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(JTA) Pulitzer for Pittsburgh newspaper The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news reporting for its coverage of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre last October.
by JTA | Apr 18, 2019

Eleven people were shot and killed by a gunman during the rampage, which came as congregants at the synagogue complex in Pittsburgh were gathering for Shabbat morning services. The prize, the most prestigious in journalism, was awarded to the daily’s entire reporting staff on Monday.

The prize committee cited the Post-Gazette for “immersive, compassionate coverage of the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue that captured the anguish and resilience of a community thrust into grief”.

Among the 10 stories cited was an investigative profile of the gunman and how he went “from conservative to white nationalist.”

The Sun Sentinel of South Florida won the Pulitzer for public service for its coverage of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Multiple Jewish students and staff were among the 17 killed in the shooting.

Israeli scientists print 3D heart

Scientists in Israel have made a 3D print of a heart using human tissue and vessels.

It is the first time that an entire heart has been successfully printed that includes cells and blood vessels, the AFP news service reported, citing Tal Dvir of Tel Aviv University, who led the project.

It will be a long time, however, before such a printed heart will be fully functional and ready to be transplanted into a human patient, the scientists said.

More arrests for Argentinian chief rabbi attack

Three gang members suspected of being involved in the attack on Argentina’s chief rabbi were arrested on Monday night in three raids in the greater Buenos Aires area.

Buenos Aires city police have also recovered objects belonging to Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich, including a pen with Hebrew words in a box labelled “Jerusalem”, money, and jewellery matching the description of items that the rabbi said were stolen from his home.

The gang leader was among those taken into custody. Two other members of the gang were captured a month ago.

The 25 February attack left Davidovich with serious injuries, including nine broken ribs and a punctured lung.

The attack is not being treated as a hate crime, and reports have indicated that it was a revenge attack arranged by a prominent member of the Jewish community involved in a divorce case adjudicated by the rabbi.

Davidovich also says he’s not sure if the home assault was anti-Semitic, in spite of hearing the assailants shout, “We know that you are the AMIA (Jewish centre) rabbi” during the attack.

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