KENYANS TAKE FIRST JERUSALEM MARATHON
Four Kenyan men were the first to reach the finish line in Jerusalem’s first marathon, but three of them took a wrong turn and ended up at the wrong finish line, according to The Jerusalem Post. The official winner, Raymond Kipkoechh, 34, ran the course in 2:26:44, but arrived at the finish line of the half-marathon, rather than that of the full marathon.
The winning female runner was Oda Worknesh, 26, from Ethiopia with a time of 2:50:05.
Street closures for the marathon, whose route wound through residential neighborhoods, perplexed local residents, who found that as early as 6 a.m. they could not drive anywhere. The race was held as scheduled despite a bomb attack in the city two days before.
BIBLE TRANSLATOR WAS BOMB VICTIM
Mary Jane Gardner, 55, has been identified as the woman killed by a bomb in Jerusalem Wednesday. She was from Orkney in Scotland and was studying Hebrew at the Hebrew University in order to better understand the Bible. She recently helped translate the New Testament into Ifè, a language spoken in Benin and Togo.
HOW TO HELP EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN JAPAN
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EINSTEIN’S PAPERS SOON TO BE ON-LINE
Albert Einstein, one of the founders of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (my alma mater), was present at its opening in 1925. He bequeathed his papers, some 80,000 documents including letters to his wife and step-daughters, to the university.
Now a $500,000 grant from the Polonsky Foundation of London is enabling the university to digitize its Einstein archives and make them available on-line. The papers are an important resource for the history of physics, and they also shed light on the social, political, and intellectual history of the modern world.
The digitization project is expected to take one year.
HE GAVE THEM HIS IMAGE, TOO
Einstein bequeathed not only his papers to the Hebrew University, but also the royalties from the use of his image. Apparently this is not common knowledge. Ben Faraj, the owner of a photography shop in Petah Tikva, was surprised to discover that the university wanted NIS 20,000 from him for a violation of its rights, specifically for agreeing to print an image of the famous physicist on 40 T-shirts for a mysterious customer who did not identify himself, the Ha’aretz daily reported last week.
In response to a query from the newspaper, the university apologized to Faraj. Apparently the mysterious customer was an over-zealous private investigator. The university insisted that it does not deceive merchants in order to catch them in violation of the copyright.
THIS MAN WAS BORN TO THE TITLE
The lord chief justice and presidents of the courts of England and Wales is to speak at the university this coming Monday. The topic of the talk, “The judiciary and the media,” is interesting enough, but even more interesting is the name of the lord chief justice: Ivor Judge.