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Beirut, Lebanon – Shul to be Refurbished, and even Hezbollah’s on Board

May 26, 2009 at 10:24 PM
Beirut, Lebanon - The ruined main synagogue in central Beirut is due to be renovated, after an agreement between various religious denominations and permission from the Lebanese government, planning authorities and even Hezbollah. Several dozen Jews still living in Lebanon will fund the project, along with others in the Diaspora. Renovations will include mending the gaping hole in the Magen...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Cancelled Trip To France Amid Anger

May 26, 2009 at 09:41 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cancelled a meeting with French President Nicholas Sarkozy scheduled for next week, reportedly amid anger at France for its position on the final status of Jerusalem. Additionally, sources in the Prime Minister's Office said that Netanyahu wanted to distance his recent - and highly publicized - meeting with US President Barack Obama from his...

New York, NY – NYPD’s Chief of Transportation Retiring

May 26, 2009 at 08:29 PM
New York, NY - After weeks of rumors, today the NYPD confirmed that Chief of Transportation Michael Scagnelli is retiring. His last day is tomorrow. Scagnelli's departure is not really a surprise, considering that it's required by law. But the news is still significant in that his successor will step into the job at a time when the city is devoting more and more space to pedestrians and...

Washington – Supreme Court Rules Suspects Can Be Interrogated Without Lawyer

May 26, 2009 at 07:06 PM
Washington - The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it easier for the police and prosecutors to question suspects, lifting some restrictions on when defendants can be interrogated without their lawyers present. In a 5-to-4 ruling, the court overturned its 1986 opinion in a Michigan case, which forbade the police from interrogating a defendant once he invoked his right to counsel at an arraignment...

New York – Former NYPD Commissioner Kerik Indicted In False Statements Case

May 26, 2009 at 06:13 PM
New York - United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, today announced that Bernard Kerik, a former New York City Police Commissioner and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Corrections, was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia on charges of making false statements to White House officials during his vetting for the position of...

New York, NY – Weiner Ending Bid for New York City Mayor

May 26, 2009 at 05:38 PM
New York, NY - Rep. Anthony Weiner is ending his bid to run for New York City mayor and will not seek the Democratic nomination for the fall, according to a report on the City Hall News website. A press conference elaborating on the decision is planned for tomorrow morning outside of his parents' home in Brooklyn. Marie Ternes, spokesperson for Weiner, stated "Anthony has said he is making up...

New York – U.S. Stocks Stage Nearly 200 Point Rally

May 26, 2009 at 04:02 PM
New York - Stocks recovered from a lower start Tuesday as consumer confidence hit its highest level in eight months and a broker upgrade on Apple buoyed the Nasdaq. Getting the market off to a jittery start after the three-day weekend, the decline in housing prices showed no signs of letting up and there were reports that North Korea fired two short-range missiles. Still, the Dow Jones...

Brooklyn, NY – Assemblyman Hikind: MTA Continues To Endanger The Lives of Its Riders

May 26, 2009 at 03:37 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) today blasted the MTA after reviewing the MTA Inspector General’s (IG) report concerning whether or not the MTA “consistently and correctly identifies and reports subway platform-edge safety defects.” The IG’s office determined that this was not the case, and consequently, approximately 1.5 billion transit riders travel the subways daily...

New York, NY – Two More City Swine-Flu Deaths

May 26, 2009 at 03:31 PM
New York, NY - The NYC Health Department says over the last day, two more people have died who had confirmed cases of the Swine Flu. The Health Department says a 41-year-old from Queens, and a 34-year-old man from Brooklyn both died. They had 'other' conditions according to the Health Department. Autopsies for both victims are still pending...

Nevada – New ‘No-Smiles’ Policy for Driver’s Licenses Coming to a DMV Near You

May 26, 2009 at 03:10 PM
Nevada - Four states are ordering people to wipe the grins off their faces in their license photos. "Neutral facial expressions" are required at departments of motor vehicles (DMVs) in Arkansas, Indiana, Nevada and Virginia. That means you can't smile, or smile very much. Other states may follow. The serious poses are urged by DMVs that have installed high-tech software that compares a new...

Brooklyn, NY – Photographer Killed by Bus in Borough Park

May 26, 2009 at 02:49 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A photographer was struck and killed by a small school bus Tuesday after stepping into a Brooklyn street between two parked cars, police sources said. Matthew Smolovich, 25, of Brooklyn, was in Borough Park about 10 a.m. when the mini bus barreled into him. Police said the victim's father was at the scene in the aftermath of the fatal wreck. The Hatzolah ambulance service...

Argentina – Protest Demand Release of Anti-Zionist Demonstrators

May 26, 2009 at 01:44 PM
Buenos Aires, Argentina - Left-wing organizations demonstrated in front of the Federal Court House in Buenos Aires City, requesting the release of 12 people who participated in an attack against a Jewish celebration last Sunday. About a hundred demonstrators gathered in front of the Court House on Comodoro Py street, demanding the release of the suspects. Five of them were arrested as they...

California – State Supreme Court upholds Prop. 8; Remains Banned

May 26, 2009 at 01:10 PM
California - The California Supreme Court today upheld Proposition 8’s ban on same-sex marriage. The decision virtually ensures another fight at the ballot box over marriage rights for gays. Gay rights activists said they may ask voters to repeal the marriage ban as early as next year, and opponents have pledged to fight any such effort. Proposition 8 passed with 52% of the vote. By a...

New York – Veteran Lawyer Michael Sussman: Sotomayor a Brilliant Supreme Court Pick

May 26, 2009 at 12:08 PM
New York - Veteran civil rights lawyer Michael Sussman has argued more than 20 cases before U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, and if there’s one thing he’s learned, it’s this: “Is she someone who will be reliably on the liberal side of a case? No,” he said Tuesday morning, minutes after President Barack Obama announced his nomination of Sotomayor. Her life story - from...

New York – Quarter of New Yorkers Consider Leaving State

May 26, 2009 at 12:06 PM
New York, NY - Nearly a quarter of the state's population is at least giving thought to leaving New York for better conditions elsewhere, a new poll has found. The Siena College Research Institute poll released this morning shows 11 percent of New Yorkers say they are going to move unless conditions in the state improve while another 10 percent say they would like to move out "as quickly as I...

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