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New York – Schumer Calls America ‘Dangerously Vulnerable’

September 8, 2008 at 10:18 PM
New York - America is "dangerously vulnerable" to a potential terrorist attack, Senator Schumer says. In an annual report released today, Mr. Schumer gives the Bush administration a C- for its homeland security efforts, down from a C last year, and warns that the nation's ports in particular require urgent action to prevent the smuggling of nuclear weapons into America. "To beat terrorism...

Ambler, PA – 12-Year-Old Kicks Off ‘Millions to Remember’ Penny Drive

September 8, 2008 at 07:49 PM
Ambler, PA - A 12-year-old Philadelphia girl aims to collect 6 million pennies for a human rights organization. Jenna Steinbrink presents her first installment -- a check for $5,000 -- on Monday at the Manhattan offices of The Simon Wiesenthal (VEEZ'-ehn-thahl) Center. She started her "Millions to Remember" penny drive to memorialize the 6 million lives lost in the Holocaust. Her bat mitzvah is...

New York – Empire Kosher Poultry Set to Enter Kosher Beef Market With Hechsher Of KAJ

September 8, 2008 at 06:04 PM
New York - Empire Kosher Poultry, founded in 1938 by Joseph Katz, is set to enter the kosher meat market, sources told KosherToday. The beef will not be sold under the Empire brand, due to trademark restrictions, but will be certified by the Star-K Kosher Certification and Khal Adas Jeshurun. Sources say that Neil Rosenbaum, the company CEO, has worked out a deal with the AD Rosenblatt brand to...

Manhattan, NY – Double-Decker Buses Return to NYC in Trial Run

September 8, 2008 at 05:58 PM
Manhattan, NY - NYC Transit is putting double-decker buses into service today for a 30-day trial run. The buses are expected to run along Fifth Avenue and possibly on some express routes between the Bronx and Manhattan. The 13-foot-tall buses have seating for more than 81 passengers. Double-deckers once regularly plied Fifth Avenue. The last of them, a 1939 model, was operated by Fifth Avenue...

Albany, NY – Governor Likens Legislators to a Bunch of Bloodsuckers

September 8, 2008 at 05:44 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. David Paterson said Monday that some New York state lawmakers are like Count Dracula, showing pleasant faces to lull citizens' advocates but becoming bloodsuckers when the sun sets. The governor, known for his use of humor, later backed off. After making the comparison to a disabled rights group, he explained to reporters that he was trying to illustrate the frustration of...

New York – No More Texting While Driving in Westchester County

September 8, 2008 at 05:09 PM
New York - Westchester County is the first county in the Hudson Valley to ban text messaging by motorists. The County Board of Legislators today approved the local law to further enhance public safety on the roads since texting is seen as a major distraction to drivers, said Legislation Committee Chairman William Burton. “Back in the Model A days, everybody drove in their cars, the dust...

Dothan, AL – Reform Community Offering $50K For Jews To Move To Alabama

September 8, 2008 at 04:35 PM
Dothan, AL - Blumberg is chairman of an organization offering Jewish families as much as $50,000 to relocate to Dothan. Get involved at Temple Emanu-El and stay at least five years, the group's leaders say, and the money doesn't have to be repaid. More Jews are living in the South than ever -- about 386,000 at last count in 2001, according to Stuart Rockoff, a historian at the...

New York City – U.S. Stocks Climb on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Takeovers

September 8, 2008 at 04:06 PM
New York City - Financials propped up the Dow rounding the bend Monday but techs limped to the finish line as investors worry that the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might not fix the bigger problems with the housing and credit markets. New York City - The U.S. government on Sunday seized control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in what could be its biggest bailout ever. The CEOs of both...

Wiiliamsburg, NY – Public Hearing Tonight To Discuss Buffered Bike Lanes & On-Street Parking

September 8, 2008 at 03:24 PM
Williamsburg, NY - Brooklyn Community Board 1, which represents Williamsburg and Greenpoint, is set to hear proposals for new buffered bike lanes on Kent Avenue and for improving pedestrian safety at dangerous intersections in North Brooklyn. The bike lanes are an interim step on the way to completing the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. CB1 already approved the permanent, physically separated...

New York City – Tens Of Thousands Expected To Protest Ahmadinejad’s Visit To The U.N.

September 8, 2008 at 02:43 PM
New York City - Tens of thousand are expected to protests Iranian president Ahmadinejad on his upcoming visit to the U.N. to spread his message of “holy hatred” against The United States, Israel, Women’s Rights, Religious and Other Minorities. The organization defines “in proximity” as not only the New York Metropolitan area, but as a one-day round-trip bus ride, which would place...

New York – Erroneous Headline On Bloomberg TV Sends United Airlines Shares Crashing To 1 Cent

September 8, 2008 at 12:34 PM
New York - A false rumor that United Airlines had filed for bankruptcy briefly clobbered the shares of parent company UAL Corp. before trading was halted Monday morning. United spokeswoman Robin Urbanski immediately denied the rumor flatly. UAL shares dropped to 1 cent from $12.45 when the rumor first surfaced. The shares dropped suddenly just before 11 a.m., but shares recovered to nearly...

Toronto – Canada’s Government Supports Community Organizations Targeted by Hate Crime

September 8, 2008 at 11:54 AM
Toronto - The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Stockwell Day, announced support for ten Jewish community organizations to assist them with security infrastructure enhancements. "In July 2007, our Government announced the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot Program," said Minister Flaherty. "Today's...

London – Locals Angry Over Sold Pub To Become Bobov Shul

September 8, 2008 at 11:16 AM
London - There will soon be a new synagogue for Stamford Hill's Bobov community - The Swan pub in Clapton Common. The building has been bought for around £1 million and will be turned into a synagogue and meeting rooms. It is thought to be the first time a British pub has been used in this way. Once the refurbishment is completed, it is estimated that 150 people will be able to use the...

Flushing, New York – Stem Cell Donor Makes a Siyum at Emotional Reunion with Recipient at Shea Stadium on Jewish Heritage Day

September 8, 2008 at 10:58 AM
Flushing, New York - Steven Eisenberg of Woodmere celebrated meeting Gary Schnitzer of Metuchen, NJ, to whom he had donated his blood stem cells, by making a siyum on Seder Nezikin of Mishnayot. Mr. Schnitzer, who underwent the transplant at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center on November 7, 2006 in a procedure sponsored by the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, had never met Mr...

Long Island, NY – Hamptons Eruv Holy War

September 8, 2008 at 10:36 AM
Long Island, NY - Tensions over the proposed creation of a symbolic Orthodox Jewish boundary in a tony Long Island hamlet boiled over yesterday at a raucous meeting in Westhampton Beach. Organized by a group called Jewish People Opposed to the Eruv, the rowdy morning gathering of more than 250 people pitted Reform Jews against Orthodox Jews. At issue was the proposed creation of an "eruv,"...

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