning the death of Thomas K. Heath, one of vaudeville's biggest stars in what is now the largely vanished phenomenon of the minstrel show." The LARGELY vanished phenomenon of the minstrel show? That means that it is MOSTLY gone, but not completely. Excuse me, but where exactly are minstrel shows being performed today?


I could be wrong, but I don't believe that minstrel shows have been performed in this country for well over half a century - and possibly more like 80 years or more. Again, this sort of writing shows ignorance, and worse, a lack of fact checking on the part of the newspaper. I'm convinced that sloppy writing like this, along with a transparent leftist bias in hard news reporting, has undoubtedly contributed to the paper's decline in readership over the years.


Anita Page passed away this week at the age of 98. Miss Page was an MGM actress who appeared in films with the likes of Clark Gable, Walter Huston, Lon Chaney, Buster Keaton and Joan Crawford. Her movie career spanned 84 years, beginning in 1924 when she started as an extra.


Her big break came in 1928 when she won a major role in "Our Dancing Daughters," with Joan Crawford, a film that propelled them both to stardom. Two sequels followed, "Our Modern Maidens" and "Our Blushing Brides" with Miss Page and Miss Crawford appearing in all three pictures.


She co-starred in "The Broadway Melody" in 1229 - a history making picture that holds the distinction of being the very first true film musical and was the first talkie to win the Academy Award for best picture.


Miss Page's daughter Linda Sterne said her mother had been good friends with Marion Davies and Jean Harlow, and for about six months in the 1930s lived as a guest in William Hearst's massive castle on the Southern California coast. "She was the best mother I could have," Sterne said. "She was wonderful."


Miss Page was married for a short time to composer, Nacio Herb Brown in the early thirties. In 1936 she quit the acting business when she fell in love with Navy aviator, Herschel House. The couple married six weeks later and Page happily adapted to life as an officer's wife, hosting many parties at their home in Coronado. They had two children, daughters Linda and Sandra and were married over 55 years until Herschel's death in 1991, at which time she returned to acting and made several pictures over the years.


Amazingly, she worked right up until the end. Her last film, "Frankenstein Rising," is due to be released later this year! Lucky Anita Page died in her sleep, in her own bed, at home in Van Nuys at the age of 98 this past Saturday. She was the last surviving attendee of the first Academy Awards ceremony. What an interesting life she must have led. What a shame that in all this time, she lived and worked in relative anonymity. I don't recall ever seeing an interview with her, not even on the classic movie stations.


Do you think the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences might recognize her at their next awards show? Yeah, right. It would be nice, but don't hold your breath. I'll take all bets.

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