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Pomona, NY – Ramapo Wins Court Decision over Tartikov

May 15, 2009 at 07:25 PM
Pomona, NY - The town of Ramapo's denial of a property tax exemption for 130 acres owned in Pomona by Congregation Rabbinical College of Tartikov won the support of a state Supreme Court judge. In his decision, Justice John La Cava ruled in part that Tartikov's profit from a summer camp negated its tax-exempt status. That was particularly true, La Cava decided, because the property was...

Oklahoma – Fire-Alarm for the Deaf Discovered ‘Accidentally’

May 15, 2009 at 06:34 PM
Oklahoma - It was 10 years ago when Dr. David Albert was in the basement of his home working on a wireless heart monitor he planned to use during surgery for his daughter, Kathryn, when she noticed the fire alarm was chirping. The pair assumed the battery was low. So Albert went upstairs to replace it, while his daughter stayed with the heart monitor. It was then that the 13-year-old...

New York, NY – 3 More Schools Close As Swine Flu Spreads

May 15, 2009 at 05:43 PM
New York, NY - Three more public schools were shut down today after more students reportedly tested positive for the swine flu or H1N1 virus, bringing the total to six schools closed as a result of the most recent outbreak in New York City. The three latest schools affected are IS 318 in Williamsburg, JHS 74 in Bayside, and PS 107 in Flushing. Nearly 300 students called out at IS 318 in...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Has Spent $18.7 Million on Re-election Effort

May 15, 2009 at 04:47 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has already spent $18.7 million on his re-election campaign, far ahead of the staggering pace of his spending in the 2005, according to documents released today. The spending — much of it on seven consecutive weeks of television advertising — dwarfs that of his three likely opponents in the race, each of whom has spent less than $2 million, records...

Jamlitz, Germany – Search for ‘Mass Grave’ of 750 Jews Draw Blank

May 15, 2009 at 03:48 PM
Jamlitz, Germany - Excavations of what had been thought to be a mass grave in eastern Germany with the bodies of Jews murdered by the SS at the end of World War II have yielded no bodies. A three-week dig near Jamlitz, 55 miles southeast of Berlin, has found evidence of forced labour camp on the site. "But no human remains were found," Geert Piorkovski, spokesman for Brandenburg state...

Postville, IA – New Charges Filed Against Rubashkin

May 15, 2009 at 02:33 PM
Postville, IA - Federal prosecutors today filed a 142-count criminal indictment against former managers at Agriprocessors Inc., the struggling Postville slaughterhouse, and increased the number of immigration charges against former plant executive Sholom Rubashkin. Rubashkin and his former plant now face 71 counts of harboring undocumented aliens for profit, according to the indictment. The...

Ramapo, NY – Large Crowd Opposing Yeshiva, Dormitory on Burgess Meredith’s Old Estate

May 15, 2009 at 01:49 PM
Ramapo, NY - Nearly 150 people jammed the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting to object to a proposed yeshiva and dormitory on the former estate of the late actor Burgess Meredith. The board heard from 10 speakers, all opposed to Mesifta Beth Shraga's project on Camp Hill Road, which they saw as clashing with their single-family neighborhood and destroying grounds with links to the American...

New Ulm, MN – Judge Rules Family Can’t Hold-Back Chemo Theropy from Teen with Cancer

May 15, 2009 at 12:47 PM
New Ulm, MN - A judge has decided that a family cannot refuse chemotherapy for their 13-year-old son, who has a very treatable form of cancer. Daniel Hauser and his family, who belong to the religious group Nemenhah Band, want to treat the 13-year-old's cancer with "natural medicine", despite testimony from doctors that say it would essentially be a death sentence. Hauser, who has a very...

Brooklyn, NY – 91 Lost Shuls Featured in New Book

May 15, 2009 at 12:24 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Jewish life in Brownsville, East New York, Flatbush-East Flatbush, Bedford-Stuyvesant and other nearby areas of Brooklyn through the 1950s was a lively, rich and varied environment. Over the next few decades it dissipated greatly. As Jews moved to other areas, they left behind their synagogues. This book is a photographic essay of these ex-shuls; what happened to them, and how do...

New York – Why The Stock Market Is A Scam: Top SEC Attorneys Probed For Insider Trading

May 15, 2009 at 11:50 AM
New York - CBS News has learned that two attorneys at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are under "active" criminal investigation by the FBI for trading stocks based on inside information. Accusations against the two lawyers - a man and a woman whose names have not been released - are detailed in a report by the SEC inspector general obtained exclusively by CBS News. The report...

New York, NY – City Board Orders Massive 12.9% Water Rate Hike

May 15, 2009 at 11:29 AM
New York, NY - New Yorkers will get soaked with a 12.9% jump in their water rates and tough new penalties for broken water meters, a city board ordered today. The rate hike takes effect July 1, making it the third double-digit rate hike in a row - and creating an issue that could rile middle-class homeowners in the months before the fall elections. "Enough is enough," City Council Finance...

Albany, NY – Brooklyn Democrat Vito Lopez Emerges Assembly’s Top hog in Handing Out Pork Dollars

May 15, 2009 at 11:09 AM
Albany, NY - Brooklyn Democrat Vito Lopez was the Assembly's most generous pork giver this year. Lopez doled out $3.2 million in member items, topping all other individual Assembly members - even Speaker Sheldon Silver, a spending analysis shows. "That is surprising," said Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group, which analyzed the Assembly spending. Lopez declined to...

Detroit, MI – Chrysler to Offer $1,000 Certificates to Existing Customers

May 15, 2009 at 10:45 AM
Detroit, MI - Chrysler LLC is preparing to send all existing customers certificates good for $1,000 toward the purchase of new vehicles between now and the end of June, a person briefed on the program said. The certificates will be mailed along with copies of a letter from Chief Executive Robert Nardelli, Chrysler officials told dealers in a web cast, this person said. The certificates are...

Berlin – British Tabloid: Alleged Nazi Demjanjuk DNA ‘clue’ Emerges

May 15, 2009 at 10:07 AM
Berlin - Nazi war crime suspect John Demjanjuk could be proved guilty by DNA tests on the grandchildren of a woman he allegedly raped. The woman, who lived near the Sobibor death camp in Poland, is said to have given birth to a son. Prosecutors in Germany, where the 89-year-old is facing trial, say the tests could prove he was at the camp - a claim he denies.. ...

Jerusalem – Russia to Israel: “Take Yair Klein – Give Nevzlien”

May 15, 2009 at 10:02 AM
Jerusalem - Russia offered Israel a package deal through secret and unofficial channels: the handing over of Leonid Nevzlien to Russia, a political rival of the prime minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin, in exchange to the release of the Israeli citizen lieutenant colonel Yair Klien who is imprisoned in Russia since the summer of 2008. These days Klien is conducting his final juridical struggle...

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