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Brooklyn, NY – Finaly an Extremely Dangerous Street Will Get Sidewalks

May 3, 2007 at 11:50 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Council Member Bill de Blasio, and DOT have announced funding for sidewalks, streetlights and street paving on 37th Street between 14th and 15th avenues. De Blasio has worked with the DOT to obtain funding for the new sidewalks. Currently, that section of 37th Street has no sidewalks, making it extremely dangerous for children and families who travel that block to get to school...

Washington, DC – House Rejects Head Start Funds for Religious Schools

May 3, 2007 at 09:16 PM
Original Posted 5/3/07 2:16 PM Washington, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives rejected an amendment that would have extended Head Start funds to religious groups. A coalition of religious groups, including the Orthodox Union and Agudath Israel of America, backed the Republican-backed amendment to a larger bill that would expand funding for the popular program aimed at preschoolers in...

New York – FBI Agent Testifies He Posed as al-Qaida Recruiter in Terror Case

May 3, 2007 at 08:07 PM
New York - An FBI agent who posed as an al-Qaida recruiter in a terrorism investigation testified today at a doctor's trial, recalling that a key conspirator in the case showed him how he could strangle somebody with his prayer beads. The agent, Ali Soufan, is a key witness in the terrorism trail against the doctor, Rafiq Abdus Sabir, 52, who was charged two years ago with pledging to provide...

Tel Aviv, Israel – 100,000 People Call on PM Olmert to Resign

May 3, 2007 at 06:51 PM
Tel Aviv, Israel - More than 100,000 people rallied in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square today, calling on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz to resign over the damning Winograd report on the Second Lebanon War. While police would only say the number of protestors was over 100,000, the rally's organizers said closer to 200,000 were in attendance. A banner reading "Failures, Go...

New York, NY – Mayor Bloomberg Announces New City Building Code.

May 3, 2007 at 06:31 PM
New York, NY - Despite a booming construction industry that has grown dramatically over the years, the city's building codes have not changed in nearly four decades. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday that he is try to change that by proposing a number of changes to the city building code that he says will make construction easier, faster, and less expensive. The mayor says the revamped...

Cuba – Shootout Reported at Havana Airport To Hijack Plane To USA.

May 3, 2007 at 06:17 PM
Cuba - Two Cuban army recruits tried to hijack a passenger plane to escape to the United States on Thursday but were arrested after killing a hostage on board the plane, the government said. [Reuters...

Jiangsu Province, China – China Makes Arrest in Pet Food Case

May 3, 2007 at 06:08 PM
Jiangsu Province, China - The general manager of one of the companies accused of selling contaminated wheat gluten to pet food suppliers in the United States has been detained by the Chinese authorities, according to police officials here and a person who was briefed on the investigation. The arrest of Mr. Mao may be an indication that the Chinese government is stepping up its own investigation...

Los Angeles, CA – Jewish City Councilman’s Office Vandalized With Swastikas.

May 3, 2007 at 04:29 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Vandals taped three swastikas and an anti-Semitic manifesto on the outside of the Sherman Oaks district office of Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss, a spokesperson said today. Although it was unclear when the vandals struck, employees found the items when they reported to work at the office at 14310 Ventura Blvd. Weiss, who is Jewish and has strong ties to the city's...

Manhattan, NY +Pedestrian Struck+

May 3, 2007 at 04:28 PM
Manhattan, NY +Pedestrian Struck+ A motor vehicle accident with a pedestrian that was struck on East 72nd Street and 2nd Avenue Hatzolah on the scene ...

United Kingdom- Britons Could Lose Right To Enter US Without a Visa.

May 3, 2007 at 03:59 PM
United Kingdom - Britons could lose the privilege of visiting the U.S. without a visa because of fears over the terrorist threat from within the British Pakistani community. U.S. security officials are deeply concerned at the ease with which young Britons who have trained in Pakistani terror camps can enter America under the visa-waiver programme. Their concerns were heightened this week when...

Washington – Presidential Hopeful Barak Obama Placed Under Secret Service Protection.

May 3, 2007 at 03:42 PM
Washington - Democratic presidential hopeful Barak Obama has been put under the protection of the United States Secret Service, reportedly due to a threat against the candidate. It is the earliest that the Secret Service has ever placed a candidate under its protection, sources said. United States Secret Service confirmed that the detail has been put in place based on a decision by a...

Chicago, IL – Bais Yaakov School Evacuated Due To Pepper Spray

May 3, 2007 at 03:16 PM
Chicago, IL - An elementary school on the Northwest Side was evacuated after someone -- possibly a teacher -- accidentally sprayed pepper spray, causing irritated eyes. A Level 1 Hazmat mobilization has been called.The situation occurred at the Doris Dachs Bais Yaakov School, a private Jewish elementary school at 3200 W. Peterson Ave. Albany Park District police officer said the pepper spray...

Meron, Isreal – Israeli Police To Send Non-Jewish Officers To Site.

May 3, 2007 at 03:07 PM
Meron, Israel - Following concerns in the religious sector that security of the Hilula celebrations at Mt Meron scheduled for Saturday night will involve Shabbat desecration by the 900 policemen who will have to arrive at the site before the event takes place, the police have decided to use non-Jewish officers at the event. A group of religious organizations has been contemplating the problem in...

Bnei Brak, Israel – Women Drivers In Haredi Society.

May 3, 2007 at 01:57 PM
Bnei Brak, Israel - The roads in Bnei Brak are full of stricly Orthodox women drivers, you cannot say that the personal freedom in driving a car comes without a price. Even today, when a stricly Orthodox woman drives, it is seen as an act of rebellion, excessive independence, a “complicated issue of Jewish law”. This is not an issue of Jewish law, it’s an issue of feminism and chauvinism...

New York, NY – Extraordinary Informant On Al Qaeda Suspects Sits In NYC Jail.

May 3, 2007 at 01:46 PM
New York, NY - On May 3, 2002, a small plane landed at Toronto's island airport carrying a team of U.S. officials who had come to take custody of a young Canadian al-Qaeda member named Mohammed Mansour Jabarah. Five years later, Mr. Jabarah remains imprisoned in New York, but that is all that can be said about him with certainty. U.S. prosecutors will not comment on his case and prison officials...

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