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Manhattan, NY – Cabbage Patch Mogul Purchases Madoff Penthouse

February 6, 2010 at 11:15 PM
Manhattan, NY - The millionaire "marketing genius" behind the Pokemon and the Cabbage Patch Kids toy crazes inked a deal to buy Ponzi King Bernie Madoff's posh penthouse apartment on the Upper East Side, sources said. Al Kahn, CEO of 4Kids Entertainment, signed a contract to buy the 4,000-square-foot home, which was put up for sale by the feds to help recoup cash for the victims of Madoff's...

New York, NY – Retired NYPD Say NYC Crime Stats Manipulated, Fabricated

February 6, 2010 at 10:22 PM
New York, NY - Days after a Brooklyn cop and a Queens politician accused the police of cooking its crime statistics, a survey of more than one hundred retired NYPD higher-ups showed that cops—who are under constant pressure to produce happy-looking stats—have routinely fabricated or manipulated their data, since the crime analysis system was put into place in 1995. And, the statistics they...

Hania, Greece – Jews From Around Greece Travel To Support Burnt Shul

February 6, 2010 at 09:18 PM
Hania, Greece - Members of the Jewish communities in Athens and other areas of Greece travelled to Crete this weekend in order to attend Saturday's service at the Hania synagogue that recently became a target for two anti-Semitic arson attacks on January 5 and January 16. Roughly 100 people arrived to show their support for the Jewish community on Crete and protest against the attacks. In...

Ryazan, Russia – For Elderly Russian Jew, Man Accused as Nazi Camp Guard is Vivid Memory

February 6, 2010 at 09:07 PM
Ryazan, Russia - The witness has grown old and sick. He sits propped on pillows while the snow piles up outside. Recovering from a stroke, he languishes in a cramped apartment because his legs are too frail to negotiate five flights of stairs. His name is Alexei Vaitsen. He is one of the few Jews to survive the torments of the Nazis' Sobibor death camp and the only member of his family who...

Maryland – Historic Snowfall Blankets Baltimore’s Orthodox Community Over Shabbas

February 6, 2010 at 08:29 PM
Baltimore, MD - Just as women were getting ready to light candles this past Shabbos, the blizzard of the century began to hit the state of Maryland, which affected the Baltimore Jewish community. For just about twenty-eight hours, it snowed within the Eruv of Baltimore, Who received between 20 - 30 inches of snow, along with a thunderstorm late last night. "This morning it was amazing to...

New York City – New York City Plans to Topple Public Housing Towers

February 6, 2010 at 08:10 PM
New York City - Philadelphia tore down 21. Chicago leveled 79. Baltimore took down 21 as well, and when 6 of them came down in one day in 1995, it threw a parade. Since the 1990s, public housing high-rise buildings have come tumbling down by the dozens across the country as cities replace them with smaller suburban-style homes that do not carry the stigma of looming urban despair and...

Los Angeles, CA – From Super Bowl to Super Jew A Rare Blend, Pro Football and Hasidic Judaism

February 6, 2010 at 08:03 PM
Los Angeles, CA - After practice one late-summer day in 1986, Alan Veingrad strode into the Green Bay Packers' locker room, feeling both spent and satisfied. An undrafted player from an obscure college, he had made the team and then some. On the next Sunday, opening day of the N.F.L. season, he would be starting at offensive tackle. In his locker, Mr. Veingrad found the usual stuff, his...

Rockland County, NY – Health Officials: Mumps Cases Still Rising in The Jewish Community Of Monsey

February 6, 2010 at 07:53 PM
Rockland County, NY - More than 300 people in Rockland have been diagnosed with the mumps as a cluster that started last summer in an upstate camp for Jewish boys and turned into the largest outbreak nationwide in years continues, health officials said. A total of 303 cases have been diagnosed in Rockland, Commissioner of Health Joan Facelle said. Just about all local cases of the highly...

Salem, OR – House Panel Votes To Allow Teachers To Wear Head Scarves, Other Religious Dress

February 6, 2010 at 07:40 PM
Salem, OR - After more than two hours of charged testimony and debate, the House Education Committee voted 6-4 this afternoon in favor of a bill that would end Oregon's 87-year ban that makes teachers the only people in Oregon who cannot wear religious dress at work. Most lawmakers on the panel said they struggle over the question of how schools would and should handle cases in which observant...

Merrick, NY – Dr. Prevents Bar Mitzvah Tragedy With Automated Defibrillator

February 6, 2010 at 07:32 PM
Merrick, NY - For the second time in three years, a man who believes a defibrillator arrived too late to help his own son has used the device to save a life. Dr. Craig Levine, an oral surgeon from Merrick, was at a bar mitzvah at the Seawane Country Club in Hewlett last Saturday when he saw his friend Lew Goldman, the host of the event, passed out on the dance floor. With the help of an...

Cedar Rapids, IA – Former Agriprocessors Employee Gets Probation

February 6, 2010 at 07:14 PM
Cedar Rapids, IA - A federal judge in Cedar Rapids has sentenced a former Agriprocessors, Inc., employee to one year of probation for helping to hire illegal aliens at the kosher slaughterhouse in Postville. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jon Stuart Scoles imposed the sentence Friday on 31-year-old Karina Freund of Fayette. Freund, who was an employee in the human resources department at the...

Munich, Germany – Senator Lieberman: U.S. Option To Attack Iran Serious

February 6, 2010 at 07:11 PM
Munich, Germany - The world faces a stark choice between imposing tough sanctions on Iran to stop its nuclear program, or attacking it, United States Senator Joe Lieberman said Saturday. Lieberman is the influential chairman of the Senate committee on homeland security. He was speaking a day after Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that his country was ready to accept an...

Queens, NY – Assembly Candidate Uses Swastikas Against Rival Jewish Republican Candidate

February 6, 2010 at 06:37 PM
Queens, NY - A Queens Democrat has sent out mailings illustrated with a swastika that label his rival for an open Assembly seat as an "extremist" who is "out of touch with our community's values." Just days before a special election for a northeastern Queens seat, former Councilman David Weprin attacked Republican and Conservative party candidate Bob Friedrich with literature showing the Nazi...

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