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Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – Court Gives Antisemitic Vandal Suspended Sentence

September 2, 2008 at 10:08 PM
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - An 18 year old student who vandalized Jewish graves in the Krasnaya Etna cemetery multiple times over the course of May and June was given a two and a half year suspended sentence. In a rare departure from standard prosecutions of similar cases, the youth was convicted of "mockery over the bodies of the dead and their burial motivated by ethnic hatred" rather than...

Brooklyn, NY – Seagate Area Hit With Large Power Outage

September 2, 2008 at 09:44 PM
Brooklyn, NY - NYPD of the 60th Pct. calling for a level two mobilization for a large power outage at Neptune Avenue and Stillwell Avenue, Seagate area and part of Coney Island area in Brooklyn, also at Keyspan Park. NYPD Aviation also responding. U/D: 10:39pm As per Con Edison all power has been restored at this time...

Jerusalem – Historic: New Hecsher Approval By Rabbis On Music CDs Being Formulated

September 2, 2008 at 07:39 PM
Jerusalem - Musicians who use rock, rap, reggae and trance influences will not receive rabbinic approval for their CDs, nor will they be allowed to play in wedding halls under haredi kosher food supervision, according to a new, detailed list of guidelines drafted with rabbinical backing that differentiates between "kosher" and "treif" music. The guidelines, which are still being formulated...

Broward County, FL – County Commissioner: U.S. Rep. Wexler “An Embarrassment to Jews”

September 2, 2008 at 06:22 PM
Broward County, FL - Former state representative and Broward county commissioner Ben Graber is blasting U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, as an "embarrassment to Jews.'' Graber , son of Holocaust survivors, is challenging Wexler in congressional District 19, and is running as an independent candidate. He took issue with Wexler for dissing Sen. John McCain's vice presidential pick, Sarah...

New York City – Strong Attack Mailing Takes Aim at Silver

September 2, 2008 at 05:16 PM
New York City - Many residents of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s Lower East Side district will soon be receiving a mailing that includes a letter from Elizabeth Crothers, the former Assembly aide who once accused a top Silver aide of rape. Ms. Crothers has been a vocal critic of Mr. Silver during the primary campaign — she has long accused him of mishandling her case, which she pursued...

Lake George, NY – Young Boy, Troopers, And Sheriffs Go Beyond Duty Call, For Montreal Man. Exclusive to VIN News

September 2, 2008 at 04:15 PM
Lake George, NY - It would have been a nightmare for anyone. Imagine travelling from Montreal to New York to shop for an upcoming wedding. The credit card conversion charges from the American dollar to the Canadian dollar are outrageous – so you bring cash. To outfit a family of ten you need thousands of dollars. As you cross the Canadian border you declare the cash –all eight...

Los Angeles, CA – Plane With Blown Tire Makes Safe Landing At LAX

September 2, 2008 at 03:52 PM
Los Angeles, CA - The pilot of an American Airlines Boeing 737 landed safely after reporting a shredded tire on the plane's left main landing gear. The jet was forced to return to Los Angeles International Airport for an emergency landing. The plane circled for nearly an hour in the air near LAX to burn fuel before attempting to land. There are 130 passengers and five crew members aboard...

New Orleans – Jews Prepare To Return after Hurricane Gustav

September 2, 2008 at 02:42 PM
New Orleans - Members of the Jewish community are expected to start returning to their homes after Hurricane Gustav prompted a mass evacuation and forced synagogues, schools and community centres to shut. Amid warnings from Mayor Ray Nagin that the impending hurricane represented the "storm of the century", the local community went into emergency mode with the Jewish Federation of Greater New...

Kerhonkson, NY – Police Seek Help Solving Possible Hate Crime

September 2, 2008 at 12:18 PM
Kerhonkson, NY - Ulster County Sheriff's are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating the person(s) responsible for defacing a synagogue with graffiti. Over the weekend some unknown person(s) spray painted hateful messages, swastikas and 666 on the side of Kerhonkson Jewish Synagogue, located at 26 Minnewaska Trail. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call...

Chicago, IL – Michelle Obama Has a Convert Rabbi in Her Family

September 2, 2008 at 11:55 AM
Chicago, IL - While Barack Obama has struggled to capture the Jewish vote, it turns out that one of his wife’s cousins is the country’s most prominent black rabbi — a fact that has gone largely unnoticed. Michelle Obama, wife of the Democratic presidential nominee, and Rabbi Capers Funnye, spiritual leader of a mostly black synagogue on Chicago’s South Side, are first cousins once...

Brooklyn, NY – First Time in Decades 20 Charedi Rabbis Issue ‘Kol Korah’ For Jews To Vote

September 2, 2008 at 11:37 AM
Brooklyn, NY - In a community where the average person remains relatively unengaged with politics, and where voters remains low, comes news that Charedi leaders from across Brooklyn, launched a get-out-to-vote Drive with an unprecedented petition (Kol Korah) from leading rabbis in the community to encourage the community to go out an vote. this move by Charedi rabbis in America, is newsworthy...

Jerusalem – Entrepreneurs Find Ways to Make Technology Work With Jewish Sabbath

September 2, 2008 at 10:31 AM
Jerusalem - The rabbis, scientists and engineers of the Zomet Institute are trying to solve the problems that arise when technology and the Torah collide. Working from their research facility in the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut, they create electronic devices — from phones to alarm systems to motorized vehicles — that obey Orthodox Jewish laws about the Sabbath, when even turning an...

Manhattan, NY – Pedestrian Islands Angers Motorists

September 2, 2008 at 09:54 AM
Manhattan, NY - With his congestion-pricing plan reduced to roadkill, Mayor Bloomberg is making city drivers miserable with a series of pedestrian-friendly projects. One of the biggest headaches for them has been the Broadway pedestrian islands - plazas that stretch onto the road - a popular summer feature that Midtown denizens expect will be deserted come the cold weather, even as they still...

Anchorage AK – McCain’s Selection Of A Fearless Woman Reignites Debate For Working Moms

September 2, 2008 at 08:56 AM
Anchorage AK - It's quite a compelling image: An accomplished working mother, projecting to the world that she can and does have it all: five children, a successful career and a husband who doesn't mind being Mr. Mom. Oh, and she's going to be a grandmother, and her infant has special needs, and she's running for vice president. The facts of life for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are fascinating...

Sullivan County, NY – Not That Felder, the Other One

September 2, 2008 at 08:03 AM
Sullivan County, NY - When the yellow and blue signs declaring "Felder for Senate" began popping up on Sullivan County roadsides, Shirley Felder began fielding telephone calls from many of her friends and customers. "I can't even begin to tell you how many calls we've gotten here," said Felder, the super-candid manager of Sullivan First Recycling & Refuse in Woodbourne. Despite the...

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