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Queens, NY – Unauthorized Van Gets Onto JFK Runway, Drives Around Airplanes

May 11, 2007 at 04:53 PM
Queens, NY - A passenger van was discovered driving in the restricted aviation area inside Kennedy Airport after a security guard who may even have inspected the vehicle apparently mistakenly waved the vehicle through. Port Authority police discovered the van driving unescorted in and around airplanes. The driver and passengers were taken in for questioning and police released them...

San Jose, Costa Rica – Russian Embassy Held Hostage

May 11, 2007 at 03:29 PM
San Jose, Costa Rica - Police surround the Russian embassy in San Jose where a man is reported holding many diplomats hostage. [VIN] Costa Rica Chabad Rabbi Hershel Spalter Confirmed to VIN that there is an ongoing situation, but had no more details to share. U/D 4:18 PM Police say an armed Uzbek man has taken eight hostages. U/D 6:34 PM The Russian news agency Itar-Tass said there had been no...

Washington – Stamp Prices To Go up Monday.

May 11, 2007 at 02:39 PM
Washington - It will cost a bit more to mail letters and parcels starting Monday. A first-class letter will go up 2 cents to 41 cents. But there is also some good news -- folks will be able to buy "forever" stamps that remain valid regardless of any future increase. While the new rates take effect Monday, most post offices are closed on Sunday so officials say items dropped in a box that won't...

Montreal, Canada – Drunk City Of Montreal Worker Ruins Bar Mitzvah.

May 11, 2007 at 02:07 PM
Montreal, Canada - The city of Montreal will have to pay a Dollard Des Ormeaux doctor $30,000 in compensation because a drunk city employee ruined his grandson's bar mitzvah. Dr. Peter Neumann had rented out the Pierrefond Cultural centre for the event. His lawyer Jordan Charness says the employee, who was later fired, made rude comments about female guests, stole and then wanted to sell ice...

Ramapo, NY – Town Ruled: Land of Rabbinical College’s Not Tax-Exempt

May 11, 2007 at 02:06 PM
Ramapo, NY - Town officials have ruled that land owned by a Brooklyn rabbinical college is not eligible for tax-exempt status.The property owned by Tartikov Rabbinical College on Route 306 would go back on the tax rolls, under the ruling, released today. [Journal News...

Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY – Williamsburg Low Level Radiation From Nearby Chemicals Plant.

May 11, 2007 at 01:47 PM
Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY - As Williamsburg developments like the Edge, Northside Piers and 184 Kent come online, the nearby Radiac Research Corporation on Kent Avenue continues to operate as a transfer station for radioactive waste and hazardous chemicals. Previous lobbying efforts from community activists to shut down the facility have not met with success. Although the station no longer...

Kiryas Joel, Monroe, NY +Fall Victim+

May 11, 2007 at 01:40 PM
Orange County, Kiryas Joel, Monroe, NY - KJ Hatzolah BLS and ALS on the scene at 7 Dinev Court with an aided worker that fell and is under ab overturned fork lift at the KJ Poultry Plant, aided has serious injuries, requesting Medivac but chopper is down due to the weather...

New York, NY – Plans Emerge for Largest NY Synagogue in 50 Years.

May 11, 2007 at 01:39 PM
New York, NY - The search for a new site for the Lincoln Square Synagogue began five years ago and has finally culminated in a deal that allows the synagogue to relocate and provides a majority of the construction financing. American Continental Properties Inc. has agreed to a land swap on the Upper West Side to make way for the development. Moshe Sukenik, EVP of Newmark Knight Frank, said that...

Albany, NY – NY State Police On The Roads In Extra Full Force This Coming Week.

May 11, 2007 at 01:00 PM
Albany, NY - The New York State Thruway Authority and State Police Troop T Thursday announced that "Operation Spring Brake," an annual initiative, will take place Saturday, May 12 through Monday, May 14. "The busy summer travel season is only a short ways off and we are encouraging all motorists to be extra cautious while driving," said Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael Fleischer...

Washington – Despite Guilt, OxyContin Maker Still Selling to Government

May 11, 2007 at 12:51 PM
Washington - Executive of OxyContin Despite pleading guilty as we reported here to deceiving the public about a drug that contributed to the deaths of hundreds of people and led many more into addiction and even criminal behavior, the maker of a popular pain medication can still do business with the federal government. Top executives for the Purdue Frederick Co., maker of the hugely successful...

Volozhin, Belarus – Yeshiva May Stay in Jewish Hands

May 11, 2007 at 12:49 PM
Volozhin, Belarus - Thanks to the pressure of Vos Iz Neias and it loyal readers, the JTA is reporting that the threat to confiscate the historic yeshiva, may be averted after a U.S.-based committee pledged to raise funds for necessary repairs. After pressure from our loyal readers, the ad hoc committee, conferred this week with Yuri Dorn, president of the Union of Religious Jewish Congregations...

Germany – U.S., Germans Serious Imminent Terror Attack.

May 11, 2007 at 12:42 PM
Germany - U.S. and German officials fear terrorists are in the advanced planning stages of an attack on U.S. military personnel or tourists in Germany. Law enforcement officials say that U.S. air marshals have been diverted to provide expanded protection of flights between Germany and the United States. "The information behind the threat is very real," a senior U.S. official told ABC News. [ABC...

Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY – New Life for Controversial W’Burg Waterfront Power Plant.

May 11, 2007 at 11:51 AM
Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY - A power company renewed its request this month to locate a large power plant on the Williamsburg waterfront on a critical lot along the Bushwick Inlet where the city plans to build a 28-acre park. TransGas Energy Systems, which has been entrenched in a bitter battle with the city for years over the 8-acre lot, backed its case with recent calls by Gov. Eliot Spitzer...

Staten Island, NY – Knights Collision of Brooklyn Not Getting NYPD Tow Contract of Island

May 11, 2007 at 11:34 AM
Staten Island, NY - The franchise for towing cars and trucks off Staten Island's highways is back in the hands of a local outfit and not in the hands of Knights Collision of Brooklyn, as was reported here on Vos Iz Neias, after the city acknowledged in court that the NYPD panel sifting bids didn't add straight. The sloppy math nearly cost Staten Island Towing its $1.5 million-a-year proceeds on...

Queens, NY – Queens Councilman Tries To Live On Food Stamps For A Week

May 11, 2007 at 11:29 AM
Queens, NY - Queens Councilman Eric Gioia will try to live for a week spending only $28 for food, in an attempt to raise awareness about hunger. Gioia is taking part in the National Food Stamp Challenge, where he'll spend a week eating only meals that can be bought with a standard weekly allotment of food stamps. Currently, food stamp recipients only receive an average of $1.30 per meal, and...

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