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New York, NY – Stimulus Funds to Learn a Trade

June 1, 2009 at 10:23 PM
New York, NY - If you're looking for a job as an emergency medical technician, the city is ready to pick up the $7,933 cost of a 12-week training program for 90 applicants. If that doesn't suit you, how about signing up for the 600-hour electrician course. Or the program to become an art handler in museums, galleries and auctions houses that would cost $5,000 if the city weren't providing it...

London – New Drug Offers Hope to Women With Genetic Breast Cancer

June 1, 2009 at 09:39 PM
London - A new drug for genetic breast cancer could help thousands of women with hereditary forms of the disease, the first tests on patients suggest. A study involving 54 women with advanced genetic breast cancer found that the drug olaparib could stop the growth of tumours, and shrink them in more than 40 per cent of cases. In one case, a woman’s tumour disappeared completely after...

Israel – Israeli Jews Overwhelmingly Connected to Torah

June 1, 2009 at 08:48 PM
Israel - Israel's identity as a secular Jewish democracy is being called into question with the publication of a survey suggesting Israelis have a stronger connection to Jewish holy books than many previously thought. The survey, carried out by the Panels Institute, shows that almost every Israeli has a complete set of Gemaras (the Bible texts), a Sidur (Jewish prayer book), or Chimushim (Five...

Washington – Group Wants Insect Parts Out of Food Coloring

June 1, 2009 at 07:51 PM
Washington - A watchdog group applauded a new labeling rule governing food coloring made from insect parts but its leaders still want the substance banned. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new regulation, set to take effect in January 2011, that will require companies that use the dried bodies of cochineal insects to create food dyes to list the ingredient on their labels...

Newtown Square, PA – Judges: No Bible Reading at Kindergarten Show and Tell

June 1, 2009 at 06:05 PM
Newtown Square, PA - A U.S. court says a kindergartner's mother cannot read Scripture during "Show and Tell," even if the Bible is the boy's favorite book. Today's ruling is a victory for the Marple Newtown School District in suburban Philadelphia. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the school's decision does not violate First Amendment rights given the nonpublic nature of the...

Otisville, NY – Schumer: Otisville Prison Over Capacity and Under Staffed

June 1, 2009 at 05:31 PM
Otisville, NY - The Federal Correctional Facility at Otisville is home to 1,205 prisoners while the facility is rated for 844. At the same time, it is operating with 44 fewer guards than are authorized and while the number of inmate assaults is relatively low, Senator Charles Schumer said he will seek more funding for additional staff. Schumer toured the prison today and praised the staff, but...

Pompano Beach, FL – Matisyahu’s Hebrew Lyrics Leave Audience Clueless

June 1, 2009 at 04:11 PM
Pompano Beach, FL - Matisyahu kicked off his U.S. tour at Pompano Beach Amphitheater Saturday night venturing, not always compellingly, into new musical territory, mixed with the reggae-dub style rap that the devout Jewish artist has become known for. Matisyahu's intensity in performance, and the way he addresses profound themes were impressive; musically, he sometimes left something to be...

New York – Unfazed by GM’s Bankruptcy, The Dow Rallies

June 1, 2009 at 04:06 PM
New York - Stocks rallied Monday, sending the Dow near the break even point for the year, as better-than-expected readings on manufacturing activity raised hopes that a global economic recovery is brewing. The Dow Jones industrial average surged 221 points, or 2.6%, to close At 8,721, the bluechip average is within 40 points of breaking even for the year. nvestors largely looked past the...

New York – Killing Doctors Who Perform Abortions: A Jewish Perspective

June 1, 2009 at 03:55 PM
New York - Dr. George Tiller was murdered, it seems, because he performed abortions. Those who defend such actions justify them by claiming that it is entirely appropriate to kill a person in order to prevent their killing others. Are they right? It's important to ask this question, upsetting as it may be, because the fundamental claim (no pun intended) made in defense of Dr. Tiller's murderer...

Garden City, NY – Experts: Cell Phones, Electronic Messages Never Private

June 1, 2009 at 03:13 PM
Garden City, NY - Cell phones, instant messages and global positioning satellites are everywhere. But awareness that information sent over these devices is traceable doesn't seem to be. "I think people, in their lazy behavior, think they're communicating one on one," said John Donovan, a technology expert whose company, Telecom Visions Inc., is based in Garden City. "But there's no real...

New York City – Solar Alignment Leaves Manhattan Looking Like a Modern-day Stonehenge

June 1, 2009 at 02:17 PM
New York City - For just 15 minutes the sun sets in exact alignment with the cross streets of Manhattan's street grid, making the city's towering building look something like a modern-day Stonehenge. While we have long-marvelled at the beauty of our prehistoric monument in the Salisbury plains of England, Americans have been in awe of the unique urban phenomenon known as...

Grand Prairie, TX – Man Accused of Posing as Rabbi to Scam Churchgoers [video]

June 1, 2009 at 01:45 PM
Grand Prairie, TX - A Grand Prairie woman says a man who claimed to be a rabbi bilked her and other members of her church out of money. Luis Lujan claimed he was a man of God raising money for a good cause, one victim says. Cynthia Silva brought Luis Lujan into her home and game him hundreds of dollars for what she thought was a good cause. "He's taking advantage of Hispanics, Christian...

Alden, NY – New York’s Longest Jewish Serving Inmate Dies at Age 72

June 1, 2009 at 01:32 PM
Alden, NY - Jerry Rosenberg, New York's longest serving inmate, has died of natural causes after 46 years in state prison. Rosenberg who's Jewish name was Yakov Shimshon ben Eliezer Yosef, was 72 and doing time for a botched 1962 stickup in Brooklyn that left two off-duty police officers dead. Rosenberg had maintained his innocence. He had been held at the Wende Correctional Facility's medical...

Queens, NY – From Living at Ikea for a Week to 30 Days On a Plane

June 1, 2009 at 12:56 PM
Queens, NY - It's a hell trip in the heavens for a Queens man who hatched a bizarre plan that he thinks will finally cure his fear of flying. Mark Malkoff said he is going to stay on an airplane for an entire month, crisscrossing the country on various flights. His journey begins today at La Guardia with a two-hour flight to Atlanta, followed by San Francisco, then back to Atlanta. On some...

Berlin – New Witness in Demjanjuk Case, Served With Him in Concentration Camp

June 1, 2009 at 11:48 AM
Berlin - The thin, old man with gray wisps of hair talks slowly, but what he has to say could ruin John Demjanjuk's defense at his trial in Germany. Alexander Nagorny, a former Nazi guard, is the key witness against the 89-year-old Demjanjuk in a trial that could begin this summer or fall, depending on Demjanjuk's health. Authorities in Germany tracked down Nagorny in that country after a...

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