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New York, NY – New Idea by City Officials Strangers to Share-a-Taxi-Ride

May 27, 2009 at 11:47 PM
New York, NY - Taxi riders could trade privacy for savings under ride sharing plans being unveiled tomorrow by city officials. The Taxi and Limousine Commission will outline at its meeting tomorrow a pilot program that would establish six group-ride routes with passengers paying $3 or $4 per trip. Each passenger could save up to 65% depending on how far they travel, TLC officials...

Tel Aviv – After Three Nights in Jail US Man Gives ‘Get’ to Wife

May 27, 2009 at 10:37 PM
Tel Aviv - In a groundbreaking ruling, the Tel Aviv Rabbinical Court had the final say in the divorce case of a Jewish American couple that has dragged on for six years, as the husband has refused to grant his wife a get (Jewish divorce). After three nights in jail and a ban preventing him from leaving the country, however, the wanton husband - who is not an Israeli citizen - finally succumbed...

Japan – Growing Hope for Baldies

May 27, 2009 at 09:20 PM
Japan - Researchers in Japan have identified a gene that could be responsible for hair loss in humans. In genetic experiments on mice, the scientists created "mutant" rodents that lacked Sox21 -- a "master regulator" gene whose function they said is to ensure hair retention. Humans have the same gene, they said. When scientists blocked the gene in the rodents, it led to hair loss. The mice...

New York – 1,000 Students Protest Against Red Cross Demanding Action for Gilad Shalit

May 27, 2009 at 08:35 PM
New York - Meet with Shalit” was the theme of the day as 1,000 students from New York and New Jersey rallied outside the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The rally which was organized by the students and administrators of the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway, Rambam Mesivta High School for boys, Shalhevet High School for girls, all on Long Island and...

Jerusalem – All-Out War by Edah HaChareidis Against Mayor’s Plan to Open Parking Lot on Shabbat

May 27, 2009 at 07:54 PM
Jerusalem - Mayor Nir Barkat's plan to allow a public parking lot in the city to remain open during Shabbat was postponed by a week, due to fears of demonstrations by ultra-Orthodox, a municipal spokesperson said today. According to the statement, the mayor decided to postpone the move until next weekend, following a specific request by the police, which feared its forces would be spread too...

Brooklyn, NY – Thousands Attend Rally To Decry Desecration Of Ancient Jewish Cemeteries In Spain [photos-video]

May 27, 2009 at 06:02 PM
Brooklyn, NY - More than 3000 Charedi Jews gathered yesterday at the Brooklyn Marriott to decry the real estate development in Toledo, Spain that threatens some very old jewish cemetery. The rally was to call upon the Spanish government to stop the desecration of ancient Jewish cemeteries in Toledo, where bones of those buried before Jews were expelled from the country in the 15th century are...

New York, NY – Costco to Accept Food Stamps in Two Stores

May 27, 2009 at 06:00 PM
New York, NY - Costco Wholesale will begin accepting food stamps in its two stores in New York City this summer as part of a test that could be expanded to include future New York City locations. "In the past, we have not been convinced that there was sufficient demand among our membership to justify the expense and possible inefficiencies associated with accepting food stamps," CEO Jim...

New York City – Feds Announce Check Fraud Bust

May 27, 2009 at 04:37 PM
New York City - A brazen ring of thieves enlisted crooked bank tellers to run a shockingly widespread check-fraud scheme that was brought down only when they forged checks on an NYPD account, authorities announced today. Two computer-savvy ringleaders allegedly concocted the counterfeit scam, using a veritable army of 950 "soldiers" to deposit and cash millions of dollars in counterfeit...

Borough Park, NY – OK Kosher Coordinator Responds To Korn’s Bakery Controversy [audio]

May 27, 2009 at 04:17 PM
Borough Park, NY - In light of the controversy and confusion swirling around Korn’s Bakery after the withdrawal of the Volover Rov’s hashgachah, [reported first by VIN News] OK’s Tri-State Rabbinic Coordinator Rabbi Yitzchak Hanoka was interviewed by radio personality Zev Brenner for his popular radio show. Rabbi Hanoka expressed respect for both the Volover Rov and Korn’s Bakery, as...

New York – Fed. Judge Blocks Bottle Deposit Bill

May 27, 2009 at 03:39 PM
New York - U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Griesa issued a preliminary injunction this afternoon that stops the state’s new bottle recycling bill from taking effect June 1, The International Bottled Water Association said. The association last week filed a lawsuit seeking to halt the law from going into effect, saying bottlers will not have enough time to implement the law and put New...

Baltimore, MD – Despite Protest From The Orthodox Community JCC Approves To Be Open On Shabbos

May 27, 2009 at 03:02 PM
Baltimore, MD - The board of directors of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore has approved a request to begin opening a community center in Owings Mills on the Jewish Sabbath. The proposal by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore had revealed a divide in the local Jewish community. JCC officials had said that Saturday hours will meet the needs of the largely...

New York, NY – New Panel Targets Overload of Business Regulations

May 27, 2009 at 02:05 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Bloomberg wants to appoint a panel to cut the many, many rules governing New York companies. An estimated 60,000 small businesses spanning 55 categories are licensed in one way or another by New York City. But some of these licenses and other regulations affecting businesses could soon be things of the past. Mayor Michael Bloomberg promised to establish a panel to strip...

Jerusalem – Israeli Tech Helps Identify Who’s Got Flu

May 27, 2009 at 01:04 PM
Jerusalem - How do you stop a virus like swine flu from sweeping the world? Well you could start at the airport. An Israeli company claims that this is a real possibility with its heat sensor technology that can detect fever in passengers travelling through an airport, a train station or other transportation hubs. Opgal Optronics Industries' Fever Detection and Alarm System (FDA), can pinpoint...

Ankara, Turkey – Man Jailed For Five Months for Banning Jews

May 27, 2009 at 12:22 PM
Ankara, Turkey - A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced a man to five months in prison for "insulting a section of society" after he put up a banner saying Jews and Armenians were not allowed to enter his business. The ruling, which followed a complaint by a local human rights group, marks a change of public attitude towards minorities in European Union-aspirant Turkey. Human rights groups...

Albany, NY – Sen. Diaz: Gay Bill Will Not Come To The Floor For A Vote

May 27, 2009 at 12:05 PM
Albany, NY - A triumphant Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. this morning claimed responsibility for a new poll that shows an increasing number of New Yorkers are opposed to the legalization of gay marriage and predicted the governor's program bill won't come to the Senate floor before the session ends next month. "I would take credit for the demonstration that we had in front of the governor's office on...

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