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Williamsburg, NY – Bike Lanes to Remain But New Proposal To Solve Parking Issues Under Negotiatines

May 1, 2009 at 10:13 AM
Williamsburg, NY - This could be the proposal that has Kent Avenue cyclists and motorists seeing wheel to wheel. In an attempt to make peace among cyclists, who support a pair of controversial Kent Avenue bike paths, and drivers and business owners who oppose the lanes because of their impact on parking, the city is forging a truce that could turn Kent Avenue into a one-way street lined on two...

New York, NY – Bid To Push Nickel Bags Moves Ahead

May 1, 2009 at 10:01 AM
New York, NY - Those plastic bags from the supermarket could soon cost you. Lawmakers are trying to pass a bill in Albany that would allow the city to tack a 5-cent surcharge on plastic bags. The goal is to motivate shoppers to use their own bags to cart their groceries home. "It's going to be the incentive that New Yorkers need," said Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty. State Sen...

Washington – Newly Uncovered Documents: FDR Pushed To Get Jews To Safety In 1930s

May 1, 2009 at 09:53 AM
Washington - Newly uncovered documents reveal that President Franklin D. Roosevelt worked quietly in the late 1930s to find havens for European Jews, contradicting the view that he ignored their plight in the years leading up to the Holocaust. Roosevelt was "a master politician who tried to carry out some humanitarian steps while juggling political and military considerations," writes...

Jerusalem – Rabbi: Return Phone Voicemail Messages, Not Doing so Constitutes The Same Behavior As The Students of Rabbi Akiva

May 1, 2009 at 09:49 AM
Jerusalem - There is a Jewish religious imperative to return the call of someone who called you and left a message, Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, head of the Zomet Institute and one of the most prominent rabbis of religious Zionism, decreed. Not doing so constitutes the same behavior as the students of Rabbi Akiva, who "did not behave with respect toward each other," a behavior whose biblical...

Russia – Hatzolah Volunteer Service Launched In Moscow For First Time

May 1, 2009 at 09:11 AM
Moscow, Russia – The recently-established Hatzolah Volunteer Ambulance Service has begun operating in Moscow. In particular, Moscow Hatzolah is available to respond to emergency calls in the Sofrino and Marina Roscha neighborhoods, as well as the vicinity of Bolshaya Bronnaya Street where the Agudas Chasidei Chabad Synagogue is located. The Moscow Hatzolah team is currently comprised of 12...

Baghdad – Iraq To Renovate Tomb Of Prophet Ezekiel’s

May 1, 2009 at 09:09 AM
Baghdad - The Iraqi government has launched a project to renovate the interior of the prophet Ezekiel's shrine in the small town of Kifl, south of Baghdad, and the country's Ministry for Tourism and Antiquities says it hopes to eventually repair and renovate other Jewish sites across the country. "The ministry is concerned with all Iraqi heritage, whether it is Christian or Jewish or from any...

New York, NY – Bloomberg to Announce More Layoffs

May 1, 2009 at 08:16 AM
New York, NY - Today will not be a good day for nearly 4,000 New York City workers. Mayor Bloomberg is expected to announce plans for more layoffs during a news conference. The job cuts are just one of the bad line-item bits of news expected when the mayor unveils his new budget and tries to close a deficit. Sources say the Bloomberg plan will result in 3,750 more layoffs, most through...

Albany, NY – Governor Secretly Settles His Discrimination Against White Photographer

May 1, 2009 at 08:07 AM
Albany, NY - Gov. Paterson, who raised state taxes by $8 billion last month, just cost state taxpayers $300,000 more. The state has secretly settled an embarrassing federal racial-discrimination lawsuit. The suit accused Paterson, back when he was Senate minority leader in 2003, of firing a white Senate photographer in order to replace him with an African-American. The lawsuit had been...

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