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Remembering Dori Maynard

Dori Maynard, an important voice for diversity in the world of journalism - and on a personal level just a dear person - died yesterday at the age of 56. She ran the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, which was named for her late father. The Institute "promote[s] diversity in the news media through improved coverage, hiring, business practices & training programs that equip journalists with leadership, multimedia skills and subject expertise for news organizations across platforms." In addition to being path-breaking journalist and one-time owner and publisher of The Oakland Tribune, some of you may remember Dori's father Robert Maynard as a regular guest on the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour before his death in 1993.

I can't help but note that Dori and her father both died at the very premature age of 56. A statement out late this evening from the Institute said that Dori died of lung cancer.

I did not know Dori that well. But we met for coffee on a number of occasions and she helped keep me grounded in what is really important in what we do as journalists and publishers with what I would call a gentle but persistent coaxing.

She was a dear person.

Freedom

Tennessee lawmaker wants to outlaw (non-existent) Muslim 'no-go zones' in her state.

Prostitution Rehab?

Philadelphia is taking a new tack with prostitution. Rather than jail, send prostitutes into therapy, at least therapy of a sort. It's not rehab. But it is something like programs which channel drug offenders into rehab rather than prison. Is this progress? Can it work? Read our report on the experiment.

Rabin and Netanyahu

I hope you'll take a moment to read this piece. I commissioned it myself. It's by my friend Ron Kampeas, of the JTA. Ron looks beyond the current storm over the Netanyahu speech to look at and contrast Benjamin Netanyahu and Yitzhak Rabin - but not just in the ways you might expect, with respect to ideology and the Peace Process. He looks at their very different conceptions of Zionism and Israel and the latter's relationship to the United States - their own relationships to the United States. A grown up country? A fully fledged state or in some sense an appendage or half-woven into American Jewry or even speaking for American Jewry? Or America? It's a fascinating and revealing read. I hope you'll give it a read.

Don't Feel So Bad Barack!

As you know, for weeks the US-Israel relationship has been roiled by the speech to Congress secretly arranged by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer and US Speaker of the House John Boehner. America's head of state, President Barack Obama, and his administration were left out of the loop.

But that wasn't all, it turns out. Netanyahu didn't tell his own National Security Advisor what he and Dermer were up to either.

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