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January 11, 1993 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Igor "Greg" Tsipkis flipped through his English/Russian dictionary, looking for the proper translation. It wasn't an important matter, but he wanted to get it right. " Base, " he said. "Army base." Small steps, but sure ones. It's been nearly a year since Tsipkis and his family left Moldova, formerly a republic of the Soviet Union that borders Romania. His English has improved in that time, but he still grasps for the correct phrases. It makes each day a struggle at El Modena High School.
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January 11, 1993 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Igor "Greg" Tsipkis flipped through his English/Russian dictionary, looking for the proper translation. It wasn't an important matter, but he wanted to get it right. " Base, " he said. "Army base." Small steps, but sure ones. It's been nearly a year since Tsipkis and his family left Moldova, formerly a republic of the Soviet Union that borders Romania. His English has improved in that time, but he still grasps for the correct phrases. It makes each day a struggle at El Modena High School.
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September 20, 1992 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Red and green pins dot the six-foot-wide map of the former Soviet Union--all spots where sizable Jewish communities remain, where economic collapse could bring political unrest and ethnic conflict but where Israel now has its own agents able to help the Jews to flee. "There must be the option for every Jew to leave and to come to Israel, and I can say now that there is," Baruch Gur, the head of the Jewish Agency's Eastern Europe department, declared with a sweep of his hand across the map.
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