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Waterloo, IA – Underage Slaughterhouse Workers Testify in Rubashkin Case

May 10, 2010 at 10:59 PM
Waterloo, IA - A former underage worker cried Monday while testifying she was exposed to harsh chemicals at an Iowa slaughterhouse where she and other teens worked 12 hours a day, six days a week. Yesenia Cordero Mendoza, now 18, was one of two former underage workers to testify against former manager Sholom Rubashkin, who faces 83 child labor violation charges stemming from a May 2008 raid at...

New York, NY – Mayor Bloomberg Personally Answers 311 Hotline

May 10, 2010 at 10:04 PM
New York, NY - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg personally answered a call to the city's 311 information hotline Monday to mark its 100 millionth call. The information line has fielded calls since Bloomberg created it in March 2003. Last year alone, the line got a record 18.7 million calls, more than 50,000 per day. Bloomberg answered his call by saying "Good afternoon, thank you for...

Albany, NY – Legislatures Approve One-Day-A-Week Off for 100,000 State Workers

May 10, 2010 at 09:19 PM
Albany, NY - Legislature has approved unprecedented furloughs for state workers to contend with the state's fiscal crisis. Democratic Gov. David Paterson forced the vote on an emergency spending bill that includes the one-day-a-week furloughs for about 100,000 state workers, meant to save $30 million a week. The Senate and Assembly majorities oppose furloughs and called the action illegal...

Jerusalem – Arrest of Man Leading Campaign Against Stores Selling MP4′s Leads to Rioting

May 10, 2010 at 08:29 PM
Jerusalem - Hundreds of haredim rioted in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood Monday night, blocking roads, setting garbage bins on fire, and hurling stones at police forces. The protesters chanted "Nazis" at police and later headed to the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway, blocked it, and shattered the windows of a police cruiser. The reason for the latest angry outburst is the arrest of...

Washington – White House to Celebrate Jewish Americans

May 10, 2010 at 07:55 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will hold what the White House says will be its first reception in recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month. The May 27 event will celebrate the depth of Jewish American heritage and the range of contributions Jews have made to American culture. Guests will include community leaders, Olympians, members of Congress, business...

New York – Where is Faisal Shahzad?

May 10, 2010 at 06:37 PM
New York - The public knew the answer to that question at midnight on May 3, when federal agents pulled the suspected Times Square bomber off a Dubai-bound plane at Kennedy Airport. Since then, Shahzad has disappeared from sight, going a week without appearing in court on weapons of mass destruction and terror charges. Nothing was scheduled for Monday. Federal authorities say 30-year-old...

Washington – Kagan in ’97 Urged Clinton to Ban Late Abortions

May 10, 2010 at 06:27 PM
Washington - As a White House adviser in 1997, Elena Kagan, President Barack Obama's new Supreme Court nominee, urged then-President Bill Clinton to support a ban on late-term abortions. Documents reviewed Monday by The Associated Press show Kagan encouraging Clinton to support a compromise bill that would have banned all abortions of viable fetuses except when the health of the mother was at...

New York – Post-9/11 Slogan a Potent Message From an Ad Man

May 10, 2010 at 05:11 PM
New York - The Times Square street vendors who alerted the police to a smoking Nissan Pathfinder on May 1 seemed to be acting on a combination of their streetwise instincts, their sense of civic duty, their military training and the advice of Allen Kay. They did not know Mr. Kay personally. But they were familiar with his work. As the chairman and chief executive of the Manhattan...

Crown Heights, NY – Editing New Subway Signs Costing $800K

May 10, 2010 at 04:42 PM
Crown Heights, NY - The signage of the New York City subway - stylish Helvetica, white-on-black type - is one of the most universally recognized design schemes in the world. By June 28, quite a bit of it will need to change. On that Monday, disappearing trains (goodbye, W) and redrawn routes will render thousands of existing signs and maps throughout the system obsolete, a hidden cost of the...

New York – Stocks Rally to the Finish Line; Dow Gains Over 400

May 10, 2010 at 04:08 PM
New York - Stocks rallied Monday after the EU and IMF agreed to a $1 trillion emergency-bailout package to stem the sovereign-debt crisis. The Dow Jones Industrial Average logged a gain of more than 400 points, or 3.9 percent, closing at nearly 10,800. The blue-chip index had pared its gain in the afternoon to about 300-350 before settling near its highs for the day. The CBOE volatility...

New York, NY – Voters Could Change Balance of Power

May 10, 2010 at 03:33 PM
New York, NY - Voters could have the chance this fall to change the balance of powers in city government, overhaul development procedures and possibly make city elections nonpartisan as a panel examines an update to the city constitution. Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed the charter review commission earlier this year, following up on a promise he made when he persuaded the City Council to...

Israel – Rabbis Flock to Temple Mount

May 10, 2010 at 02:05 PM
Israel - On the eve of the 43rd Jerusalem Day, 43 rabbis, mainly from the Religious Zionism movement, visited the Temple Mount on Monday, in the largest group of rabbis to visit the site since 1967. The event was coordinated with the Jerusalem Police and was held under security. The rabbis to visit the site include Kiryat Arba rabbi and chairman of the Yesha Rabbinical Council Rabbi Dov Lior...

New York, NY – Governor Paterson Insulted by Mayor Bloomberg’s Chutzpah

May 10, 2010 at 02:04 PM
New York, NY - Angered by Mayor Bloom berg's "hypocrisy" over the state and city budgets and his repeated recent "insults," Gov. Paterson is warning that he is ready to fight back. "Mayor Bloomberg is not going to treat the governor poorly, with disrespect!" declared a source close to the Paterson administration. "We've got just as many muscles as the mayor and his people do -- and if they...

New York – First In The Nation: NY State Unveils a Cancer Map

May 10, 2010 at 01:45 PM
New York - New York is publicly mapping cancer cases statewide using a system years in the making. The interactive map billed as the nation’s first statewide cancer map, to be posted on the Internet Monday shows specific types of cancer and certain environmental features, such as landfills. The intent is to better understand the causes of cancer. Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, a Westchester...

Ashkelon, Israel – Large Police Force Gearing Up for Clashes with Charedim Over Removal of Graves

May 10, 2010 at 01:00 PM
Ashkelon, Israel - Large police forces are gearing up for possible attempts by ultra-Orthodox to interfere in the planned removal of ancient graves near Ashkelon's Barzilai Medical Center. Some haredi leaders have called on the community to fight the government's decision to clear the graves and construct a new, fortified emergency room at the site. "We'll have to deal with a number of...

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