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Norfolk, VA – NY Judge Allows $10 Million Bail For WexTrust CEO With Strict Conditions

September 4, 2008 at 10:54 PM
Norfolk, VA - A federal judge in Manhattan ruled Thursday that a Norfolk businessman arrested last month on fraud charges and detained by the government can be released on a $10 million bond. Ten relatives and friends of the defendant, Joseph Shereshevsky, agreed to sign the bond, Martin J. Siegel, a New York attorney who is representing Shereshevsky, said after the bail hearing. Each of the...

Postville, IA – PETA New Undercover Video Accusations: Agriprocessors Doing Inhumane Slaughter

September 4, 2008 at 10:06 PM
Postville, IA - An animal rights organization secretly recorded a video last month in the slaughterhouse of a kosher meatpacking plant in Iowa and presented it to the Department of Agriculture, claiming it showed inhumane practices in the killing of cattle. The brief video, about four minutes long, was recorded on Aug. 13 without the knowledge of managers in the Postville, Iowa, plant of...

Canada – Jewish Group Seeking Change to Election Date

September 4, 2008 at 08:53 PM
Canada - The largest Jewish organization in Canada has asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper to reject plans to call a federal election for October 14, which is the first day of Sukkot. The Canadian Jewish Congress has written a letter to Harper, saying that holding an election during Sukkot would make it difficult for observant Jews to get to the polls and prevent them from working on election...

Phoenix, AZ – Slain Well-Respected Prominent Jewish Businessman’s Car Found

September 4, 2008 at 06:52 PM
Phoenix, AZ - Police say a luxury car belonging to a prominent real-estate broker found dead this week turned up in Southern California today. Four people who were in the Lexus were taken into custody by San Bernardino, Calif., police pending questioning in the investigation into the death of Irving Shuman, who was found dead in his office. The 84-year-old Schuman was a fixture in the...

Queens, NY – Meal Mart Under The Microscope

September 4, 2008 at 05:56 PM
Queens, NY - Luis Molina lost part of his middle finger to a 2,000-pound food mixer while working at what is now the country’s largest producer of kosher beef, Alle Processing. Molina, 23, said that the accident, which happened when a fellow employee flipped a power switch, was not a surprise, given that he and others on his team had not received safety training. But he also said that...

Jerusalem – Rabbi Tendler: Rabbis Against Ascending To Temple Mount Don’t Know The Halacha

September 4, 2008 at 05:15 PM
Jerusalem - "The rabbanim are not talking halacha," Rabbi Moshe Tendler told The Jewish Press. "They're issuing a political statement." Last week two leading haredi rabbis, Rabbi Shalom Elyashiv and Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, and former Sephardic chief rabbi Rav Ovadia Yosef, sent a letter to Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich - who is in charge of the Western Wall area - asking him to reaffirm a 40-year-old...

Postville, IA – Boston Globe: Agriprocessors Has Chutzpah

September 4, 2008 at 04:15 PM
Postville, IA - The Owners of Agriprocessors are at it again. The infamous kosher meat company, whose Iowa plant was raided in May and found to have hundreds of illegal immigrants working in substandard conditions, now wants to challenge a vote to unionize at its Brooklyn distribution center. The reason? Many of the workers who voted to unionize are illegal immigrants. The company argues that...

New York City – Brutal Selloff on Wall Street

September 4, 2008 at 04:12 PM
New York City - Stocks plummeted on Thursday afternoon, with the Dow clsoing down nearly 350 points as mixed retail sales, lower oil prices and dour labor market readings amplified worries about a global economic slowdown. The concerns overshadowed a better-than-expected sales report from Wal-Mart Stores and surprisingly strong readings on productivity and the services sector. The Dow...

Yonkers, NY – Teacher’s Keys Taken from Handbag, Car Stolen from Yeshiva’s Parking Lot

September 4, 2008 at 03:34 PM
Yonkers, NY - Police arrested two Yonkers men and a 17-year-old city boy in a stolen 2002 Honda Suburban that was swiped from the parking lot of Stein Yeshiva Lincoln Park School after someone stole the keys out of a teacher's handbag. Omar Edwards, 20, of 88 Shoreview Drive, Charleton Lucas, 19, and William Lucas, 17, both of 98 Crisfield St., were arrested after a brief foot chase by members...

Lawrence, NY – Former Manager Of America’s Premier Magellan Mutual Fund Speaks About His Love, Dedication For The Torah

September 4, 2008 at 03:14 PM
Lawrence, NY - A recent New York Times article posed the following question to the gold winners at this year’s Olympics: Where do you go once you’ve got the gold medal? What next after you’ve managed to hit the dream? The same question, albeit in a nonsporting context, could be posed to Morris Smith, a 51-year-old Lawrence resident and former head of the Magellan Fund. The answer in...

Brooklyn, NY – Coney Island Amusement Park Icon Closing for Good

September 4, 2008 at 03:06 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The longtime operator of the fabled Coney Island amusement park Astroland, confirmed today that the 46-year-old Coney Island icon will close its doors for good Sunday because a new lease deal couldn't timely be reached. Carol Albert threatened to shut down the park if she didn't get a two-year lease extension by 1 p.m. today from Astroland's landlord, controversial developer Joe...

Paterson, NJ – Judge: Muslim Leader Can Stay in U.S.

September 4, 2008 at 02:36 PM
Paterson, NJ - An influential New Jersey Muslim leader whom U.S. authorities had sought to link to a terrorist group and have deported has won his fight to gain permanent U.S. residency. A federal immigration judge ruled today that Mohammad Qatanani, the spiritual leader of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, can remain in the U.S. The 44-year-old Palestinian has served as the imam, or...

Fallsburg, NY – Fire Chief Arrested For Arson At Skopps Bungalow Colony

September 4, 2008 at 01:41 PM
Fallsburg, NY - The Fallsburg fire chief has been arrested in connection with the August 29 arson of a bungalow at a Jewish summer camp in Sullivan County. James Smith, 33, was arrested Wednesday on felony charges of third-degree arson and burglary and second-degree criminal mischief. He was also charged with misdemeanor official misconduct and solicitation. Authorities suspect that Smith...

Jerusalem – A Glimpse Of The Greatness Of Chesed L’Avraham

September 4, 2008 at 01:30 PM
Jerusalem - He was wearing a white shirt and a black kippah, and approached me all excited, asking, “Can you lend me a pen? I have to get something down on paper.” We were by the Skulener Rebbe, shlita, together with thousands of other chassidim taking the opportunity to see a tzaddik who, while his presence is felt in Eretz Yisrael, resides in the United States. Of course, I thought, he...

Tokyo – Sony Recalling Half A Million Vaio Laptops

September 4, 2008 at 01:00 PM
Tokyo - Sony Corp. is recalling 440,000 Vaio laptop computers worldwide because of a wiring flaw that could cause overheating. Sony said Thursday the recall involves 19 models in the Vaio TZ series manufactured between May 2007 and July 2008. The Tokyo-based consumer electronics company said improperly placed wires near the hinge connecting the body of the laptop and its display could wear...

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