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Ft. Lauderdale, FL – AmEx Plans Mortgage Rewards.

May 25, 2007 at 04:26 PM
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Don't leave home without it. American Express is rolling out what is likely the first program in the country to let homeowners charge their monthly mortgage payments to a credit card, allowing borrowers to earn reward points on their loans. "[It's] just another progression for us in the real-estate area and in the luxury space," said an American Express executive. Mortgage...

Scranton, PA – Sale of School Challenged in Court

May 25, 2007 at 04:22 PM
Scranton, PA - The head of a local taxpayer organization is asking Lackawanna County Court to reject the proposed sale of the former East Scranton Intermediate School. Robert E. Quinn, president of the Scranton and Lackawanna County Taxpayers and Concerned Citizens Association, argued in a brief filed in court that the Scranton School Board has failed to prove the school is unnecessary property...

Washington – United Airlines Makes Safe Emergency Landing.

May 25, 2007 at 04:06 PM
Washington - A United Airlines jet has landed safely at Dulles International Airport outside Washington after 1 of its engines caught fire on take off. Flight 897 had just started on its way to Beijing when it had to return. Fire and rescue crews were standing by when the plane landed about 2 pm. [ap...

Belmar, NJ – Councilman Says Rodent Complaint Near Yeshiva Unfounded

May 25, 2007 at 02:20 PM
Belmar, NJ - Councilman Matthew J. Doherty, a Democrat, said that he spent the past several days going door to door in the neighborhood around Mesivta Keser Torah School on 11th Avenue. Doherty said he knocked on 101 doors and spoke to residents representing 53 households, over whether students at an Orthodox Jewish boarding school are clean enough. "Thirty-seven stated they had no issues...

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Chabad Congregation Sues Cooper City for Religious Discrimination

May 25, 2007 at 12:42 PM
Fort Lauderdale, FL - An Orthodox Jewish congregation filed a federal lawsuit against Cooper City today, saying city laws prohibiting houses of worship from operating in commercial districts are a form of religious discrimination. Fort Lauderdale attorney Franklin Zemel, filed the suit in the U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale on behalf of Chabad Nova. The lawsuit alleges that Cooper...

Ottawa, Canada – Former Nazis Stripped of Canadian Citizenship

May 25, 2007 at 11:57 AM
Ottawa, Canada - Two men who hid their pasts as wartime Nazi collaborators have been stripped of their Canadian citizenship by the federal cabinet. Helmut Oberlander and Jacob Fast now face deportation hearings. It's the second time Oberlander's citizenship has been revoked. He lost it first in 2001, but the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the ruling in 2004 and ordered cabinet to...

Manchester, England, UK – Mum Fights Lunch Ban

May 25, 2007 at 11:31 AM
Manchester, England, UK - For two years a mother has travelled to her children's school every lunchtime to feed them. Ester Lyndley took action after King David's School in Crumpsall banned all packed lunches. But now she is celebrating after government officials ruled that the school must allow pupils to bring in home-cooked food.The Jewish infant, junior and secondary schools, which...

Moscow Russia – Rabbis in Russia Face a Battle Over Burial

May 25, 2007 at 11:01 AM
Moscow Russia - When Rabbi Shmuel Kuperman knocks on the door, some people don't answer. Kuperman has the tough job of dealing with bereaved families. He tries to persuade them to provide a proper Jewish burial for their loved ones -- and not cremate, the more popular option in Russia. "Some people hate me. I make them crazy," Kuperman said from his cramped office inside the Moscow Jewish...

West Plains, MO – DOJ Investigates Air Ambulance Company For Fraud Billing.

May 25, 2007 at 10:51 AM
West Plains, MO - A front-page article in The New York Times in 2005 claimed that Air Evac Lifeteam a large operator of medical helicopters was apparently sending out helicopters — and charging insurers — in instances that did not appear to be emergencies. The Justice Department this week decided to investigate the matter and have sent dozens of FBI agents and have seized records from the...

New York, NY- Verizon Business Upgrades 911 System.

May 25, 2007 at 10:12 AM
New York, NY - Verizon Business has begun work on implementing a new Enhanced 911 system designed to provide the city's police, fire and emergency medical personnel with updated technology to help them locate and communicate with 911 callers. The system is designed to enable New York's Police Department and its Fire Department, and the Fire Department's Emergency Medical Services division for...

Manhattan, NY +Boat Rescue+

May 25, 2007 at 09:21 AM
Manhattan, NY +Boat Rescue+ Federal Park Police are on the scene for a boat near the Statue of Liberty that got stuck in low water and is taking on water, people on board have their life vests on and will be removed to the boat of NYPD Harbor units, NYPD Aviation is above and has a visual of the vessel, ESU and FDNY are also on the scene...

Blooming Grove, NY – Residents Can’t Stop Plan For Cell Towers.

May 25, 2007 at 08:44 AM
Blooming Grove — The residents came looking for a fight. They left with a flagless flagpole. A handful of homeowners who live along Routes 94 and 208 came to a Planning Board hearing Wednesday night to oppose 150-foot cell towers to be erected at two locations near their homes, their protest went moot. The Town Board approved the towers a month earlier with no need for Planning Board approval...

Brooklyn, NY – Borough President Markowitz Free Trip Raises Eyebrows.

May 25, 2007 at 08:36 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has raised eyebrows for accepting a free trans-Atlantic cruise on the mammoth Queen Mary 2 - after lobbying hard to get the ship to dock in Red Hook. Markowitz, who was instrumental last year in arranging for the QM2 to dock regularly at the new Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, returned home yesterday from a complimentary six-day cruise aboard...

Ramapo, NY – Town Gets Plans for School, Dormitories on Camp Hill Road

May 25, 2007 at 08:06 AM
Ramapo, NY - The town is reviewing plans for a high school with dormitory rooms for 100 students on the former Burgess Meredith estate, a property with links to the American Revolution. Mesifta Beth Shraga, a Jewish high school in Monsey, has proposed building on nearly 7.4 acres off Camp Hill Road, just east of the village of Pomona. The proposal has not been presented to the Planning...

Geneva, Switzerland – Short Circuit May Have Triggered Fire At Synagogue on Shavuous Holiday

May 25, 2007 at 08:02 AM
Geneva, Switzerland - The cause of a fire that damaged the largest synagogue in Geneva on the second day of the Shavuous Holiday is still under investigation, but wiss police are now backtracking on their earlier report that it could be an anti-Semitic act. Police said, after recovering a circuit-breaker box at the Hekhal Haness Synagogue that a short circuit seems to have triggered the fire...

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