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Israel – Demand for Mossad T-Shirts Up Worldwide

February 24, 2010 at 10:31 PM
Israel - Israel has yet to confirm or deny its involvement in the assassination of senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai, but there are those who are already taking advantage of the mysterious affair in order to make a profit. The Irish Times reported today that the sales of Mossad-themed T-shirts have risen tenfold since the Israeli spy agency was linked to last month’s...

Uttarkashi, India – Israeli Arrested, Awaits Trial Over Use Of Satellite Phone

February 24, 2010 at 09:40 PM
Uttarkashi, India - An Israeli backpacker was arrested after being caught with a satellite phone and was sent to jail by cops in Uttarkashi, with the tourist professing ignorance about the law against possessing satphones in India. Dor Gur (23), who was trekking through the Garhwal Himalayas, got the shock of his life when he was tracked down on February 17 by the police at Dodi Tal after Army...

New York – NY Times: Gov. Aide Suspended, As New Qusetions Arise Over Paterson Abusing His Power

February 24, 2010 at 09:19 PM
New York - Last fall, a woman went to court in the Bronx to testify that she had been violently assaulted by a top aide to Gov. David A. Paterson, and to seek a protective order against the man. In the ensuing months, she returned to court twice to press her case, complaining that the State Police had been harassing her to drop it. The State Police, which had no jurisdiction in the matter...

New York – Madoff Kin Seek to Drop Name

February 24, 2010 at 09:02 PM
New York - One of Bernard Madoff's daughters-in-law says she and her children shouldn't have to bear the burden of his name. Stephanie Madoff filed court papers in Manhattan on Wednesday asking to change her last name to Morgan. She made the same request for her two children. She's married to the jailed financier's son, Mark. She says her family has gotten threats, and she wants to drop the...

Vermont – Senator Bernie Sanders: Climate Deniers Like Nazi Deniers

February 24, 2010 at 08:01 PM
Vermont - Independent Senator Bernie Sanders said that people who do not take the threat of climate change seriously remind him of those who downplayed the growing threat of fascism and Nazism in the 1930s. The climate change debate "reminds me in some ways of the debate taking place in this country and around the world in the late 1930s," Sanders said during a Senate hearing on the...

New York – Inmate Named in Extortion Bid of Hedge Fund SAC

February 24, 2010 at 07:05 PM
New York - So there's this rabbi, a famous hedge fund manager, and a securities swindler who was convicted last year of running a $13 million Ponzi scheme. What may sound like the beginning of a joke is actually the increasingly bizarre plotline of the unfolding criminal case against Milton Balkany, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi and director of religious school in Brooklyn, New York. Late last...

New York – Assemblyman Hikind Of The Few With Open Door To Gov. Paterson

February 24, 2010 at 06:30 PM
Albany, NY - There have been a parade of people going in and out of Gov. David Paterson’s second floor offices today and yesterday, including a few legislators. I’ve heard of at least two–Assemblymen Dov Hikind and David Koon–who have had an audience with Paterson. Last week’s Times’ story stated that “some lawmakers say that despite the state’s crippling crisis, Mr. Paterson...

Jerusalem – Orthodox Jewish Settlers Clash With Palestinians At Purim Celebration

February 24, 2010 at 06:03 PM
Jerusalem - Clashes erupted Wednesday between Palestinian residents and ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem. A Palestinian woman and child were hurt in the incident and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. About 20 ultra-Orthodox Jews arrived to celebrate the preparartion of the Jewish holiday of Purim at one of the houses in the...

Albany, NY – Legislature Passes Family Health Care Decisions Act

February 24, 2010 at 05:36 PM
Albany, NY - Governor David A. Paterson today announced passage of the Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHCDA). The FHCDA allows family members to make health care decisions, including decisions about the withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, on behalf of patients who lose their ability to make such decisions and have not prepared advance directives regarding their...

New York – Israeli Rabbi Fishes For Ban on Salmon

February 24, 2010 at 04:50 PM
New York - Anisakis, a roundworm, typically does not grow to more than two centimeters long and about the width of a human hair, but the parasite may cause big problems for kosher fish lovers. Some charedi rabbonim in Israel as well as a number of their American counterparts have ruled that the fish that the parasites inhabit, including wild salmon, flounder and halibut, can no longer be...

Williamsburg, NY – Community Board Votes NO To Redevelopment of Old Domino Sugar Factory

February 24, 2010 at 03:57 PM
Williamsburg, NY - The Community Board 1 Land Use Committee voted against the $1.2-billion redevelopment of the old Domino Sugar factory on Tuesday night, the first public rejection of the project as it enters the eight-month review process for a rezoning along the Williamsburg waterfront that would allow a multiple-skyscraper project that is larger than the law currently allows. The 5-3 vote...

Orlando, FL – Trainer Killed By Whale At SeaWorld

February 24, 2010 at 03:31 PM
Orlando, FL -A SeaWorld Orlando animal trainer was killed this afternoon during an accident at SeaWorld's Shamu Stadium, park and law enforcement officials said. Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year-old with extensive training experience, drowned following a popular Dine with Shamu show as at least two dozen tourists looked on from above a whale tank and from an underwater viewing area. Authorities...

South Fallsburg, NY – Child Fatally Struck In Front Of Yeshiva

February 24, 2010 at 03:03 PM
South Fallsburg, NY - A motor vehicle accident at 34 Estate Drive and Laural Park Road in front of Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Moshe, with a 4 year old child that was struck by a van as he stood in the road, and is in serious condition. Fallsburg Hatzolah on the scene requesting paramedics to respond in a rush for the 4-year-old child that is in traumatic arrest CPR in progress. Requesting a...

Munich – Former Guard Says Demjanjuk Was at Nazi Camp

February 24, 2010 at 03:01 PM
Munich - John Demjanjuk served as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp in Bavaria during World War II, a former Soviet soldier who was taken prisoner by the Germans testified at the retired Ohio autoworker's trial Wednesday. But witness Alex Nagorny, who agreed to serve the Nazis after his capture, raised doubts about the case against Demjanjuk, telling the court the man on trial in Munich...

Albany, NY – Governor Paterson Introduces Bill to Make Texting While Driving a Primary Offense

February 24, 2010 at 02:39 PM
Albany, NY - Governor David A. Paterson has submitted to the Legislature Program Bill No. 222, which would make New York State's law against using a cell phone or texting while driving more effective by raising a violation of the law from a secondary offense to a primary offense. "This bill will take the handcuffs off our law enforcement officers and make our highways safer by allowing...

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