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New York – Insights From a Week as a 311 Operator in NYC

May 16, 2010 at 09:59 PM
New York - The lovely sounding gentleman on the other end of the line was simply trying to improve his corner of the world. Instead, he was rapidly losing faith in city government. As I placed him on hold for the third time, I heard him mutter: “She’s having a hard time finding it! It was on 1010 WINS this morning!” Indeed, how could an operator at New York City’s vaunted 311 help line...

United Kingdom – Volcanic Ash to Close London’s Heathrow, Gatwick Airport

May 16, 2010 at 08:41 PM
United Kingdom - Europe's busiest airport was set to close early Monday morning as a dense crowd of volcanic ash drifts across England from Iceland, aviation authorities said. The airspace over London's Heathrow Airport will be closed at 1 a.m. Monday (0000 GMT; 7 p.m. EDT), Britain's National Air Traffic Service said in a statement late Sunday night. The restrictions affecting Heathrow —...

Williamsburg, NY – Website Shames Straphangers Who Break Unspoken Rules

May 16, 2010 at 08:23 PM
Williamsburg, NY - Hogging more than one subway seat. Blasting music from an iPod. Leaning up against a subway pole. Inconsiderate straphangers who break these unspoken rules of rail riding are now getting publicly shamed on a new Web site created by a Brooklyn graphic designer. "I'm not asking people to be Mother Teresa," said Grant Gold, 24, creator of ViolationReport.org, where fed-up...

Israel – Skin Cancer Increasingly Likely Among Jewish Men

May 16, 2010 at 07:45 PM
Israel - Israeli men are becoming increasingly more likely than women to develop skin cancer, the Israeli Health Ministry stated. Up until the mid-1990s, melanoma was more common among women than men, but now the figure has been reversed − today, 31 percent more men are diagnosed than women. In 2000, only 14 percent more men were diagnosed. In 2008, 1,300 new cases of skin cancer were...

Jerusalem – Municipality Cuts Off Services to Charedi Neighborhoods

May 16, 2010 at 05:47 PM
Jerusalem - The municipality on Sunday evening cut off services to a number of ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, after hundreds of protesters clashed with police during demonstrations against the state's decision to relocate ancient remains buried at the site of a planned emergency room in Ashkelon. Due to "a long list of violent incidents, including attacks on municipal workers and the vandalism...

New York, NY – Mayor Bloomberg: Term Limits Will Go to Voters Again

May 16, 2010 at 04:57 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who sparked criticism by pushing to overturn term limits as part of an effort to clear his way for a second run for re-election, said that he has a "commitment" to place the issue on the election ballot. In March, Mr. Bloomberg appointed a 15-person Charter Revision Commission to examine potential changes to the city constitution. The panel...

Jerusalem – Report: Eda Charedis to Curse Netanyahu and D-G Gabbai at Rally [photos]

May 16, 2010 at 03:18 PM
Jerusalem - Leading figures of the extreme “eda haredit” haredi community are planning to lay a curse on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the director-general of his office, Eyal Gabbai on Sunday night, Channel 10 news reported. The “eda haredit” leaders have called a protest rally in Jerusalem over the start of evacuation of graves from the site for the Ashkelon hospital’s...

Stockholm, Sweden – Swedish Politician: Jews Behind 9/11 and Holocaust

May 16, 2010 at 02:38 PM
Stockholm, Sweden - The Centre Party has promised to take action following revelations that one of its candidates for a parliamentary seat believes Jews lay behind the 9/11 terror attacks and the Holocaust. Conspiracy theories surrounding an array of global events have flourished for years on the website of Ove Svidén, 73, according to a report on public broadcaster SVT’s news show...

Italy – Rabbi Of Turin Removed For Being Too Frum

May 16, 2010 at 02:22 PM
Italy - According to a report in La Repubblica Torino The Jewish community in Turin has dismissed its chief rabbi for being too rigidly Orthodox. In an unprecedented move for Italian Jewry, Rabbi Alberto Somekh was removed following three years of acrimonious debate and more than a year after the Turin Jewish community, which is largely secular or non-observant, announced its decision to...

New York – Secretive Speed Stock Traders in Spotlight After Crash

May 16, 2010 at 01:57 PM
New York - If you saw a penny on the sidewalk, would you pick it up? You may think it's not worth the effort, but a breed of investors who have been in the news do. Using super-fast computers, high-frequency traders in effect bend down to pick up pennies lying about in the stock market — then do it again, sometimes thousands of times a second. More than a week after the Dow Jones...

Chicago, IL – Boeing’s new 787 Brings New Design and Comforts To The Air Travel Public

May 16, 2010 at 01:05 PM
Chicago, IL - Patience, America. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is coming. Big windows. High ceilings. Overhead bins that will hold those overstuffed carry-ons. Wireless entertainment (and office e-mail) to your seat. More natural air so your face doesn't feel like it spent six hours in the Sahara Desert. It's coming. Someday. to see photos of the new 787 dreamliner No more aging...

Cherry Hill, NJ – Ponzi Scheme Investigated after Death of Schemer

May 16, 2010 at 12:55 PM
Cherry Hill, NJ - Financial planner David L. Garfield enjoyed life as a "pillar" of the community, serving as president of the Katz Jewish Community Center and the synagogue M'Kor Shalom in Camden County. At the same time, say criminal investigators, Garfield scammed family and friends out of millions of dollars, pillaging trusts for widows and the disabled and investments set aside for...

Washington – Obama to Sign Daniel Pearl Press Freedom Act

May 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM
Washington - President Obama will sign the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act into law on Monday, May 17, joined by six members and three generations of the Pearl family. The act, named in honor of the Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped and decapitated by Islamic extremists in Pakistan in 2002, expands the examination of press freedom worldwide in the State Department’s annual human...

Washington – Thousands of Nonprofits May Lose tax-exempt Status

May 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM
Washington - More than 200,000 small nonprofits across the nation are days away from losing their tax-exempt status because they haven't filed a new form with the Internal Revenue Service. Many of these groups already operate on razor-thin budgets and some worry an unexpected tax bill could force organizations to close. "The nonprofits in your backyards, some of them are going to be gone,"...

Jerusalem – Facebook Group Launched To Stop Comedy Central Game Association of Israel As a Child Killer

May 16, 2010 at 12:05 PM
Jerusalem - Recently, the Comedy Central TV network censored an episode of the popular South Park cartoon following threats from Islamic extremists offended at the show's portrayal of the Prophet Mohammad. But while Comedy Central was perceived to have caved in on a matter of free speech, it appears that the network exercises double standards when it comes to producing genuinely offensive...

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