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New York City – No Parking, Even When Sign Is Snow-Covered

February 11, 2010 at 10:30 PM
New York City - The snow that blanketed the city also left many street parking signs under a layer of white, obliterating the various regulations. This caused confusion among drivers and left them wondering whether the city could enforce rules that were impossible for motorists to discern. “If we can’t read the parking signs, do we have to obey them?” Danilo Barredo, a doorman at the...

Brooklyn, NY – Hadassah Lieberman Addresses Chabad Womens Conference

February 11, 2010 at 10:09 PM
Brooklyn, NY - In her address at the concluding banquet of the 22nd-annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Women Emissaries, Hadassah Lieberman – wife of Connecticut’s junior U.S. senator – urged the thousands of Jewish community leaders in attendance to continue being strong advocates for strengthening their faith. “The world needs leaders,” she said to those seated in...

New York, NY – Judge Sets $10 Million Bail for Madoff’s Former Finance Chief

February 11, 2010 at 08:49 PM
New York, NY - A judge has set bail at $10 million for jailed financier Bernard Madoff's former finance chief. Judge Richard Sullivan said in a written order Thursday that Frank DiPascali could be freed on bail once strict conditions were met, including provisions for him to be kept at home with electronic monitoring. DiPascali pleaded guilty in August to helping Madoff's multi-decade Ponzi...

Postville, IA – Former Agriprocessors CFO Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison

February 11, 2010 at 07:51 PM
Postville, IA - A federal judge in Cedar Rapids has sentenced the former chief financial officer of Agriprocessors, Inc., to 41 months in prison for bank fraud conspiracy. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda Reade handed down the sentence Thursday to 56-year-old Yomtov (Toby) Bensasson of Postville. She also ordered Bensasson to make reimbursement of more than $29,900 to the banks that were...

Auburn Hills, MI – Money-Back Guarantee on Chrysler Minivans

February 11, 2010 at 06:36 PM
Auburn Hills, MI - Chrysler Group LLC is offering a 60-day money-back guarantee on its minivans to attract customers who may be turned off by its financial troubles. The Auburn Hills, Mich., automaker says buyers can get the guarantee by trading any vehicle made by another automaker for a Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town & Country minivan. The offer runs through March 31. Buyers...

Monsey, NY – Rabbi Weissmandl Terminates Kashrus Certification To AgriStar Former Agriprocessors

February 11, 2010 at 05:43 PM
Monsey, NY - A letter released today by one of the Rabbis that has provided kashrus certification for years to Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa, before it was sold to AgriStar, has informed the public that he has removed his hechser from the poultry processing facility. In his letter Rabbi Weissmandl states "I wish to advise the public that as Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, I will terminate my...

Jersey City, NJ – Guilty Verdict in First Dwek Corruption Trial

February 11, 2010 at 05:25 PM
Jersey City, NJ - A city official in New Jersey has been convicted on two of six corruption counts in the first trial stemming from the state's largest federal sting. The panel returned its verdict against Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini today at the end of its second day of deliberations following a nine-day trial. Beldini showed little reaction as the verdict was read. She has...

New York City – Former President Bill Clinton Hospitalized

February 11, 2010 at 04:43 PM
New York City - According to ABC News Former President Bill Clinton has been Hospitalized in New York City at Colombia University hospital, Clinton, 63, was transported to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan for a condition related to his heart. ABC News' chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos reported that sources said he was taken to the hospital "likely for a stent...

Brooklyn, NY – Golden Flow Revolutionizes Cholov Yisroel Milk Industry With “We Guarantee It”

February 11, 2010 at 04:38 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Consumers have long complained that cholov yisroel milk is plagued by spoilage. While many times the problem can be attributed to improper handling once the milk leaves the truck, both in stores and in people’s homes, Golden Flow Dairy has tackled the problem head on with an announcement that they have added an extra step to their milk production keeps milk fresh until the...

New York – Reb Shmuel Kaminetsky S’hlita To Address Purim Drinking and “Ad Deloi Yoda”

February 11, 2010 at 03:35 PM
New York - VIN has just learned that Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky S’hlita will be speaking on the Project Y.E.S. teleconference call [reported here] this evening titled “Purim Parenting: Keeping Our Children Safe and Sober.” It is our understanding that the Rosh Yeshiva was asked by Rabbi Horowitz to speak directly to the question people have about “Ad Deloi Yoda” as it relates to...

Jerusalem – Chareidim Clash With Police After Man Is Arrested in Meiron

February 11, 2010 at 03:16 PM
Jerusalem - Dozens of chareidi began to throw stones at buses on Shivtei Israel and Yechezkel streets in in the Meah Shearim - Geula neighborhoods of Jerusalem after the arrest of several avreichim in Meiron who were demonstrating against the wanton desecration of the dead. Major renovations in Meiron in the past two days has uncovered unknown graves, with tractors desecrating the bones of...

Dubai – Groom Removes Bride’s Niqab to Find She Has beard

February 11, 2010 at 03:16 PM
Dubai - An Arab ambassador had his marriage instantly annulled after he tried to remove the veil of his bride and discovered she had a beard and was cross-eyed. The unnamed groom had never seen the woman's face because she wore a niqab throughout their entire courtship, according to reports. He freaked out after they signed the marriage contract in Dubai, canceled the reception and went...

Kabul – Five Americans Wounded in Attack at U.S. Base

February 11, 2010 at 03:14 PM
Kabul - A suicide bomber wearing an Afghan border policeman's uniform blew himself up Thursday at a U.S. base near the Pakistani frontier, wounding five Americans, an Afghan official said. The spokesman for Paktia province, Roullah Samoun, said the attack occurred after sundown in a barracks at a U.S. facility in the Dand aw Patan district in eastern Afghanistan, about 35 miles (70 kilometers...

Washington – Centers for Disease Control: More Than 1,500 Mump Cases In Orthodox Community

February 11, 2010 at 02:48 PM
Washington - A mumps outbreak among Orthodox Jews in New York and New Jersey has now surpassed 1,500 cases and shows no sign of ending soon. The outbreak began last summer at a boys camp in the Catskills. Nearly all the cases are in the insular Orthodox Jewish community. Health officials said most had a mumps vaccination, but the shots are not completely effective. The Centers for Disease...

Oswiecim, Poland – Cat at Auschwitz Gains Media Attention

February 11, 2010 at 02:42 PM
Oswiecim, Poland - A cat living at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz has caused fur to fly between an animal care group and Polish authorities refusing to allow a shelter to be built for it. The grey and white cat, known variously as Rudolf or Bruno despite being female, can often be seen sitting near the notorious "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work sets you free") sign at the entrance to the...

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