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Manassas, VA – Carrier Colgan Air The Airline From Hell

May 16, 2009 at 11:46 PM
Manassas, VA - There's something horrifically wrong with the wrenches at Colgan Air. The problem-plagued airline's maintenance rap sheet is littered with mechanical malfunctions, from badly installed bolts and rivets to deadly problems with flaps that control the angle of the plane, records show. The latter led to the death of two pilots on Cape Cod in August 2003 shortly after they picked...

Washington – Judge Issues Restraining Order to Halt ‘Robo-Calls’ Selling Auto Warranties

May 16, 2009 at 11:26 PM
Washington - Three U.S. telemarketing firms accused of making misleading "robocalls" about expiring car warranties must stop the practice, a court says. The Federal Trade Commission announced Friday that a U.S. District Court in Chicago issued a restraining order demanding that three companies accused of aggressively making automated calls to sell auto warranties across the country cease the...

Manhattan, NY – What Chutzpah! Madoff’s Man Gets Promoted at 5th Ave. Synagogue

May 16, 2009 at 11:12 PM
Manhattan, NY - What chutzpah! That's what some members of the tony Fifth Avenue Synagogue are saying about embattled financier J. Ezra Merkin, who's about to ascend to chairman of the temple board despite luring fellow worshippers into the clutches of Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff. The moneyed synagogue, where Revlon CEO Ron Perelman and writer Elie Wiesel worship, was dubbed "The Temple of...

New York, NY – NYC Offers Incentives To Open More Grocery Stores

May 16, 2009 at 10:44 PM
New York, NY - State and city leaders are offering programs with financial and zoning incentives to encourage new grocery stores in the city or help upgrade existing ones. The incentives include allowing residential buildings to be larger if there is a neighborhood grocery store on the ground floor. City leaders say grocery stores are vital to the health of the community. "In our five...

Duesseldorf, Germany – Turkish Consul Accused Of Anti-German Comments ‘On Leave’

May 16, 2009 at 10:30 PM
Duesseldorf, Germany - A Turkish consul in Germany, who caused a storm with alleged anti-German remarks, has gone on leave. There was an uproar in Germany and even among the Turkish community there, over comments that Hakan Kivanc allegedly made in private in a meeting with non-governmental organizations. Kivanc allegedly said that if Germans had the chance, they would tattoo the letter "T"...

Ramapo, NY – Bobov Yeshiva’s Kitchen where Cow was Slaughtered Ordered Closed

May 16, 2009 at 10:14 PM
Ramapo, NY - The Rockland Department of Health has ordered the kitchen at a yeshiva where a cow was slaughtered and strung from a tree shut down effective today. The county delivered a letter to the Bobover Yeshiva informing officials there that the school's permit to operate a kitchen would not be renewed when it expired at the end of the day yesterday. County officials took action against...

New York – Using DNA to Track Holocaust Survivors

May 16, 2009 at 10:01 PM
New York - For years, Allen Rosenberg, a real estate developer from Hewlett Bay Park, has had a nagging thought: What if a first or second cousin survived the Holocaust and he didn’t know it? “Maybe my cousin was placed in a displaced person’s camp on the other side of Germany or in Poland,” said Mr. Rosenberg, who is 45. As far as he knows, Mr. Rosenberg said, his father, who went...

New York, NY – CB1 Manager Planning to Object Bloomberg’s Budget Cuts Escorted Out by Cops

May 16, 2009 at 09:48 PM
New York, NY - A half-hour late, Gerry Esposito hustled into the Fort Washington Armory one rainy day last month. Inside, Michael R. Bloomberg, the mayor, was speaking to a group about new ways for people to volunteer in the city. A mayoral appearance is less government in action than stage management; liturgy without Scripture but with scripts. And as Mr. Esposito, the manager of Community...

New York, NY – Elie Wiesel On Loss after Madoff, Starting Over

May 16, 2009 at 09:36 PM
New York, NY - High on the list of people taken by Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme was Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and holocaust survivor. On Saturday, Wiesel talked about his loss, and about starting over, in an exclusive interview with CBS News correspondent Jeff Greenfield. It was late last year when Wiesel learned that he and his foundation had lost all their money at the hands...

Lakewood, NJ – Perp in Rabbi-Attack Seeks Incompetency Ruling

May 16, 2009 at 09:29 PM
Lakewood, NJ - Defense attorneys are seeking to have a 38-year-old Lakewood man declared incompetent to stand trial on charges that he attempted to murder a rabbi in a baseball-bat attack in Lakewood in 2007. Attorneys Glenn Kassman and Kevin Young are seeking to have Superior Court Judge Francis R. Hodgson declare Lee Tucker of Ventura Drive incompetent to stand trial on charges of attempted...

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