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Washington – President Obama Plan for Automobiles Likely to Cost Consumers $1,300 Extra

May 19, 2009 at 10:32 PM
Washington - President Obama announced today sweeping new fuel efficiency and emissions standards that will increase the sticker cost of cars by $1,300 by 2016. "It costs money to develop these vehicles, but even as the price to build these cars and trucks goes up, the cost of driving these vehicles will go down, as drivers save money at the pump," Obama said. Under the new standards, cars...

Florida – Cuban Jews React to Obama’s Intentions

May 19, 2009 at 09:31 PM
Florida - President Barack Obama fulfilled a campaign promise last month when he lifted both family travel restrictions for Cuban-Americans visiting the island and the cap on how much money they can send to their relatives. Cuban President Raul Castro has also said that he's interested in meeting with Obama, who has wanted to open up dialogue between both countries. Members of the South Florida...

New York – Driving Course Approved by DMV Goes Online

May 19, 2009 at 08:05 PM
New York - Drivers now have the option of taking defensive-driving courses over the Internet to qualify for auto insurance discounts and point reductions on their driving records. The five-year pilot program, approved by the New York Motor Vehicles Department, is called the Internet/Alternate Delivery Method Point and Insurance Reduction Program, or I-PIRP for short. It’s open to all...

Ramapo, NY – Cow and Chicken Cases Heard in Town Court

May 19, 2009 at 06:27 PM
Ramapo, NY - Two separate cases - one involving a cow and the other involving chickens - that represent ongoing tensions within the community between religious practices and zoning rules, were heard in town court today. In the first case, the owners of a yeshiva where a cow was slaughtered in the backyard earlier this month asked for more time to answer charges that they violated town zoning...

Manhattan, NY – Cyclists Routinely Break the Law

May 19, 2009 at 04:37 PM
Manhattan, NY - An expanded study of bicycle behavior in Midtown Manhattan has found that “a large number of cyclists routinely disobey many traffic laws.” Thirty-seven percent rode through red lights, while 28.7 percent paused to look — then ran the light. More than 10 percent rode against traffic, and fully two-thirds were riding without a helmet, a requirement for delivery workers and...

New York – President Of Largest Title Insurance Agency Arrested For Misappropriating Millions Of Dollars

May 19, 2009 at 03:41 PM
New York - The FBI announced today, that Brian Madden, who controlled and operated three title insurance agencies in New York and Suffolk counties, was arrested today for misappropriating millions of dollars of escrow and other client funds and embezzling a portion of those funds for his own benefit. As alleged in the Complaint unsealed today in Manhattan federal court. Madden was the...

New York – Attorney General Sues 2 Firms For Deceiving Consumers Seeking Debt Relief

May 19, 2009 at 03:32 PM
New York - The New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, sued two large debt settlement firms Tuesday, saying they engaged in fraudulent and deceptive business practices and false advertising. The suits seek to enjoin the two firms, Nationwide Asset Services and Credit Solutions of America, from many of their business practices, including charging customers before any settlement work is...

New York – New Tools To Fight Against Terrorism To Be Implemented In Upstate NY

May 19, 2009 at 02:51 PM
New York - Law enforcement officials are bringing anti-terrorism programs used in New York City to other areas of the state, including Rochester. On Tuesday, authorities from the New York State Police, FBI, and State Office of Homeland Security joined local officials to announce the expansion. Local law enforcement officers will now have access to new tools, such as a pager-sized personal...

Baltimore, MD – Rabbi: Lets Clean Our Own House First, Before We Protest JCC For ‘chilul shabbat’

May 19, 2009 at 02:40 PM
Baltimore, MD - The idea of a JCC open on Shabbos, even one far away from any Shabbos observant people, has caused great consternation in the Orthodox community of Baltimore these past few weeks. On Sunday, a rally attended by thousands of community members was held. The several community Rabbonim who spoke expressed their concerns and anguish about the possibility of such a venerable Jewish...

Boston, MA – Jewish Brooklyn Passenger Gets Bus Driver Fired With You Tube Clip

May 19, 2009 at 01:52 PM
Boston, MA - The video is almost boring on one level: 10 minutes of a guy tearing paper bus tickets, yawning, and at one point, fiddling with his cellphone. But the unwitting star is a Peter Pan bus driver, responsible for carrying dozens of passengers from Boston to New York on a rainy April morning. The auteur is a worried passenger, filming it all on a Blackberry camera and then...

Washington – Senate Passes Bill Curtailing Credit Card Industry

May 19, 2009 at 01:44 PM
Washington - The Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would sharply curtail credit card issuers' ability to raise interest rates and charge fees, taking a critical step in reforming an industry that has gone largely unregulated for decades. In a 90-5 vote, The Senate delivered a victory to consumer groups and to the White House, who blame industry practices for sending Americans deeper...

Geneva – Litzman Walks Out on Iranian Health Minister’s Speech at WHO Meeting

May 19, 2009 at 12:31 PM
Geneva, Switzerland - To protest the speech delivered by Iran's health minister, Deputy Health Minister MK Ya'acov Litzman demonstratively left the hall in Geneva where the World Health Organization (WHO) was holding its annual assembly today. Litzman left the premises in protest against a Palestinian resolution that denounced Israel. When he spoke, some representatives of Arab countries left...

New York – Nation’s Supermarkets Put More Emphasis on Shavuos With Variety Of Cheesecake

May 19, 2009 at 12:28 PM
New York - Sam Ellenberg is not religious but this year will be buying a cheesecake for Shavuos (eve of May 28 – May 30) in a Los Angeles supermarket. He plans to attend Yizkor services in his Conservative synagogue but the cheesecake is what his mother used to bake in their Washington Heights home. Although it is not as widely observed as either Passover or Rosh Hashanah, a growing number of...

New York – MSNBC A Disgrace For Still Hosting Enabler For Holocaust Deniers Pat Buchanan

May 19, 2009 at 12:17 PM
New York - One week ago, I outed Patrick Buchanan, the former senior White House official in the Nixon and Reagan administrations, erstwhile reactionary candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and now a highly paid political commentator on MSNBC, for sponsoring a Holocaust denial forum on his website. Within hours, the forum in question, entitled "Disinformation, Deception and Other...

Sydney, Australia – The Good Rabbi At The Crisis Centre For People at Risk

May 19, 2009 at 11:04 AM
Sydney, Australia - When 19-year old Jonathan failed at a suicide attempt in 2008 and ended up in the emergency room of a busy Sydney hospital, Rabbi Mendel Kastel was there to greet him. When, at various points during the last year, Jonathan destroyed his family’s house, tried to kill himself during Shabbat dinner, and needed a temporary place to live, Kastel was there, mediating, counseling...

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