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Lakewood, NJ – ‘Shaimos’ Burial Stirs Controversy

April 1, 2010 at 11:28 PM
Lakewood, NJ - The sight at the end of a loose-dirt path off Vermont Avenue has done little but alarm some who have come across it. There, in the trees, a large hole has been dug from which thousands of black trash bags overflow. "I was like, this can't be legal," said Scott Wegeman, whose backyard on Albert Avenue is directly behind the burial site. "You can't just treat your property like a...

Germany – Fears For Cracking Berlin Holocaust Memorial

April 1, 2010 at 11:00 PM
Germany - Positioned around the corner from Hitler's bunker, Berlin's Holocaust memorial is the largest in the world. A total of 2711 tall, grey concrete columns invoke in visitors a sense of awe and disorientation - but there are fears that the ambitious experiment in memorial architecture is about to fall apart. Barely five years old, the concrete is splitting. Deep cracks have been forming...

New Jersey – Court: Employee-Attorney E-Mails Are Private

April 1, 2010 at 10:40 PM
New Jersey - In a decision that could set new ground rules for Internet privacy in the workplace, New Jersey's Supreme Court has ruled an employer was wrong in retrieving e-mails between a former employee and her attorney, even though they were sent from a company computer. The 7-0 ruling published in Stengart v. Loving Care Agency is believed to be the first of its kind to reach a state...

New York, NY – Passover Paradox Why So Much Kosher?

April 1, 2010 at 09:47 PM
New York, NY - There are 1 million observant U.S. Jews, yet some 45 percent of foods sold at Passover are kosher -- a phenomenon U.S. researchers call the "Passover paradox." An article published in the Chemical & Engineering News says the number of kosher products on U.S. supermarket shelves grew from 3,000 in 1970 to more than 70,000 today. Senior editor Bethany Halford says kosher...

Washington – Report: Obama Encouraged Palestinian ‘resistance’

April 1, 2010 at 08:55 PM
Washington - The Obama administration has encouraged "resistance" by Palestinians to protest Israel's presence in eastern Jerusalem, a senior Palestinian Authority official claimed to WND. The senior PA official, speaking from Ramallah on condition of anonymity, said that in recent meetings with U.S. envoys to the region, the American diplomats supported and encouraged the concept of...

London – Haaretz Journalist on the run from Israel is hiding in Britain

April 1, 2010 at 08:49 PM
London - An Israeli journalist is in hiding in Britain, The Independent can reveal, over fears that he may face charges in the Jewish state in connection with his investigation into the killing of a Palestinian in the West Bank. Uri Blau, a reporter at Israel's liberal newspaper, Haaretz, left town three months ago for Asia and is now in London. Haaretz is understood to be negotiating the...

Jerusalem – Israel May Curb The High Price of Popcorn and Soft Drinks

April 1, 2010 at 08:25 PM
Jerusalem - It is the source of angst for cinemagoers worldwide – why is the price of popcorn so high? Now an Israeli politician is threatening to introduce legislation that would ban cinemas in the country from overcharging for snacks and soft drinks. Carmel Shama of the governing Likud party will attempt to introduce the measure when Israeli MPs return from their Passover break next week...

New York, NY – Koch: Obama Is Willing to Throw Israel Under The Bus to Please Muslim Nations

April 1, 2010 at 07:28 PM
New York, NY - Former New York Mayor Ed Koch expressed disappointment in President Obama on Thursday for his treatment of Israel after it continued construction in East Jerusalem – the section of the holy city claimed by the Palestinians. "I have been a supporter of President Obama and went to Florida for him, urged Jews all over the country to vote for him saying that he would be just as...

New Square, NY – Fire chief: Locked Doors Trapped Yeshiva Students During Blaze

April 1, 2010 at 06:19 PM
New Square, NY - Firefighters had to knock down a locked door in order to evacuate teenage boys from a fire in a yeshiva Thursday after the students living in the dormitory were unable to get out because several exits had been padlocked, said Kim Weppler, chief of the Hillcrest Fire Company. The Washington Avenue fire, which Weppler characterized as "mischievous," occurred on the second floor...

Jasper, FL – Jewish Inmates Denied Kosher Meals for Passover

April 1, 2010 at 05:44 PM
Jasper, FL - Winter Springs Rabbi Maurice S. Kaprow has been trying for the past several weeks to assist a Jewish family with a relative in Hamilton Correctional Institution to receive kosher meals during Passover. The response from the Florida Department of Corrections is that while they offer vegetarian meals to Jewish inmates, but not Kosher. Here’s what George B. Sapp, Deputy...

New York, NY – Only 301,586 Parking Tickets Issued by NYPD, 11% Drop

April 1, 2010 at 04:47 PM
New York, NY - Cops are slapping drivers with fewer parking tickets. Summonses issued by the NYPD citywide dropped nearly 11 percent in the first 3½ months of the year, according to department statistics. Cops handed out 301,586 parking summonses, some 36,000 fewer than in the same period last year. Each borough has seen a decline in parking summonses issued by cops. The numbers do not include...

Manhattan, NY – Mailing Glitch Causes Census Form Absence for 300,000 Residents

April 1, 2010 at 03:37 PM
Manhattan, NY - Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have not yet received their U.S. Census forms even though today is the deadline to return the 10-question forms. Residents of one residential building on the Upper West Side known as The Ansonia say no one there has received their forms. City Councilwoman Gale Brewer, who represents the area, says the building is not the only one. She...

Stockholm, Sweden – New Evidence On WWII Mystery of Raoul Wallenberg

April 1, 2010 at 02:28 PM
Stockholm, Sweden - Researchers say new evidence from Russian archives suggests that a Swedish diplomat credited with rescuing thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust was alive after the Soviets reported his death in prison. The fate of Raoul Wallenberg, whom the Soviet army arrested in Budapest in January 1945, has remained one of the great mysteries of World War II. The Soviets...

Moscow – Russia to Hamas: Rocket Fire Against Israel Must Stop

April 1, 2010 at 01:24 PM
Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged Hamas political chief Khaled Meshal this week to stop militants in the Gaza Strip from firing rockets against Israel. The foreign minister made his request on Wednesday in a telephone meeting, which according to Russian news agencies covered a variety of issues regarding the Middle East. Lavrov told Meshal that the recent increase in...

New York – FBI Arrest Continental Airlines Sales Agent In Fake Ticket Voucher Scheme

April 1, 2010 at 12:28 PM
New York - The Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), announced today that Victoria Scardgigno, a former sales agent for Continental Airlines at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, was arrested this morning on wire fraud charges stemming from a $1 million scheme involving the sale of hundreds of fake ticket vouchers. According to the Complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal...

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