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Pentagon To Probe Air Force Bias Charges

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The Pentagon will investigate allegations of religious bias against non-Christian cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, the secretary of the Air Force announced this week. Some cadets complained that a professor required them to pray before a test, that a chaplain warned them that they would burn in hell if they didn't proselytize, and that a football coach hung a sign announcing "I am a member of Team Jesus Christ," the Associated Press reported. The problems came to light through an internal survey at the academy that resulted in 55 complaints.

Kosher For Passover Lawsuit

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As thousands of Jewish families prepare to feast on the finest kosher for Passover fare at hotels and resorts around the world this month, an unusual ruling in Manhattan Civil Court has paved the way for a kosher catering group to try to recover $24,050 in a breach of contract claim against a Brooklyn man.

Tel Aviv's 'Denial' Magazine

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Terrorism may have Israelis despondent and extra vigilant, but the debut of Time Out Tel Aviv shows they're not hiding in their homes. The latest incarnation of the magazine well known in New York for its detailed chronicling of nightlife and urban recreation, Time Out Tel Aviv hit the newsstands last week. "In these times we try to keep life as normal as possible and that's what we want to give to our readers," says editor Ronit Heber. "You can call it our own little denial for us and all who read us"

Remembering Janis Coulter

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New York City and Hebrew University were each chosen as terror targets because of their openness and embrace of diversity, City Council leaders said Tuesday as they renamed a street in memory of Janis Ruth Coulter. The Massachusetts native, who converted to Judaism and moved to Brooklyn, was among nine people murdered last summer when a terrorist's bomb destroyed the cafeteria at the University's Mount Scopus campus.

A Year Later, A Hero Emerges

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An American-born, former Israeli commando became the first victim of terrorist hijackers on Sept. 11, when he tried to protect an American Airlines stewardess, according to a report in Israel's top daily. While the heroes who wrested control of United Airlines Flight 93, bringing the plane down in an empty Pennsylvania field, have been recognized from the start, the tale involving Danny Lewin has not been told.

Police: School Fight Not Ethnic

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A Jewish girl was assaulted by an Arab schoolmate in Brooklyn last week because of romantic, not ethnic tensions, police and school officials have told the Anti-Defamation League. But the ADL said it was concerned that students at IS 259 in Dyker Heights chanted "Jew, Jew, Jew" during the Dec. 12 fight. The Arab teen reportedly was arrested and suspended.

On The Outs With An Inn

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The trouble began when they spotted a rodent in the hallway, claim Rafael and Devorah Streicher, but after being escorted by police from the Days Inn in Catskill, N.Y., the Brooklyn couple began to smell a rat. The Streichers and three of their five children checked into the motel, about two hours from New York City, on a Friday last month en route to visit their son at a nearby summer camp. The following afternoon, the Orthodox family watched as housekeepers packed up their cholent pot and other belongings and sent them to another hotel.

Yeshiva Brain Drain Feared

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Now that city teachers have won a hefty, 16 percent pay raise, Jewish education experts are worried about an exodus from day schools to public schools. According to a survey by the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York last year, the average maximum salary for head teachers at yeshivas and day schools is about $35,000.

Pressing The French

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Leaders of the American Jewish Congress have a message for critics of the group's stance on French anti-Semitism: Let them eat cake. A delegation of AJCongress leaders who visited France earlier this month said the country's Jews heavily support the group's tactics, which include an ad campaign criticizing the French for inaction on the eve of the Cannes film festival, and directing newspaper readers to a Web site,

Web Of Deceit

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Go to and you get this about the terror group linked to Yasir Arafat's Fatah party: Al Aqsa is a group of Iraqi citizens "trained by Saddam to terrorize cities in Israel."
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