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Queens, NY – Two Men Arrested, Charged With Plotting to Kill a NYPD Officer

May 9, 2007 at 03:17 PM
Queens, NY - Two men are being charged with plotting to have a New York City police officer killed.  Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says the plot was hatched by a Rikers Island inmate to kill the officer who was scheduled to testify at his upcoming trial. A second man has been charged with participating in the conspiracy. Brown identified the defendants as 23-year-old Andrew Spencer of...

Washington – Whistleblower Protection Bill To People Who Report Suspicious Activity.

May 9, 2007 at 02:26 PM
Washington - A measure aimed at giving whistleblower protection to people who report suspicious terrorist-related activity is getting new support from a city Democrat who voted against it earlier this year. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, whose district includes Lower Manhattan parts of Brooklyn, and the Upper West Side, said yesterday that he would vote to support what is known as the "John Doe" amendment...

New York – Law Firm: Decision For NYSE Former Chairman Has Implications For Religious Non-Profits.

May 9, 2007 at 01:59 PM
New York - A decision handed down yesterday by a New York state appellate court dismissing four of six claims against former New York Stock Exchange Chairman Richard Grasso, has implications for religiously affiliated non-profit corporations in New York. In People of the State of New York v. Grasso, (App. Div. 1st Dept., May 8, 2007), the court in a 3-2 decision held that the Attorney General...

Baltimore, MD – Residents: Decision Not To Install a Sabbath Elevator Smacks Of Discrimination.

May 9, 2007 at 01:47 PM
Baltimore, MD - The vote from the Strathmore Tower condominium board was simple: Down with the Sabbath elevator. But what some thought was a straightforward vote has erupted into a religious and racially tinged controversy to others in this majority senior citizen-occupied condominium complex in Upper Park Heights. The supporters - most of whom are Jewish - say the option for a Sabbath...

Fort Dix, NJ – Circuit City: Our Employee Hailed As Hero That Foiled Terror Plot To Kill Soilders.

May 9, 2007 at 01:11 PM
Fort Dix, NJ - A male employee who works at Circuit City behind the Moorestown Mall is the unsung hero that first enabled authorities to foil the Fort Dix terror plot. Circuit City corporate spokesman Jim Babb confirmed this morning that a current employee was asked by one of the alleged terrorists to dub a Jihadist training VHS cassette into a DVD. The clerk alerted Mount Laurel police about...

Sao Paulo, Brazil – Plans for First Kosher McDonald’s

May 9, 2007 at 12:56 PM
Sao Paulo, Brazil - The facility in Sao Paulo might be opened soon if a kosher pilot project starting June 3 is considered commercially viable. A group of Orthodox rabbis from the Monte Sinai congregation will supervise meat slaughter and the production of hamburgers and bread that will be sold to some 500 consumers a day. "There is a clear interest from McDonald's. Now we as a community must...

New York, NY – Council Vote Set To Inform Fire Department of Building Changes

May 9, 2007 at 12:42 PM
New York, NY - The City Council's Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services is to vote on a bill that would require the Department of Buildings to notify the fire department when major structural changes are made to city buildings. Under the new bill, building owners must provide a document detailing a plan of the floors in their buildings. The UFA began pushing for the bill after the...

Borough Park Brooklyn, NY – Repairs For 37 Street.

May 9, 2007 at 11:55 AM
Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY - The stretch of 37th St between 14th and 15th Avenues is one of the most beaten down, dangerous, and difficult to navigate in Brooklyn, according to City Councilman Bill de Blasio. De Blasio led the charge to have the road not only repaved and add sidewalk, as was reported here on Vos Iz Neias, but to have it outfitted with features that are standard in city streets...

Pepper Pike, OH – $50,000 in Damages to Synagogue by Skateboarders

May 9, 2007 at 11:21 AM
Pepper Pike, OH - Four minors and two adults came from the suburbs to skateboard at Park Synagogue on Shaker Boulevard. By the time police chased them away, the six had done damage that could total $50,000. Police Sgt. Joe Mariola said officers came upon the skateboarders after the damage had been done. They had apparently used six marble benches in front of the synagogue for tricks, leaving...

Des Moines, IA – Clergy at VA Hospital Pressured an Orthodox Jewish Veteran to Convert to Christianity

May 9, 2007 at 10:57 AM
Des Moines, IO - A local veteran is alleging that his civil rights repeatedly were violated when he sought care at the VA Iowa City Health Care System, and he plans to sue the hospital. David Miller, 46, of Iowa City, served in the U.S. Navy and currently is on full disability. He is an Orthodox Jew and claims that for two years, he repeatedly has been pressured by Protestant clergy at the...

Pomona, NY – Rabbinical College of Tartikov Proponents to Meet with Residents

May 9, 2007 at 10:25 AM
Pomona, NY - A plan for a rabbinical college in the village was not a guise to sell housing, representatives of the school said. Indeed, their plans were incomplete, the representatives said, and they were anxious to discuss them with residents alarmed by revelations of a project that could ultimately house about 5,000 people, as was reported here on Vos Iz Neias. The initial project would...

Kingston, NY – Lawmakers Take Up Casino Measure

May 9, 2007 at 10:25 AM
Kingston, NY - Ulster County lawmakers are expected to vote tonight on a casino resolution that has spurred much debate - both within the Legislature and throughout the county's towns and villages.A bill sponsored by state Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, would prevent the governor from fast-tracking a casino within Ulster County, requiring county approval first. The resolution before...

New York – Doctors Reap Millions for Giving Patients Drugs

May 9, 2007 at 10:04 AM
New York - Two of the world's largest drug companies are paying hundreds of millions of dollars to doctors every year in return for giving their patients anemia medicines, which regulators now say may be unsafe at commonly used doses. Documents show that at just one practice in the Pacific Northwest, a group of six cancer doctors received $2.7 million from Amgen for prescribing $9 million...

Fallsburg, NY – Hearing on Rezoning Draws Crowd

May 9, 2007 at 09:33 AM
Fallsburg, NY - More than 100 people gathered last night in Fallsburg for a public hearing on the town's proposed zoning overhaul. The major issue in the proposed zoning is how the Town Board will classify one of the town's low-density districts, right in the middle of the town, surrounded by the hamlets of Loch Sheldrake, Hurleyville, South Fallsburg and the Village of Woodridge. The...

London, UK – British Arrest 4 in Connection With ’05 Blasts.

May 9, 2007 at 09:27 AM
London, UK - British police arrested four more people Wednesday in connection with the 2005 suicide bomb attacks on London's subway and buses that killed 52 passengers and injured 700 others. Metropolitan Police said they arrested two men and a woman near Leeds in northern England and another man in Birmingham northwest of London. They were arrested on suspicion of committing, preparing or...

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