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New York – Traffic Courts Bring Big Bucks to Municipalities

August 1, 2009 at 11:46 PM
New York - It's standing room only in Judge Bonnie Kraham's Tuesday afternoon traffic court in Town of Wallkill. Nearly 100 people fill the chairs and line the walls of the courtroom, waiting for their turn in front of the judge. It's a scene that plays out here four days a week: traffic and criminal court, in front of Kraham and fellow town Judge Ray Shoemaker. And it results in big bucks for...

Postville, IA – Rubashkin Claims He Was Framed, Evidence Was Planted

August 1, 2009 at 11:19 PM
Postville, IA - Lawyers for Sholom Rubashkin suggested that a past or current employee at the Postville slaughterhouse Rubashkin once ran planted evidence to incriminate him. Rubashkin also denied allegations that he helped one of his former mid-level managers flee the country to avoid arrest. The manager, Hosam Amara, escaped arrest shortly after a massive May 2008 immigration raid at...

Washington – Senator Aggressively Lobbied for More Federal Funding for KJ

August 1, 2009 at 10:49 PM
Washington - The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $300,000 for infrastructure improvements in the Village of Kiryas Joel.  The village will use the money for road repaving, widening and drainage, traffic signals, and pedestrian safety sidewalks and curbs. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she “aggressively lobbied” members of the committee to include the funding. “Investing...

Manhattan, NY – Second Touro Official Sentenced in Grades-for-Pay Scandal

August 1, 2009 at 10:31 PM
Manhattan, NY - A second Touro College computer honcho is going to prison for running his office as a literal diploma mill -- pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars from students seeking better transcripts, glowing letters of recommendation and in a few cases completely fabricated degrees. "This was a horrendous betrayal of trust," Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Thomas Farber told the...

Washington – Weiner Told Not To Use Yiddish in Congress

August 1, 2009 at 10:21 PM
Washington - Rep. Anthony Weiner let his passions get away from him just now, reaching back to the old country (Brooklyn) for some language in arguing for a single-payer health care system, and inveighing against insurance companies. “We’re not going to take hundreds of billions of dollars a year and give it to insurance companies who give us bupkis,” Weiner said, veins bulging. That...

London – Court Orders Yeshiva Beis Hamadrash Elyon to Close

August 1, 2009 at 10:05 PM
London - A Jewish school set up in a residential home in Golders Green has been ordered to close by a High Court judge. An injunction against the Beis Hamadrash Elyon school was granted after it opened without planning permission and defied orders to close. The school, on Golders Green Road, has until December 31 this year to cease operating. It opened in 2002 and retrospective planning...

Deal, NJ – Rise And Fall Of Dwek: From A Generous Man To FBI Informant

August 1, 2009 at 10:02 PM
Deal, NJ - Solomon Dwek's reputation in the West Long Branch area was built as much by his philanthropy as his real estate deals. When 7-year-old Ryan Michael Saberon fell ill with cancer, Solomon Dwek became his friend. Dwek visited him weekly for a year, his father, Eugene G. Saberon, said. In early 1998, Ryan was in a hospital room at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, when he noticed...

Washington – 146 NYC Flyover Photos Released

August 1, 2009 at 09:47 PM
Washington - The Department of Defense released 146 more photos from the controversial Air Force One flyover that caused thousands of New Yorkers to panic in April. The Pentagon posted the photos on their web site Saturday, defense officials said. On April 27, 2009, two aircraft - a presidential plane and an F-16 fighter jet - flew just above lower Manhattan for a photo-op. The...

New York, NY – LaGuardia Airport Evacuated Man Arrested After Making (Fake) Bomb Threat

August 1, 2009 at 09:43 PM
New York, NY - Earlier this morning around 5:30 a.m., the main terminal at LaGuardia Airport was evacuated because of a bomb threat. Hundreds of confused passengers were forced off planes and rushed out of the airport when the erratic man approached security in the C Concourse and said he had explosives in his bag. The Port Authority's spokesman John Kelly said that the man "was just acting...

Israel – Gunman Kills 3 At Tel Aviv Club

August 1, 2009 at 09:36 PM
Israel - A masked man opened fire on a crowd at a gay community center in Tel Aviv late Saturday, killing three people and wounding at least 10 others, the Israeli emergency services said. A young man and a young woman were killed on the spot and the third victim died in hospital, the authorities said, and one of those who were wounded was in serious condition. The gunman, who was dressed...

Jerusalem – Charedim Arrested as Shabbat Parking Lot Dispute Turns Violent

August 1, 2009 at 09:28 PM
Jerusalem - Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox gathered on Saturday at the intersection of Shivtei Yisrael and Hanevi'im streets in Jerusalem to protest against the opening of the Karta parking lot on Shabbat. As if to remind us that amid the hullabaloo about the "child-starving mother" case, they had not forgotten their fight over the Shabbat opening of the Carta garage, 700 of haredim rioted in...

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