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Funds will go toward rehabilitating homes in Lisbon

LISBON – At least three village homes could be rehabilitated with federal funding awarded to Columbiana County commissioners as part of the Community Housing Improvement Program.

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CHIP to rehab village homes

LISBON – At least three village homes could be rehabilitated with federal funding awarded to Columbiana County commissioners as part of the Community Housing Improvement Program. Marti Grimm of the Community Action Agency, which administers the CHIP program on behalf of commissioners, attended this week’s Village Council to advise them Lisbon has been chosen as the community where the housing rehabilitation money will be spent this time

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Israel kills four Palestinians in West Bank

Saturday 22 March 2014 16.18

Israeli forces have shot and killed four Palestiniansduring a raid on a home in the occupied West Bank to capture a wanted Hamas Islamist militant.

Hamas supporters carried three bodies through the streets of the West Bank city of Jenin, shouting slogans against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, involved in US-brokered peace talks with Israel.

Hamas, the Palestinian group that controls the Gaza Strip, does not recognise the state of Israel and opposes the negotiations.

The Israeli military said its forces raided a home in a refugee camp in Jenin where they shot and killed a Hamas militant, Hamza Abu Alhija, after he opened fire.

Two Israeli troops were wounded when he shot at them, they said.

The three other Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces as they confronted protesters throwing petrol bombs and rocks at them during the raid to capture Hamza AbuAlhija, 24, a suspect in past attacks against Israelis, the military said.

The owner of the home where he had tried to hide said the troops arrived at around 2am.

“There was shooting in the house for about half an hour, and then the soldiers came and ordered us to leave so we did,” said Azmi Husniya.

Mr Husniya said he had seen Hamza Abu jump from a window while trying to flee.

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The rich strike back

NEW YORK Just a few months ago, it looked like 2014 would be the year of the populist, with Democrats running on economic inequality, tea party Republicans bashing banks and newly minted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledging to soak the rich with higher taxes. That was so January.

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Catching up with a Palestinian boy who's learned to cope

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip When I first met Abdullah Alathamna four years ago, he was laid up at a children’s hospital in Los Angeles, his right leg bound in a cast. He was pale, and grouchy from the pain pills. He was not at all interested in answering questions from a reporter.

He was an 11-year-old kid, injured and without his family, more than 7,000 miles from his home in the northern Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian youngster lost a foot in 2006 when the Israeli military accidentally shelled his house and several others while targeting militants who had launched rockets into Israel. Nineteen people were killed, including Abdullah’s mother and two sisters.

A nonprofit that provides treatment for injured Palestinian children had flown him to California to undergo surgery and be fitted for an artificial leg. Two previous procedures, one in the U.S. and the other in Dubai, had failed.

When he wasn’t at the hospital, Abdullah stayed with host parents George and Joan Abuhamad in Yorba Linda. They were warm and accommodating, and he got along well with their children. But when I joined them for lunch one day in the family’s shady backyard, Abdullah looked sad. Confined to a wheelchair, he couldn’t play like the others.

Last month, I walked through the heavily fortified border crossing that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip. I had come to do some reporting in Gaza, and had arranged to visit Abdullah while there.

Tension between Palestinian-controlled Gaza and Israel has escalated in recent months, with Israel launching a string of deadly airstrikes against militants who have fired hundreds of rockets into its territory.

But on the day I drove past blocks that had been reduced to rubble in earlier warfare, Gaza exuded an almost pastoral calm. Donkeys plodded down dusty streets, hauling carts of oranges, and groups of schoolgirls walked hand in hand, dressed in old-fashioned peacoats and white head scarves. It felt a universe apart from the Israeli towns just on the other side of the border wall, where the network of palm-lined freeways and shopping malls reminded me of my great-grandmother’s retirement community in Florida.

I had pulled over to the side of the road, trying to locate Abdullah’s house, when a young man knocked at my window. I assumed he was trying to sell me something and waved him away. He knocked again, harder, and cracked an expectant smile. It was Abdullah, who had grown from a pudgy, wheelchair-bound kid into a tall, good-looking teen.

Over coffee and slices of sweet persimmon in his family’s living room, Abdullah updated me on his life.

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'Skin and Bone': Up to something in darkest Florida

There’s no doubt Jacqueline Goldfinger’s authorial voice rings loud and clear through her tales of Southern misfits. Skin and Bone, the second pitch-black comedy in her planned trilogy about the residents, transients, and dear departed of Transfer, Fla., and a world premiere by Azuka Theatre, brings back some of the sound and fury of Part 1, the terrible girls. But to paraphrase another Southern writer, this time, it signifies less.

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Germantown veteran to be awarded France's Legion of Honor

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Palestinian killed in Israel West Bank raid – Video



Palestinian killed in Israel West Bank raid
Birzeit (Palestine) 27 February 2014 A Palestinian died during an Israeli army raid on his home in the West Bank town of Birzeit Thursday, the military and a…

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Kentucky attorney general likely to face criticism regardless of his decision on gay marriage

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s pending decision whether to appeal a federal court ruling on gay marriage has the likely gubernatorial candidate facing political danger from all sides.

If Conway appeals the ruling that requires Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state, he will probably enrage the Democratic base, especially in his home of Jefferson County. That could be a mortal wound to Conway’s hopes of winning the governor’s mansion before he even announces a run.

But if Conway joins several other Democratic attorneys general from across the nation in declining to defend laws voted on by the state, he could find himself at odds with the majority of Kentuckians who oppose gay marriage.

“If he decides to challenge the ruling, he runs the risk of alienating, irritating the activist wing of the Democratic Party who I would say is 100 percent behind Judge Heyburn’s ruling,” longtime Democratic consultant Danny Briscoe said.

Friday afternoon, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II in Louisville agreed to delay until March 20 his order requiring Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages from outside the state.

Conway had asked for a 90-day delay, but Allison Martin, a spokeswoman for Conway, said Conway and Gov. Steve Beshear will decide whether to appeal Heyburn’s ruling in “a matter of days and not a matter of weeks.”

Heyburn’s final order, issued Thursday, struck down parts of a 1998 state law and a 2004 state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Although he ruled that Kentucky must recognize marriages performed legally outside the state, he did not rule that Kentucky must allow same-sex marriages to take place here.

While the nation has shifted dramatically away from anti-gay marriage attitudes, the most recent Bluegrass Poll found that 55 percent of Kentuckians oppose gay marriage.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder waded into the issue earlier last week, giving cover to states’ attorneys general who choose not to defend similar gay marriage laws.

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