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March 22nd, 2013
04:04 PM ET

Tearing up over Passover's bitter herbs

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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Riverhead, New York (CNN) – A bitter, hot, gnarly looking root plays a key role in the upcoming seder meal at the center of the Jewish holiday Passover. Horseradish symbolizes the bitter existence the Israelites experienced in slavery under the Pharaoh in Egypt. Most people get it from a jar but it’s actually quite easy to make.

[3:21] “It’s predominantly sold for Passover and for Easter also people use it but yeah, this is the season,” said Phillip Schmitt, owner of the Schmitt family farm in Riverhead, New York. “It’s a pretty ugly root when it first comes out of the ground. I mean all these little ones are all attached. It’s pretty wild looking.”

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CNN Radio News Day: February 21, 2013
South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears on February 21, 2013 at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria.
February 21st, 2013
04:38 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: February 21, 2013

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  • It's been one week since model Reeva Steenkamp was found dead inside the home of her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius – the "Blade Runner" Olympian. He remains in jail on the charge of  premeditated murder.  Today's court hearing was adjourned until Friday with no decision yet on bail. CNN's Robyn Curnow says the Prosecution suffered a big blow when it was revealed that the lead police investigator was facing attempted murder charges himself in another case:

"The police actually say they knew about it, but they were letting justice take its course. A media report came out today exposing this and that's when they acted – and acted quite quickly. He's been removed from the Oscar Pistorius case and one of the country's top detectives has been put on to lead this case now. " FULL POST