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New York – Swatting at Wall Street From a Bunker in Brooklyn

May 22, 2010 at 11:49 PM
New York - Congress took its time regulating the financial industry. City Hall and Wall Street are BFFs. Where do you go to find someone who’ll stand up to the bankers and brokers? How about 1412 Coney Island Avenue, in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, between the laundromat and the baby gear store? Open a battered steel door, walk up a narrow flight of worn stairs and enter a dingy...

Sojod, Lebanon – Hezbollah Promotes Itself Through ‘jihadi tourism’

May 22, 2010 at 11:19 PM
Sojod, Lebanon - The students clapped and cheered as a Hezbollah fighter perched on a rocket launcher paraded past. Later, they snapped photographs with guerrila fighters, getting a firsthand account of the group's tactics against Israel on the battlefield. Excursions like the one more than 400 Lebanese university students took Saturday to a Hezbollah stronghold in south Lebanon are part of...

New York, NY – City Water Board Soaks Homeowners With 12.9% Increase

May 22, 2010 at 11:14 PM
New York, NY - The New York City Water Board approved Friday a 12.9% increase to the water rate beginning July 1, but to help defray the cost the board doubled to 2% a proposed discount to customers who pay by direct deposit. The rate increase marks the fourth consecutive year of double-digit increases for city water customers. Alan Moss, the board's chairman, acknowledged in an interview that...

Washington – Obama Seeks Tougher Mileage, Efficiency Standards

May 22, 2010 at 11:09 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama is setting the nation's sights on vehicles that run on half the fuel they now use and give off half the pollution. Obama on Friday directed the government to set the first-ever mileage and pollution limits for big trucks and to tighten rules for future cars and SUVs. "The nation that leads in the clean energy economy will lead the global economy," Obama...

Islamabad – Investigator: 2 Detained In Pakistan Admit Aiding NYC Bomb Try

May 22, 2010 at 10:44 PM
Islamabad - Two men detained in Pakistan admitted with pride that they helped the suspect in the attempted Times Square bombing, and one of the men angrily accused his interrogators of "siding with the infidels," a senior intelligence official said Saturday. The pair are among six men officials say have been detained in Pakistan for alleged ties to Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American arrested...

Monticello, NY – Islamic Group Suing Village over Mosque Delays

May 22, 2010 at 10:22 PM
Monticello, NY - Members of a four-year-old mosque are suing the Village of Monticello, claiming officials have continuously thrown up red tape and purposely harassed them. According to papers filed in state Supreme Court this week, a group called the Islamic Culture Center of Monticello Inc. claims it has spent nearly $1 million converting an old house on Cottage Street into a mosque and...

Atlanta, GA – Conservative Rabbi Wins Fight Against Kosher Law

May 22, 2010 at 09:54 PM
Atlanta, GA - Governor Sonny Purdue signed into law a bill repealing the unconstitutional Kosher Food Labeling Act and replacing it with a new law mandating that consumers be fully informed about the standards under which any kosher food product is certified as being kosher. The bill, signed Thursday, was prompted by an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit and was passed by the Georgia...

Williamsburg, NY – Judge to Hear Broadway Triangle Suit Claiming It Favors Whites and Hasidic Jews

May 22, 2010 at 09:41 PM
Williamsburg, NY - A Manhattan judge has scheduled a hearing next month to determine whether the city's plan to develop public housing in a rundown patch of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, would essentially foster segregation. In a 22-page decision issued on Thursday, the judge, Emily Jane Goodman of State Supreme Court, indicated that there might be some merit in claims that the city's plan to...

New York – NY’s Cuomo Announces He’s Running for Governor

May 22, 2010 at 09:38 PM
New York - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo declared his candidacy for governor Saturday, delivering a full-throated call for political reform and pledging to make the notoriously dysfunctional state government more accountable to its citizens. The announcement by Cuomo to seek the governorship once held by his iconic father, Mario Cuomo, had been widely expected. The Democrat disclosed...

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