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London – Rabbi Launches Orthodox Jewish Helpline

May 30, 2009 at 11:57 PM
London - A rabbi has set up Britain's first telephone helpline for the strictly orthodox Jewish community, listing synagogues, prayer services and kosher dining around the country. Osher Shapiro launched the local-rate number for those who find themselves in areas where such facilities are not widely available. The new service will build on the information he has already gathered for London...

New York, NY – 900 Patients to Get New Blood Tests after Hospital Mislabeled Some Samples

May 30, 2009 at 11:52 PM
New York, NY - State health officials say a hospital will give new blood tests to more than 900 patients after an investigation found that a handful of them received inaccurate results last year. State officials said Friday the errors stemmed from the mislabeling of blood samples from six patients who were treated by outpatient clinics at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Hospital spokesman...

New York, NY – Madoff Tries to Squirm His Way Out of the Slammer

May 30, 2009 at 11:23 PM
New York, NY - Even after pleading guilty to masterminding a $65 billion Ponzi scheme that decimated the lives of thousands across the country, Bernard Madoff is trying to get a break. While Madoff's victims are likely shrieking "can't let it happen," it's possible that the hedge fund manager's 150-year maximum prison sentence could get cut, thanks to one of the best prison consultants in the...

New York, NY – Congressman Rangel Suggests Even President Obama Not Safe in Harlem

May 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM
New York, NY - Congressman Charles Rangel is catching flack for comments he apparently made on Saturday that suggested even President Barack Obama isn't safe on the city streets, after a black cop was fatally shot by a fellow white officer in East Harlem. Rangel made the remarks during a public appearance when he was asked by reporters what advice he would give the president during his Saturday...

New York, NY – Plastic-Bags Tax Axed by City Council

May 30, 2009 at 10:39 PM
New York, NY - The City Council is bagging a plan to tax plastic bags. The proposal, which Mayor Bloomberg initiated and two Albany lawmakers recently introduced in the Assembly and Senate, couldn't gain traction in the council, which has sway over whether it would be implemented. The bill to place a 5-cent fee on each plastic bag distributed with purchases in the city would need approval in...

New York – In Time of Terrorism Reform And Orthodox Unite

May 30, 2009 at 10:13 PM
New York - When Judith S. Lewis was being hired three years ago as rabbi of the Riverdale Temple in the Bronx, a board member in the temple’s Reform congregation made a prediction. The rabbi who led the Orthodox synagogue just a few blocks away, Joel I. Rosenblatt, would not deign to meet her. The self-appointed Cassandra offered no specific reasons for his prophecy, and perhaps he assumed...

Manhattan, NY – City Forcibly Removed Sign Downtown

May 30, 2009 at 10:08 PM
Manhattan, NY - For several years — in spite of 103 violation notices issued against it — a three-story, wrap-around billboard has blanketed the lower floors of the 19th-century Cushman Building, 174 Broadway, at Maiden Lane. On Thursday, clearly feeling that its enforcement efforts had been lost on OTR Media Group, [VIN NEWS Note: "OTR has not have control of this building site for over 5...

Spring Valley, NY – Monsey Health Center, Filled with Dead Birds and Mice, Ordered Shut

May 30, 2009 at 10:03 PM
Spring Valley, NY - A taxpayer-funded clinic run by a Monsey organization that provides health services to low-income residents has been ordered closed because its building has dead birds, mice, animal droppings and other unsanitary conditions, officials said yesterday. The Ben Gilman Clinic won't be allowed to reopen until the building is thoroughly cleaned and numerous village and county...

Monroe Township, NJ – U.S. Jew Who Gave Secrets to Israel Spared Prison

May 30, 2009 at 09:57 PM
Monroe Township, NJ - A case that surprised many with allegations of espionage and even talk of the death penalty ended Friday with an 85-year-old New Jersey man hobbling out of the federal district courthouse in Manhattan, avoiding prison but fined $50,000. With harsh words for both the man, Ben-Ami Kadish, and the government, the judge, William H. Pauley III, said prison would “serve no...

Israel – Passengers of Two Flights to be Examined for Swine Flu

May 30, 2009 at 09:56 PM
Israel - A 22-year-old man who returned from the US has been admitted to the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera after being diagnosed with swine flu. This is the 15th documented swine flu case in Israel. Also a 28-year-old Israeli man who returned from the US was admitted to the Laniado Hospital in Netanya after being diagnosed with swine flu. He is the 16th Israeli to contract the...

New York – State Senator from Brooklyn Indicted for Assault of Photographer

May 30, 2009 at 09:43 PM
New York - A state senator was indicted Friday on assault and other charges after being accused of attacking a New York Post photographer who took his picture, prosecutors said. A Brooklyn grand jury handed up the indictment charging Democratic Sen. Kevin Parker with second and third degree assault, third and fourth degree criminal mischief, third degree menacing and second degree harassment...

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