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Paper's Pulitzer Prize Money Goes to Perfect Cause

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gives the $15K to Tree of Life synagogue, site of shooting it covered
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2019 9:32 AM CDT
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A makeshift memorial stands outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in the aftermath of a deadly shooting in Pittsburgh on Oct. 29, 2018.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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(Newser) – The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won't see any of the prize money from its breaking news Pulitzer, awarded for its coverage of the October shooting at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue. That's because the $15,000 will go directly to the synagogue itself, based on a suggestion by publisher John Robinson Block. "Splitting the monetary award among those who had participated in the news coverage just didn’t seem right," according to the paper, which reports the money will be used to repair the temple damaged by bullets in the anti-Semitic attack that left 11 dead. Rabbi Jeffrey Myers and the congregation's president, Samuel Schachner, have accepted the funds, per the Post-Gazette. "Pittsburgh is truly home to some amazing neighbors!" the synagogue says, per the AP. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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