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Newark, NJ – Sen. Lautenberg Blasts Buchanan’s Jew Remark

May 14, 2010 at 05:24 PM
Newark, NJ - U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) responded to commentator and former Republican Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan's complaint today that "if Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats": "It is outrageous that Mr. Buchanan is using Elena Kagan's religion as kindling to enflame opposition to...

New York – Pat Buchanan in Editorial: Too Many Jews on the Supreme Court

May 14, 2010 at 05:22 PM
New York - "A chorus of black commentators and civic leaders has begun expressing frustration over (Elena) Kagan's hiring record as Harvard dean. From 2003 to 2009, 29 faculty members were hired: 28 were white and one was Asian-American." CNN pundit Roland Martin slammed "Kagan's record on diversity as one that a 'white Republican U.S. president' would be criticized for." This is an excerpt...

New York, NY – 633 Cabbies to Lose Their Licenses for Overcharging By $1.1 Million

May 14, 2010 at 04:48 PM
New York, NY - The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission plans to revoke the licenses of 633 drivers for routinely overcharging customers as part of a scheme that cost passengers $1.1 million, it was announced on Friday. The commission had previously accused about 35,000 taxi drivers of overcharging riders, costing passengers a total of $8.3 million. The number of suspected drivers was...

Washington – Feds To Train Parking Attendants, Meter Maids Nationwide To Watch for Terrorists

May 14, 2010 at 03:51 PM
Washington - Parking attendants and meter maids could be the nation's latest line of defense against terrorist attacks. A new government program aims to train thousands of parking industry employees nationwide to watch for and report anything suspicious — abandoned cars, for example, or people hanging around garages, taking photographs or asking unusual questions. Organizers say parking...

Cape Canaveral, FL- May Heritage Month: A 2nd Chance For Jewish Astronaut In Space Shuttle Mission

May 14, 2010 at 03:28 PM
Cape Canaveral, FL - It's an all-male, all-veteran crew for space shuttle Atlantis' final flight. Six astronauts are aboard for this third-to-last shuttle mission. NASA is retiring its three remaining shuttles so it can focus on getting astronauts back into true outer space. Atlantis' astronauts are putting off any commemorations and, for now at least, focusing on the work awaiting them at...

Thessaloniki, Greece – 3 Vandals Arrested after Desecrating Jewish Cemetery

May 14, 2010 at 03:06 PM
Thessaloniki, Greece - The Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki, in northern Greece, was desecrated by a group of anti-Semites who used rags and gasoline to set fire to a tomb, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) announced. Swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti reading “Fire to the Jews” and “Juden raus”  appeared on a number of tombstones, the alleys and the surrounding...

Warsaw – Polish Police Detain Fans After anti-Semitic Banners Displayed at Football Match

May 14, 2010 at 02:07 PM
Warsaw - Polish police said Friday that they have detained five football fans suspected of displaying large anti-Semitic banners at a match in southern Poland last weekend, while the country's soccer federation penalized the soccer club. The banners were unfurled by fans of Resovia Rzeszow during a match Saturday against local rival Stala Rzeszow. One depicted a caricatured man with a large...

Los Angeles, CA – Jewish Rights Group Says Arizona Law Not Nazi

May 14, 2010 at 01:42 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Arizona's tough new law against illegal immigration has prompted furious protests and boycotts but Jewish groups say opponents who compare it with the rise of Nazi Germany are going too far. "It diminishes the Holocaust," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center, an internationally known Holocaust studies center based in Los Angeles. "Survivors and...

New York, NY – NYPD Counterterrorism Announces Plan to Tap Into Private Cameras

May 14, 2010 at 01:28 PM
New York, NY - The NYPD plans to have eyes on nearly every inch of Midtown under an ambitious plan to tap into private cameras and beef up its own supply over a 30-block stretch from river to river. Police hope to "leverage the private-security resources" in the area - which spans from 30th Street to 60th Street - by building better relationships with building managers and security personnel...

Uniteed Kingdom – ‘Nazi Zealots’ Sentenced to 10 Years

May 14, 2010 at 12:47 PM
United Kingdom - A white supremacist who became the first person to be sentenced for producing a chemical weapon has been jailed for 10 years. Racist Ian Davison, 42, manufactured enough ricin to kill nine people and kept it in a jar in his kitchen for two years. He was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court alongside his teenage son Nicky, who was a fellow member of a group known as the Aryan...

Germany – Every 10 Days a Jewish Cemetery Is Vandalized, Says Ministry

May 14, 2010 at 12:46 PM
Germany - A Jewish cemetery is vandalized every 10 days on average, according to interior ministry data released in a media report Friday. Last year, the interior ministry reportedly recorded 38 cases of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries, of which 35 were attributed to right wing extremists. The findings were cited by daily Tagesspiegel. In total, 509 anti-Semitic attacks on graveyards were...

Albany, NY – Budget Crisis: NYS to Close 55 Parks

May 14, 2010 at 12:36 PM
Albany, NY - State parks officials say they'll start next week shutting down or keeping closed dozens of parks and historic sites because of New York's budget crisis. Parks spokeswoman Eileen Larrabee says Friday that the gates at 41 parks and 14 historic sites will be locked starting Monday. She says most of the properties were closed for the winter or had reduced services, but typically...

Pittsburgh, PA – After 40 Years Heinz Ketchup Gets New Recipe With Less Salt

May 14, 2010 at 11:18 AM
Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz has cooked up a new recipe for its iconic ketchup. The Pittsburgh-based condiment maker has started making batches of ketchup using a recipe with less salt. The new version will hit store shelves this summer. Company officials say the 15 percent cut in sodium is the first significant change of formula in nearly 40 years. But fear not, ketchup connoisseurs. The new...

New York – Internet Use Makes Us Happier, Says Mental-Health Study

May 14, 2010 at 10:54 AM
New York - When it comes to mental health, the Internet gets a bad rap. There are countless studies that suggest regular access to the Internet is linked to stress, anxiety and addiction. But before you stop tweeting and toss out your iPhone, it turns out that spending time on the Web could actually be making you happier. A May 12 report by British researchers from the U.K.'s Chartered...

Woodbury, NY – Thruway’s 1st Highway-speed E-ZPass Toll Booths Are Open

May 14, 2010 at 10:21 AM
Woodbury, NY - The state Thruway's first highway-speed E-ZPass tollbooth lanes have opened this morning at the Woodbury toll plaza in the Hudson Valley. Northbound motorists with E-ZPass are now able to pass the Woodbury toll plaza -- Exit 16 at Harriman -- at 65 miles per hour. Southbound service is expected to be available beginning at 4 a.m. Saturday. Officials say the new capability...

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