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New York City – Amnesty International: NYPD Should Reconsider Carrying Stun Guns

June 11, 2008 at 11:45 PM
New York City - A new proposal to increase the number of stun guns in police hands is hitting a series of public relations hurdles, with a Brooklyn man dying this week after being shocked by a Taser and Amnesty International warning the police department to reconsider. Since 2001, more than 300 people — including the Brooklyn man who was shocked by Suffolk County police officers Monday —...

Lakewood, NJ – Austrian Fugitive Arrested in Lakewood

June 11, 2008 at 07:38 PM
Lakewood, NJ - A man wanted in Austria on bank fraud charges that allegedly cost his victims $4.6 million was captured at an Ocean County home this week. E. S., 60, was known to travel between the New York City area and Lakewood, said James T. Plousis, U.S. Marshal for New Jersey. Plousis said authorities had received a tip that S. would be in the Lakewood area on Tuesday, and they put the...

New York City – Councilman: Ban Forced Feeding Of Birds Its ‘Tsa’ar Ba’alei Chayim’

June 11, 2008 at 06:09 PM
New York City - A local lawmaker wants foie gras, a high-priced restaurant item, to be produced more humanely. Democratic Queens Councilman Tony Avella called on the state legislature Wednesday to pass a bill banning the forced feeding of birds to make their livers fatty. Avella said it concerns a national issue that involves the inhumane treatment of animals. "They force a metal pipe...

Brooklyn, NY – Ed Towns, Who Backed Clinton While Voters Chose Obama, Faces Challenge

June 11, 2008 at 05:40 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Congressman Ed (Edolphus) Towns is one of three New York City Congressmembers who supported Hillary Clinton even as their districts chose Barack Obama in the Feb. 5th primary. Of course, it's nothing special that a New York State Congressman would back Clinton. All of them did. Sort of the way things were done in the old Soviet republics. But the special thing about Towns and...

New York City – 3 Million City Residents Have Difficulty Affording Food

June 11, 2008 at 05:01 PM
New York City - over 3 million city residents, or 38% of the population, had difficulty affording food for themselves and their families last year, according to “NYC Hunger Experience 2008,” a report released Wednesday by the Food Bank for New York City. The figure is up 13% from 2003, the first year the Food Bank conducted its annual survey. The price of food in the New York metropolitan...

Flatbush, NY – Pomegranate Giant Kosher Supermarket To Make A Splash

June 11, 2008 at 03:31 PM
Flatbush, NY - The curious case of Pomegranate, the enormous new supermarket currently in its final stages of construction in Flatbush/Midwood. The food store takes the place of a kosher bakery, another store, and an auto repair shop. Giant pomegranates loom over Coney Island Avenue and Avenue L. The picture here belies the sheer size of the place. A sneak peek (through the plywood around the...

New York – Conservative and Reform Movements Despicable, Ludicrous, Spoofs On Kashrus

June 11, 2008 at 02:14 PM
New York - When the Conservative and Reform movements weighed in on the recent federal raid on Agriprocessors in Postville IA, it raised a fundamental question of what connection they have with kashrus. Only a small number of Conservative and virtually no Reform Jews observe kashrus, at least not the kashrus that is in accordance with Torah and halacha. So when the Rabbinical Assembly and...

Queens, NY – Power Outages Reported in Rockaways

June 11, 2008 at 02:12 PM
Queens, NY - A portion of the Rockaways is without power. LIPA said that power is out to that portion of the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens that it serves. About 60,000 customers are with out power in that are. There are also reports of outages as well in southwestern Nassau County. LIPA says it doesn't know the nature of the problem. Also there is no A train service in both directions between...

Hempstead, NY – Key Figure In Israeli Corruption Scandle In Court for Assaulting Dentist

June 11, 2008 at 01:33 PM
Hempstead, NY - An elderly Long Island dentist said he was attacked by the businessman who's a key figure in the Israeli corruption investigation after his patient "snapped" over an argument about his tooth tab. "The subject of money came up. I wasn't paid for my part," Dr. Leonard Barashick said about Morris Talansky, the star witness against Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. "One thing led...

New York City – Jewish Met Council Yanked From City Grants

June 11, 2008 at 01:15 PM
New York City - The city has yanked contracts to four nonprofit groups whose grants were frozen in April as part of a broader investigation into the City Council's slush-fund scandal. Among the organizations rejected for council funding is the Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty, a well-respected nonprofit that was given $600,000 from the council in fiscal year...

New York City – Unwanted Circulars Complains, Will Require You To Notarize Them

June 11, 2008 at 11:55 AM
New York City - Litter on your lawn? Call a notary public. That's what fedup homeowners may have to do if they want a new state law banning the dumping of menus, leaflets, handbills and circulars on their doorsteps and lawns enforced. The law leaves enforcement to the Sanitation Department, which is planning to require complaints to be notarized. "It's such an onerous, burdensome...

Brooklyn, NY – Yeshiva Team Wins TV Quiz Semfinal

June 11, 2008 at 11:55 AM
Brooklyn, NY - A team from Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School has won its part of the tristate regionals of Cablevision's quiz show, "The Challenge." [the show quizzes teams of students on their knowledge of history, the arts, literature, math and science. The program is part of Cablevision's education initiative, Power to Learn.] Team captain Eddie Mishaan will lead members...

Brooklyn, NY – Former Judge Stewart Rosenwasser Election Committee Under Scrutiny

June 11, 2008 at 11:47 AM
Brooklyn, NY - A State Supreme Court grand jury is apparently looking into past election committee dealings of former Orange County Court Judge Stewart Rosenwasser. The grand jury, sitting in Brooklyn, subpoenaed "all documents pertaining to the Committee Elect Stewart Rosenwasser and/or any committee formed with respect to the nomination or election of Stewart Rosenwasser for County Court...

New York City – Teachers: Close Schools On Hot Days, Its Dangerous

June 11, 2008 at 11:34 AM
New York City - Public school teachers complained to the state over having to hold classes in sweltering schools as the city sweated through four days of 90-plus temperatures, their union said Tuesday. The United Federation of Teachers asked state labor officials to cite the city Department of Education with failing to protect students and teachers from ``heat-related health hazards'' in the...

Greenpoint, NY – Hasidic Jews Kicked Out Of Yeshiva Playing Ball, Form Own League. AUDIO- VIDEO

June 11, 2008 at 11:11 AM
Greenpoint, NY - On sunny summer weekends, dozens of folks gather in Brooklyn's McCarren Park to play a little ball. They're part of the Greenpoint Neighborhood Softball League. Some have been coming since 1971, dressed in sweatpants and jerseys representing their team. But in recent years, some players have been showing up in formal black loafers, dress pants and white button-down shirts...

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