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New York City – Alternate Side Parking Suspended Monday, March 2

March 1, 2009 at 10:09 PM
New York City - Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended on Monday, March 2 to facilitate snow removal. Parking meter rules will be in effect. Other alternate side parking information, including the 2009 Alternate Side Parking Regulations Suspension Calendar, is available on the DOT Web site, at http://nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/scrintro.shtml. ...

Israel – Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: Women May Chant Megillat Esther for Men

March 1, 2009 at 08:14 PM
Israel - Women are allowed to chant the Scroll of Esther on behalf of men if no competent men are available, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of Israel's Sephardi community, ruled in a landmark decision liable to outrage many of his Ashkenazi counterparts. Esther is traditionally read in synagogue on the holiday of Purim, which this year falls next week. And while some rabbis have long...

Manhattan, NY – Ancient Torah Discovered

March 1, 2009 at 07:58 PM
Manhattan, NY - Local scribe, Rabbi Itzhak Reisman, has great news: “I acquired a Torah scroll, written on brownish parchment,” he said. “The moment I saw it, I recognized it as a Spanish scroll, which means it had to be written before 1492. My estimate was about 1480.” Reisman says he had a partner in purchasing this scroll, and the partner didn’t trust his expertise so much. So they...

New York, NY – Smell of Brooklyn Has Become a Collector’s Item

March 1, 2009 at 06:30 PM
New York, NY - Instructions for Bond No. 9 perfume: "Open bottle. Breathe in. Congratulations! You have just caught a whiff of New York." Street-vendor hot dogs? Taxi-cab exhaust? Foldable pepperoni pizza? No, silly: Gramercy Park. New Haarlem. Wall Street. Named for the address of its Manhattan headquarters (9 Bond St.), Bond No. 9 is a perfume brand that celebrates the neighborhoods of...

New York, NY – Bloomberg and GOP Tell Different Tales

March 1, 2009 at 05:33 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Bloomberg built his political reputation as the guy who speaks uncomfortable truths, but what happens to that reputation when the truth gets muddled? The issue arises after last week's closed-door meeting with the five Republican county chairs who could let him onto the party's ballot - or not. All five chairs told the Daily News that when Bloomberg talked about...

Baltimore – Maryland’s Highest Court Upholds Anonymity On The Internet

March 1, 2009 at 04:36 PM
Baltimore - Maryland's highest court has ruled in favor of Internet anonymity, saying Web sites involved in defamation suits don't have to reveal the identity of readers who post comments on their site. The ruling Friday by the Maryland Court of Appeals reversed a lower-court decision and said NewsZap.com, an online forum run by Independent Newspapers Inc., doesn't have to disclose the...

Poland – Germany Donates To Auschwitz Repairs

March 1, 2009 at 04:31 PM
Poland - Germany will give €1 million ($1.3 million) for badly needed restoration work at the Auschwitz death camp museum in neighboring Poland. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says the donation followed an appeal from Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to all 27 European Union members to contribute to a fund to preserve the Nazi-built camp. The Polish government says it needs up to...

Tehran – Iran Asks Interpol to Arrest Top Israeli Officials for ‘War Crimes’

March 1, 2009 at 04:12 PM
Tehran - Iran has asked Interpol to arrest 34 top Israeli political officials and 114 military commanders on charges of war crimes in the Gaza Strip, Fars news agency reported Sunday. The list, compiled by the Iranian prosecutor general's office, includes outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni and Defence Minister Ehud Barak. The latest initiative by...

Washington – America’s Most Powerful Radio Personality Rush Limbaugh Electrifies The Republican Party At CPAC

March 1, 2009 at 04:11 PM
Washington - Seizing the opportunity to speak to a national TV audience, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh told a packed house of cheering supporters at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Committee's annual meeting in Washington to resist President Barack Obama's plans to expand government and not "think like a minority." Moments before bringing Limbaugh to the CPAC stage...

Oceanside, NY – Jewish Girl In $3M Lawsuit Over Cyber-Bullies On Facebook

March 1, 2009 at 03:12 PM
Oceanside, NY - This Facebook group was just for fun, but now a group of alleged Long Island cyber-bullies is facing a decidedly unfunny $3 million lawsuit by the former classmate they supposedly tormented. Denise Finkel, 18, of Oceanside, also names Facebook in her lawsuit, accusing the social-networking Web site of being "grossly irresponsible" for allowing several other Oceanside HS...

New York – NYC Preps for More Than 1 Foot of Snow

March 1, 2009 at 02:40 PM
New York - March is roaring in like a lion, with most of New York and New Jersey under a winter storm warning for heavy snow from Sunday night to Monday evening. The storm could dump more than a foot of snow on New York City. Up to 13 inches of snow was projected by Monday morning in Manhattan and between 10 and 14 inches in suburban Long Island, National Weather Service meteorologist John...

Omaha, NE – World’s Most Successful Investor Warren Buffet: I Was Dumb

March 1, 2009 at 02:35 PM
Omaha, NE - Billionaire investor Warren Buffett admitted to doing some "dumb things" in 2008 - the worst year for his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate in the 44 years he has run it. A brutal stock market decline amid a teeth-gnashing recession pushed Omaha-based Berkshire to a 96 percent drop in profits, its fifth straight quarterly earnings decline. In his much-anticipated letter to...

Israel – Attorney General May Indict Olmert on Talansky Cash Envelopes Scandal

March 1, 2009 at 02:11 PM
Israel - Attorney General Menachem Mazuz announced he is considering indictment proceedings against outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for accepting more than $150,000 in cash from American businessman Morris Talansky. Mazuz said his final decision will be made after a preliminary hearing. Olmert’s media advisor Amir Dan, responding to Mazuz’s announcement, charged that “it is has been...

Invercargill, New Zealand – Cafe Owner Apologizes to Israelis

March 1, 2009 at 01:40 PM
Invercargill, New Zealand - An Invercargill cafe owner who last month refused to serve two Israeli women because of their nationality has apologised for his actions and welcomed them back into his establishment. Mevlana Cafe owner Mustafa Tekinkaya told Southland-based Israeli woman Natalie Bennie and her visiting sister Tamara Shefa to leave his cafe last month. A Turkish Muslim, he said...

Brooklyn, NY – 15th Anniversary Of HaKadush Ari Halberstam’s Murder

March 1, 2009 at 01:18 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Today marks 15 years since a Hasidic teenager was gunned down on the entrance ramp of the Brooklyn Bridge. On March 1, 1994, 16-year-old Ari Halberstam was one of 15 Yeshiva students heading to Brooklyn when Lebanese national Rashid Baz opened fire on their van. Halberstam was shot in the head and died five days later. Baz, was convicted of murder and attempted murder and...

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