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North Korea – ‘Giant Soldier’ Pays Respects to Kim Jong-il

January 1, 2012 at 11:20 PM
North Korea - At first glance it appears to be just another photograph of immaculately turned out troops paying their last respects to North Korea’s former leader Kim Jong-il. But a closer inspection of the back row of one block of mourners reveals a far from ordinary sight - a soldier who appears to be well over 8ft tall. The remarkable image was captured as the funeral procession of...

Danville, PA – Hospital Won’t Hire Smokers; New Yorkers Outraged

January 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Danville, PA - A major Pennsylvania health system will begin testing new hires for nicotine starting in February. Danville-based Geisinger Health Systems says it will begin testing for use of cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, nicotine patches and gum as part of routine drug screening. At least two other hospital systems in the state — Susquehanna Health Systems in Williamsport...

New York, NY – Police Tactic to Keep Crime Reports Off the Books Didn’t Work

January 1, 2012 at 09:16 PM
New York, NY - Crime is poised to climb in New York City for the first time in two decades. The uptick is all but certain, despite 11th-hour scrambling by police to keep their record-smashing crime-fighting streak intact. That effort included Commissioner Ray Kelly’s considering an unprecedented sit-down with trouble-spot precincts just days before New Year’s and demanding updates from...

Jerusalem – Holocaust Display Protester: ‘Treatment Of Charedim In Israel – Like Nuremberg Laws’

January 1, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Jerusalem - After images of kids wearing yellow patches and striped pajamas during haredi protest in Jerusalem shocked many across the country, some participants wished to explain the move. Moshe, a member of the Eda Haredit sect and resident of Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox Mea Shaarim neighborhood told Ynet he does not regret participating in the "Holocaust display." Moshe, who attended the...

Sioux City, IA – Santorum Events Jammed As Candidate Rises In Polls

January 1, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Sioux City, IA - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum smiled Sunday as he told the story of a campaign event he held a few months ago. "The audience was one, but it turned out all right," said Santorum. Things have changed. He began his campaign day at the Daily Grind, a downtown Sioux City coffee shop that's very popular — but nothing like it was on Sunday, when it was so...

Egypt – Muslim Brotherhood Talks Tough on Israel

January 1, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Egypt - A leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood vowed to break relations with Israel and possibly void the longstanding peace treaty between the two nations. Rashad Bayoumi, the deputy supreme leader of the increasingly influential party, told the London Arabic-language newspaper al-Hayat that there was no love lost between the Brotherhood and its Jewish neighbors. "I will never allow myself...

New York – New Ban on Landfilling Electronic Waste Kicks In

January 1, 2012 at 07:40 PM
New York - State environmental officials are warning waste haulers that they can no longer dispose of televisions, computers and other electronic waste at landfills. Under a new law that takes effect Sunday, both private and public haulers are prohibited from collecting electronic waste, except for recycling. The law also requires haulers and waste facility operators to provide customers...

Jordan – Israel, Palestinians to Meet for First Time in More Than a Year

January 1, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Jordan - The Jordanian government will host a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators this week, bringing the sides together for the first time in more than a year. Tuesday's talks will not be a formal negotiating session, but will mark a significant step toward restarting negotiations, which broke down in September 2010. "The upcoming meeting is part of serious and continuous...

New York – Increasing K’vod Shamayim

January 1, 2012 at 05:34 PM
New York - In the past few days as tensions have escalated in Eretz Yisroel, and more so after the grotesque and deplorable use of Holocaust imagery in last night’s protest, we have been inundated by hundreds of emails from Jews worldwide asking for a positive manner in which they can channel their frustration and pain at the extraordinary Chillul Hashem unfolding before our eyes. The goals...

New York – Slain ATF Agent Was Getting Dad’s Cancer Meds

January 1, 2012 at 05:28 PM
New York - An off-duty federal law enforcement agent who died while confronting a pharmacy robber was picking up his elderly father's cancer medication, a New York congressman said Sunday. Veteran agent John Capano had chased down the suspect inside the store and was trying to subdue him on the ground when he died, said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. The robber, who was also shot to death, was...

Manhattan, NY – 68 Occupy Protesters Arrested on New Year’s

January 1, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Manhattan, NY - Authorities say dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested as they tore down the barricades surrounding New York City's Zuccotti Park just before midnight on New Year's Eve. Police say 68 people were arrested during the scuffle. At least one person was accused of assaulting a police officer, who suffered cuts on one hand. Other charges include trespassing, disorderly...

Jerusalem – Hundreds Board Segregated Buses to Protest Exclusion of Women

January 1, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Jerusalem - Hundreds of men and women boarded gender-segregated buses in Jerusalem and Ramat Gan on Sunday, in protest of the exclusion of women from the public sphere and against the segregation of men and women in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods. Despite the friction between the two communities, the protest on board the buses went over relatively quietly. The event, which was created by...

Brooklyn, NY – ‘Haolam’ Cheese In Voluntary Recall Of Shredded Cheese

January 1, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Brooklyn, NY - World Cheese Company, producer of Haolam cholov yisrael cheese products, and Miller’s Cheese Corp. have issued a voluntary recall on a limited amount of shredded cheese packaged in a Wisconsin plant. The Voluntary Recall was requested by the State of Wisconsin after a different company brought into the Wisconsin shredding and packaging plant cheese that was found to contain...

Santiago, Chile – Chile Says Part Of Big Forest Fire Contained As Israeli Suspect Denies Any Involvement

January 1, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Santiago, Chile - Firefighters are making progress against a major blaze in one of Chile's most spectacular national parks, the government said Sunday, and the Israeli tourist accused of setting the fire denied guilt. Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter announced that light rain and diminished winds had helped emergency workers control three of the six areas of the fire at the Torres del Paine...

Washington – Lessons From A Jewish Lobbyist

January 1, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Washington - As our reporter follows a lobbyist through the halls of power, he picks up some ideas about what it takes to get things done in Washington. I didn’t know why they were called lobbyists. Well, now I do. On a drizzly Tuesday night recently, I got on a train in Union Station in Washington, D.C., heading back to New York. My feet were aching. I had been wandering around the lobbies...
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