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Pittsburgh synagogue shooting / Candidate Dan Meuser (R)

Written by Scott LaMar, Executive Producer | Oct 29, 2018 7:40 AM

A memorial of flowers and stars in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in remembrance of those killed and injured when a shooter opened fire during services Saturday at the synagogue. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, October 29, 2018:

The shooting that left 11 people dead at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday is being called the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history.  Robert Bowers, who railed against Jews on his social media accounts is charged with the murders and federal hate crimes. 

Nationally, anti-semitic hate crimes and vandalism increased more than against any other groups in 2016 according to the Anti-Defamation League. 

Vigils were held in Pittsburgh and around the country last night decrying anti-semitism and hate. Once again, after a mass shooting, questions as to why and what can be done stop it are being asked. 

On Monday's Smart Talk, WITF's Katie Meyer joins us from Pittsburgh.  Also with us is Robin Burstein, the Senior Associate Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The ADL posts up-to-date information on ADL H.E.A.T. Map. It is the first-of-its-kind interactive and customizable map detailing extremist and anti-Semitic incidents around the nation.

Also, on Monday's Smart Talk is Candidate Dan Meuser, a Republican running for U.S. House of Representatives in the 9th District. The 9th Congressional District is made up of Lebanon, Schuylkill, Columbia and parts of Berks, Carbon, Northumberland, Luzerne, and Montour Counties.


Candidate Dan Meuser

Note: Incumbent Republican Congressman Scott Perry was scheduled to appear on Monday's Smart Talk to discuss his re-election efforts.  Congressman Perry will be on Thursday's program.


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