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Jerusalem – Litzman Wants Woman Only Psych Hospitals

December 1, 2009 at 11:18 PM
Jerusalem - Deputy Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman's idea of eventually hospitalizing only women at the Eitanim Mental Health Center in the Jerusalem Corridor and only male patients at the Kfar Shaul State Mental Health Center would probably end up costing more money and be very difficult to manage, according to Dr. Yehezkel Caine, director of Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem. Caine, a modern...

Vineland, NJ – New Jersy Holocaust Survivor Says She Remembers Seeing John Demjanjuk

December 1, 2009 at 10:01 PM
Vineland, NJ - Esther Raab says she remembers John Demjanjuk. She remembers him as a Ukrainian soldier, working in a Nazi death camp in Poland when she was a captive there in 1943. He would bring ammunition into the armory, where it would be fed into chains for machine guns. He would then leave with the ammo, and she’d hear the firing squads execute camp prisoners. Demjanjuk would return...

N. Miami Beach, FL – Disabled Jewish Mayor Plans To Sue Disney

December 1, 2009 at 07:52 PM
North Miami Beach, FL -What was supposed to be a fun filled vacation to the 'Happiest Place on Earth' for North Miami Beach Mayor Myron Rosner and his family turned into a vacation he would never forget but for all the wrong reasons. "You're in Walt Disney Word and you bring your children there for fantasy and imagination I don't think that Walt Disney himself would've thought this was a place...

New York City – Bloomberg Sues Former Rival Thompson Over Jail

December 1, 2009 at 06:47 PM
New York City - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is suing his former rival Comptroller William Thompson Jr. over the Democrat's refusal to enable the expansion of a Brooklyn jail. The mayor and the city Department of Design and Construction filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. Mr. Thompson has called the Brooklyn House of Detention project "flawed and wasteful." The...

New York, NY – Councilman Barron Interrupts Event In Shouting Match With Jeff Wiesenfeld [video]

December 1, 2009 at 04:39 PM
New York, NY - New York City Councilman Charles Barron and a city university trustee have gotten into a shouting match in the middle of a groundbreaking ceremony. Councilman Charles Barron Barron got up to the podium at the Tuesday event and accused Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials of disrespecting him. City University of New York trustee Jeffrey Wiesenfeld stood up from his seat...

Germany – MDA Israel Reunites Siblings After 64 Years

December 1, 2009 at 03:35 PM
Germany - Lena, 85, and Victor, 73, were too choked up to speak when they first met each other after not having known of one another’s existence since the end of WWII. The meeting took place recently in Australia, where Lena has lived for years without knowing that her long-lost brother was alive. In 1945, the chaotic situation after the war led to the separation of the two siblings, who had...

Trenton, NJ – Gov. Corzine Spent $131M Of His Own Money To Become A Politician

December 1, 2009 at 02:41 PM
Trenton, NJ - It will take some time to assess the costs and benefits of Jon Corzine's nine years as an elected official. But how much money his political career cost him is now known. The former Wall Street executive spent $131 million of his own money on three runs for political office since 2000, including primaries, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal and state campaign...

Albany, NY – Gov. Paterson Pushes Again For NY Gay Marriage Vote

December 1, 2009 at 02:36 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. David Paterson said the way was now clear for a state Senate vote on legalizing same-sex marriage in New York. Some key legislators have tied the long awaited vote to passing a deficit reduction plan. That's now expected to be done this week. While the bill was passed months ago by the Assembly and has the governor's backing, its prospects in the Senate remain...

New York – D.A. Warns Staten Islanders of New ‘secret shopper’ Scam

December 1, 2009 at 02:23 PM
Staten Island, NY - District Attorney Daniel Donovan today warned borough residents to be on the lookout for a new "Secret Shopper" scam which targets unsuspecting victims by mail, urging them to fork over $3,500 and their bank account information to facilitate the payment of taxes on a bogus sweepstakes prize. Victims are sent a letter via Canadian Post, informing them they've won a $200,000...

Maryland – Baltimore Mayor Convicted on 1 Gift Card Charge

December 1, 2009 at 01:45 PM
Maryland - Baltimore's mayor was convicted Tuesday on a single charge she took gift cards intended for the city's poor. Although Sheila Dixon was acquitted of a felony theft charge, her conviction could force her from office. Jurors deliberated more than six days after hearing the Democrat accused of using or keeping $630 worth of gift cards. She allegedly solicited most of the cards from a...

New York – NYT: Shaya Boymelgreen A King of Real Estate, Fallen on Harder Times

December 1, 2009 at 01:21 PM
New York - Through the real estate boom, few new developers filled the city with luxury condominiums as fast as Shaya Boymelgreen. He turned Wall Street corner offices into minimalist bachelor lairs, built TriBeCa apartments snapped up by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and crowded the edges of Park Slope, Brooklyn, with condos. But Mr. Boymelgreen, 58, has since retreated mightily from the...

New York – Pfizer Foots $60M Deal to Battle Gaucher’s, Disease More Prone In Ashkenazi Jews

December 1, 2009 at 12:59 PM
New York - Drug developer Pfizer Inc. is paying Protalix BioTherapeutics Inc. $60 million upfront for licensing rights to a developing Gaucher's disease treatment, the companies said on Tuesday. Under the deal, New York-based Pfizer will gain worldwide licensing rights to Israel-based Protalix's taliglucerase alfa, while Protalix retains exclusive commercialization rights in...

England – A Chelm Tale: Kashras Is About The Sugar, Not Stirring

December 1, 2009 at 12:21 PM
England - There are some mysteries that go beyond all understanding. In previous generations we were blessed with wise men who delved into such matters and then shared their understanding of them with us lesser mortals. One such group of deep thinkers lived in the sleepy village of Chelm and much of their wisdom has been transmitted. On one occasion the town fathers were faced with a...

Munich – Demjanjuk ‘Willingly’ Aided in Murder of Jews, Prosecutor Says

December 1, 2009 at 11:35 AM
Munich - Prosecutors accused John Demjanjuk of playing an active role in the Nazis' machinery of destruction, saying Tuesday that he was a willing follower of Hitler's racist ideology as they read the indictment against the retired Ohio autoworker. The 89-year-old, who was deported from the United States in May to stand trial in Germany, rejects the charges of being an accessory to the murder...

Williamsburg, NY – City Removing 14 Blocks Of Bike Lanes On Bedford Ave.

December 1, 2009 at 10:37 AM
Williamsburg, NY - Just when it seemed like the hoopla over bike lanes in Williamsburg had come to a close, Gothamist has learned that the Department of Transportation is planning to remove a 14-block section of the Bedford Avenue cycling route. A spokesman said that the agency will remove the "small portion" of the bike lane between Flushing and Division avenues in South Williamsburg "as part...
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