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New York, NY – Manhole Fires Causes Major Transit Problems

June 8, 2008 at 06:41 PM
New York, NY - Due to a Con Ed manhole fire at the intersection of Smith Street and Dean Street in Downtown Brooklyn and the resulting loss of air-conditioning power for the signal system, the MTA said it was having major problems on several lines. The F, G, 2, 3 and 4 lines had either serious delays or major suspensions of service between Manhattan and Brooklyn and within Brooklyn. The G was...

New York – GPS Finds Cheapest Gas Prices

June 8, 2008 at 04:41 PM
New York - New GPS gadgets can help you save directly at the pump. For an additional $14.95 a year, TomTom owners can download info from the company Web site that directs them to gas stations with the cheapest prices. "A user can find the fuel by distance, route or price," said Joanne Aliber, director of product management at TomTom. Competitor Garmin also offers the service on its higherend...

New York City – Principal Causes Stir By Telling Parents Avoid Kids From Crane Site

June 8, 2008 at 02:32 PM
New York City - A Manhattan principal has warned parents to avoid walking their children to school near a troubled construction site where a worker died earlier this year. Principal Mary Ann Sacco of Public School 183 on E. 66th St. sent home the letters because a crane at an adjacent construction site is the same type that collapsed last week, killing two workers. "I encourage families to...

New Hempstead, NY – Court: Synagogue Breached Its Contract With Its Rabbi, When It Fired Him

June 8, 2008 at 12:55 PM
New Hempstead, NY - In the long awaited decision, The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court ruled in a decision dated June 3, 2008 that the Kehillat New Hempstead breached the contract of Rabbi Mordecai Tendler when they terminated him in February, 2006. The court stated: "In May 1992 the plaintiff entered into a contract with the defendant...The Parties' contract expressly...

Haifa, Israel – Police Find Anti-Semitic Nest Who Used Prayer Books as Toilet Paper

June 8, 2008 at 11:59 AM
Haifa, Israel - Police investigating loud partying, said they found an anti-Semitic nest in which pages of a prayer book were used as toilet paper. Six suspects between the ages of 18 and 20, described as recent immigrants from Russia, were arrested and brought to court for questioning today. Police said they were discovered in an apartment containing the defiled prayer books as well as...

New Jersey – Web site Launched For Potential Jurors

June 8, 2008 at 11:56 AM
New Jersey - Prospective jurors in New Jersey can now go online to see if they're needed in court. The state courts Web site — njcourtsonline.com — has had juror information online for all 21 New Jersey counties since Wednesday. Burlington and Ocean counties were the first to go online in November. The information is the same as what's already been provided through recorded phone...

Washington – FDA Issues Stern Cancer Warning Using J&J Foot Ulcer Cream

June 8, 2008 at 11:25 AM
Washington - The Food and Drug Administration warned patients today that using large amounts of a Johnson & Johnson foot ulcer medication could heighten their risk of dying from cancer. The FDA added its most serious warning to the company's cream medication Regranex, which is prescribed to treat severe foot and leg ulcers in diabetics. The new boxed warning states that patients who used three...

Brooklyn, NY – Hasidic Land Search Company Talks Of Credit Crunch Pain

June 8, 2008 at 11:17 AM
Brooklyn, NY - It was a climate of "anything goes, everything goes up and we won't ask too closely if it'll ever come down" that brought on the credit crunch. Inside Wall Street's cathedrals to finance, bankers forgot the basic ground rules, lending with little restraint and very few questions. Unsurprisingly, consumers joined the frenzy. There was easy access to credit. It seemed like a short...

New York City – Locking Fuel Caps For Autos Are Back In High Demand

June 8, 2008 at 10:56 AM
As the cost to fill 'er up keeps going up, locking fuel caps are flying off the shelves of Long Island auto parts stores. Some buyers have been victims of stolen gas, but most are doing it as a preventive measure because gas prices are so high, store managers and workers said. An Indiana company that makes about 1 million locking gas caps annually said its sales have almost quadrupled in the...

Postville, IA – The Reform, Conservative Hypocrites Jews Should Stop With Their Rubashkin Nonsense

June 8, 2008 at 10:48 AM
Postville, IA - For Jews, eating kosher food is supposed to be an ethical, moral, even holy act. But the news out of Postville, Iowa, over the past few weeks has raised disturbing questions about whether keeping kosher means that my family is supporting a business that may actually be corrupt and exploitative. And it's prompted my wife and me to think hard about where our food comes from and...

Israel – The Reading Of Conversion Of ‘Ruth’ ‘Shavuot’, Stirs Up ‘Ger’ Controversy

June 8, 2008 at 10:12 AM
Israel - A group of prospective Jewish converts stood around a threshing floor at the Neot Kedumim Biblical Landscape Reserve near Jerusalem. In an excited voice, the tour guide told them: "This is where it all began." The Absorption Ministry invited some 1,500 converts to the reserve for a conference that would also be a show of "support and solidarity." The ministry's guide went on to...

Kiryas Joel, NY – A Community Secluded Gets Trendy, Supports Its Own Economy

June 8, 2008 at 09:41 AM
Kiryas Joel, NY - Even the music at Yonah Dresner's restaurant/cafe is different. "It's called 'shira,' which means to sing," the owner says of the a cappella music, specially recorded for the seven weeks after Passover when instrumental music is banned. The vocal music sounds through the speakers as gender-separated tables of men with curly side locks and women in wigs study menus that include...

Monsey, NY – Lipa Schmeltzer: Interview With Toker Misunderstand

June 8, 2008 at 09:16 AM
Monsey, NY - After VIN News published a report of an interview of leading Chasidic singer Lipa Schmeltzer by Israeli broadcast personality Menachem Toker, Schmeltzer himself contacted us to point out that his remarks to Mr. Toker were taken out of context in the report, and that he wanted to set the record straight for our readership. Lipa tells VIN News that what he meant was that he does...

New York City – Happy Shavuot

June 8, 2008 at 09:00 AM
New York City - Jews around the world will celebrate Monday and Tuesday the holiday of Shavuot which marks the anniversary of the day when the Jewish people received the Torah at Mount Sinai. At the same time we like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all our readers, advertisers, supporters and we wish you all Chag Sameach the weather forecast predicts record temperatures to be in the...

Brooklyn, NY – Governor to Issue Executive Order to Fairly Consider Minority and Women’s Business for State Contracts

June 8, 2008 at 08:33 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Gov. Paterson said that he wants to encourage more minority-owned and women-owned businesses in the state. At a commencement address at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, the governor said he would expand an executive order to make sure such businesses are fairly considered for state contracts. "We are going to issue an executive order about the procurement with minority- and...

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