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New York, NY – Bloomberg to Reporter: You’re A Disgrace [video]

May 28, 2009 at 05:32 PM
New York, NY - A New York Observer reporter today pointed out to the mayor that the economy is improving, and asked whether that cancels out Bloomberg's rationale for changing term-limits law last fall. The billionaire mayor had the law changed so that he could run for a third term this year. His chief argument at the time was that New Yorkers needed him to stick around and protect the city...

Saranac Lake, NY – Vandals Knock Over Jewish Cemetery Headstones

May 28, 2009 at 04:26 PM
Saranac Lake, NY - Some vandals knocked over about a dozen headstones in the Hebrew Memorial Cemetery in Pine Ridge Cemetery. Cemetery caretaker Mike Madden said he discovered the headstones knocked over around and set them back up later in the day. Some of the headstones were scratched, but there was no real damage, Madden said. Madden reported the apparent vandalism to village police, and six...

New York, NY – Marijuana Spray OK: Incoming CDC Chief Thomas Frieden

May 28, 2009 at 03:54 PM
New York, NY - Outgoing New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden answered a burning question, coming out in favor of developing a synthetic marijuana spray to be used for medicinal purposes. Frieden, who is leaving early next month to become President Obama's chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he favored developing a spray form of Marinol, a manmade form of...

Williamsburg, NY – City ‘Kent’ Win with New Bike-Lane Plan

May 28, 2009 at 01:46 PM
Williamsburg, NY - The city unveiled its latest Kent Avenue bike lane plan — this time seeking to bring peace to warring bicyclists, motorists and business owners — but Williamsburg’s inland residents claim the new proposal only makes matters worse. The Department of Transportation’s new plan, presented on Wednesday night, would turn the currently two-way, truck-heavy avenue into a...

Detroit, MI – GM to File for Bankruptcy on June 1, Sale of Assets

May 28, 2009 at 12:34 PM
Detroit, MI - General Motors Corp., the world’s largest automaker until its 77-year reign ended in 2008, plans to file for bankruptcy protection on June 1 and sell most of its assets to a new company, people familiar with the matter said. The U.S. Treasury will provide financing for GM while the asset sale is arranged to a company formed by the government, according to a regulatory filing...

Williamsburg, NY – 59 Injured in 3-Vehicle BQE Bus Accident

May 28, 2009 at 12:00 PM
Williamsburg, NY - The fire department says 59 people suffered minor injuries in a three-vehicle pileup on New York City's Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The FDNY says one casino bus, an empty school bus and a tractor-trailer collided. Six people were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The others were treated at the scene. The cause of the accident wasn't clear. The...

New York – American Airlines to No Longer Take Cash in Flight

May 28, 2009 at 11:29 AM
New York - Credit cards will soon be the only payment accepted on many American Airlines flights for passengers who buy food, beverages, headsets and other items. Beginning Monday, the airline said it will not accept cash on flights within the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Canada. American Airlines flew 12.7 million people through the New York area in the year ending March...

Buenos Aires – Argentina Top Court Orders To Reopen Probe Into Jewish Center Bombing

May 28, 2009 at 11:05 AM
Buenos Aires - Argentina’s Supreme Court ordered the reopening of the investigation into a deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, saying a man previously acquitted in the attack should be retried. The court ruled 4 to 2 that the man, Carlos Telledín, a former car mechanic, should be tried again for his supposed role in providing the van that was loaded with...

Israel – Highly Wanted Hamas Fugitive Killed in Gunfight with Police

May 28, 2009 at 10:46 AM
Israel - Elite anti-terror police commandos killed Abd el-Majid Dudin, the police announced today. Dudin was a Hamas armed wing leader in the West Bank and was the brain behind a series of deadly terror attacks in Israel. Dudin was a fugitive for 14 years. He masterminded, among other attacks, an attack on a public bus in Jerusalem and a similar attack in Ramat Gan. The police commandos...

New York – An Inspiring Shavuos To All Our Readers – Eruv Tavshilin

May 28, 2009 at 10:42 AM
New York - As Shavuos approaches, VIN News would like to wish all of our honorable readers “ah gut yom tov!”—a pleasant and enjoyable holiday surrounded by family and friends. Everyone is familiar with the simple, basic meaning of our ancestors’ declaration “na’aseh v’nishmah”—we will do and we will listen to everything that G-d says. But VIN News would like to suggest a...

New York – Group Begins Ad Blitz Against Gay Marriage

May 28, 2009 at 10:21 AM
New York - The National Organization for Marriage, a conservative Christian group that has fought efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in California and in the Northeast, has set its sights on New York with its latest media campaign. Beginning Thursday in the New York City and Albany markets, the organization will run a 30-second television commercial that warns of unanticipated social...

Israel – The Hizbollah Captain Who Converted to Judaism

May 28, 2009 at 10:11 AM
Israel - Although every ger tzedek comes with his incredible and inspiring story, Avi Sinai's story is surely one of the most exceptional. Living today in the Galil, Avi Sinai in his past was a member of Hizbollah for years who had even undergone special terrorist training in Iran. "Israelis think they can 'solve' the conflict with Hizbollah, but they're mistaken. If you want to better...

Dallas, TX – Muslim Charity Founders Jailed for 65 Years

May 28, 2009 at 09:45 AM
Dallas, TX - Five leaders of what was once the nation's largest Muslim charity were given long prison sentences Wednesday by a federal judge, months after they were found guilty of aiding a militant Palestinian organization. "These sentences should serve as a strong warning to anyone who knowingly provides financial support to terrorists under the guise of humanitarian relief," said David...

Israel – Retired Justice Urges Seculars to ‘Take Over’ Haredi Mehadrin Bus Lines

May 28, 2009 at 09:21 AM
Israel - Retired Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner suggested that secular passengers start riding haredi bus lines en masse to counter the gender segregation advocated by the ultra-Orthodox. In a conference at Tel Aviv University, Dorner said that this was not a matter for the High Court of Justice, and that the court was unlikely to address the issue. The public Egged bus company operates...

New York – Shavuos: Matan Torah

May 28, 2009 at 09:17 AM
New York - What significant moment from Jewish history is celebrated on Shavuot? The giving of the Torah, right? Wrong. Unlike other holidays such as Pesach and Sukkot, the Torah does not assign a historical significance to Shavuot. In Pesach’s case the Torah tells us “On this day I took you out of Egypt” (Shmot 12:17). In Sukkot’s case, the Torah tells us we dwell in Sukkot “because...

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