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Pennsylvania – Court: Towns May Challenge Tax Exempt of Camps

May 2, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Pennsylvania - A ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court may permit cities and towns in the commonwealth to challenge the tax-exempt status of nonprofit organizations.  The ruling involves the Orthodox Jewish school's summer camp of Mesivtah Eitz Chaim of Bobov, but its impact may be far-reaching. The court found most of the school's 61-acre campus is taxable, and in doing so changed the...

New York – Review: Using Files Made Easy With Online Storage

May 2, 2012 at 10:14 PM
New York - Moving digital files between your work and home computers can be a pain. Add smartphones and tablet computers to the mix, and you've got yourself a giant headache. Google Inc. unveiled its solution to the problem last week, while two other companies, Dropbox Inc. and Microsoft Corp., improved their existing offerings. The idea is to leave your files on their computers, so that you...

Jerusalem – Non Kosher Meat Served at President’s Residence

May 2, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Jerusalem - President Shimon Peres’s chief of staff Efrat Duvdevani has sent a letter to Chief Rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar calling on them to thoroughly investigate the catering company Pri Haaretz, which allegedly served non-kosher meat at the president’s Independence Day party at his Jerusalem residence. First reported by Ma’ariv, the company that catered the festivities had a...

New York, NY – ‘The Scream’ Fetches Record $119.9M At Auction

May 2, 2012 at 08:48 PM
New York, NY - One of the art world's most recognizable images - Edvard Munch's "The Scream" - sold Wednesday for a record $119,922,500 at auction in New York City. The 1895 artwork - a modern symbol of human anxiety - was sold at Sotheby's. The buyer's name was not released. The price includes the buyer's premium, an additional amount the buyer pays the auction house. The image of a man...

New York – Ray Kelly, Non-Candidate, Gets A Deadline For Becoming One

May 2, 2012 at 08:39 PM
New York - Ray Kelly will have to decide by this fall if he is going to run for mayor, according to the chairmen of New York City's five Republican county organizations, who released a statement this afternoon describing their interest in speaking with the popular police commissioner. In the joint statement, the chairman said a meeting with them "will be a critical step for Kelly or any...

New York, NY – City Bans Teachers from Facebook Friending Students

May 2, 2012 at 07:45 PM
New York, NY - New York City has issued its first social media guidelines for public school teachers. The guidelines say teachers should reject friend requests or other contact with students on their personal accounts. They come as school districts across the country seek to balance the risks of inappropriate contact with the academic benefits of social networking. This month, the...

Kiryat Arba – Rabbi Fires National Union Leader “Ketzale”

May 2, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Kiryat Arba - MK Ya'acov "Ketzale" Katz will no longer lead the National Union and the faction will not run with Habayit Hayehudi for the next Knesset, Kiryat Arba Rabbi Dov Lior decided on Wednesday night. Lior is one of the senior rabbis who control Tekuma, one of the three parties that make up the National Union. Katz, one of the founders of Arutz Sheva, was appointed leader of Tekuma...

New York, NY – Supporters To Rally For Charedi Brooklyn Man Imprisoned In Bolivia

May 2, 2012 at 05:58 PM
New York, NY - Family, friends and supporters of Jacob Ostreicher, who has been jailed in Bolivia for the past eleven months, will hold a rally in support of the New York businessman tomorrow, demanding his immediate release. As previously reported on VIN News, Bolivian authorities have been investigating Ostreicher, one of a group of investors in a rice field in the Eastern Bolivian lowlands...

Woodbury, NY – Jewish Center Wants Caterer Accused Of Violating Kashrut Evicted

May 2, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Woodbury, NY - A state court ruled that the Woodbury Jewish Center has the right to evict Morrell for not paying occupancy fees, WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported. “He was charging customers millions for events, but since January 2010 had not paid his occupancy costs,” Woodbury Jewish Center attorney Scott Mollen told Hall. “This is money that this congregation needs to operate its...

Atlanta – 100,000 Facebook Users Use New Organ Donor Option

May 2, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Atlanta - Thousands of Facebook users have signed up to be organ donors this week, thanks to a new feature on the social networking site that makes it easier to register. The new option was announced Tuesday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a way to boost the number of potential organ donors. By the end of the day, 6,000 people had enrolled through 22 state registries, according to Donate...

Arlington, VA – Gingrich Ends Campaign, No Endorsement For Romney

May 2, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Arlington, VA - NNewt Gingrich, the colorful former House speaker and fiery partisan, formally exited the Republican presidential contest Wednesday and vowed to help Mitt Romney's bid to defeat President Barack Obama. Ending a campaign that seesawed between implosion and frontrunner and back again, Gingrich threw his support to his one-time rival as expected and promised his supporters he...

Everett, WA – New 747-8 Jet Arrives In Frankfurt On 1st Flight

May 2, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Everett, WA - The first Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 plane arrived in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, a day after the airline and the manufacturer celebrated the plane's delivery and inaugural flyaway from Paine Field Airport in Everett, Wash. The plane is an updated version of the iconic 747, with less noise, more space and better fuel efficiency. The airplane will begin regular commercial...

Jerusalem – Jerusalemites Resort To Vigilante Justice Over Pedophilia Case

May 2, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Jerusalem - Frustrated by a lack of police action in the massive pedophilia case in Jerusalem's Nahlaot neighborhood that involved at least ten perpetrators and more than 100 children, some residents resorted to vigilante justice, police reported on Wednesday night. During the day police arrested a man and a woman accused of attacking a 70-year-old woman two months earlier. The couple...

San Diego – DEA Apologizes To College Student Left In Cell For Days

May 2, 2012 at 02:21 PM
San Diego - The Drug Enforcement Administration issued an apology Wednesday to a California student who was picked up during a drug raid and left in a holding cell for several days without food, water or access to a toilet. DEA San Diego Acting Special Agent-In-Charge William R. Sherman said in a statement that he was troubled by the treatment of Daniel Chong and extended his "deepest...

Miami – 107 Charged In Medicare Fraud Busts In 7 Cities

May 2, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Miami - Federal authorities charged 107 doctors, nurses and social workers in seven cities with Medicare fraud Tuesday in a nationwide crackdown on unrelated scams that allegedly bilked the taxpayer-funded program of $452 million — the highest dollar amount in a single Medicare bust in U.S. history. It was the latest in a string of major arrests in the past two years as authorities have...
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