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Montreal, Canada – Newspaper Cartoon Portrays Education Minister As Chasidic Over Sunday School for Jews

February 13, 2010 at 10:39 PM
Montreal, Canada - An editorial cartoon yesterday in one of Montreal's main daily newspapers, La Presse, portrayed Quebec Education Minister Michelle Courchesne as a Hasidic man, with earlocks, a round fur hat and long black coat. The headline above a column in the tabloid Journal de Montreal referred to the minister, who is not Jewish, as "Rabbi Courchesne." On the all-news network RDI, a Parti...

Newark, NJ – Split Verdict in Dwek Corruption Trial Has Both Sides Claiming a Measure of Victory

February 13, 2010 at 10:30 PM
Newark, NJ - A split verdict in the first trial in New Jersey's biggest federal corruption sting has shone a spotlight on the government's case and particularly its reliance on a cooperating witness with an extensive criminal history. Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini, the first of 44 people arrested in last summer's massive sweep to come to trial, was found guilty Thursday of accepting...

New York – Media Tycoon Mortimer Zuckerman Mulling Senate Run

February 13, 2010 at 09:54 PM
New York - Mortimer Zuckerman, a Jewish-American media and real estate mogul, is considering running for the U.S. Senate seat from New York, the New York Times reported. Zuckerman, 72, holds vast real estate assets and is publisher of the New York Daily News and editor-in-chief of U.S. News and World Report. In 2006 Zuckerman was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 147th richest American, and his...

New York City – Parking Cheaters Vandalize NYC Meters

February 13, 2010 at 08:36 PM
New York City - Irate, conniving motorists vandalized so many parking meters last year that the total number in operation citywide fell to the lowest level since at least 2000, officials said yesterday. Figures in the preliminary Mayor's Management Report show that just 83.9 percent of the 55,000 on-street meters were working from July 1 to Oct. 31, 2009. That's down sharply from the 90...

Brooklyn, NY – Motzei Shabbos, Jewish Radio Show To Discuss Charedi Internet Addiction

February 13, 2010 at 08:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Internet has become a part of everyday life, but it has its risks and dangers. Should it be banned? Is this realistic, and is it necessary? There are those who have become addicted to internet use. Is this a legitimate addiction, and, if yes, how is to be treated? Dr. Benzion Twerski of Borough Park wears many hats. Some know him as a mental health professional and askan. ...

Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Heights Apartments Turn Into an Ugly Legal Fight

February 13, 2010 at 08:19 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The Hello Living condo project in Brooklyn was marketed as an urban utopia, a collection of low-rise apartments designed for young families without large inheritances or bonuses. Eli Karp, the developer of the Hello Living apartments, is being sued by investors. He claims they want him to default so they can buy the buildings cheaply. More than three dozen of them closed on...

Providence, RI – Jewish Student Former IDF Soldier Killed by Suspected Drunken Driver

February 13, 2010 at 08:12 PM
Providence, RI - A North Providence man is accused in a drunken-driving crash that killed one Brown University student and injured another near campus early Friday morning. Daniel Gilcreast, 23, of 35 Jacksonia Drive, was arrested after the SUV he was driving plowed into a young couple walking in the breakdown lane at Hope, Thayer and Barnes streets just before 2 a.m. The crash killed Avi...

New York – Gov. Paterson Looking to Delay Tax Return Payments

February 13, 2010 at 08:08 PM
New York - Governor Paterson is considering a controversial plan to pay the state's bills, keeping your money a little longer. His office is looking into the possibility of delaying tax refunds until June first in order to have more money on hand at the start of the next fiscal year, that adds up to about half-a-billion dollars. The state does not have to pay interest on your money until...

Jerusalem – U.S. Military Chief Arriving in Israel To Disscuss Iran

February 13, 2010 at 07:59 PM
Jerusalem - Israel is joining the diplomatic action as the world approaches decision time in the face of Iran's nuclear threat - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen is arriving in Israel for a series of discussions focused on Iran, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is heading for talks in Russia for meetings with top Russian officials. IDF officials say the meetings with...

Port-au-Prince, Haiti – NY Times: Jewish Man Accused In Central America Trafficking Is U.S. Fugitive

February 13, 2010 at 07:46 PM
Port-au-Prince, Haiti - The man who was providing legal advice to the American church members arrested in Haiti may have a string of legal charges against him in the United States as well as a warrant for his arrest in El Salvador for sex trafficking, records show. The man, Jorge Puello, was brought into the case from the Dominican Republic as a lawyer to help the 10 Americans arrested last...

Manhattan, NY – Arrest Made in Deadly $4M Madison Ave Jewelry Store Heist

February 13, 2010 at 07:03 PM
Manhattan, NY - The police have arrested a man they said had about 40 jewels that were stolen two weeks ago during a robbery and fatal shooting at a store on the Upper East Side, the authorities said on Friday. The man, Edmond Alma, 46, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday afternoon and pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Mr...

Pune – Nine Die In First Terror Strike Since Mumbai Attack, Rabbi And Jewish Center Safe

February 13, 2010 at 06:48 PM
Pune, India - A bomb has ripped through a restaurant popular with tourists in the western Indian city of Pune, killing nine people. According to Pune Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh, who said 45 people had been injured, some of them seriously. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday's blast, which India's Home Minister P Chidambaram described as "a significant...

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