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New York, NY – Polish American Congress: CBS-TV Just as Racist as the Germans

May 23, 2010 at 10:37 PM
New York, NY - There’s a limit on how much you can insult an ethnic group.  Former prisoners of World War II German concentration camps who belong to the Polish American Congress (PAC) felt CBS-TV went beyond it. What upset them so much was a mean and nasty wisecrack by one of the actors in the CBS series, Two and a half Men who had the line, “You don’t have to tell me twice.  I’m...

Jerusalem – The Emanuels Feast in Eilat – Israel Foots Bill

May 23, 2010 at 09:30 PM
Jerusalem - White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and his family dined on seafood at an Eilat restaurant and left the bill for the Israeli Tourism Ministry, according to reports in Israeli media. The report was met with consternation by MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari of the National Union, who wants the bill sent back to Emanuel. Emanuel is in Israel on a private visit with his parents, his wife...

Albany, NY – Governor to Introduce Bill to Keep All Parks Open

May 23, 2010 at 08:32 PM
Albany, NY - Senior officials in the Paterson administration say Gov. David Paterson will introduce a bill Monday that would keep all New York parks and historic sites open for the year including the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. But the officials say the Legislature will have to agree to take $6 million from the Environmental Protection Fund to pay for it. The staffers say lawmakers in...

Israel – With Sharp Increase in Ultra-Orthodox Population, Secular Israelis Sense Threat

May 23, 2010 at 07:15 PM
Israel - Night has fallen over the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim, but few are finding much rest. Curses and shouts ring out in narrow streets still littered with broken glass and other debris from hours of rioting. The stench of burning rubbish hangs in the air, as policemen and protesters glower at each other. This area, not far from the Old City, is normally tranquil. Home to several...

Manhattan, NY – NYPD Cement Trucks Guard Salute to Israel Parade Against Car Bombs

May 23, 2010 at 06:19 PM
Manhattan, NY - The New York Police laid on exceptionally heavy measures to protect the annual Salute Israel parade on Fifth Avenue, against terrorist attack, including car bombs, Sunday, May 23. Debkafile's counter-terror sources report that all the entrances to Fifth Avenue between 55th and 83rd Streets were blocked by patrol cars and huge trucks packed with cement as counter-measures...

New York – Torah Perspective: “Hey Fatso, Who Are You Calling Baldy?”

May 23, 2010 at 05:41 PM
New York - Name-calling exists, unfortunately, across the societal spectrum. We can observe it happening in the sandbox in nursery school to corporate boardrooms in Manhattan, to the highest echelons of political office. And it seems that everyone is fair game. “Slick Willie” was the name coined for former president Bill Clinton while he was still in office, “Dumbya” was the name given...

Albany, NY – $721K Out of 16.8 Million Left in Appliance Rebate Program

May 23, 2010 at 04:27 PM
Albany, NY - There is $720,745 left out of the $16.8 million allocated for New Yorkers to exchange their old appliance for a new one. The federal government directed $288 million in stimulus funds to the appliance rebate program, a move designed to boost sales and encourage people to buy EnergyStar and other energy-efficient appliances. New York’s share—$16.8 million—should cover the...

Montreal – Skver Chasidim Charged for Selling Wine Without Permit

May 23, 2010 at 02:40 PM
Montreal - The stage has been set for a potentially thorny legal test case, likely starting in Montreal Municipal Court, over the right of religious congregations to import alcoholic beverages for sacramental purposes from outside the province – while entirely bypassing the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ). Prosecutors have brought the matter forward by filing civil charges against 10...

New York, NY – Israeli Chef Rolls Into The Record Books With Largest Falafel Ball

May 23, 2010 at 01:56 PM
New York, NY - The Israeli chef of the New York restaurant Olympic Pita used thousands of chickpeas, 40 liters of oil and a variety of spices to create the world's largest falafel ball on Friday. Weighing in at 10.9 kilograms and with a circumference of more than a meter, the falafel ball is expected to enter the Guinness Book of World Records in the coming days. Israel's latest record...

New York, NY – 163 Years Later Irish President Visits Shul to Say Thank You

May 23, 2010 at 01:48 PM
New York, NY - Jacques Judah Lyons had a strong tenor voice, one that people were glad to hear in song or speech. One March night, he used it to challenge a crowd in Lower Manhattan. Strangers in a far-off place needed their help, he said, but he knew that members of his audience had principled objections. So many of their own people, they pointed out, other Jews right there in New York, were...

Manhattan, NY – Ground Zero Mosque May Be In Jeopardy by Landmarks Commission

May 23, 2010 at 01:09 PM
Manhattan, NY - A number of vocal critics have been unable to derail a Muslim organization’s plans to build a $100 million mosque near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan. But the construction of the mosque on a site that houses a building damaged by debris from the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centers, is now in jeopardy because the 152-year old structure is being reviewed for...

Washington – Move in Congress to Ban Drop-Side Cribs

May 23, 2010 at 12:20 PM
Washington - The baby crib, usually a safe haven for little ones, became a death trap for 6-month-old Bobby Cirigliano. The side rail on his drop-side crib slid off the tracks and trapped his head and neck between the mattress and the malfunctioning side rail. His face pressed against the mattress, the boy suffocated. "I just don't feel complete anymore," says his mother, Susan Cirigliano of...

Lubbock, TX – Allergy Sufferers Less Likely to Get Cancer

May 23, 2010 at 11:08 AM
Lubbock, TX - Turns out cancer may be something to sneeze at. Allergy sufferers are much less likely to get cancer than people who aren't tormented by runny noses, itchy eyes and coughs, according to a series of surprising new scientific studies. Texas Tech researchers revealed that asthmatics were 30 percent less likely to get ovarian cancer than non-asthmatics. And kids with airborne...

New York – In American Secular Jewish World Zionism Is Dead

May 23, 2010 at 10:16 AM
New York - In 2003, several prominent Jewish philanthropists hired Republican pollster Frank Luntz to explain why American Jewish college students were not more vigorously rebutting campus criticism of Israel. In response, he unwittingly produced the most damning indictment of the organized American Jewish community that I have ever seen. The philanthropists wanted to know what Jewish students...

Jerusalem – Israeli Art Detectives Crack a Forgery Riddle

May 23, 2010 at 09:26 AM
Jerusalem - The portrait of a glum, bespectacled man was about to go on auction in Amsterdam when someone at Sotheby's noticed a problem: Israel's national museum owned precisely the same painting. One of them had to be a fake. For curators at the Israel Museum, cracking the riddle of the Jozef Israels self-portrait and its mysterious twin meant tracking down a tale about a forgotten...

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