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Petah Tikva, Israel – City Uses DNA to Fight Dog Poop

September 16, 2008 at 10:19 AM
Petah Tikva, Israel - An Israeli city is using DNA analysis of dog droppings to reward and punish pet owners. Under a six-month trial program just launched, the city of Petah Tikva, a suburb of Tel Aviv, is asking dog owners to take their animal to a municipal veterinarian, who then swabs its mouth and collects DNA. The city will use the DNA database it is building to match feces to a...

I-87 Northway NY – New Cell Tower Approved

September 16, 2008 at 09:21 AM
I-87 Northway NY - The Adirondack Park Agency has given approval for another cell tower for the Northway. APA Deputy Director for Regulatory Programs Mark Sengenberger told the APA Board of Commissioners at the recent meeting that cell-towers applications have been coming in “hot and heavy,” with several new applications that could improve coverage in the Adirondack Park. The latest...

New York, NY – Could Selling Bridges Solve Congestion?

September 16, 2008 at 09:12 AM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan barely squeaked by a divided City Council. Then it was blocked by an antagonistic State Legislature. But what if there was a way to get some of the benefits of congestion pricing while circumventing those pesky legislative bodies? That is what was proposed by Lucius J. Riccio, a former city transportation commissioner, who...

New York City – Lehman Shareholder: I Lost $6M Overnight

September 16, 2008 at 08:57 AM
New York City - One shaken Lehman shareholder had a million reasons to mourn the loss of his former company yesterday. Actually, 6 million. "I've lost more than $6 million overnight," lamented David Shorr, standing in front of Lehman Brothers' Midtown headquarters as hundreds of stunned and depressed workers milled around him. "I'm wiped out," said the 49-year-old Upper East...

New York – OU Executive: Rabbinic Leadership Must Address Child Abuse, It’s A Real Problem In Our Community. We Should Involve Gov. Authorities

September 16, 2008 at 08:46 AM
New York - VIN News reached out to the Executive vice president of the OU Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb to discuss the recent attention given to the issue of child abuse and molestation that has been raised by Assemblyman Dov Hikind and various other activist in the frum community. Rabbi Weinreb Had this to say to VIN News: "The OU is very concerned about this problem". "I personally have...

Jerusalem – Ashkenazim, Sephardim Fight over Chief Rabbinate Appointments

September 16, 2008 at 08:08 AM
Jerusalem - A dispute between Sephardi and Ashkenazi rabbis over the appointment of Shas mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's son has prevented the two camps from joining forces to take control of the Chief Rabbinate's governing council. Next Tuesday, a voting body of 150 rabbis and public servants will convene to vote for the Chief Rabbinate's governing council (moetzet harabanut harashit), the final...

New York – Enhanced Drivers Licenses Available Today

September 16, 2008 at 07:27 AM
New York - Beginning today, New Yorkers will have their chance to buy a drivers license that will allow them to cross the border without a passport. The enhanced license will be another accepted form of identification when traveling by car or boat to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. Starting in June, federal law says all travelers will no longer be allowed to cross the border with...

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