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Queens, NY – Woman Suing Realtor for Using False Appraisals to Inflate Property Values

June 22, 2008 at 11:52 AM
Queens, NY - A woman about to lose her home to foreclosure is suing the realtor and the loan company who sold her the house, alleging that they finagled financing for her by lying about her income. Darlene Smith claims that "Ray" G. and his company sold her a two-bedroom Far Rockaway house for $259,500. The house was owned by "Ray" under a company that flips homes - and nearly 35 percent of...

New York City – Bloomberg Has Private Fleet of Gas Guzzlers, But Favors Gas-Tax Hike For The Poor

June 22, 2008 at 10:44 AM
New York City - Mayor Bloomberg may think it's a good idea for the little people to suffer a gas-tax hike to cut down on driving and help the environment - but that doesn't stop the billionaire from keeping his own private fleet of gas guzzlers. Bloomberg, who said Friday he believes raising gas taxes and higher fuel prices will reduce consumption and "encourage the right behavior" among...

New York City – Soaring Food Prices, Food Stamps Buys Less

June 22, 2008 at 10:05 AM
New York City - The sharp rise in food prices is being felt acutely by poor families on food stamps, the federal food assistance program. But food stamp allocations, intended to cover only minimum needs, have not changed since last fall and will not rise again until October, when an increase linked to inflation will take effect. The percentage, equal to the annual rise in prices for the...

Geneva, Switzerland – FBI To Probe Swiss Bank in Tax Dodging Case That Might Involve 20,000 US Citizens

June 22, 2008 at 09:59 AM
Geneva, Switzerland - The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has made a formal request to travel to Switzerland to probe a multi-million-dollar tax evasion case involving top Swiss bank UBS. The move follows the confession of former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld to a Florida court that he conspired to help wealthy American clients dodge millions of dollars in taxes. Birkenfeld admitted that...

Waterbury, CT – Hospital Sensitive To Frum Jews

June 22, 2008 at 08:39 AM
Waterbury, CT - An Orthodox Jewish couple drives up to the entrance of Waterbury Hospital, rushing to the maternity ward. It’s Shabbat and the event is considered an emergency, which warrants the husband’s driving on the holy day. Pop quiz: Is the husband allowed to park the car and turn off the engine? For the answer, ask any security guard on duty as the couple arrives. Thanks to a...

Borough Park, NY – Maimonides Hospital Offers Travel Medicine Service

June 22, 2008 at 08:17 AM
Borough Park, NY - Getting sick during a vacation can do more than spoil a trip. It can also lead to long-term negative health consequences. Diseases that have been eradicated in the United States are still active in certain countries, and the water supply is not always safe for drinking. Fortunately, people can protect themselves against illness when they travel. The Maimonides Medical Center...

Austria – Ex-Nazi Declared Too Old to be Extradited

June 22, 2008 at 07:57 AM
Austria - An Austrian court has declared a Croatian Nazi war crimes suspect senile for a fourth time. The ruling will prevent the extradition of Milivoj Asner to his homeland for trial. The latest examination was prompted by angry reactions to media pictures showing the 95-year-old man relaxing with Croatian football fans in the town of Klagenfurt, where he lives with his wife. Asner is...

Paris, France – Lubavitch Teen in Coma after Being Beaten with Metal Bars in Anti-Semitic Attack

June 22, 2008 at 07:25 AM
Paris, France - The Jewish organisations today condemned an anti-Semitic attack in which a Jewish teenager was beaten by a gang of five youths with metal bars. The 17-year old youth, named only as Rudy was wearing a kippah when he was attacked in Paris' multi-ethnic 19th district on Saturday evening, according to Ariel Goldmann, vice president of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions...

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