The fight over Edgardo Mortara is heating up again 144 years after Vatican police abducted the 6-year-old Jewish boy from his family's home in Bologna. At that time, the dispute was about who should raise the child, his parents or the Catholic Church. Today, it's a legal battle over who should tell the story.
Marlene Adler Marks, a columnist for the Jewish Journal in Los Angeles who gave a Jewish spin to such topics as politics and personal relationships, and finally to her battle with lung cancer, died last week at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 54.
A New York native, she began writing her column, "A Woman's Voice," about the death of her husband when she was named managing editor of the Jewish Journal in 1987.
Over the years, her column became a fixture in the Los Angeles Jewish community.