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Boston, MA – Research Suggest Diet Drinks May Reduce Risk of Kidney Stones

May 17, 2010 at 10:50 PM
Boston, MA - Fizzy citrus diet drinks may help stop people developing painful kidney stones, research suggests. An ingredient in some soft drinks could be a preventive measure for those at risk of the disorder, scientists say. The drinks - 7Up, Sunkist, Sprite, Fresca and Canada Dry ginger ale - contain high amounts of a compound called citrate. This is known to inhibit the formation of...

New York, NY – Balconies Declared Unsafe at 16 New York Buildings

May 17, 2010 at 09:59 PM
New York, NY - Thousands of residents in 16 buildings across New York City have been ordered to stop using balconies that were found to be unsafe by the Department of Buildings. The warnings came as inspectors conducted safety reviews around the city after a man fell to his death in March when part of the railing on his balcony gave way. Inspectors have also found that about 800 building...

Washington – Obama To Meet With Jewish Members Of Congress

May 17, 2010 at 09:31 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama is meeting with Jewish Democrats in Congress on Tuesday to discuss U.S.-Israeli relations. The meeting, which the White House announced Monday, comes as U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are resuming. That follows a diplomatic spat between the U.S. and Israel in March when an Israeli panel announced construction plans in contested...

Williamsburg – Brooklyn’s Oldest Orthodox Shul Celebrates 141st Birthday

May 17, 2010 at 08:42 PM
Williamsburg, NY - The oldest Orthodox Jewish synagogue in all of Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island — one of the few remnants of the non-Hasidic Jewish community that thrived in Williamsburg until the 1960s — celebrated its 141st anniversary on Sunday with a dinner that attracted several well-known figures from the legal and political communities. The synagogue is Congregation Beth Jacob...

Amman, Jordan – Jewish Professor Chomsky: Israel Acting Like Totalitarian State

May 17, 2010 at 07:36 PM
Amman, Jordan - Noam Chomsky on Monday accused Israel of acting like a “totalitarian state” after an Israeli government decision banning him from entering the West Bank. Mr. Chomsky (81), a Jewish-American professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a strong critic of Israel, had been invited to lecture at the Palestinian Birzeit University, near the...

Washington – Jewish Group Asks Newspaper To Stop Pat Buchanan’s Column

May 17, 2010 at 06:51 PM
Washington - A group of Jewish Democrats wants a large newspaper syndicate to stop publishing conservative commentator Pat Buchanan's columns. Buchanan found himself in hot water last week after he penned a piece saying that if Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is confirmed, the number of Jews on the Court will be highly disproportionate to the U.S. population, (reported here on VIN...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Tightens Rules for Debt Collectors

May 17, 2010 at 05:18 PM
New York, NY - The Bloomberg administration announced new rules on Monday that are intended to change the way debt collectors operate by making sure they are going after the right people. The new rules require collection agencies to provide consumers with the equivalent of an “original receipt” of the debt, proving the ownership and including an itemized list of accrued interest and any...

New York, NY – Police Commissioner Ray Kelly May Consider Running for Office Someday

May 17, 2010 at 04:29 PM
New York, NY - Police Commissioner Ray Kelly — fresh off his star turn in the wake of Times Square plot — gets cover treatment in New York magazine this week. The profile is full of interesting tidbits about Kelly: his West Side Story-tinged youth with a brawling crew, his penchant for iPads and other gadgets, his (possibly apocryphal) brush with rejection from the NYPD over his height...

Poland – Flood Threat to Auschwitz Archives

May 17, 2010 at 03:27 PM
Poland - The former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau was closed to visitors on Monday as torrential rain sparked a flood alert across southern Poland, the museum at the site said. Jaroslaw Mensfelt, spokesman for the state-run Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, said staff were also scrambling as flood waters swelled the nearby River Sola. "The archives, documents and all the...

Brooklyn, NY – Lopez Strengthens His ‘Vito’ Power with ‘Loyal’ Lackeys

May 17, 2010 at 02:04 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Democratic Party Chairman Vito Lopez has made a controversial move to bolster his own power base by packing an obscure, but powerful, state committee with unelected loyalists. Lopez, who is also a longtime assemblyman from Bushwick, has appointed five “at large” state committeemen to an otherwise elected body that is comprised of two “district leaders” from each assembly...

New York – Halachically Speaking: Flowers/Greenery In Shuls For Shavuos

May 17, 2010 at 01:47 PM
New York - The custom is to place greenery in shuls on Shavuos,[1] and many have the custom to place them in their homes as well.[2] Some say this is done for simchas haregel.[3] Others say the reason is as aremembrance of Har Sinai, which was surrounded with beautiful greenery at the time the Torah was given to Klal Yisroel.[4] The seforim mention many other reasons for placing greenery on...

New York – Rabbi Horowitz Analyzes the Arevim Life Insurance Program

May 17, 2010 at 01:20 PM
New York - A week ago, Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, Director of Project YES, and a lifelong tireless advocate for children, reached out to the leadership of Arevim Life Insurance Program in a respectful manner voicing concerns that he had with their program. (Details and background of their exchange can be found here . Rabbi Horowitz wrote a letter to Arevim last Wednesday and received Averim's...

Jerusalem – Charedi Knesset Members Won’t Attend Gov’t Vote In Protest Of Removal of Graves

May 17, 2010 at 01:07 PM
Jerusalem - The United Torah Judaism has decided that the party's Knesset members will not attend the weekly government no-confidence vote in protest against the decision to relocate graves in Ashkelon. It was further decided that each member of the faction would consult with his senior rabbis on whether to withdraw from the coalition over the affair. The MKs will discuss their course of...

United Kingdom – Europe: 1,000 Flights Affected Due to Volcanic Ash

May 17, 2010 at 11:43 AM
United Kingdom - Three of Europe's busiest airports reopened Monday afternoon after a dense volcanic ash cloud from Iceland dissipated and a no-fly zone was lifted. Up to 1,000 flights in Europe were affected by the closures. Flights were landing and taking off from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, but all three warned travelers it would take time for...

Waterloo, IA – Family: Rubashkin Taken To Hospital Over Weekend

May 17, 2010 at 10:12 AM
Waterloo, IA - The family of Sholom Rubashkin said he was hospitalized over the weekend in Cedar Rapids with a skin infection on his arm. His wife, Leah Rubashkin, said he complained last week of a bite, but didn’t know how it originated. His family said they thought the condition wasn’t serious. Over the weekend, he received an intravenous antibiotic and a round of oral antibiotics...

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