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Poland – Mystery of Message in a Bottle Found at Auschwitz Solved

May 9, 2009 at 11:17 PM
Poland - Sixty-five years ago Waclaw Sobczak hid a message in a bottle between the bricks of a wall in a building of the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, a last sign of life as he prepared to die. "I put the bottle in the wall," Sobczak, 84, who survived Auschwitz but still bears the ID number -- 145664 -- the Nazis tattooed on his forearm, told AFP from his home in Wrabczyn, western...

Postville, IA – Rubashkin: Underage Workers gave False Birth Certificates

May 9, 2009 at 10:55 PM
Postville, IA - Former Agriprocessors manager Sholom Rubashkin wants all 9,000 state child labor charges filed against him dismissed. Prosecutors allege Rubashkin allowed children under 18 to work at the Postville meat-packing plant, and in some cases, handle dangerous equipment. Rubashkin's attorneys filed the motion in Allamakee County district court saying the minors gave false birth...

Jerusalem – Israel Quietly Fortify Parks To Strengthen Its Status of Jerusalem As Its Capital

May 9, 2009 at 10:39 PM
Jerusalem - Israel is quietly carrying out a $100 million, multiyear development plan in some of the most significant religious and national heritage sites just outside the walled Old City here as part of an effort to strengthen the status of Jerusalem as its capital. The plan, parts of which have been outsourced to a private group that is simultaneously buying up Palestinian property for...

Chicago, IL – Judge Defending Jews Rights to Post Mezuzah High on List for U.S. Supreme Court

May 9, 2009 at 10:22 PM
Chicago, IL - On its face, the so-called mezuzah case sparks an interesting question: Does a condo association violate owners’ civil rights by banning religious symbols from a unit’s front door? But the answer to that question could get even more attention this week because one of the judges who will answer it is being touted to fill the upcoming vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Diane...

New York – Con Ed To Jack Up Rates

May 9, 2009 at 10:15 PM
New York - Get set for another shock to your wallet from Con Ed. The utility is looking to jack up rates in May 2010, adding about $6.50, or 8 percent, to a typical residential customer's $83.60 monthly bill. But if the state Public Service Commission doesn't buy that plan, Con Ed is offering a Plan B that would increase rates even further, boosting the same typical customer's bill by $8...

New York – Most-needy Bernard Madoff Victims To Get Quick $500,000 Payout

May 9, 2009 at 10:11 PM
New York - Struggling victims of Ponzi swindler Bernie Madoff could be eligible for a quick $500,000 payout if they can prove they're unable to pay their bills. U.S. Bankruptcy Court trustee Irving Picard Friday set up a hardship program for senior citizens and others who lost their life savings to Madoff's $65 billion scam. Victims who can show they're having trouble paying for food...

Jerusalem – Israel Fears Jewish Attack on ‘Hitler Youth’ Pope; 80,000 Security Officers on Alert

May 9, 2009 at 09:41 PM
Jerusalem - The Pope will be given unprecedented security when he arrives in Israel tomorrow because of fears that his brief enrolment in the Hitler Youth as a boy of 14 could trigger an assassination attempt by Jewish zealots. The Israeli government has ordered Shin Bet, the domestic security service, to take command of the visit. Four Audi armoured cars have been imported from Germany and...

Queens, NY – JetBlue May Leave NYC Headquarters

May 9, 2009 at 09:39 PM
Queens, NY - JetBlue might decide to leave its New York corporate headquarters if the city does not give the airline a reason to stay. The discount airline wants incentives to remain in its Queens corporate headquarters after its lease expires in 2012. The company is considering five potential corporate locations. The city has until Tuesday to deliver an offer to JetBlue. "They are...

Brooklyn, NY – Senator Stripped of Majority Post after Attacking Post Photographer

May 9, 2009 at 09:23 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Less than a day after his going ballistic and arrest over a confrontation with a newspaper photographer, Short-fused State Senator Majority Whip Kevin S. Parker of Brooklyn was stripped of his leadership and chairmanship positions on Saturday, said a spokesman for the Senate majority leader, Malcolm A, Smith. The battling Brooklyn Democrat allegedly roughed up a New York Post...

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