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Jerusalem – Stalker Hassles Lev Leviev [video]

December 2, 2009 at 11:44 PM
Jerusalem - "Shame on you, thief. You bought the court," Yisrael Mahlev yelled at Africa Israel's controlling shareholder Lev Leviev as the latter left a courtroom in the Tel Aviv District Court yesterday. Africa Israel announced yesterday that it intends to file a complaint against Mahlev, who has been indicted several times for harassing Leviev and his family. Mahlev allegedly has been...

New York – Addressing American Israel Friendship League Homeland Security Chief Warns of Threat From al-Qaeda Sympathizers in US

December 2, 2009 at 11:09 PM
New York - Al-Qaeda followers are inside the United States and would like to attack targets here and in other countries, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday night. Addressing the American Israel Friendship League in New York, Napolitano said a string of recent domestic arrests should "remove any remaining comfort from the notion that if we fight the terrorists abroad...

Rockland County, NY – Spring Valley Lawmaker Status As Elected Official Questioned

December 2, 2009 at 10:37 PM
Rockland County, NY - County Legislator Jacques Michel, D-Spring Valley, has been kicked off the voter registration rolls following an investigation by the Rockland Board of Elections. The move has put Michel's status as an elected official in question because the County Charter, which governs county government, requires county legislators to be registered voters and to be living in their...

Israel – ‘Charedi Madoff’ Bilked Bnei Brak Families

December 2, 2009 at 09:22 PM
Bnei Brak, Israel - Another Ponzi has been uncovered in the ultra-religious sector. Kikar Shabbat, a news Web site caters to the sector, reports that Moshe Zussman bilked about $50 million from Bnei Brak residents and wealthy families overseas. He claimed to be an expert on currency speculation and even ran a Web site purporting to show detailed reports of client accounts. After investors...

Staatsburg, NY – New Walkway over Hudson is a Hit!

December 2, 2009 at 07:24 PM
Staatsburg, NY - An old rail bridge converted into a lofty walkway over the Hudson River has attracted about 400,000 visitors in its first two months, far more people than officials expected to visit in a year. The Walkway Over the Hudson stretches 1.25-miles from Poughkeepsie to Highland, about 70 miles north of New York City. The walkway opened Oct. 3. A consultant hired by the...

New York – America’s Favorite Candy Goes Kosher

December 2, 2009 at 05:39 PM
New York - Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. today announced that Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Fruit Rolls, Frooties and DOTS have become kosher-certified by the Orthodox Union, the world’s largest kosher certification agency. New packaging bearing the “OU” symbol will be distributed nationwide beginning in the next few weeks. “We take great pride in producing wholesome confectionery products...

Queens, NY – Man Who Robbed 101-year-old Woman Gets 75 Years

December 2, 2009 at 05:06 PM
Queens, NY - A 47-year-old Queens man convicted of mugging of three women, one of whom was 101 years old, has been sentenced to 75 years in prison. Jack Rhodes of East Elmhurst was convicted in October of first-degree burglary, first- and second-degree robbery in the 2007 attacks. "The defendant's disturbingly, cowardly attacks on elderly and defenseless women - two of who needed the aid of...

California – Deputy Police Chief: Israeli Organized Crime Up in Los Angeles

December 2, 2009 at 04:47 PM
Los Angeles, CA - A top Los Angeles police official says the city has seen an uptick in activity by Israeli organized crime rings. Deputy Chief Michael Downing, who heads the Counter Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau, said today that Israeli organized crime is responsible for a growing number of real estate frauds, narcotics sales and other crimes. Downing says it's too soon to say...

Brooklyn, NY – Rabbi Hecht On The Crown Heights Shomrim Court Case: A Very Sad Day For Klal Yisroel, And Lubavitch

December 2, 2009 at 04:15 PM
Brooklyn, NY - As the days of Pesach were approaching, an alcoholic man went to visit a community Rov with an interesting dilemma. "Rabbi, I'm a recovering alcoholic. Even though I could not control my drinking, I always stayed out of trouble. I always managed to manage my home and professional life, and I never put myself or anyone else in danger. I have been clean for a number of years, and I...

New York, NY – 200 Miles of City Bike Lanes Often Blocked

December 2, 2009 at 03:47 PM
New York, NY - New York City has built 200 miles of bike lanes in the last three years. But a new study by two Hunter College professors finds that those bike lanes are often blocked by cars or trucks. The study released today found that a cyclist traveling in a bike lane will encounter a vehicle during a stretch of just five to six city blocks more than 60 percent of the time. The...

England – Jewish Groups Criticise Swiss Ban on Construction of Minarets

December 2, 2009 at 03:46 PM
England - Switzerland’s biggest Jewish groups have described a far-right push to ban the construction of minarets as a "threat" to religious harmony and the integration of Muslims. "The referendum infringes religious freedom, a concept enshrined in the constitution," the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities and the Platform of Liberal Jews in Switzerland said in a statement on...

New York City – City Retail Rents Still Priciest in The World

December 2, 2009 at 03:37 PM
New York City - New York continues its reign as the priciest place to rent retail property, according to a report released Wednesday by brokerage firm CB Richard Ellis Inc. Though rents here declined 25% over the last 12 months due to the recession and new flexibility from landlords, prices were still an average $1,640 a square foot for ground floor retail space in the third quarter of...

Albany – NY Senate Rejects Gay Marriage Bill‎

December 2, 2009 at 02:56 PM
New York - The state Senate just defeated the same-sex marriage bill by a vote of 24-38. The Senate decision Wednesday comes after months of delays and arm twisting of lawmakers sympathetic to the bill but representing conservative districts. It follows a referendum in Maine earlier this month that struck down a gay marriage law before it took effect. Advocates say they aren't surprised by...

Jerusalem – Jewish Settler Held in Car Assault After Wifes Stabbing [video]

December 2, 2009 at 01:42 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli police are considering charges against a Jewish settler filmed driving over a Palestinian who was lying wounded at a West Bank gas station following an incident in which the settler's wife was stabbed. After dramatic footage of last week's events was aired by Israel's Channel 2 television, a police spokesman said on Wednesday the Palestinian was also being investigated over...

Iowa City, Iowa – Cattle Sellers Paid by Agriprocessors Won’t Return the Money

December 2, 2009 at 01:35 PM
Iowa City, Iowa - Hundreds of companies that were paid by a bankrupt kosher slaughterhouse last year have been told to give back much of the money they received 90 days before the bankruptcy announcement, (previously reported by VIN News). The companies received the letter this week from the trustee for Agriprocessors, Inc., whose lawyer says the companies can negotiate their return...
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