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New York City, NY – Mayor Nixes Idea Of Escape Lift

March 20, 2006 at 07:53 AM
New York City, NY - A company promoting an escape apparatus for high-rise disasters has run into high-level resistance from Mayor Bloomberg. The escape system would be a backup if elevators and stairwells are knocked out. Up to 150 persons could be evacuated on each trip, and firefighters and other emergency personnel could ride back up. The manufacturer, Escape Rescue Systems Ltd., wants to...

New Orleans – Congregation Buries 7 Flood-Damaged Torahs

March 20, 2006 at 07:37 AM
Gentilly, New Orleans - More than 200 people gathered at the Beth Israel Cemetery on Frenchmen Street for the burial of seven sacred torahs destroyed when a Lakeview synagogue flooded during Hurricane Katrina. The torahs once belonged to Beth Israel, a 102-year-old Orthodox congregation, "It's closure," said one Beth Israel member. "We know that the congregation is never going to be what it...

Manhattan, NY +F.D.R. Drive S/B Closed+

March 20, 2006 at 05:54 AM
Manhattan, NY +F.D.R. Drive S/B Closed+ The F.D.R. Drive southbound is closed due to a unauthorized tractor trailer that's under Graice Mansion at 89th Street that's being backed off the Drive, all traffic diverted at 96th Street, heavy traffic delays delays through out the area. U/D: 06:29 T/T is off the Drive, part of its roof is cut open, with some debris on the roadway, Roadway is still...

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