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Borough Park, NY – Rabbi Balkany: Accusation Of Extorting Charitable Donations Ridiculous

February 18, 2010 at 11:25 PM
Borough Park, NY - Rabbi Yehoshua Balkany, dean of Bais Yaakov of Brooklyn, has been accused by the U.S. Gov. of extorting a Connecticut based hedge fund into paying $3.25 million to schools, one of which is the day school where he serves as dean. Rabbi Balkany was arrested today and released after posting $250,000 bond and approximately $1 million property in equity. In a complaint filed in...

Tel Aviv – Longest Serving ‘Agunah’ Finally Breaks Free After 48 Years

February 18, 2010 at 09:15 PM
Tel Aviv, Israel - Susan Zinkin divorced her husband in 1962 but was forbidden from looking for new love for almost 50 years. Only when he died an old man this week was she released from being a "chained wife" under Jewish law. Ms Zinkin, 73, a retired Orthodox Jewish teacher from north London, divorced Israel Errol Elias in Britain's civil courts 48 years ago but she was never able to obtain...

Washington – Price of $timulation: 500G Per New NY Job

February 18, 2010 at 08:55 PM
Washington - New York has gotten 43,000 jobs since President Obama signed the stimulus law one year ago -- at a price of more than $500,000 per job, federal and state records reveal. Just how many jobs the stimulus created became the source of heated debate yesterday as the administration trumpeted the law and Republicans trashed it. The feds' claims came under ridicule after multiple...

Manhattan, NY – This Train Really Needs a Conductor

February 18, 2010 at 07:35 PM
Manhattan, NY - How do you get to Carnegie Hall? The Times Square shuttle, apparently. The best-sounding buskers in the city stunned straphangers on the S line yesterday, when five members of Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (pictured) put on an impromptu performance as an prelude to their Carnegie performance. "I've played on a flatbed truck before, but never in a subway," said...

Israel – Foreign Ministry Apologizes for Snubbing U.S. Congressmen

February 18, 2010 at 06:57 PM
Israel - The Foreign Ministry has come to regret its snubbing of a U.S. congressional delegation and sent a senior official to apologize. The apology, however, failed to assuage the deeply insulted congressmen, whose visit was sponsored by left-wing American advocacy group J Street. The Foreign Ministry sent Yaron Zeidman to meet one of the delegate members and apologize. A second meeting was...

New York – State To Require CO Detectors in All Homes Starting Monday

February 18, 2010 at 06:12 PM
New York - Starting Monday, a new law will go into effect requiring carbon-monoxide detectors in nearly all New York homes, condominiums, dormitories and other residences. "Amanda's Law" -- named after a western New York teenager who died of carbon-monoxide poisoning -- will change the state building code to make detectors mandatory in any residence with an attached garage or appliance that...

New York – Federal Reserve Shock: Feds Raises Interest Rate

February 18, 2010 at 05:18 PM
New York - The Federal Reserve said on Thursday it was raising the interest rate it charges banks for emergency loans, citing improvement in financial market conditions. The Fed said the discount rate, the interest rate it charges banks, would be increased to 0.75 percent from 0.50 percent, effective Friday. "Like the closure of a number of extraordinary credit programs earlier this month...

Washington – FDA to Curb Use of Popular Asthma Drugs

February 18, 2010 at 05:11 PM
Washington - The government is taking steps to curb use of some long-acting asthma drugs used by millions, issuing safety restrictions Thursday to lower a life-threatening risk that asthma could worsen suddenly. The Food and Drug Administration's warnings cover the drugs Advair, Symbicort, Foradil and Serevent. The FDA said they should be used only by asthmatics who can't control their lung...

Madrid, Spain – Criticism Against Controversial Sculpture at Art Fair

February 18, 2010 at 04:26 PM
Madrid, Spain - A controversial art piece on exhibition at the Madrid art fair, was condemned by the Israeli Embassy in Madrid as being "offensive to Judaism," Israeli Channel 2 news reported today. "The hurtful message this piece conveys doesn't hurt less because it is displayed under the veil of art," the Israeli embassy wrote in a letter to the organizers of ARCO art fair, one of the...

Israel – Noam Shalit: Obama Administration Hindering Deal for My Son

February 18, 2010 at 04:06 PM
Israel - The United States is hindering a prisoner swap for abducted soldier Gilad Shalit, his father charged in a speech before Jewish leaders at the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Tel Aviv Thursday. Noam Shalit used the platform to criticize the Obama Administration, slamming it for expressing displeasure over the deal and hinting to Israeli leaders not to go ahead with it. He also noted...

Ramapo, NY – 4-Story Yeshiva, Dorms Approved By Town Planning Board

February 18, 2010 at 03:38 PM
Ramapo, NY - The town Planning Board has approved construction of a four-story religious school with a dormitory along a dead-end road outside Pomona. Congregation Khal Torath Chaim's proposal on Babcock Lane is near several other proposed religious schools and the controversial 497-home Patrick Farm housing development proposed at Routes 202 and 306. Another religious school is being...

New York City – NYPD Launches Plan to Interview Suspects on Film

February 18, 2010 at 03:09 PM
New York City - The New York Police Department wants to begin filming the real-life version of a staple of TV's law-and-order dramas: Detectives grilling suspects. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told The Associated Press that the nation's largest police force will launch a pilot project to videotape interrogations in two of the department's 76 precincts within six months. Advocates of...

Miami, FL – Probation For Man Who Made Airline Threat ‘To Kill All Jews’

February 18, 2010 at 02:39 PM
Miami, FL - An appliance store owner accused of yelling "I want to kill all the Jews" on a Detroit-bound plane at Miami International Airport has pleaded guilty and was given probation. Forty-three-old Mansor Mohammad Asad, of Toledo, Ohio, plead guilty Thursday to charges of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest without violence and threatening a public servant. Under the...

United Arab Emirates – Authorities Probe U.S. Credit-Card Accounts in Dubai Hamas Killing

February 18, 2010 at 02:29 PM
United Arab Emirates - Authorities in the United Arab Emirates are probing five U.S.-issued credit card accounts, which officials say were used by five of the 11 suspects in the January killing of a top Hamas leader in Dubai, according to a person familiar with the situation. The credit cards, issued by a U.S.-based banking institution, were used to buy travel-related items, such as plane...

Austin, TX – Note Posted by Man Linked to Plane Crash Shows Anger at IRS

February 18, 2010 at 01:30 PM
Austin, TX - The Austin statesman newspaper found below note on a Web site being pointed at by social media users. A search showed the domain that the note was posted on is registered to Joe Stack of San Marcos. A man by the same name, who has addresses in both Austin and San Marcos has been linked to today’s airplane crash. ---------------------------------- If you’re reading this...

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