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New York – Investigative Reporter Claims That UK Ban On Savage A Direct Hit From Washington

May 6, 2009 at 10:54 PM
New York - I don't believe for a minute that the United Kingdom decided to ban entry to U.S. talk-radio star Michael Savage on its own initiative. First of all, Savage was not asking to enter the U.K. Second of all, while Savage is a big fish in the U.S., his program is not widely known across the pond. What would possess Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to single out Savage on a short list...

Crown Heights, NY – Famed Posek Rabbi Menashe Klein: Messianic Group Within Chabad Are Apikorsim

May 6, 2009 at 10:31 PM
Crown Heights, NY - Rabbi Menashe Klein, a U.S. halachic authority known for his strict rulings, has denounced the messianic group within Chabad in a new book. In his 17th volume of Mishne Halachos, Klein names people who believe the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, is still alive, as "Apikoras." The spiritual leader of the Ungar community head of the Bais Shearim Yeshiva in...

Israel – 3 British Messianic Jews Demand Israeli Citizenship

May 6, 2009 at 10:05 PM
Israel - Three Messianic Jews residing in Britain filed a petition with the High Court of Justice today in an effort to convince Interior Minister Eli Yishai to grant them citizenship. The petition of John Christopher, Nina and Kevin Aires states that Christopher's grandfather and Nina Aires' grandmother were Jewish, which grants them the right of return by law. They claim they have...

Atlanta, GA – Treatment of Jewish Students’ Sparks Resignation from Member of Board

May 6, 2009 at 09:55 PM
Atlanta, GA - A member of the State Bar of Georgia board resigned today over the treatment of a team of Jewish students in a national mock trial competition in Atlanta. The team won’t compete Saturday because of religious restrictions, and the national event’s organizer will not rearrange the schedule to accommodate it, (as was reported here on VIN News). The State Bar is the local sponsor...

Monsey, NY – Rabbi Horowitz Apologizes To Abuse Victims For Editorial Against The Markey Bill

May 6, 2009 at 09:01 PM
Monsey, NY - I am generally an upbeat person by nature and I do my best to follow the derech of the ba’alei mussar to maintain a level of an external simchas hachaim even when my heart is heavy. However, my wife has an uncanny ability to read my thoughts and she can always tell when I get off the phone with an abuse victim, as it shakes me to my very core each and every time. Well; she...

Jerusalem – Rabbi: According to Halachah Assets Cannot be Turned Over to Vatican

May 6, 2009 at 08:07 PM
Jerusalem - The Chief Rabbinate issued a special clarification today stating that according to halachic rule, no Holy Land assets can be handed over to the Vatican. The ruling followed Pope Benedict XVI's request to be given the title to several of the Christian faith's holy sites, ahead of his visit to Israel. The Rabbinate's Holy Sites Commission convened an emergency session on the...

Washington – Health Insurers Agree to Stop Gender Bias Against Childbearing Mothers

May 6, 2009 at 06:47 PM
Washington - The president of a health insurance trade group testified in Washington the industry should to stop charging women higher premiums for healthcare. The practice of charging women higher premiums for the same coverage "should be eliminated," Karen Ignagni, president of American's Health Insurance Plan, told members of the Senate Finance Committee. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said...

Washington – Air Force One Flyover Pics to be Released

May 6, 2009 at 05:28 PM
Washington - The White House has put the brakes on plans to classify last week’s controversial Air Force One-style flyover of Manhattan after it claimed yesterday that there was no need to release official images of the incident. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters today that an internal report will probably be completed this week. “We'll release its findings and...

New York – McCall’s Company Is Subpoenaed in Pension Inquiry

May 6, 2009 at 05:09 PM
New York - A financial services firm run by H. Carl McCall, the former comptroller of New York State, is among a number of businesses connected to former political figures that have been subpoenaed by Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s office in the latest phase of its growing pension corruption inquiry. Mr. McCall’s firm, Convent Capital, was included on a list of intermediaries, known as...

Queens, NY – Cow On the Loose after Escaping Slaughterhouse

May 6, 2009 at 04:08 PM
Queens, NY - A wily steer turned the street of Queens into a wild west scene when he broke out of Halal slaughterhouse and had to be lassoed by cops. The fleet-footed hoofer made his break from Musa Halal Inc. on Beaver Road, dodging and darting through traffic in a desperate attempt not to become barbecue. The bolting bovine charged up 109th Ave. in South Jamaica with cops and a butcher in...

New York – U.S. Stocks Continue Their Winning Streak

May 6, 2009 at 04:06 PM
New York - Stocks made a second attempt at a rally Wednesday afternoon after two reports showed the pace of layoffs is beginning to slow. Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said planned layoffs in April fell to 132,590, while ADP said private employment decreased by 491,000 in April. Both were better than market expectations and provided further evidence that the economic decline...

Washington – FBI: Computer Hackers Demand $10M From U.S. Goverment

May 6, 2009 at 03:51 PM
Washington - The case involves a snatching, a message and a ransom demand. Yet it's not a person that may have been kidnapped, but millions of personal health records held by the commonwealth of Virginia. The rogue government-transparency Web site WikiLeaks on Sunday posted a message that had been purportedly posted Thursday on the front page of the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program...

Ramapo, NY – Cops: Cow Head Found Inside Bobover Yeshiva Classroom

May 6, 2009 at 02:56 PM
Ramapo, NY - When police arrived at a yeshiva to investigate a report of a cow being slaughtered and strung from a tree, they found the animal's head and entrails in boxes inside a nursery school classroom, according to documents released today. The animal's head and innards, as well as rope and blood-covered knives were in separate cardboard boxes inside the classroom, according to...

Chicago, IL – Beloved Orthodox Rabbi Fired, Shul Shuttered

May 6, 2009 at 02:47 PM
Chicago, IL - The eviction notice was addressed to "unknown occupant," but that could not have been further from the truth in the small slice of Uptown where Rabbi Philip Lefkowitz ministered. Because of a dispute with Congregation Agudas Achim, where he had been rabbi for 13 years, Lefkowitz must leave the condominium the synagogue owns by mid-May. "I'll be sitting on a couch on the...

New York – Facebook Tolerates Holocaust Denial Groups

May 6, 2009 at 02:21 PM
New York - Existing Facebook groups that deny the Holocaust will remain on the social networking site because Facebook only intervenes in cases where groups threaten violence toward others, the site said Tuesday. The issue cropped up after Brian Cuban, a Dallas attorney and brother of tech entrepreneur Mark Cuban, wrote a blog post in which he criticized Facebook for allowing Holocaust denial...

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