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Queens, NY – JetBlue Auctions 300 Round Trip Flights On eBay

September 7, 2008 at 10:05 PM
Queens, NY - JetBlue Airways Corp. is auctioning off more than 300 roundtrip flights and six vacation packages this week on eBay, with opening bids set between 5 and 10 cents. Jet Blue eBay Site The flights are to more than 20 destinations, including four "mystery" JetBlue Getaways Vacation packages to undisclosed locations. The three-, five- and seven-day auctions include one- and...

New York, NY – Foreclosure on the Rise in Manhattan

September 7, 2008 at 08:51 PM
New York, NY - Until now, Manhattan has largely been spared from the foreclosure crisis that has spread across the country, and into the surrounding region and boroughs. But in recent months, mortgage lenders, real estate brokers and financial counselors have noticed that more apartment owners in Manhattan are missing payments, putting their apartments up for sale to avoid losing them to...

Beirut – UN Chief: Israel Should Pay Lebanon $1 billion To Compensate Environmental Damage

September 7, 2008 at 07:27 PM
Beirut - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has renewed calls for Israel to pay Lebanon around $1 billion in compensation for damage inflicted during the summer 2006 war with the Jewish state, news reports said on Saturday. The figure, which is based on calculations made by the World Bank, is intended to reimburse Lebanon for environmental and material damage it suffered during the war but most...

Beit She’an, Israel – Couple Arrested for Hitting Their Children With Belts

September 7, 2008 at 05:53 PM
Beit She'an, Israel - A couple was arrested Sunday evening on suspicion of hitting three of their four children, aged two, five and eight. The man, 40, and woman, 30, have one other child together - a two-year-old. Beit She'an Police made the arrests after receiving a report from a welfare worker who suspected the child abuse. The children were taken to foster families. A child welfare...

Travnik, Bosnia – Former Synagogue Demolished to Build Shopping Center

September 7, 2008 at 04:24 PM
Travnik, Bosnia - A former synagogue was demolished to make way for a shopping center. The synagogue that was built in 1860 to replace one that was built in the 18th century, was last used for worship in 1941 and damaged during World War II, the synagogue was sold to the town in the 1950s by the Bosnian Jewish community. Stripped of any indication of its former use, it was used as a metal...

Postville, IA – Police Chief: Crime Has Risen in City after Immigration Raid

September 7, 2008 at 03:52 PM
Postville, IA - Postville's police chief says he's trying to add another officer to his staff as crime has risen in the city after an Immigration raid in May. The Agriprocessors meatpacking plant was raided May 12, when 389 people were charged with being in the country illegally. Most were also charged criminally. Postville Police Chief Michael Halse says the workers who have come to replace...

New York, NY – Elevators in New York City Housing Authority Projects in Sad Shape

September 7, 2008 at 02:28 PM
New York, NY - Riding the elevators in some city Housing Authority projects is like jumping on a scary ride at Coney Island. Say the House of Horrors. Or the Cyclone. The 10 worst housing projects in the city - in terms of elevator problems - all feature repeat outages and delays in repairs, a Daily News investigation found. The News examined elevator outages and repair delays for the 103 major...

Waterbury, CT – Neighbors: Yeshiva Hasn’t Kept Its Part of Deal

September 7, 2008 at 12:43 PM
Waterbury, CT - Seven years after the city signed a 50-year contract giving an Orthodox Jewish sect rights to use the former University of Connecticut campus, neighbors of the campus say they have not lived up to its end of the bargain. Leaders of the Hillside Neighborhood Association say the yeshiva has failed to bring enough Jewish families into the neighborhood, has allowed its properties...

Washington – Government Takes Control of Fannie, Freddie

September 7, 2008 at 11:22 AM
Washington - The government announced on Sunday that it was taking control of troubled mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, effectively wiping out shareholders' interest in the publicly traded companies. The regulator of the two companies, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will manage the two companies on a temporary basis. The takeover is the second rescue bid...

Borough Park, NY – Pull The Lever for Simcha Felder. Interview With VIN News

September 7, 2008 at 08:38 AM
Brooklyn, NY - When addressing the hotly contested race for the 21st State Senate District in Flatbush, incumbent Kevin Parker tells both the press and longtime supporters that he is a victim of “term limits.” Yes, opponents Simcha Felder and Kendall Stewart are both City Councilmembers who are facing the prospect of unemployment at the end of 2009, but Parker is a victim of something more...

New York – NY Daily News: Dump Sheldon Silver

September 7, 2008 at 08:27 AM
New York - The time has come for the voters of lower Manhattan to turn Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver out of office. After 32 years in his seat, including 14 years as the Assembly's maximum leader, Silver embodies the insider's game that has captured the state Legislature, to the detriment of 19 million New Yorkers. Silver's constituents would serve the cause of open, responsive government...

Tel Aviv, Israel – Rabbonim Fight Hotels for Forced Shabbat Check-Outs

September 7, 2008 at 07:29 AM
Tel Aviv, Israel - The High Holidays are almost upon us, and Shabbat-observers should think twice before making weekend reservations.  Hotels may have a synagogue or provide kosher meals, but they will also ask guests to vacate their rooms in the afternoon, way before the Sabbath’s end. Until now, religious tourists have been forced to choose between desecrating Shabbat, paying a...

Paris, France – Three Jewish Teens Attacked, Injured on Their Way to Shul by Muslim Group

September 7, 2008 at 06:11 AM
Paris, France - Three Jewish men aged 17 and 18 from Bnei Akiva organization were attacked by a group of Muslims of similar age in Paris. The three victims who were wearing yarmulkas at the time were struck by stones and blows thrown by a group of five young men, who later escaped. The victims were treated in hospital, for a broken nose, a broken jaw a for stitches. Police could not confirm...

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