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New York – Google Challenged by New Rival With All the Answers – WolframAlpha

May 17, 2009 at 10:32 PM
New York - A revolutionary new search engine that computes answers rather than pointing to websites will be launched officially today amid heated talk that it could challenge the might of Google. Wolfram Alpha, named after Stephen Wolfram, the British-born computer scientist and inventor behind the project, takes a query and uses computational power to crunch through huge databases. The...

Queens, NY – Jewish Assistant Principal Is First NYC Swine Flu Death

May 17, 2009 at 08:15 PM
Queens, NY - The Queens assistant principal stricken with swine flu succumbed to the deadly virus today, the first person to die in the city from the disease, hospital officials said. "We were treating him very aggressively," said Flushing Hospital spokesman Ole Pedersen. "Unfortunately, he did expire at 6:17 p.m. this evening." The sick man, Mitchell Wiener, 55, an assistant principal at...

Manhattan, NY – World Trade Center Disaster Drill Scenes Echo 9/11

May 17, 2009 at 07:45 PM
Manhattan, NY - More than 800 rescue workers have staged a disaster drill at a commuter rail station at the World Trade Center site in scenes that echoed images from the Sept 11 attacks on New York. Hundreds of firefighters, police officers and other rescue workers descended on the tracks of the PATH rail tunnel linking lower Manhattan to New Jersey after the mock explosion was set off on...

Argentina – Five Arrested in Anti-Semitic Protest

May 17, 2009 at 06:22 PM
Argentina - Police arrested at least five people after anti-Semitic demonstrators clashed today with Jews marking the 61st anniversary of the creation of the state of Israel. During the Jewish group's ceremony, demonstrators waving anti-Semitic signs stepped in and violence broke out, and five people were arrested after the scuffle. An anti-discrimination police unit had to escort Israeli...

New York – Brooklyn Woman Objects To City Tree Gets Threatened With Jail

May 17, 2009 at 05:05 PM
New York - The million trees program should be cut to 999,999. Or maybe the city could just move the tree it planted outside Marion D. Smith's home on 11th St. in Park Slope on Friday. The Brooklyn block has two empty tree pits, but of course the work crew went right to where the city had promised the 79-year-old widow it would not put a tree. A tree had stood on this spot for decades but died...

St. Petersburg – New Website Helps Russian Jews Track Ancestors

May 17, 2009 at 02:58 PM
St. Petersburg - A new Russian language website – www.Jekl.ru – is helping Jewish families discover their ancestors and visit their gravesites in St. Petersburg’s Preobrazhenskiy Jewish Cemetery. The extensive site, developed by the Jewish Community of St. Petersburg and supported by local businessman Mikhail Khidekel features a searchable archive and photographs of headstones and...

St. Louis, MO – Search On For 102-Year-old Jewish Philanthropist Missing After Man Seen Jumping From Bridge

May 17, 2009 at 01:11 PM
St. Louis, MO - Family members say I.E. Millstone, the legendary St. Louis builder and philanthropist who went missing Saturday, had been suffering from anxiety after taking pain medication for a shoulder injury. Authorities are searching for Millstone in the Missouri River after learning of his disappearance and receiving a report that an elderly man was seen jumping off the Daniel Boone...

Jerusalem – Rav Amar: Strawberries Kosher And May Be Eaten

May 17, 2009 at 12:58 PM
Jerusalem - During a visit to a Hesder Yeshiva in the Yesha town of Karnei Shomron, Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar gave a shiur on the permissibility of eating strawberries. He claimed that the recent psak issued by chareidi rabbis against eating strawberries because of the inevitability of their being infested by insects, is not correct because, "The Torah only forbad eating bugs and crawling...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Sees Iran as ‘Amalek’, Advisor Says

May 17, 2009 at 12:50 PM
Jerusalem - When the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, visits the White House on Monday for his first stage-setting visit, he will carry with him an agenda that clashes insistently with that of President Obama. Mr. Obama wants Mr. Netanyahu to endorse the creation of a Palestinian state. Mr. Netanyahu wants something else entirely: the president’s agreement that Iran must be prevented...

California – Court To Decide About Privacy Rights After Death; Huge Impact For Online News Industry

May 17, 2009 at 12:24 PM
California - A battle between a California family and the state’s legal system could see a resolution in the coming days, more than two years after controversial photos from a teenage girl’s fatal car accident landed on the Internet and sparked a heated debate over the right to privacy for someone who has died. CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports a court ruling is expected soon in the...

Washington – Storm of Taxation Threatens to Swamp Internet Stores

May 17, 2009 at 12:08 PM
Washington - A perfect storm is brewing that could end the days of the Internet as a relatively tax-free zone, threatening to wash away one of the last remaining redoubts of economic enterprise in the United States. State legislators are desperate for new tax revenue to plug massive deficits without cutting spending. And a confident Democratic Washington, D.C., now has the power to enact...

Tel Aviv, Israel – Yeshiva Offers Students Life Coaching for Personal Problems

May 17, 2009 at 12:04 PM
Tel Aviv, Israel - Beginning next school year, students at the Orot Aviv yeshiva in Tel Aviv will be offered personal life coaching sessions to help them "better connect with their Torah studies." The lessons will be offered by the yeshiva's rabbis, who are currently undergoing training. According to the yeshiva, in this era of television and the internet the students are finding it...

New York – Program Treats Eating Disorders in Observant Women

May 17, 2009 at 11:13 AM
New York - Just before sundown on a Friday evening, Rachel Nathanson turned on a lamp in her living room and recited the prayer traditionally said upon kindling Sabbath candles. Then she said the blessing over the wine, allowing herself a single sip of grape juice. She purposely skipped the blessing over the challah — “I don’t trust myself with all that bread,” she explained. She then...

Munich, Germany – Lawyer: Detention of Demjanjuk is ‘Inhumane’

May 17, 2009 at 10:39 AM
Munich, Germany - A lawyer representing John Demjanjuk, the Ukrainian-born man accused of herding Jews to the gas chambers in a Nazi death camp, said today the pre-trial detention of his client, 89, in Germany was "inhumane." In comments to appear Monday in the newspaper Tagesspiegel, Ulrich Busch said he met with Demjanjuk for five hours on Saturday in Munich's Stadelheim Prison and concluded...

Berlin – Jewish Group Calls For More Checks at Suspected Massacre Site

May 17, 2009 at 10:15 AM
Berlin - Germany's national Jewish body called Sunday for a resumption of excavations at a site near Berlin where a three-week search for the remains of 753 Jews murdered in 1945 has proved fruitless. The dig at Jamlitz, close to a concentration camp site, was called off on Thursday after no human remains could be found. Peter Fischer of the Central Council of Jews in Germany said, "The place...

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