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Washington, DC – Clinton Blindsided by Scheduled Event with Palin. Palin Responds

September 16, 2008 at 11:45 PM
Washington, DC - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has canceled an appearance at a New York rally next week after organizers blindsided her by inviting Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, aides to the senator said. Several American Jewish groups plan a major rally outside the United Nations on Sept. 22 to protest against Iranian President Mahmoud...

Manhattan, NY – Upper West Side Dialysis Center Shut Down, Nearly 700 Urged to Get Tested

September 16, 2008 at 09:02 PM
Manhattan, NY - An Upper West Side dialysis center was shut down by the state Health Department and hundreds of patients were urged to be tested after at least one patient contracted hepatitis C from treatment at the center. The Health Department notified 657 patients of the Life Care Dialysis Center at 221 W. 61st St. that they should be tested for both hepatitis B and C strains, as well as...

Brooklyn, NY – Who Will Fill the Shoes of Boruch from Crown Heights?

September 16, 2008 at 07:44 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Boruch Kievman still can't believe the media storm that has descended on him since rumors hatched that the legendary late Lubavitcher rebbe used to shop at the legendary, nameless shoe store Kievman manages in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood. Today he stood at the entrance to the store, a sheepish smile across his face, and denied he was responsible for spreading the story...

New York – Fed to Give A.I.G. $85 Billion Loan and Take 80% Stake

September 16, 2008 at 07:31 PM
New York - In an extraordinary turn, the Federal Reserve agreed Tuesday night to take a nearly 80 percent stake in the troubled giant insurance company, the American International Group, in exchange for an $85 billion loan, according to people with knowledge of the negotiations. The Federal Reserve and Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase had been trying to arrange a $75 billion loan for the...

Washington – Pelosi Orders Wide Wall Street Probe

September 16, 2008 at 07:19 PM
Washington - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered a broad, swift investigation of Wall Street and will demand testimony from Bush administration officials and captains of finance, congressional officials said. House Democrats plan an aggressive look at the administration’s role in this weekend’s meltdown, and explore further regulation and government structures that would be taken up...

New York – AIG Insurance Addresses Policyholder Concerns

September 16, 2008 at 05:27 PM
New York - American International Group, Inc. (AIG) today said that AIG’s life insurance, general insurance and retirement services businesses, including its extensive Asian operations, continue to operate normally and remain adequately capitalized and fully capable of meeting their obligations to policyholders. AIG continues to pursue alternatives to increase short-term liquidity in the...

New York City – Palin To Speak at Anti-Ahmadinejad Rally Next Week

September 16, 2008 at 04:10 PM
New York City - Sarah Palin will speak at next week's Jewish-sponsored rally reported here by VIN News to protest Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations. In addition to Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee and Alaska governor, confirmed speakers include U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), an Iranian dissident, a black minister and Jewish leaders, according to a key group...

Washington – Fed Keeps Interest Rate Unchanged

September 16, 2008 at 02:17 PM
Washington - With turbulence hitting financial markets as a global credit crisis claims heavy weight victims, and given the meltdown in markets, a fed rate cut was predicted by many wall street analysts. However the Federal Reserve today after its meeting decide not to cut interest and leaving the fund rate unchanged at 2.0% The Fed's action came as insurance giant American International...

Borough Park, NY – NYPD Releases Photos of Armed Bandits Who Posed as Cops

September 16, 2008 at 01:59 PM
Borough Park, NY - Police released pictures Wednesday of three men wanted for posing as cops and sticking up an illegal card game in Boro Park after handcuffing the players. The three men bursted into a McDonald Avenue building on Aug. 27 flashing shields and guns demanding cash from their victims, police said. The trio then ran away. Surveillance video captured their faces. Police...

New York, NY – Feds Give $29 Million To NYPD For Nuke Security

September 16, 2008 at 01:31 PM
New York, NY - Federal homeland security officials are giving $29.5 million to the NYPD to develop a system to prevent a radiological or nuclear attack on New York City. The Department of Homeland Security is announcing the funding today as part of an experimental effort called Secure the Cities. The program aims to keep radiological material -- a key component for a so-called "dirty bomb,"...

Newton, MA – Butcher Suspends Kosher Supervision

September 16, 2008 at 11:51 AM
Newton, MA - Ricardo Bosich, the owner of the Center Market and Grill, a Newton kosher butchery formerly known as Gordon & Alperin, decided to suspend his kosher supervision. “I can’t afford the kosher supervision,” said Bosich, who is actively looking for a new supervisor that is less expensive. “It’s a hard time for everyone right now since the economy is so bad.” A message...

New York, NY – Stolen Torahs Returned to Queens Synagogue

September 16, 2008 at 11:31 AM
p>New York, NY - At the start of today's High Holy Days meeting at One Police Plaza, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly returned the eight Torahs which were stolen in August from the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills in Queens, just in time before the Rosh Hashana holiday. As the meeting started, Commissioner Kelly had police officers from the NYPD Shomrim Society proudly carry out the eight Sifrei...

Vienna – Jewish Community To Construct ‘eruv’ to Ease Life on Shabbat

September 16, 2008 at 10:39 AM
Vienna - The Jewish community is nearing completion of plans to create an eruv - a symbolic enclosure - in parts of the city to ease life on Shabbat, a senior official said Tuesday. An eruv is created by connecting objects both natural and manmade to form an unbroken boundary line. Inside that area, Orthodox Jews can perform tasks that are otherwise banned outside the home on the Sabbath, such...

New York City – Report: 31,544 Cell Phones Left In NYC Cabs In The Last 6 Months

September 16, 2008 at 10:33 AM
New York City - I have seen some scary reports about the number of cell phones left in cabs before, but 31,544 in a six-month period? That's incredible. Now, just think about how many of them are smartphones and how much enterprise data is at risk. This latest report about forgetful cab passengers was carried out by Credant Technologies. If you are even remotely interested in the security of...

Jerusalem – Silencing Dissent, Hushing Up Scandal

September 16, 2008 at 10:21 AM
Jerusalem - Two items recently crossed my desk. The first was an article that appeared in The Jerusalem Post written by Matthew Wagner entitled "Haredim move to silence 'treif' music". It was about a movement to ban musicians who produce or perform any music which the Guardians of Sanctity and Education deem inappropriate. Musicians playing such music would be banned from playing in wedding...

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