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Republican Senate candidate Leora Levy to face incumbent Democrat Richard Blumenthal in Connecticu­t Senate race


WASHINGTON – Last week, businesswo­man Leora Levy won the Republican primary in Connecticu­t to the US Senate. She will face incumbent Senator Richard Blumenthal in November, and although Cook Political Report considers the seat as “Solid Democratic,” she is convinced that her chances are good.

“When I travel around the state, it doesn’t matter if you’re Democrat, Republican, independen­t, unaffiliat­ed – everybody says the country is on the wrong track,” she says. “Everybody goes to the grocery store, to the gas station. Parents have to make hard choices. Do I feed my children? Do I fill my car, my gas tank?”

Levy was born in Cuba in 1957, after her mother and grandparen­ts escaped Lithuania in 1940. “Germany invaded Poland in 1939 next door, so they left on a very perilous journey,” she said. “They took a train through Germany, sitting in the first-class car full of SS officers and made it to Italy. And they made it to Ellis Island, but they weren’t allowed into the United States.

“Luckily, there were other relatives who had gone to Cuba and were able to get visas for them to go to Cuba. So, they went to Cuba,” she said.

In 1960, when she was three years old, her family left the Caribbean island nation and moved to the US. “I remember it vividly,” she said. “I remember being at the airport just holding onto my mother’s hand because it was just crowded and chaotic. And it was scary for a three-year-old.”

She completed her BA at Brown University and became a commoditie­s trader, but admitted that she always wanted to run for federal office. “I have never been as worried or concerned about my country or the world as I am today,” she said.

“Every part of our country is off balance, and 70% of the

the study were found to have had their shapes modified and were filled with lead.

“The assemblage of astragali from Maresha is very unique, specifical­ly the large quantity and good quality, and the many inscriptio­ns,” said Dr. Lee Perry-Gal of the Israel Antiquitie­s Authority (IAA), who took part in the study. “The assemblage shows that in ancient times of distress, as today, people sought help from external factors, in magic and spells and in the world of the unknown. In the past, men, and especially women, struggled with an environmen­t of uncertaint­y, death, childbirth and health issues, and tried to protect themselves with the help of magic.”

Perry-Gal added that children from the period have been known to be buried with similar bones because, as a popular game, they were believed to help accompany the children into the afterlife.

“This fascinatin­g research sheds light on the life and customs in the ancient world and reminds us that people are regular people all over the world,” IAA director Eli Eskosido said. “They dream and hope, and notwithsta­nding the harshness of daily life, they find time for playing and leisure.” •

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