- Making News: Hurricane Ivan Raises Public Health Concerns
As Hurricane Ivan continues its approach to the southern US, New Orleans is preparing for the possibility of a direct hit. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the city, which is in particular danger because most of it lies below sea level. Ivor van Heerden, director of Louisiana State University's Center for the Study of Public Health Impact of Hurricanes, says flooding would be a nightmare-come-true because of the danger of water contamination.
- Reporter's Notebook: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America
In 1654, 23 Jews sailed from Brazil to New Amsterdam. Governor Peter Stuyvesant wanted to force them to leave, but his superiors at the West India Company overruled him. Thus, the first wave of Jewish immigrants settled in what would become New York. Richard Siegel of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture discusses how Jews have shaped American culture, and how that same culture has shaped them.
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