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Washington – A Look Inside The Government’s Deportation Flights

August 1, 2010 at 11:57 PM
Washington - Guillermo Campos Ojeda stares blankly at the clouds from the jetliner's window, mentally retracing the 22 years that he lived in the United States as an illegal immigrant. His odyssey began in 1988 with an illegal border crossing and ended in May when he was pulled over for driving without a license. In between were double shifts at a Chicago factory, a string of run-ins with the...

Albany, NY – Paterson Signs Statewide Sale Ban of Deadly Baby Cribs

August 1, 2010 at 11:31 PM
Albany, NY - Drop-side cribs will soon be banned in New York state, after Governor David Paterson signed a bill yesterday that bans the sale, import, manufacture and distribution of those cribs throughout the state. The law takes effect in October. The cribs have been linked to multiple child deaths and injuries, and more than nine million have been recalled nationwide. The Consumer...

Orange County, CA – New York – Americans Buy IPads While Broke in New Abnormal Economy

August 1, 2010 at 10:39 PM
Orange County, CA - In March, Ralph Ronzio went to a warehouse in a seedy part of Orange County, California, and watched a man auction off his condo for half what he’d paid for it. Ronzio had bought the place for $329,000 in 2005, when he moved to Southern California from Rhode Island to take a job at a data-storage company. It was the first place he’d ever owned. “It was totally my...

East Brunswick, NJ – First Hebrew Charter School Gets go-ahead From State

August 1, 2010 at 09:51 PM
East Brunswick, NJ - New Jersey’s first Hebrew-language charter school has been given the final go-ahead by the state to open in September. The Hatikvah International Academy Charter School in East Brunswick received final approval by the state Department of Education on July 6, said founder and board member Yair Nezaria. The state ranked Hatikvah first in preparedness among the 11...

New York – Meet the Rabbi Who Officiated at Chelsea’s Wedding

August 1, 2010 at 09:02 PM
New York - The New York Times is reporting that Rabbi James Ponet officiated, alongside Reverend William Shillady, at the Saturday evening wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky. Ponet is Yale’s Jewish chaplain and heads the university’s Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. Read his bio here. At Yale, he’s taught a seminar on “The Family in Jewish Tradition,” with...

Israel – Cabinet Exempts Charedi Yeshiva Students from Military

August 1, 2010 at 08:07 PM
Israel - The cabinet secretly decided to cancel compulsory military service for ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students, desite the objections of the Israel Defense Forces. The decision, which followed pressure by the treasury and ultra-Orthodox coalition parties, was made during the intense debates on the Economic Arrangements Law in mid-July. Since the move was not part of the Economic...

Washington – Fox News Receives Front Row Seat in White House Briefing Room

August 1, 2010 at 07:33 PM
Washington - The White House Correspondents’ Association on Sunday announced that Fox News will get a coveted front-row seat in the White House briefing room. The Associated Press will take Helen Thomas' old seat, while Fox News will now occupy AP's former seat. Thomas, who worked most recently as a columnist for Hearst Corporation, abruptly resigned her seat in early June following an...

Long Island, NY – Town Uses Google Earth Finds 250 Pools With Out Permit

August 1, 2010 at 06:03 PM
Long Island, NY - A town on New York's Long Island is using Google Earth to find backyard pools that don't have the proper permits. The town of Riverhead has used the satellite image service to find about 250 pools whose owners never filled out the required paperwork. Violators were told to get the permits or face hefty fines. So far about $75,000 in fees has been collected. Riverhead's...

Washington – US Jobs Moving Offshore at Record Pace

August 1, 2010 at 05:10 PM
Washington - Jobs are fleeing the US for lower-cost countries at an alarmingly higher rate. Information technology, finance, back-office staffing, call-center and manufacturing firms are setting up shop abroad amidst a record trade deficit, soaring unemployment -- and a protectionist movement at home led by New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer, The Post has learned. The US shed some...

New York – Spirit Airlines Says No Hitch With Carry-on Fees

August 1, 2010 at 04:10 PM
New York - Spirit Airlines says it is gaining ground in the fight against flight delays with its controversial move to charge for carry-on bags. With the new fees in place for the first time Sunday, Spirit spokeswoman Misty Pinson said the new approach appears to be working. "The check-in process is going well so far," Pinson said Sunday afternoon. "It looks like this is going to speed...

Loch Sheldrake, NY – Lightning Hits Stranded Boater, Her Rescuer

August 1, 2010 at 04:01 PM
Loch Sheldrake, NY - Hatzolah responding to Morningside Park at Brickman Road for 2 boaters who were struck by lightening after a storm passed the area. One boater a 22-year-old woman from New Jersey, Leah Nesha bas Baila Malka, apparently became stranded on a row boat with three other people. 20-year-old Devin Corbit, a Morningside Park worker, went out in his row boat to assist the...

Switzerland – Court Sides With Mother Who Kidnapped Child from Israeli Father after He Became Chabad Missionary

August 1, 2010 at 03:05 PM
Switzerland - A five-year custody battle ended recently when a 17-judge panel at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasberg determined that Noam Shuruk, whose mother kidnapped him to Switzerland after his father joined the Chabad community, is to remain in her care. The decision gave rise to claims of anti-Semitism and miscarriage of justice by both the Israeli State Prosecutor's Office...

Jerusalem – Rabbi Arrested Over Incitement: Don’t be afraid , Join Me

August 1, 2010 at 02:23 PM
Jerusalem - Head of Yitzhar's Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, who was arrested and questioned last week on suspicion of incitement to violence against non-Jews, commented on the incident for the first time in the press on Sunday, and urged his fellow rabbis to join him and express the Halacha's stance on the "ethics of war". The alleged incitement is found in Yitzhar's book...

Washington – Mullen: U.S. Has Iran Strike Plan, Just In Case

August 1, 2010 at 01:17 PM
Washington - The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. military has a plan to attack Iran, although he thinks a strike is probably a bad idea. Adm. Mike Mullen, the nation's highest-ranking military officer, has often warned that a military strike on Iran would have serious and unpredictable ripple effects around the Middle East. At the same time, he says the risk of Iran...

New York – Three Sons Learn How Their Mother Evaded Nazis

August 1, 2010 at 12:55 PM
New York - The white-haired woman wet her index finger, then bent toward the shoulder of the man seated at the bench of a grand piano. He gave a quick nod, and she flipped to the next page in the score of Chopin's Berceuse, a cradle song. For Roger Peltzman of Washington Heights, who had flown to Brussels to sit at that Steinway, it was a chord from lost history. More than half a century...

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