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NEW YORK---There was no science, no geography
and no math past multiplication at the ultra-Ortho-
dox Jewish school Chaim Weber attended. And the
only reason he ever heard of the American Revo-
lution was when a seventh-grade teacher introduced
it as "story time."
Naftuli Moster said he never learned the words
"cell" or "molecule" at the ultra-Orthodox schools
he attended, where secular subjects were considered
"unimportant or downright going against Judaism."
Now young adults, the two yeshiva graduates echo
complaints critics have made for years about the
rudimentary level of secular education at private
schools serving New York's Hasidic communities.
Now, for the first time, the city Department of Edu-
cation is investigating more than three dozen of the
schools to make sure their instruction is up to the
most basic standards.
But even the advocates who called for the inves-
tigation question whether the city will be able to
pierce the close-knit, insular Orthodox community
to force meaningful change.
"These schools have been operating for a very long
time," said Weber, one of 52 former students, parents
or former teachers who signed a letter requesting
the investigation into 39 yeshivas. "They have kind
of perfected their method for pulling the wool over
the eyes of authorities."
State law mandates that the instruction in private
schools must be at least substantially equivalent to
what can be found in the area's public schools, and
the local district, in this case New York City, is given
the oversight power.
Calls to several Brooklyn yeshivas and messages
to community representatives were not returned.
Members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community
closely adhere to tradition and tend to limit contact
with outsiders. (AP)
NYC to probe
at Jewish schools
ORLANDO---The prosecutor who gained national
attention as a key player in the unsuccessful murder
prosecution of Casey Anthony said yesterday that
he committed no crime and never followed through
with an affair on the cheating website, Ashley Madi-
Jeff Ashton, the State Attorney for Orange and
Osceola counties in central Florida, said he wouldn't
resign his post.
Ashton choked up several times during a news
conference while publicly apologising to his wife,
their three children and his four adult children from
previous marriages. He wouldn't say what impact
the revelation has had on his marriage.
"While I indulged my curiosity about the site, it
never went beyond that," Ashton said. "They were
incredibly stupid choices. I ask the public's forgiveness
for my shortcomings but those shortcomings have
had absolutely no impact on the performance of my
Ashton said he signed up for the site two years ago
because he was curious. But when asked why he
never used it to cheat, he said he just couldn't go
through with it.
He used his personal laptop on an office wireless
network that is available to anyone who is at the
courthouse complex in downtown Orlando, Ashton
said. The veteran prosecutor was at the centre of the
case against Anthony, who was acquitted in 2011 of
the murder of her two-year-old daughter three years
earlier. Back in 1987, Ashton was the first prosecutor
in the US to introduce DNA-based evidence in a case.
Ashton called the news conference after the East
Orlando Post online newsletter revealed that he had
been on Ashley Madison. (AP)
died when they fell about
200 feet while trying to
climb a mountain in
Grand Teton National
The National Park
Service says the accident
occurred around 11 am
Saturday on the 12,300-
Mountain, the sixth-
tallest peak in the Teton
The agency identified
the victims as 27-year-
old Tyler Strandberg and
Nix, both of Jackson,
Wyoming. Their bodies
were recovered from a
rocky ledge at an elevation
of about 11,500 feet (3,450
A third member of the
climbing party, 26-year-
old Rebecca Anderson, of
Jackson, was rescued
unhurt from a small ledge.
in fall in
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