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Albany, NY – New Law Aimed at Cracking Down on Copper Thieves

January 22, 2008 at 11:27 PM
Albany, NY - A new state law makes it harder for people to sell stolen copper and other scrap metals.The law requires anyone selling scrap metal worth at least $50 to a dealer must provide a government-issued photo ID. They also must provide a statement saying when, where and from whom they got the metal, which the dealer must file with local law enforcement. Any scrap dealer must keep a copy of...

Petra, Jordan – Australasian Student Dies after Cliff Collapse

January 22, 2008 at 10:54 PM
Petra, Jordan - Australia's Jewish student movement is in shock following the sudden death overnight of 22-year-old Dave Burnett while travelling in Jordan. Burnett, who was Australasian Union of Jewish Students' (AUJS) vice-president last year, had just completed working as a leader on an AUJS Israel program and was visiting the popular Jordanian tourist town of Petra, some 125 miles...

Illinois – Banks to Waive Fees for Holocaust Reparations

January 22, 2008 at 08:27 PM
Illinois - The Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias said today that so far about 85 out of 700 banks have agreed to waive international transfer fees on reparation payments to Holocaust survivors. He asked banks that do business in Illinois to waive the fees, which range from $10 to $40 and can be up to 10 percent of the amount that is transferred. "This is a simple act that pays homage to...

New Jersey – State Sues Wedding Photo Studio That Abruptly Closed

January 22, 2008 at 07:58 PM
New Jersey - The state has sued a Morris County photo studio that allegedly left hundreds of customers without their wedding photos and videos. [As reported by VIN News] The Attorney General's Office and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced Tuesday that it has received 584 complaints against Celebration Studios, claiming the Chester-based company and its top official, Marc S. Schwartz, did...

New York – State Settles Suit Over Religious Dress Code for Prison Guards

January 22, 2008 at 06:58 PM
New York - The Justice Department has settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of state prison guards who had sought the right to wear certain types of religious clothing on the job.The U.S. Attorney in Manhattan said that the state's Department of Correctional Services had agreed to keep new regulations in place that allow guards to request an exemption to regular uniform requirements if they want...

Hungary – Hungary Refuses To Prosecute Nazi War Criminal

January 22, 2008 at 04:51 PM
Hungary - The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center has renewed its call for Hungary to immediately prosecute a top Hungarian war criminal who was never punished for his role in the mass murder of thousands of people during World War II, despite being convicted of war crimes more than six decades ago. The organization's chief Nazi hunter, Dr. Efraim Zuroff, has lambasted as "a travesty of...

New York, NY – Stocks Rebound From Deep Losses

January 22, 2008 at 04:05 PM
New York, NY - Stocks cut major losses by Tuesday afternoon. Though the market opened in the morning down by more than 450 points, it rebounded after the Fed set the emergency interest-rate cut. Wall Street, however, still closed in the red, as investors continued to weigh the likelihood of a global economic slowdown and a U.S. recession. The emergency interest-rate cut from the Federal Reserve...

Nevada – Dems Schedule Convention For Eve of Passover

January 22, 2008 at 03:28 PM
Nevada - As previously reported, Nevada effectively disenfranchised observant Jews and last week by holding its caucuses to select delegates to the Republican and Democratic national conventions on Saturday. Now, it turns out, that the Nevada Democratic State Convention-- an all-day event-- will be held Saturday, April 19, in Reno. Not only is that the Jewish Sabbath, but that evening is the...

Israel – Court Suggests Compromise on Buses Segregating Men, Women

January 22, 2008 at 03:04 PM
Israel - The High Court of Justice today told the transport ministry to look into problems on bus routes in Orthodox areas that separate men and women, following the petition of the religious author Naomi Regen and the Religious Action Center.A number of female passengers said they were humiliated and even attacked for not using seats reserved for women at the back of some publicly-funded buses...

Queens, NY – Dentist Murder Suspect Ordered to Shave, Against His Religion

January 22, 2008 at 02:45 PM
Queens, NY - The suspect in the killing of a Queens dentist was forced to shave his newly-grown beard today in preparation for a witness lineup in his second-degree murder trial.The suspect, Mikhail Mallayev, 50, was clean-shaven at the time of the murder, and a police sketch of the killer showed a clean-shaven man. The dentist's family said Mallayev grew the beard to confuse witnesses in the...

Brooklyn, NY – Sharpton Condemns Crown Heights Attack.

January 22, 2008 at 01:28 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The Rev. Al Sharpton condemned the beating of a yeshiva student by five black teens. Speaking in Harlem at an event commemorating Martin Luther King Day, Sharpton reportedly said that those who fight for their own rights are only as honorable as when they fight for the rights of all people. Sharpton, the founder of the National Action Network, whose House of Justice hosted the...

Brooklyn, NY +Home Invasion Robbery+

January 22, 2008 at 12:36 PM
Brooklyn, NY +Home Invasion Robbery+ Boro Park Shomrim on the scene at 1407 46th Street for a home invasion robbery at the location of an elderly couple. The husband, wife and their home attendant were all tied up by 2 masked black males, who have fled the scene with cash and jewelry. NYPD of the 66th Pct arrived at the scene after the wife presed her panic button. Police are now setting up crime...

Brooklyn, NY – A Tale of Two Very Different Boroughs

January 22, 2008 at 11:42 AM
Brooklyn, NY - In Crown Heights, bulletproof glass and police surveillance cameras are as common a sight as Zagat-rated eateries in Park Slope — a neighborhood only a mile away. in this Brooklyn's kid-friendly brownstone neighborhoods, some parents feel safe enough to park strollers outside while shopping. In Crown Heights, Andrew Vail, 18, listed a litany of disparities, including the...

New York, NY – Board Of Health Votes To Require Chain Restaurants To Display Calorie Information.

January 22, 2008 at 11:26 AM
New York, NY - The Board of Health today voted to require restaurant chains operating in New York City to prominently display calorie information on their menus and menu boards. The new regulation, which takes effect on March 31, 2008, applies to any New York City chain restaurant that has 15 or more outlets nationwide-- about 10% of all New York City restaurants. Providing customers with...

Cooper City, Fl – Campaign Manager’s Car Defaced With Swastika

January 22, 2008 at 11:06 AM
Cooper City, Fl - The Cooper City mayoral race has apparently taken a nasty turn. A swastika was keyed into the hood of Mayor Debbie Eisenger's campaign manager's car during the weekend, and she claims it's not the only swipe someone has taken at the candidate running for re-election. Lori Green said she was outraged and disgusted "that someone would choose to use a symbol that signifies such...

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