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Front Lines

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Devries Competes On 'Jeopardy'

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Latest From Israel

anny Devries, 21, a senior at the
University of Michigan in Ann
Arbor, is one of 15 undergraduate
college students competing in this week's
College Championship Edition of Jeopardy.
Devries will be on the show broadcast at 7:30
p.m. tonight (May 8) on NBC. If he wins, he
goes onto the semi-finals, which will air next
week.
"It was one of the most fun weekends of my
life,' said Devries, who has been a Jeopardy
fan for about two years. "I didn't study, but I
watched a lot of Jeopardy. There are a lot of
patterns they use to their questions; you pick
up on that if you watch it a lot:'
Devries says his best subjects are sports
and Bible, while he's weakest in science and
the arts.
After qualifying through an online test,

Devries auditioned in Chicago. Then the
show was taped in Madison, Wis.
He signed a contract saying he can't
divulge in advance how he did on the show.
Cash prizes range from $100,000 for the
grand prize winner to $5,000 for quarter-
finalists.
He says he enjoyed making connections
with the other college students and says they
keep in touch. And he found he was a bit
intrigued by the whole aura of television.
"It did make me want to have a career on
TV;' he said. "I asked the executive producer
how I could get a job, and he told me to send
him a resume after college."
Devries will graduate from U-M in
December. He's majoring in economics and
political science and minoring in Judaic and
Asian studies.

Governor And Israel
Gov. Jennifer Granholm will reschedule her
investment mission to Israel and Kuwait
— where she planned to meet with represen-
tatives from 50 companies interested in doing
business in Michigan.
The weeklong trip was postponed because
the governor, 49, underwent successful emer-
gency surgery the night before she was set to
leave on April 30. The surgery was to treat a
bowel obstruction believed to be a complica-
tion from injuries sustained in an automobile
accident in 1993 in Washington, D.C.
The sojourn was to be the governor's sixth
overseas investment mission since 2004.
Previous missions to Germany, Austria,
Japan and Sweden resulted in 37 companies
announcing $818 million in new investment;
9,000 jobs were created and retained, accord-
ing to the governor's office.
The focus of this trip was to be job creation
opportunities with companies in the high-
tech automotive, alternative energy and envi-
ronmental technology industries. Israel is a
world leader in homeland security and water
preservation technology development. Kuwait
is home to Dow Chemical's joint venture
EQUATE, a plastics and chemical producer.

His Web site, www.davidsyner.com , is a
genealogical history of his family.

- Ken) Guten Cohen, story development editor

Bench Moves
Jewish candidates abound in local judgeship
races.
The final filing deadline for candidates was
April 29:
• Oakland County Probate Court: Judge
Barry Grant is retiring. Mark Frankel of
Bloomfield Hills is among the three contend-
ers.
• Oakland Count Circuit Court: Nancy
Grant, daughter of Judge Barry Grant, and
James Alexander are among the five incum-
bents seeking re-election.
• 45B District Court, Oak Park: Incumbents
Michelle Friedman Appel and David Gubow
are seeking re-election against one challenger.
• 48th District Court, Bloomfield Hills:
Kimberly Small is running for re-election
without opposition.
All terms are six years. The general election
is Nov. 4.

- Robert A. Sklar, editor

- Robert A. Sklar, editor

Remember Foodland?
David Syner is looking for people who
remember Foodland grocery stores from the
1950s. They were owned by his grandparents,
David Gooze, who died in 1957, and Sandy
Gooze, who died in 1970. Syner, who is inter-
ested in genealogy, would like to talk to any-
one who remembers his grandparents' stores
or might have photographs of them.
Reach him at (310) 801-2279 or at corner-
films@hotmaitcom. He lives in Los Angeles.

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This Week

Jewish American Experience
President Bush has proclaimed May as Jewish
American Heritage Month. He cited the time
as "an opportunity to celebrate the history,
culture and faith of Jewish Americans and
their contributions to our nation.
"The story of the Jewish people in America
is the story of America itself," reads the
proclamation. "When the first Jewish settlers
arrived on our shores hundreds of years ago,
they saw a land of promise and liberty. With
hard work and determination, these individu-
als helped build our country and strengthen

U-M senior Danny Devries, 21, of West
Bloomfield, with fellow "Jeopardy"

contestants Suchita Shah from the
University of Wisconsin and Vera Swain
from the University of South Carolina.

He is the son of Dr. Jeff Devries of West
Bloomfield and the late Sheri Devries.

- Ken Guten Cohen, story development editor

our values. Their commitment to religious
freedom and their belief in democracy have
enriched our society and helped make our
country a beacon of hope for all."
Bush made special note of Jewish
Americans who have served in the military
"with valor and distinction in times of war
and peace."
"We honor Jewish Americans who played
an integral role in shaping the cultural fabric
of our nation:' he said. "Their spirit and tal-
ents have helped America succeed and pros-
per, and their efforts continue to remind us of
the many blessings of this great country."

- Robert A. Sklar, editor

A View Of Kibbutzim
The Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies
will sponsor a multi-media presentation
titled "The Kibbutz in the 21st Century:
Challenges, Dreams and
Disappointments:' Sunday,
May 18, at 2:30 p.m. at
Congregation T'chiyah,
15000 W. 10 Mile Road in
Oak Park.
Guest speaker, Dr. Micha
Balf, has been a member
for nearly three decades of
Micha Balf
Kibbutz Maagen Michael,
Israel, and is currently serving as Israel edu-
cation shaliach for the Greater Washington
Jewish Federation. He grew up in the United
States and, after spending two years in Israel,
became a convert and made aliyah in 1980.
The program is free and open to the public
and co-sponsored by Congregation T'chiyah
and Ameinu Detroit. For reservations by
Thursday, May 15, contact the Cohn-Haddow
Center for Judaic Studies, (313) 577-2679.

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Poll results:
Will arrest of Ben-Ami Kadish
harm Israeli-US relations?
Yes 53%
No 47%

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