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New York – Staten Islanders to Protest Verrazano Bridge Toll Increase BY Paying 1,000 Pennies

May 14, 2009 at 10:52 PM
New York - Protesters will take to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Monday at noon, for a slow drive across the span and the symbolic paying of the $10 cash toll with 1,000 pennies. Organizing the effort is artist "Citizen Scott" LoBaido, who said he's doing it because Staten Islanders need to vent after years of increasing toll costs. Between the economy and the fare and toll hike to take...

Jerusalem – CIA Chief In Secret Trip To Israel To Halt Bombing Of Iranian Nuclear Plant

May 14, 2009 at 10:11 PM
Jerusalem - America’s spy chief was sent on a secret mission to Israel to warn its leaders not to launch a surprise attack on Iran without notifying the US Administration. As Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, prepares to visit Washington, it emerged yesterday that Leon Panetta, the head of the CIA, went to Israel two weeks ago. He sought assurances from Mr Netanyahu and Ehud...

New York – NYPD: Sophisticated Scheme Rips Off More Than $15 Million, Helped By Spoof Caller ID

May 14, 2009 at 09:33 PM
New York - The latest technological wrinkle - a card that lets the user change the number that appears on caller ID - helped a sophisticated band of thieves rip off more than 6,000 unsuspecting credit card holders of more than $15 million, authorities said Thursday. The credit card and identity theft scam started in Queens and includes 35 suspects, including 32 Nigerian nationals, most of whom...

Borough Park, NY – Girl Survives 30-Foot Fall Through ‘Chupa’ Skylight

May 14, 2009 at 08:56 PM
Borough Park, NY - An 8-year girl fell through a skylight on a roof-top playground in Brooklyn this afternoon, but miraculously suffered only a broken arm and leg, authorities said. The girl, who attends Beis Ruchel D'Satmar Girls School at 1415 54th St. in Borough Park, was about to retrieve a ball that had fallen off the roof at 3:30 p.m., cops said. She stepped on a sky light, which serves...

East Windsor, NJ – 77 Swastikas Spray-Paint on Highway Overpass

May 14, 2009 at 07:12 PM
East Windsor, NJ - Township police discovered dozens of swastikas painted on a concrete barrier today. Cops were called to the Route 133 West sound barrier at the North Main Street overpass on a report of graffiti. "The investigation confirmed seventy-seven swastikas, approximately 2 feet-by-2 feet, spray-painted on the sound barriers," Lt. James Brady said. Investigators believe the markings...

Queens, NY – Queens Educator Critically Ill With Swine Flu; 3 Schools Closed

May 14, 2009 at 06:33 PM
Queens, NY - In the first serious case of swine flu in New York City, an assistant principal of a Queens middle school has been hospitalized and is on a ventilator, officials announced Thursday. The city closed that school, and two others with large clusters of flu-like symptoms. All three schools are to remain closed through next week. The assistant principal works at Intermediate School 238...

Jerusalem – Emotional Interview of Israel Car-accident Victims’ School Principal [audio]

May 14, 2009 at 05:43 PM
Jerusalem - Israel’s Kav Hatzibur program conducted an emotional interviewtoday of Rabbi Zev Spitzer, principal of the Ahavat Moshe school attended by Nachman Ouaknin and Naftali Videbsky. The two grade schoolers died in a horrific Lag B’Omer auto accident on their way home from Miron. In the course of the interview, Rabbi Spitzer said that classmates are calling for their lost friends by...

Postville, IA – Former Agriprocessors Workers Get Visas

May 14, 2009 at 05:22 PM
Postville, IA - The government has awarded 20 former Agriprocessors workers visas under a law that protects crime victims, a decision hailed by immigrant advocates as a major victory. Advocates say the decisions further prove federal prosecutors oversaw court proceedings last year at the National Cattle Congress that violated people's basic legal rights. In the past 10 days, the first wave...

Postville, IA – “9,311 Counts of “Child Labor” Violations: A Modern Day Blood Libel?

May 14, 2009 at 05:17 PM
Postville, IA - It seems that prosecutors are doing a lot of rushing to judgment these days. Not an innocent rush to judgment, but a libelous, diabolical rush to judgment that shamelessly and irrevocably ruins the reputations of innocent people, causing them and their families irreparable damage, heartache and emotional trauma. To read the article from Yated click here A number of...

New York, NY – City Eying to Bring Back WiFi to 40 Hot Spots

May 14, 2009 at 04:33 PM
New York, NY - City officials want to bring wireless Internet service back to parks and other public spaces in a way that would click both with users and the companies that pay for it. From late 2004 to last December, WiFi Salon provided advertiser-supported service at 17 hot spots in 11 parks in every borough but Staten Island. Then WiFi Salon went out of business, and city officials...

Albany, NY – In Fiery Speech On Assembly Floor Dov Hikind Cites Hashem And His Strong Torah Values Reason To Reject Gay Bill [video]

May 14, 2009 at 03:09 PM
Albany, NY - In a letter sent yesterday to Jewish and Catholic leaders, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) decried the seeming apathy of religious institutions in opposing gay marriage legislation. “The New York State Assembly has just passed the “gay marriage bill” by a vote of 89-52,” Hikind wrote. “Owing to aggressive efforts on the part of the gay lobby, several legislators...

Brooklyn, NY – Borough is Ground Zero for Lead Soil Problems

May 14, 2009 at 02:43 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Gardens of houses built before 1978 (when lead-based paint was banned) are likely to contain soil with excessive levels of lead, according to an article in today's New York Times, which means that most Brooklynites with access to a back yard have some work to do. Frank Meuschke, an artist living in a rented house in Brooklyn, had his soil tested at Brooklyn College for $12 and...

Washington – Oy vey! Arkansas State Senator Under Fire For Calling Chuck Schumer ‘that Jew’

May 14, 2009 at 02:12 PM
Washington - State Sen. Kim Hendren, R-Gravette, the candidate for the U.S. Senate who admits to being gaffe-prone, says he regrets statements he made last week at the monthly Pulaski County GOP meeting, where he referred to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., as “that Jew.” The statement was first reported on the political blog the Tolbert Report after Jason Tolbert called Hendren to ask him...

Yerevan, Armenia – 700-Year-Old Abandoned Cemetery Discovered and Recognized

May 14, 2009 at 02:09 PM
Yerevan, Armenia - The souls of Elia, Baba, Michael, Esther and Tsvi and the three-score other Jewish denizens of the ancient city of the dead, by the waters of a mighty river, in a remote region of Armenia, can now rest in peace, safe in the knowledge that their dark night is over, and that the world has finally recognized and remembered them. For close to seven centuries, the cemetery had...

Washington – FTC Files Suit to Stop Illegal Robocalls Pushing Vehicle “Warranty” Extensions

May 14, 2009 at 01:59 PM
Washington - A few Days after Senator Charles E. Schumer held a news conference to complain about car warranty telemarketing calls, The Federal Trade Commission is asking a federal court to shut down those telemarketers that has been bombarding U.S. consumers with hundreds of millions of allegedly deceptive “robocalls” in an effort to sell them vehicle service contracts under the guise that...

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