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PA anti-semitic incidents increase/Witnessing a life saved from overdose

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 4, 2018 8:47 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, March 5, 2018:

Last summer, white supremists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia chanting "Jews will not replace us."  It's a recent example of how Jewish people are still targeted for hate.

Unfortunately, Charlottesville wasn't an isolated incident.  In Pennsylvania, last year, there were 96 incidents of anti-Semitism -- a 43% increase over 2016.  Vandalism against Jewish people and institutions doubled in the state from the year before.  Many of the vandalisms included swastikas painted on Jewish homes or buildings.

Across the country, there was a 60% increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents. 

The statistics come from a new report by the Anti-Defamation League in Philadelphia.  The ADL's Regional Director Nancy Baron-Baer appears on Monday's Smart Talk to discuss why the anti-Semitic incidents are growing and what can be done about it.

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Brett Sholtis, Transforming Health and Nancy Baron-Baer, Regional Director of Anti-Defamation League

Also, WITF's Transforming Health reporter Brett Sholtis recently rode along with a Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County EMS crew.  During the evening Brett was with the first responders, a call came in that a man had overdosed on opioids.  The man was revived and possibly saved from dying by Naloxone.  It turns out it was the second straight day the man overdosed.

On Monday's program, we'll hear Brett's story of his ride-along and also he updates us on safety at Central York High School where classes were cancelled for three days two weeks ago after a threat was made.

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