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Borough Park, NY – Citing Serious Kashrus Violations Volover Rov Removes Hechsher From Franchise of Bakery

May 25, 2009 at 09:33 PM
Borough Park, NY - Rabbi Nochum Ephraim Teitelbaum, the Volover Rov of Borough Park, today removed his stamp of kosher approval from all baked goods produced by the 15th Avenue Food Corporation. In a letter that was publicized today by Rabbi Teitelbaum, shlita, he cites falsification of labels as the primary reason for withdrawing his hechsher. The letters takes pains to list the brand...

New York, NY – NYPD 28,800 Bullet Casings for Sale

May 25, 2009 at 08:23 PM
New York, NY - They're made of brass, but they're worth their weight in gold to the city. Up for sale this week are 28,800 pounds of empty, brass shell casings collected from the NYPD's four firing ranges. The casings, or "brass," as they are also known, are the bottom half of a bullet. They are ejected when a 9mm NYPD service weapon is fired. The department recycles everything from seized...

Germany – Ban of Red Bull Cola after Traces of Cocaine Were Found

May 25, 2009 at 06:48 PM
Germany - About a year ago, the makers of Red Bull, the famous caffeine-loaded energy drink, decided to come out with a soda, unsurprisingly named Red Bull Cola. The shared name implied the same big kick. But could the cola's boost supposedly "100% natural" come from something else? Officials in Germany worry that they've found the answer cocaine. And now they have prohibited the soda's sale in...

Yemen – Zionist Organization Asked US Jews Not to Take Yemenites to Satmar Community

May 25, 2009 at 05:51 PM
Yemen - The World Zionist Organization executive called on the communal umbrella of American Jewry to stop the fundraising effort meant to move Yemenite Jews to a Satmar community in Monsey, New York. The Jerusalem-based WZO, whose leaders form part of the leadership of the Jewish Agency, disapproves of the United Jewish Communities' efforts on behalf of the move because the Yemenites will be...

Israel – 24 Judea, Samaria Towns Face Destruction

May 25, 2009 at 04:25 PM
Israel - The IDF Central Command has warned residents of 24 Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria that they face eviction in the near future. Thousands of people who reside in the communities could find themselves homeless. The list of communities facing demolition includes towns that were built up to 10 years ago, such as Migron and Givat Assaf. Senior members of the Ichud Leumi party...

Stamford Hill, London – Hundreds of Orthodox Jewish Families Left with Unpaid Health Claims

May 25, 2009 at 02:35 PM
Stamford Hill, London - Hundreds of Jewish families claim they have been left out of pocket because a leading health insurer has failed to pay out for their treatment. They are backed by angry dentists, opticians and chiropodists who say insurer HSA has failed even to respond to applications they made on behalf of the patients. Many of the patients are from large strictly Orthodox families...

Seattle, WA – Muslims Upset with Police Training Program Because of Jewish Sponsor

May 25, 2009 at 01:29 PM
Seattle, WA - The Seattle Police Department is going ahead with a racial-awareness training program that some local Muslims object to — not because of its content, but because of its sponsor, the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center. Saying it's not going to take sides in someone else's feud, the Seattle Police Department is going ahead with a racial-awareness training program that has...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu: ‘If Israel Doesn’t Remove Iranian Threat, No One Will’

May 25, 2009 at 01:08 PM
Jerusalem - If Israel does not eliminate the Iranian threat, no one will, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday. "Israel is not like other countries," Netanyahu told his Likud faction in a meeting which came one week after his meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House. "We are faced with security challenges that no other country faces, and our need to provide a response...

Poland – Court Convicts Mein Kampf Publisher

May 25, 2009 at 12:49 PM
Poland - The Polish publisher of extracts of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf has been convicted of breaching copyright in a case brought by German officials who aim to stop spreading the Nazi leader's ideas. Poland's PAP news agency reported today that the publisher, identified only as Marek S, received a three-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, from a court in the southwestern city of...

Alaska – Man Wins World Beard Competition

May 25, 2009 at 11:24 AM
Alaska - Meet David Traver, world beard champion. Traver's 20.5 inches of coarse kink, cultivated over 2½ years and fertilized in Anchorage's northern air, took the title on Saturday. Traver was among 300 competitors from around the globe who converged here over the weekend for the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships. His beard, dyed several colors and woven into the shape of a...

Washington – Journalist Activism Gets A Bill In U.S. Senate Halted After 500,000 Protest Letters

May 25, 2009 at 10:30 AM
Washington - The delivery of nearly 500,000 individual letters sent by Fed Ex to the 100 U.S. senators objecting to a "hate crimes" bill approved by the House has, according to some sources familiar with the process, stalled approval of legislation that has been condemned as "The Pedophile Protection Act." The campaign, organized by WND columnist Janet Porter, who also heads the Faith2Action...

New York – Now Sen. Schumer Going After Spam Credit Calls

May 25, 2009 at 09:55 AM
New York - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said he wants the federal government to stop companies that target consumers with automated calls pitching bogus credit card interest rates and mortgage scams. The New York Democrat said Monday he's sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz asking the agency to take action against the unsolicited calls to cell phones and land...

Israel – Haredi Boycott and Recession Cause of Lower Supermarket Sales

May 25, 2009 at 09:34 AM
Israel - Alon Israel Oil Company subsidiary Blue Square Israel today published its financial report for the first quarter of 2009, two days after Standard & Poor's Maalot downgraded the company's bonds. Israel's second largest supermarket chain reported lower sales, mainly due to the recession and the haredi (ultra-orthodox) boycott of the Shefa Shuk brand stores, which began in February...

New York City – Giuliani Jeerer: Raging Rudy Menaced Me

May 25, 2009 at 08:58 AM
New York City - He says it was Rudy Giuliani who threatened to knock his block off -- not the other way around. Publisher and filmmaker John McCluskey -- who was busted for harassing the ex-mayor in the Hamptons on Saturday -- admits he has hated Giuliani since the 1980s, when, he says, the then-federal prosecutor harassed him with "phony" claims of misusing tax shelters. McCluskey, 69...

Jerusalem – The 1st Frum Women’s Rock Band Raises Eyebrows

May 25, 2009 at 08:50 AM
Jerusalem - From afar it sounds like a typical rock band performance: Bass guitars, drums, loud singing. But as one slowly approaches the scene, an unfamiliar image is revealed. Six girls in modest clothing are standing on the stage, some wearing head covers and one nine months pregnant, while the entire audience is comprised of women. Meet religious rock band Ashira. Three years ago flutist...

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