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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-08-04

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$2.00 AUGUST 4-10, 2011 / 4-10 TAMMUZ 5771

A JEWISH RENAISSANCE MEDIA PUBLICATION

theJEWISHNEWS.com

»IN Welcomes Big Al!

Dick Purtan's satirist brings his humor to the IN as
our new Page 3 columnist. See page 3.

»Young Filmmaker Returns

Bryan Binder, 25, filmed his thriller in Farmington
Hills and plans on staying here. See page 12.

» Spunky CEO

DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

metro

Ann Newman's mail-order prescription business is
bringing jobs to Novi. See page 18.

New JN columnist "Big Al" Muskowitz

>> cover story

Finding Joy
Amid Sorrow

Gary Weinstein

with a portrait

of the family

he lost six

years ago

The car crash that killed his family
shattered Gary Weinstein's world
... yet he lives each day with
passion and presence.

Ronelle Grier I Contributing Writer

he day began like any other. A Tuesday in early May. Gary
Weinstein kissed his wife, Judy, and their two sons, Sam,
9, and Alex, 12, goodbye and headed off to work. Judy was
planning to pick the boys up later for a 3:45 appointment with
their orthodontist. An ordinary day.
Then the unthinkable happened. A Yukon Denali SUV, traveling
down 12 Mile Road at 70 miles per hour, slammed into the back of
Judy's red Honda Accord waiting to make a left turn into the park-
ing lot of the orthodontist. Judy, 49, and Alex were killed instantly.
Sam was thrown from the car and taken to Royal Oak Beaumont
Hospital, where he died soon after his arrival.
The driver of the Denali, Thomas Wellinger, was taken to the
same hospital, where testing revealed that his blood alcohol level
was .43, more than the five times the state legal limit for operating
a vehicle.
Within hours, the news ricocheted through the community.
Every local news station, as well as some national broadcasts, car-
ried the story of the mother and two young sons whose lives were
ended so abruptly on an otherwise routine afternoon. Wellinger
was arrested and subsequently convicted of three counts of

CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

» arts

American
Idol Chutzpah

Singer/musician
Casey Abrams
brings his grit and
growl to the Joe.

9

1942 - 2011

Covering and
Connecting
Jewish Detroit
Every Week

Abrams talks of his Jewish

STORY ON PAGE 38

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roots and his wild side.

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