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Jerusalem – Kotel to Remain Open During Papal Visit at Lag BaOmer

May 3, 2009 at 09:41 PM
Jerusalem - Israel Police and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) have announced that the Western Wall will not be closed to Jewish worshippers during the Pope’s visit. The two bodies made the decision, overturning their previous intention, in response to a request by the Rabbi of the Holy Sites, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch. The original decision had caused a minor uproar among the...

Jerusalem – Prof.: Magen David Not an Ancient Jewish Symbol

May 3, 2009 at 06:54 PM
Jerusalem - Few books are published 60 years after being written. One such book is Prof. Gershom Scholem's "Magen David – History of a Symbol", which is being released only now, 27 years after the author's death. Prof. Scholem, one of the greatest Jewish scholars of our time, a researcher of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism and one of the founders of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem...

Albany, NY – Vote on MTA Bailout to Include Payroll Tax

May 3, 2009 at 06:08 PM
Albany, NY - Governor David Paterson expects a vote Monday or Tuesday on his plan to bail out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The plan includes a payroll tax to raise more than a billion dollars and a taxi surcharge. The payroll tax would be imposed on residents of the counties served by the MTA. Paterson admits his proposal, which is believed to have opposition in the state...

Tehran – Iran Presidential Candidate Wanted in Argentina Jewish Center Attack

May 3, 2009 at 03:24 PM
Tehran - Mohsen Rezaei says he has joined the presidential race to save the country from 'the path of destruction', taken by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "The truth is that our nation has two very different paths at hand. If President Ahmadinejad gets his way, we will fall off the cliff … we will be defeated," Rezaei, the Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council, said Sunday in his first press...

New York – To Reassure Passengers in Flu Outbreak Airlines Place Doctors And Medical Kits On Board

May 3, 2009 at 02:07 PM
New York - Lufthansa has placed a doctor on board every flight to Mexico; American Airlines has issued cabin crews with medical kits; British Airways is distributing face masks; and Alaska Airways is removing pillows as fears of a flu pandemic rattle the global aviation industry. The last thing needed by an industry that was already spiraling toward a $4.7 billion loss this year, according to...

Tel Aviv, Israel – Suspect Fled after Stabbing Solider in the Throat

May 3, 2009 at 01:20 PM
Israel - An Israeli Defense Forces soldier suffered light to moderate stab wounds, after being knifed while getting off a Ramat Gan bus. Magen David Adom emergency services paramedics were called to the scene and the police have launched an investigation. The incident took place on a Dan number 67 bus – a double articulated bus – in central Ramat Gan. According to eyewitness accounts the...

New York City – Panic From Swine Flu? Now Comes Shivering Warning From DOH: Raccoon Disease Can Kill

May 3, 2009 at 12:50 PM
New York City - A rare, deadly disease that has left an infant brain damaged and a teenager blind in one eye, has been detected in Brooklyn, the Daily News has learned. The city's Department of Health is on alert for Raccoon Ringworm, a disease contracted through contact with raccoon feces. It can cause permanent nerve damage and death. "Parents should closely supervise small children in...

New York, NY – Politicians Urge Costco to Accept Food Stamps

May 3, 2009 at 12:38 PM
New York, NY - Community leaders are pushing wholesale grocery giant Costco to change its no-food-stamps policy, saying needy New Yorkers deserve access to cheap, fresh grub. Food stamps aren't accepted at Costco clubs nationwide - which means that residents within walking distance of a branch have to travel to a retail grocery store if they want to use their government aid. "In tough...

Jerusalem – Football Team Penalised to Play in Empty Stadium after Anti-Arab Slogans by Fans

May 3, 2009 at 12:06 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli football authorities have deducted one league point from Beitar Jerusalem and ordered the club to play a home match behind closed doors after their fans shouted anti-Arab slogans. Beitar, the reigning Israeli champions, will now play their next home game against Maccabi Tel Aviv on May 9 in an empty stadium. The penalty was imposed after Beitar’s notoriously rowdy...

Omaha, NE – Visionary Investor Warren Buffet: Newspaper Industry Will Never Recover Due To Online News Sites

May 3, 2009 at 11:20 AM
Omaha, NE - Warren Buffett is fond of newspapers -- he reads five a day -- but the billionaire investor warned shareholders of his Berkshire Hathaway Inc that the reeling industry may never recover because it lacks a sustainable business model. At Saturday's annual meeting of Berkshire, which owns the Buffalo News and has a big stake in Washington Post Co, Buffett said that as readership...

Egypt – Clashes Erupt in Cairo Over the Slaughter of 250,000 Pigs

May 3, 2009 at 10:40 AM
Cairo, Egypt - Pig slaughter plans have erupted into violent clashes between riot police and pig farmers who accuse the government of overreaction. The fighting broke out today as police arrived in a Christian area of the capital, Cairo, where pigs are raised. Hundreds of resident, mostly youths, threw stones and bottles to prevent their pigs from being taken away. Anti-riot police used...

Monsey, NY – Rabbi Yakov Horowitz in Opposition to Markey Bill [Entire Replay of Zev Brenner Show]

May 3, 2009 at 10:02 AM
Monsey, NY - In a surprising development Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, dean of Yeshiva Darchei Noam of Monsey, who was one of the first in our community and deserves a tremendous amount of credit for publicly speaking out about the issue of child abuse, and has done so consistently for the past 5 years or so, came out squarely in support of the gedolim of Agudah and Torah Umesorah last night. In a...

Lakewood, NJ – Son of Principal Died after Baseball Hit His Neck

May 3, 2009 at 09:51 AM
Long Branch, NJ - A fifth grader the son of a Lakewood, NJ, principal was killed after a baseball hit his throat on Friday afternoon. Hatzolah responded when Nine-year-old Eliyohu Dabba, the son of the menahel of the cheder, Keter Torah, in Lakewood, NJ, was hit by a baseball that was thrown at him by his brother on Friday afternoon. Eliyahu was taken to Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch...

New York, NY – 10,000 DWI’s Only 187 Got Jail

May 3, 2009 at 09:21 AM
New York, NY - The numbers are enough to drive someone to drink. Nearly 10,000 drunken-driving arrests were made in the city last year, yet of the more than 6,000 cases that have gone through courts, only 187 offenders landed behind bars, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. Manhattan handed out the most lenient sentences among the five boroughs, with only 28 -- or...

Calgary, Canada – Israeli Hacker to Be Extradited To US

May 3, 2009 at 08:37 AM
Calgary, Canada - The computer genius known as the Analyzer will face U.S. justice, not the Canadian legal system, on allegations he spearheaded a worldwide credit-card scam. Ehud Tenenbaum, who once hacked into the Pentagon and NASA, yesterday consented to his surrender to U.S. marshals under the Extradition Act. Department of justice prosecutor David Gates said Tenenbaum has effectively...

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