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January 1, 2009 at 10:33 PM
Chicago, IL - The man tapped by Illinois' embattled governor to fill an open U.S. Senate seat will be turned away if he arrives for Tuesday's inauguration of new members, according to two Democratic aides.
Roland Burris, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, will not be allowed on the Senate floor, according to the aides -- one who is...
January 1, 2009 at 10:11 PM
New York, NY - Economic hard times are about to hit New York City's employees where it hurts: in their driveways.
As the Bloomberg administration scrambles to cut spending, it is ordering city agencies like the police, parks and health departments to give up nearly 700 city-owned cars, a cherished perk for their workers.
The move would save $20 million over the next two years, according to...
January 1, 2009 at 07:35 PM
Mumbai - For a terror group that masterminded an atrocity of the scale of 26/11 and grabbed global attention, the Lashkar-e-Taiba handlers of the Mumbai attackers directed their jihadi charges in a ruthlessly calm and calculated manner.
According to sources, details of Voice over Internet Protocol calls between the jihadis holed up in the Taj and Trident hotels and Nariman House and their...
January 1, 2009 at 07:20 PM
Camarillo, CA - The Ventura County sheriff's department is investigating an incident of graffiti vandalism at a Jewish preschool in Camarillo.
Shira Muchnik, an administrator at the Gan Camarillo Preschool, says she noticed a row of swastikas painted on the sidewalk in front of the school along with the words "white power" and notified authorities.
It was the third time this year the school...
January 1, 2009 at 06:49 PM
Seattle, WA - The man accused of killing one woman and wounding five others at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle won't face a second trial until more than three years after the shootings.
Naveed Haq's first trial ended in a mistrial in June. He was scheduled to be retried in March, but a judge this week agreed to delay that trial until October.
King County Superior Court Judge Paris...
January 1, 2009 at 04:10 PM
Amran, Yemen - The rabbi of the Jews Community in Amran province Yahya Yaish said he had received threat of cleansing over the Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.
Yahya, whose brother Moshe Yaish was killed last December, said he had received two SMS messages, the first says “Jews...stop strikes on Gaza...you will be killed soon, God willing” and the second one asked Jews to convert to...
January 1, 2009 at 02:23 PM
New York - I do not anticipate receiving an invitation to address the Israeli judge presiding over Avrohom Mondrowitz’s extradition case. However, given the opportunity, here is what I would say:
One of the great Torah sages of the 19th century famously stated that one of the main functions of a Rabbi is to advocate for and support the weakest members of his community. I...
January 1, 2009 at 01:05 PM
Jerusalem - Speaking to a gathering of students Tuesday night, the elder Kabbalist, Rabbi Eliyahu Leon Levi of Bnei Brak, warned that the war against Hamas should not be taken lightly.
"The Hamas has long-range Grad missiles that are aimed at our country's strategic facilities," he stated. "The threat is a life and death danger for the people of Israel. Imagine the catastrophe if a nuclear...
January 1, 2009 at 11:57 AM
New York, NY - The number of homicides in New York City rose about four percent in 2008 compared with the previous year, preliminary figures from the city's police department showed.
The NYPD's CompStat data showed 516 homicides in the city last year, up from 496 in 2007.
That's still a dramatic change from 1990, when 2,262 homicides earned New York the title of "murder capital" of the...
January 1, 2009 at 10:14 AM
Tehran - The religious leader of the Iranian Jews, Khakham Golestaninejad, has issued a decree calling on Jews to Palestinians especially those coming under the Israeli blitz in the Gaza Strip.
It is the duty of every “monotheistic Jew” to help these people, Golestaninejad said.
He called on his coreligionists to support Gazans with their financial, medical and food aid, Fars News...
January 1, 2009 at 09:53 AM
Chicago, IL - A bomb threat was received in the West Rogers Park neighborhood that threatened Jewish day schools in Chicago and the suburbs.
The letter was received in the regular mail delivery to the Associated Talmud Torahs and the Ida Crown Jewish Academy, 2828 W. Pratt Blvd., according to a Rogers Park District police lieutenant.
The letter indicated a bomb threat to Jewish day schools...
January 1, 2009 at 09:37 AM
Postville, IA - The general director and one of the owners of Zoglobek company, Eli Zoglobek, is presently negotiating to purchase the Agriprocessors meat plant owned by the Rubashkin family, which supplies 60% of the American kosher meat market, and has a $400 million annual turnover. This is according to Israeli Hebrew Newspaper Sha'ah Tovah
The Zoglobek food processing plant in Israel is a...
January 1, 2009 at 09:11 AM
Belgium - According to Belgian newspaper "La Dernière Heure", a list of possible Jewish personalities was found in the apartment of Islamist belgian-Moroccan Abdelkhader Belliraj during a search of his apartment, in conjunction with the arrest of some members of the Islamist Belgian movement.
This alleged "hit list" included other prominent Jewish figures such as A prominent figure in the the...
January 1, 2009 at 08:31 AM
Gaza City - Sheikh Nizar Ryyan, a senior Hamas leader and cleric was killed along with several others when an IAF aircraft dropped a bomb on his Jabaliyah home, Palestinian sources reported Thursday.
A large cloud of smoke billowed above the northern Gaza town after the attack and Palestinian sources were quoted by Channel 2 as saying that the air strike was carried out by F-16 fighter...
January 1, 2009 at 07:52 AM
Palm Beach, FL - Thieves calling themselves "The Educators" have returned a statue stolen from disgraced investment guru Bernie Madoff. And they hope the Wall Street money manager has learned his lesson.
The statue stolen from the megascammer's $9.4 million Florida estate turned up yesterday near the country club where Madoff cultivated many of his victims in a $50 billion scam, bearing an...