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Jerusalem – Israeli Firefighters: Hanukkah Means House Fires

December 1, 2010 at 02:14 PM
Jerusalem - Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights for Jews — and a week of headaches for Israel's firefighters. Many Jews light menorahs, but sometimes too close to the drapes. Fire department spokesman Asaf Avres says the menorahs children make in kindergarten often topple over, posing another fire threat. He says Hanukkah is typified by a jump of 10 to 15 percent in house fires...

Brooklyn, NY – DOT Deputy Commissioner Pays Visit At Pedestrian Islands Along Ft. Hamilton Pkwy

December 1, 2010 at 02:03 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) met today with New York City Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner David Wallach about the recent installation of pedestrian islands along Fort Hamilton Parkway. The meeting took place at the contested site, where Hikind was able to demonstrate to the Deputy Commissioner the extreme dangers the islands pose to first responders...

New York – Man Arrsted Before Fleeing To Israel, Charged In Baltimore $2.6 Million Metal Heist

December 1, 2010 at 01:47 PM
New York - A Baltimore scrap yard owner is accused of trying to sell $2.6 million in industrial metals, mostly nickel, after a Labor Day weekend heist from an importer. Sixty-five-year-old Alan Verschleisser has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with knowingly possessing stolen goods from an international shipment. The stolen nickel briquettes were inside shipping containers and...

Baltimore, MD – Member of Shomrim Patrol Accused of Striking Teen

December 1, 2010 at 01:01 PM
Baltimore, MD - Members of Shomrim, an Orthodox Jewish citizen patrol group, take their volunteer job seriously: with matching jackets and radios, they have a phone hotline that is staffed round-the-clock so they can respond to emergencies in their Northwest Baltimore community. But one member may have recently gone too far. On Tuesday, he was arrested by city police after allegedly striking...

Washington – Rep. Rangel Asks Supporters To Call Capitol Switchboard

December 1, 2010 at 12:53 PM
Washington - In an extraordinary plea, Rep. Charles Rangel of New York asked supporters Wednesday to call the Capitol switchboard and urge their representatives to oppose a resolution to censure him. The House is scheduled to vote Thursday on discipline for Rangel, whose fundraising and financial misdeeds violated House rules. Rangel’s letter to 25,000 campaign supporters asked them to...

New York – American Airlines Launch Spot, Snap, And Send; Will Award Up To 1,500,000 AAdvantages Miles

December 1, 2010 at 12:44 PM
New York - American Airlines has descended upon the streets of Manhattan in the form of advertisements on taxi tops, buses, phone kiosks, bus shelters, urban panels and newsstands. It’s all to promote the airline’s schedule, in-flight experience and nonstop service from New York City to 61 destinations throughout the United States and around the world. Until December 30, New Yorkers will have...

Kensington, NY – Children Living Near New School Might Not be Able to Attend

December 1, 2010 at 12:41 PM
Kensington, NY - Residents usually cheer when the city announces it will build a new school in their neighborhood. But that hasn't been the case in Kensington, Brooklyn. The Department of Education unveiled plans to the community last week to build a new 735-seat primary and intermediate school a few blocks south of Prospect Park on Coney Island Avenue. The problem for residents is that the...

Tsrifin Military Base – Israel Unveils Technology To Deal With Rockets

December 1, 2010 at 11:33 AM
Tsrifin Military Base - An Israeli military unit says it has developed a new system to protect against a chemical attack — it quickly measures temperature and wind direction to determine areas to evacuate then feeds hospitals casualty assessments. The high-tech Lotem unit on Wednesday gave a rare exhibition of technologies against rocket attacks — one of Israel's main security...

Brooklyn, NY – Landmark Williamsburg Savings Bank Sells for $4.5 Million

December 1, 2010 at 11:33 AM
Williamsburg, NY - The owner of a low-price hostel chain has bought one of Williamsburg’s most-iconic landmarks for possible conversion into a high-end lodge, restaurant or retail shopping center. Juan Figueroa, owner of the New York Loft Hostel, paid $4.5 million for the Williamsburgh Savings Bank branch on Driggs Avenue, across the street from Peter Luger in the neighborhood’s booming...

Israel – Glitch Leaves Millions Without Cell Phone Service

December 1, 2010 at 11:01 AM
Israel - Cellcom (CEL.TA), Israel's largest mobile phone operator, said on Wednesday it was having problems with its network that was preventing many of its customers from making or receiving calls. "We are working to restore normal service in the shortest time possible," Cellcom said in a statement without elaborating. Cellcom (CEL.N) had 3.376 million customers at the end of...

New York – Cyber Monday Sales Top $1 Billion For First Time

December 1, 2010 at 10:25 AM
New York - Americans jumped on deals and promotions offered online on Cyber Monday, spending $1 billion and making it the busiest online shopping day ever, according to new data. Research firm comScore Inc. says revenue rose 16 percent from a year ago to $1.03 billion on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Since the beginning of November, online sales are up 13 percent to $13.55 billion. The...

New York, NY – High Winds, Heavy Rains Hit Tri-State Area

December 1, 2010 at 10:15 AM
New York, NY - December is off to a wet and windy start in the tri-state, with wind gusts in some areas up to 40 miles per hour, forecasters said. “We’re looking at noon as a critical time where we could see some showers and thunderstorms developing. And then by the afternoon rush, parts of the area to the west may see a break and we’ll have lingering heavy rain for the twin forks,”...

New York, NY – LaGuardia Ranks Worst Airport In Country According to Zagat Survey

December 1, 2010 at 09:33 AM
New York, NY - And there’s yet another unwelcome badge of distinction for LaGuardia airport. A new survey rates it as the worst airport in the country — again. And to think, once upon a time — 1960 to be exact — LaGuardia was voted the greatest airport in the world by the worldwide aviation community. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Zagat’s annual air travel survey of 8,000...

New York, NY – New Tool from City Council in Battle vs. Bikes

December 1, 2010 at 09:21 AM
New York, NY - New Yorkers will have a new weapon in their arsenal to fight bike lanes, pedestrian plazas and other traffic measures they believe are unnecessary: a law forcing city transportation officials to explain and defend their actions. The City Council passed a bill yesterday that requires the Department of Transportation to post online a list of guidelines for implementing the often...

Tehran – Iran’s Military Looks To The Sky As New Priority

December 1, 2010 at 08:57 AM
Tehran - In military maneuvers and air shows, Iran has been proudly touting advances in its air forces and defenses, including radar systems, anti-aircraft batteries and new attack and reconnaissance drones. It's a sign of a new priority for Iran's military — trying to quickly bolster its ability to patrol its skies in the belief that U.S. or Israeli warplanes or missiles could strike its...

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