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Albany, NY – A Battle to Protect and Preserve Aid to Yeshivos

May 12, 2010 at 11:35 PM
Albany, NY - A delegation of some 20 prominent yeshiva representatives and advocates organized and led by Agudath Israel of America spent this past Tuesday, May 11, in Albany, meeting with high-ranking government officials in an effort to forestall proposed budget cuts that could have a disastrous impact on the yeshiva community across New York State. Assemblyman Dov Hikind played a large role in...

Manhattan, NY – Growing Up, Kagan Tested Boundaries of Modern Orthodoxy

May 12, 2010 at 10:05 PM
Manhattan, NY - Elena Kagan was a star pupil in her Hebrew school on the Upper West Side. So it was not too surprising after she turned 12 that she wanted to mark her coming of age with a bat mitzvah. The only problem was that the rabbi at her Orthodox synagogue, Shlomo Riskin, had never performed one. "Elena Kagan felt very strongly that there should be ritual bat mitzvah in the synagogue...

Jerusalem – Alan Dershowitz Meets Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Praises Fayyad

May 12, 2010 at 09:09 PM
Jerusalem - Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor who has become one of Israel’s most committed and articulate advocates, on Wednesday emphatically hailed Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as a potential partner for peace, calling him “the best that Israel has, and probably the best that Israel has ever had.” Speaking to The Jerusalem Post immediately after a...

Melbourne, Australia – Legal Battle to Take Off Criminal’s Name from Sephardi Synagogue

May 12, 2010 at 08:46 PM
Melbourne, Australia - FAMOUS people get their names pasted to planes and trains, sporting stadiums and halls. But an unpleasant spat in the Victorian Supreme Court has shone a light on the elusive prestige that attaches to the naming rights on a synagogue. Just weeks after the Sydney-based Jewish businessman and former jailbird Rodney Adler met the leader of the Catholic Church - yes, at the...

Israel – Census: 1 Room & 2 Cellphones Per Person

May 12, 2010 at 07:22 PM
Israel - Personal computers are found in 71.1 percent of Israeli households and 90.8% of those homes have an Internet connection. Some 61.8% of households own at least one car and 18.8% have two or more. And the average Israeli has 2.1 mobile phones. Those were some of the findings the Central Bureau of Statistics reported, when it released an initial report from the 2008 national population...

Albany, NY – Assemblymembers Storm Governor’s Office

May 12, 2010 at 06:08 PM
Albany, NY - The budget stalemate in Albany now has members of the Governor's own party calling on him to step-up. A number of Assemblymembers have staged a"sit-in" in the Capitol's Red Room in order to make a statement about what they are calling a lack of leadership on budget talks. A group of legislators had been joined by Dan Weiller, the spokesman for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver...

New York City – Brooklyn Councilmembers Rally At City Hall Against School Vouchers and Childcare Cuts

May 12, 2010 at 05:56 PM
New York City - Over 100 educators, childcare advocates, and labor organizers from across Brooklyn joined Councilmembers David Greenfield, Lew Fidler, Erik Dilan, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Mike Nelson, Jumaane Williams and Mathieu Eugene on the steps of City Hall today to protest proposed cuts to childcare funding. Councilmembers Tish James and Al Vann were also represented. In total, 10 of the...

Washington – White House Cutting NY Terror Funding

May 12, 2010 at 05:29 PM
Washington - The feds are slashing terror funding for New York's mass transit system, according to Sen. Charles Schumer. The surprising move comes just 11 days after a botched attemped to explode a car  bomb in Times Square -- yet another reminder that New York City remains the prime target for terrorist strikes in the United States. Senator Charles E. Schumer  blasted  today’s...

Albany, NY – Judge Halts NY State Worker Furloughs

May 12, 2010 at 05:26 PM
Albany, NY - A federal judge has blocked New York's governor from imposing furloughs on about 100,000 state workers. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Kahn says that until he rules on union lawsuits seeking an injunction, Gov. David Paterson and lawmakers are temporarily blocked from implementing any furloughs. The unpaid one-day-a-weel furloughs are part of a short-term funding measure...

Libya – How Does One Boy Survive an Otherwise Fatal Plane Crash?

May 12, 2010 at 05:12 PM
Libya - Somehow there was one survivor of the fiery plane crash in Libya this morning. Just one: a 10-year-old Dutch boy. The other 103 people on the Airbus A330-200 died. At least 103 people were killed during a crash landing at a Tripoli airport. Amazing? Yes. Unheard of? Not quite. This is actually the fifteenth time since 1970 that there has been a single survivor in an airliner...

Albany, NY – New York Senator Seeks To Ban Financial Institutions Firms Charging For Mailed Statements

May 12, 2010 at 04:40 PM
Albany, NY - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to give federal regulators the power to ban banks and credit card companies from charging extra for paper statements. Ms. Gillibrand says such fees punish customers who don't have Internet access, especially poor and older customers. She says there are about 2 million households in New York alone without Internet access. Ms. Gillibrand is offering...

California – Los Angeles Becomes First Major City To Boycott Arizona Over Immigration Law

May 12, 2010 at 04:17 PM
California - Los Angeles on Wednesday became the largest city yet to boycott Arizona over its tough new law targeting illegal immigration in a move that likely will affect some $8 million in contracts with the state. The City Council voted 13-1 to bar Los Angeles from conducting business with Arizona unless the law is repealed. The vote followed an emotional council discussion during which...

Manhattan, NY – Obama to Visit NYPD 1PP Headquarters to Praise Cops for Times Square Bust

May 12, 2010 at 04:10 PM
Manhattan, NY - President Obama is expected to visit NYPD headquarters Thursday to thank law enforcement officers for their efforts in the Times Square bomb plot case, several city officials tell NBCNewYork. A White House spokeswoman would not confirm the President's planned visit to 1 Police Plaza -- but the city is already making preparations for the downtown visit. President Obama is...

New York – Walgreen To Start Selling Genetic Test Kits For Tay-Sachs Disease

May 12, 2010 at 03:15 PM
New York - The largest U.S. drugstore chain, Walgreen Co., will start selling genetic testing kits at many of its stores later this month, according to Pathway Genomics, which makes the kits. Pathway said Tuesday that Walgreen will sell saliva swab kits that are used to determine predisposition for chronic diseases, and response to common drugs like Plavix, Tamoxifen and Coumadin. They can...

Israel – Jerusalemites Outraged at Elie Wiesel Over His Appeal to Barack Obama

May 12, 2010 at 03:05 PM
Jerusalem - An extraordinary row has broken out between Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, author and Nobel peace prize winner, and a group of Jewish residents of Jerusalem over who speaks for the future of the disputed city. Wiesel prompted the argument with an open letter to Barack Obama appealing for him not to "politicise" differences over Jerusalem by pressing Israel to stop Jewish...

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