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Tel Aviv, Israel – Once a Gem, Leviev’s Firm Loses Sparkle

November 1, 2009 at 10:27 PM
Tel Aviv, Israel - In May 2007, Israeli diamond magnate Lev Leviev was on a roll. A subsidiary of his real-estate company Africa Israel Investments Ltd. raised $1.4 billion on the London Stock Exchange. That came just a few days after a U.S. unit paid $525 million for the New York Times building in Manhattan. But now his company is the biggest casualty among a number of large, Israeli...

Sydeny, Australia – Royal Plea to PM on Ritual Slaughter

November 1, 2009 at 09:47 PM
Sydney, Australia - Princess Alia bint al-Hussein of Jordan has appealed to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to stop the ritual slaughter of conscious animals for halal meat in Australia. She said its continuation would set back attempts to improve animal welfare in the Middle East. The princess, sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan, told The Age she had written to Mr Rudd to voice her concerns...

Celle, Germany – Final Member of Hitler’s Inner Circle Dies at 96

November 1, 2009 at 08:47 PM
Celle, Germany - The last member of Adolf Hitler's notorious inner circle has died at age 96, leaving behind instructions to publish a manuscript about his time spent alongside the German dictator, the Telegraph reported. Fritz Darges was present for all major conferences, social engagements and policy announcements during World War II — and experts believe his memoir could disprove claims...

Dallas, TX – Halloween Ruled Out as Influence in Hate Crime at Kosher Restaurant

November 1, 2009 at 06:30 PM
Dallas, TX - Natalie and Yohai Pinhas don't think it was Halloween pranksters that spray-painted obscene and anti-semitic graffiti on the sidewalk and near the front door of their kosher restaurant and market in Far North Dallas. "It could be, but why curse? Mr. Pinhas said Sunday after his wife, Natalie found the vandalism when she arrived at the restaurant Sunday morning. ""I believe it's...

New York – New York City’s Next Mayor Needs to Stay Focused on What Ails Us

November 1, 2009 at 04:18 PM
New York - The expectations game remains an open question All the big oddsmakers say that Republican Mayor Bloomberg is a shoo-in for re-election over Democrat Bill Thompson come Tuesday. Polls by Quinnipiac University and Marist College give Bloomberg a lead of 15 to 16 percentage points. FiveThirtyEight.com, a political Web site whose computer-modeled forecast accurately predicted the...

New York – Biggest Bankruptcy: CIT Files For Chapter 11

November 1, 2009 at 03:58 PM
New York - Lender CIT Group has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a potential blow to the thousands of small and mid-sized businesses that rely on the company for loans to keep their operations afloat. CIT made its filing in New York bankruptcy court Sunday, after a debt-exchange offer to bondholders failed. CIT says the majority of its bondholders have approved a prepackaged...

Bogorodsky, Russia – Vandal Who Smashed Gravestones at Cemetery Arrested

November 1, 2009 at 02:41 PM
Bogorodsky, Russia - Police in Bogorodsk, Russia (Nizhny Novgorod region) detained a man suspected of vandalizing the local cemetery multiple times, according to the national daily "Komsomolskaya Pravda." In September and October, someone smashed a total of 74 gravestones at the cemetery and painted swastikas and Stars of David on some of them. Police reportedly caught the 25-year-old...

New York – American Wins NYC Marathon

November 1, 2009 at 12:53 PM
New York - Meb Keflezighi has become the first American man to win the New York City Marathon since 1982. Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist, earned his first major marathon title Sunday. Born in Eritrea, the 34-year-old became a U.S. citizen in 1998. He was second in New York in 2004 and third in 2005. Keflezighi, wearing "USA on his chest, won in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 15...

West Bank – Shin Bet Arrests Jewish-American Extremist Accused of Killing Arabs

November 1, 2009 at 12:29 PM
West Bank - Israeli authorities have arrested a Jewish-American extremist suspected of carrying out a series of high-profile hate crimes against Arabs, peace activists and a breakaway Jewish sect. Israel's Shin Bet undercover agents said that Yaakov "Jack" Teitel, a 37-year-old ultra-Orthodox West Bank settler, is behind the attacks, spanning 12 years. They said he had confessed to killing two...

Jerusalem – Rabbi To Elior Chen: Take Off the Yarmulke and Snip Off the Peyos

November 1, 2009 at 12:12 PM
Jerusalem - Cut off your peyos Elior Chen. Toss away the yarmulke. It won’t help. It won’t earn you any sympathy. Israeli judges are unmoved by criminals who suddenly remember Hashem on the day of their trial after they’ve caused people so much suffering. If just a few of the charges are correct, you’re not a rov, you’re not religious and you’re not a human being. Cut of those...

Haifa, Israel – Drill Simulating Twin Towers Attack to be Held on Tuesday

November 1, 2009 at 11:30 AM
Haifa, Israel - The country's largest emergency drill simulating two mega-catastrophes on the scale of the World Trade Center bombing will be held Tuesday in the Haifa region, with Magen David Adom using a new solar/satellite camera for the first time. The exercise will focus on the Haifa shopping mall at the southern entrance to the city. MDA staffers and volunteers from seven of its...

New York City – Taxi Fares To Increase This Sunday

November 1, 2009 at 10:40 AM
New York City - Starting this Sunday, an extra 50-cent surcharge will be added on all taxi rides. The fare hike was passed by the state Legislature back in May as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's $2.3 billion bailout plan. The money collected will help fund mass transit. Starting at 12:01 Sunday, all cab fares will include a 50-cent tax – increasing the base taxi...

New York – Texting Ban While Driving Begins Today

November 1, 2009 at 10:37 AM
New York - New York's ban on texting or otherwise using portable electronic devices while driving goes into effect on Sunday. State officials say the goal is to reduce accidents from distracted driving. The new law, however, is considered a secondary offense, meaning the driver must have committed a primary offense -- such as speeding, disobeying a traffic signal or other violation -- in...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Restores $8M in Yeshivah Vouchers Until June 30 2010

November 1, 2009 at 10:05 AM
New York, NY - Two weeks before the election, Mayor Bloomberg told Orthodox Jewish leaders in a private meeting that he planned to restore $8 million in day-care vouchers that the administration had pulled just months earlier as the city braced to cope with the collapsing economy. "They are a huge help to many families, especially in the Orthodox community," the mayor said at the Oct. 22...

New York – VINDAF VIEWS: Bava Basra 72

November 1, 2009 at 10:00 AM
New York - Aquilaria malaccensis is a tree that is found in India (and some other countries too). It is known as Agarwood and is also the most expensive tree in the world. It is often infected by a mold which produces a certain reaction in the tree, creating a very aromatic resin. The resin is used for perfumes and other aromatic additives. Resin from the tree costs some $5000 per...

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