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Williamsburg, NY – Flushing Ave Bike Path Proposal Will Widen Sidewalk 6 Feet

May 20, 2010 at 11:48 PM
Williamsburg, NY - In March the DOT unveiled plans to install a two-way, protected path along Flushing Avenue, which would have been the last piece of the puzzle giving cyclists a safe bike route, completely separated from traffic, all the way from Greenpoint to DUMBO. But local residents and businesses raised objections about the DOT's intention to change Flushing into a one-way avenue for...

White Plains, NY – Judge Refuses to Dismiss Bronx Synagogue-Bomb Case

May 20, 2010 at 11:31 PM
White Plains, NY - A federal judge has refused to dismiss the criminal case against four men who claimed they were entrapped by a federal informant into a plot to bomb synagogues and shoot down military planes. Judge Colleen McMahon said precedents establish that even when the government helps commit a crime, others can be prosecuted. "In case after case, governmental activity that...

Moscow – Russia: Non-Crew in Cockpit of Doomed Polish Flight

May 20, 2010 at 11:26 PM
Moscow - As Polish President Lech Kaczynski's plane streaked toward disaster, at least two passengers visited the cockpit, others may have chatted on cellular phones that can obstruct navigation instruments and an under-trained crew faced heavy fog over challenging terrain. Those were among the details revealed Wednesday by Russian and Polish officials investigating the April 10 crash that...

Manchester, England – One of the Last Chofetz Chaim’s Talmidim Passes Away During Yom Tov

May 20, 2010 at 11:17 PM
Manchester, England - Rabbi Yerachamiel Cofnas, z”l, one of the last remaining talmidim of the Chofetz Chaim in Radin, passed away on the first day of Shavuos, at the age of 96 in Manchester England. Rav Cofnas was born in 1914, and studied in the Yeshiva in Radin during his teen-age years. The Chofetz Chaim passed away in 1933, when Rav Cofnas was 19 years old. At the time, Rav Cofnas’...

Manhattan, NY – Frustrated New Yorker Creates Lane For Tourists

May 20, 2010 at 11:17 PM
Manhattan, NY - New Yorkers accustomed to life in the fast lane are taking the issue of slow-moving tourists into their own hands. They're taking their message to the street – or actually, to the sidewalk. It's suspected that a frustrated New Yorker came up with this plan on Fifth Avenue at 22 Street, where there is now a sidewalk lane for slower moving tourists, and another for...

Washington – NY’s Senator Chuck Schumer Positioned to Become Majority Leader

May 20, 2010 at 10:55 PM
Washington - On Mother's Day, Chuck Schumer delivered two commencement speeches upstate, flew back to Brooklyn to eat dinner with his wife, mother and daughters and at 7:38 p.m. toted a briefcase into his midtown office for the political ritual known as the Sunday press conference. Picking his way through a line of television cameramen, he joked: "It's like football. No holes. Can't get through,"...

New York – Dressed As Chasidic Jew Famous Holywood Actor Goes Unoticed in Borough Park Shul

May 20, 2010 at 10:42 PM
New York - Al Pacino, preparing for the role of Shylock in the Public Theater's upcoming production of "The Merchant of Venice," took his research into Brooklyn this week, visiting a Hasidic synagogue in Borough Park. The actor made the trip with Barry Edelstein, director of the Public's Shakespeare Initiative, to observe religious Jews in prayer and learn about the community. Mr. Pacino...

Washington – U.S. Congress Approves Funding For Israeli Missile Defense Aid

May 20, 2010 at 10:33 PM
Washington - The US House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly backed President Barack Obama's plans to help Israel deploy an anti-missile system, in an unmistakable election-year show of support. By a 410-4 margin, lawmakers endorsed Obama's plan to give Israel 205 million dollars for its production of a short-range rocket defense system called "Iron Dome." "With nearly every...

Munich, Germany – Judges Reject Defense Argument As Demjanjuk Remains in Hospital for 3rd Day

May 20, 2010 at 10:28 PM
Munich, Germany - Judges threw out motions to dismiss the case against accused Nazi guard John Demjanjuk on Thursday, rejecting several key defense arguments and saying they found the evidence against him to be strong. The ruling prompted attorneys from both sides to say the court appears to be leaning toward a guilty verdict. Demjanjuk, who turned 90 last month, is standing trial on 27,900...

Jerusalem – Israel: Pagan Altar Found Unearthed Barzilai Site Disproves Charedi Protest

May 20, 2010 at 10:15 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli archaeologists say workers have uncovered an ancient pagan altar while clearing ground for construction of a hotly disputed hospital emergency room. They say the discovery proves an ancient cemetery at the site that has been at the center of protests by ultra-Orthodox Jews does not contain the graves of Jews. Protesters claim an emergency room extension at Barzilai...

Allentown, PA – Voters Oust High-profile Party Switcher Jewish Senator Arlen Specter

May 20, 2010 at 10:10 PM
Allentown, PA - Centrism and just plain survival made Arlen Specter part of the nation's political fabric for nearly half a century, his cancer-fighting, party-switching story as much about evading death as writing laws. But the very adaptability that helped Specter, 80, endure turned politically fatal Tuesday, when the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Democrat lost his party's Pennsylvania...

Washington – Congressmen Meet Obama Urge Him to Take Personal Interest in Israel

May 20, 2010 at 09:55 PM
Washington - US President Barack Obama met with 37 Jewish members of the Democratic caucuses Tuesday afternoon, to discuss a range of issues important to US foreign policy. According to the White House Media Affairs Office, the conversation included an update on proximity talks and administration efforts to strengthen Israel's security, including the administration’s recent decision to...

Meah Shearim, Israel – Barzilai Bones Get Eda Haredit Funeral

May 20, 2010 at 09:51 PM
Meah Shearim, Israel - Hundreds of members of the Eda Haharedit were holding a funeral procession in Jerusalem's Shabbat Square for the bones that were evacuated from Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. During the ceremony, they asked for forgiveness from those whose graves were disinterred. Before the gathering, the Religious Affairs Ministry gave authorization to the Eda Haharedit leaders...

New York – Stocks Dive, Dow Off 376 on World Economic Worries

May 20, 2010 at 09:36 PM
New York - Stocks took their deepest plunge in more than a year Thursday as fears grew that Europe's debt crisis could spread around the world and undermine the U.S. economic recovery. The possibility has been brewing for weeks, but analysts said some investors are just waking up to it. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 376 points, its biggest point drop since February 2009. All the major...

Rockville, MD – Orthodox Jewish Man Found Dead Erev Shavuos on Metro Train

May 20, 2010 at 09:35 PM
Rockville, MD - Rickey Jay Van Houter left his Rockville home at 9:45 a.m. Monday as he did many weekdays, driving to the Twinbrook Metro station before boarding a Red Line train to his government contracting job as a computer programmer. He had been up late the night before on a deadline for work, his family said, but they noticed nothing unusual Sunday as he helped his wife water her flowers...

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