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Starke, FL – Parks’s Mother: Jewish Community Went Too Far To Protect Grossman

February 16, 2010 at 10:38 PM
Starke, FL - During the rather antiseptic execution of Martin Grossman for killing Wildlife Officer Peggy Park in 1984 in North Pinellas County, Park's mother stared at her daughter's killer who was just 10 feet away. Afterwards, Margaret Park said she was thinking of the children of Haiti who were buried under concrete and died a horrible, scary death. Park says she thinks Grossman had it...

Miami, FL – Florida Gov.: Those Who Asked To Halt Execution Mean Well But Don’t Know The Facts, Justice Must Be Done

February 16, 2010 at 08:12 PM
Miami, FL - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday that his office was the target of "almost an outcry" of nearly 50,000 e-mails, phone calls and letters from people urging him to spare Martin Grossman's life. "We've been swamped," Crist said. "I'm getting calls from people who are asking me to stay this execution," Crist said, "and then once I inquired, 'Do you know what the facts are?' I...

Brooklyn, NY – 92-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Evicted from Apartment

February 16, 2010 at 08:11 PM
Brooklyn, NY - She survived the Holocaust. But  a tenacious life story wasn't enough for 92-year old Eta Eckstein to keep her Brooklyn landlord at bay. While out of her apartment in a rehab facility, the grandmother got evicted. "It's unspeakable," says Eta's grandson, Idan. "They just threw her belongings onto the street." Eta's family got no explanation from the landlord, Morris...

Sydney, Australia – Inquiry in Murder Mystery of Holocaust Survivor Who Left $3m Continues.

February 16, 2010 at 08:10 PM
Sydney, Australia - There was nothing in the past of Holocaust survivor Katherine Schweitzer that would provide a motive for her murder, an inquest heard today. The 81-year-old widow was strangled in her Bellevue Hill apartment on December 27, 2006. Her body was dumped in a wheelie bin near the front door of her flat, where it was discovered by neighbours. Panic and hysteria followed the...

London – British Journal: Circumcision Cuts HIV Transmission by 60%

February 16, 2010 at 07:53 PM
London - Jews, and later Muslims, knew what they were doing when requiring all boys to undergo circumcision, as a meta-analysis of research carried out in 21 countries and just published in the online journal BioMed Central Urology confirms. One out of every three males in the world has been circumcised, and the procedure is almost always safe, especially when performed on infants and in...

Starke, FL – Jewish Inmate Grossman Put To Death, Last Words of ‘heartfelt remorse’; Recites Shema Yisroel, Aguda Expresses ‘anguish’

February 16, 2010 at 06:24 PM
Starke, FL - Martin Grossman was declared dead at 6:17 p.m. at the Florida state prison in Starke, 15 minutes after the start of his execution by lethal injection. In a final statement, Grossman expressed remorse to the family of Peggy Park, the Florida wildlife officer he beat and shot to death more than 25 years ago. "I would like to extend my heartfelt remorse to the victim's family,"...

New York, NY – Mayor Bloomberg Fires Back At Vice President Joe Biden Over Terror Trial Cost

February 16, 2010 at 05:42 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his claim that it would cost $200 million per year to secure the city during a trial of Sept. 11 suspects in Manhattan, after Vice President Joe Biden questioned the figure. Bloomberg said Tuesday that the city's estimate is "reasonable" and said no one in the Obama administration questioned it until now. He said city officials have discussed the...

United Arab Emirates – Assassins of Hamas Official In Dubai Caught on Tape [video footage]

February 16, 2010 at 05:10 PM
United Arab Emirates - A police video, combining CCTV footage from the Dubai airport, a number of hotels and shopping malls, showed the arrival of the suspects and Al Mabhouh into Dubai, their checking into various city hotels and the hours before the Palestinian commander was killed in room 230 in the Bustan Rotana Hotel, near the airport. A surveillance team had followed the victim around...

Miami, FL – Supreme Court Again Refused To Block Grossman Execution

February 16, 2010 at 03:56 PM
Miami, FL - The U.S. Supreme Court again refused this afternoon to block the execution of Martin Edward Grossman. Grossman is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Florida State Prison near Starke. Grossman was 19 when prosecutors say he beat 26-year-old Margaret "Peggy" Park with a heavy flashlight and then shot her in the head. Park had happened upon Grossman...

Ramallah – Palestinian Government OKs Bill On Boycotting Jewish Settlement Products

February 16, 2010 at 03:50 PM
Ramallah - The Palestinian government headed by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad approved a draft resolution that calls for boycotting products made in Jewish settlement. After its weekly meeting in Ramallah and attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian cabinet said in a statement that the resolution backs the Palestinian attitude "to clear up these products from Palestinian...

New York – Verizon Wireless to Allow Free Skype Calls

February 16, 2010 at 03:18 PM
New York - Verizon Wireless will let customers use the Internet phone service Skype to make free calls on some phones, an application that wireless carriers have been slow to allow. Under a deal announced Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress trade show, users of some Verizon phones who have a voice and data plan will be able to download a free Skype application in late March. That will let...

Bronx, NY – Jewish Boxer Hoping to Fight at Yankee Stadium – Unless a Bar Mitzvah Intervenes

February 16, 2010 at 02:39 PM
Bronx, NY - Jewish boxing champion Yuri Foreman hopes to defend his title at Yankee Stadium in June - unless a bar mitzvah gets in the way. The 154-pound champion would fight former welterweight titleholder Miguel Cotto on June 5 at the ballpark in the Bronx, promoter Bob Arum told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Arum has been hoping to bring a fight to Yankee Stadium for years. "The...

Israel – Rabbi Rules Against Women’s Megillahs Esther Minyan

February 16, 2010 at 01:53 PM
Israel - Women's prayer quorum during the Purim holiday have become in recent years a widespread phenomenon in many religious communities in Israel, but a new Jewish ruling considers them illegal and forbidden. Chief Ramat Gan Rabbi Yaakov Ariel stated that "to begin with, forming a women's prayer quorum is against the Halacha," and accused the participating women of withdrawing from society...

India – Delhi Synagogue Gets No Visitors Since Pune Blast

February 16, 2010 at 01:19 PM
New Delhi, India - There has been no visitor to the capital's only synagogue ever since the Pune blast last week near a Jewish prayer house. Even as security has been stepped up, uncertainty looms large in the minds of the Jewish population here, says its rabbi. "We generally get visitors everyday at the synagogue, but since the Pune blast last Saturday, there has been not a single visitor...

Orange County, NY – GOP: Diana For Senate Would Be Good Choice For Gillibrand’s Seat

February 16, 2010 at 12:47 PM
Orange County, NY - Only six weeks into his third term as Orange County executive, Ed Diana is being talked about as a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate seat that Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to fill just over a year ago. He brushed aside that chatter as "a rumor at this point" when reached by phone on Monday. But the Republican chairmen of Westchester and Rockland counties both said...

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