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Beit Shemesh – Chabad School ‘On Strike’ over Principal, Claiming He Hits Children

September 1, 2009 at 10:41 PM
Beit Shemesh, Israel - While other children across the country were beginning their first day back in class, pupils at a Chabad elementary school in Ramat Beit Shemesh were joined by their parents in a protest over the Education Ministry's decision to hire a new principal for the institution. The crowd, which blocked the entrance to the school, was later broken up by police, who arrived on the...

New York, NY – Outrage Over Ad Showing Planes Crashing Into Lower Manhattan

September 1, 2009 at 09:09 PM
New York, NY - The World Wildlife Fund is joining a growing chorus of voices expressing outrage over an ad bearing its symbol that shows dozens of planes bearing down on downtown Manhattan with a tag line that reads, "The Tsunami Killed 100 Times More People Than 9/11." The ad was leaked just prior to the anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, with copy that states, "The tsunami killed...

Gdansk, Poland – Sole Remaining Shul Back in Jewish Hands

September 1, 2009 at 08:33 PM
Gdansk, Poland - In a gesture laden with symbolism, the sole remaining synagogue in the Polish city of Gdansk was restored in its entirety to the local Jewish community, on the eve of ceremonies marking 70 years since the start of World War II. "This is a special day," community president Mychal Samet told The Jerusalem Post. "We are pleased that the synagogue has been returned." While...

New York – CBS: Man Jumps GWB While Guards Snooze

September 1, 2009 at 07:23 PM
New York - On Monday the whistle was blown on two private security guards caught napping at their posts on the George Washington Bridge. But as CBS 2 HD found out, that's not the worst of it. The two GWB workers caught may asleep on the job may just be the tip of the iceberg. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey sources told CBS 2 HD there are many incidents involving these guards. One...

Bronx, NY – Yankees-Red Sox Game Time Changed to Avoid Conflict with Kol Nidre

September 1, 2009 at 06:11 PM
Bronx, NY - ESPN and Major League Baseball have agreed to switch the starting time of a Yankees-Red Sox game to avoid conflicting with Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. ESPN told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Sept. 27 game was returning to its original start time of 1 p.m. EDT. It had been changed to 8 p.m. to accommodate ESPN's schedule; Yom Kippur, a day of fasting...

London – Britain Releases Documents on Lockerbie Bombing Release

September 1, 2009 at 05:15 PM
London - Britain released documents on Tuesday detailing confidential exchanges over the Lockerbie bomber's release — letters it hoped will end speculation that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi's freedom was used to sweeten economic and political deals between Libya and the U.K. But the documents are more likely stir more anger in the United States, which was opposed to freeing al-Megrahi all...

Mountain View, CA – Google’s Gmail is Down

September 1, 2009 at 05:03 PM
Mountain View, CA - Google’s Popular E-Mail Application Gmail is Down Tuesday afternoon, in an outage affecting both free and paid users. The outage began sometime around 1 pm Pacific time, and remains down, despite an oddly timestamped message on the company’s status dashboard, which says service is back for some and will be restored for all in the near future. In a message posted at 11:28...

Englewood, NJ – Rabbi Boteach Files Lawsuit Against Qaddafi Over illegal Construction

September 1, 2009 at 04:18 PM
Englewood, NJ - The law firm of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP announced that it filed a lawsuit yesterday in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County, on behalf of nationally syndicated journalist and author Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and his wife Deborah Boteach, seeking an injunction to stop the Libyan government's ongoing illegal construction at its Englewood, New Jersey property, which...

New York – U.S. Stocks Drop, Led by Banks

September 1, 2009 at 04:02 PM
New York - Stocks skidded Tuesday amid worries about more bank failures and the fact that the market may have gotten ahead of the recovery. Oil prices fell nearly 3 percent to settle below $69 The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down nearly 200 points, or nearly 2 percent. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq also fell more than 2 percent, pushing the S&P below 1,000. The big buzz in the market today...

New York – Deal Helps Disabled Dispute Credit Card Charges

September 1, 2009 at 03:46 PM
New York - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says HSBC bank's credit card division is agreeing to a new national standard to serve customers who are blind or deaf. Cuomo says the agreement comes after a blind New Yorker was repeatedly told that she couldn't dispute a charge unless she completed a written form. HSBC Card Services Inc. will make several changes in customer service and on...

New York – AT&T Boosts 3G In NY

September 1, 2009 at 03:24 PM
New York - AT&T said Tuesday it will be boosting its mobile data coverage in New York City and Long Island, N.Y., and New Jersey by deploying 850-MHz spectrum for 3G use at more than 1,600 cell tower sites. The second-largest mobile operator said the move would increase connectivity, performance, and in-building 3G coverage. The carrier is also trying to address concerns from a small, but...

Manhattan, NY – Class Action by Out-of-Towners Challenging Parking Tax

September 1, 2009 at 02:52 PM
Manhattan, NY - A federal class action claims that Manhattan discriminates against out-of-towners by charging them an 8 percent tax to park in the borough's garages while Manhattan residents can apply for an exemption. By charging the tax without limitation the city could raise up to $22 million, according to the complaint. The five named plaintiffs are residents of New Jersey, Long Island...

Cedar Rapids, IA – Rubashkin Trial to be Moved from Iowa to South Dakota

September 1, 2009 at 01:18 PM
Cedar Rapids, IA - A U.S. District Court judge has moved the trial of four former managers of a kosher slaughterhouse from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Sioux Falls, S.D. Judge Linda Reade ruled today that the "prodigious" amount of negative pretrial publicity about Agriprocessors, Inc., and former top manager Sholom Rubashkin caused potential jurors to develop a bias against them. The trial has...

New York – Soft Drink Makers Rip City: Go After Cake, Not Sugary Beverages

September 1, 2009 at 12:27 PM
New York - Soft-drink makers yesterday threw cold soda on Mayor Bloomberg's latest anti-obesity campaign -- graphic subway ads slamming sugary beverages, iced teas and sports drinks as fattening. "It's absurd and over the top and unfortunately is going to undermine efforts to educate about a serious and complex issue like obesity," argued Kevin Keane, a senior vice president at the American...

Washington – President Obama’s Poll Numbers In Drastic Slide

September 1, 2009 at 11:56 AM
Washington - President Obama is having one bad summer. Only 46 percent approve of the job Obama is doing -- a 19-point slide since he took over the White House from President Bush in January, according to a Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll released today. The new poll numbers represent the lowest level of total approval yet measured for Obama. Fifty-three percent...
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