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Jerusalem – Hatzalah Ambucycle Stolen – Possibly Posing Terror Threat

May 24, 2010 at 11:45 PM
Jerusalem - United Hatzalah fears that one of its “ambucycles,” or motorcycle ambulances – with the license plate number 59-119-62 and make UH#179 – could be used for terrorist activities after it was stolen Monday afternoon in Jerusalem’s Rehavia neighborhood. The vehicle has clocked over 2,200 rescue responses during its nearly four years on the road. Its built-in tracking device...

New York, NY – Bus Drivers Take Months Off When Riders Spit On Them

May 24, 2010 at 10:48 PM
New York, NY - It could be the cutbacks to the city's transportation system, or a general decline in urban civility. Perhaps people are just in a collective bad mood. What else could explain why New Yorkers - notoriously hardened to the slings and arrows of everyday life here - are spitting on bus drivers? Of all the assaults that prompted a bus operator to take paid leave in 2009, a third...

Washington – 12% Rise in Miscarriages in the Month of 9/11

May 24, 2010 at 09:33 PM
Washington - There was a spike in miscarriages of baby boys throughout the U.S. in September 2001. Researchers blame the stress moms-to-be suffered because of 9/11 -  even if they had no direct link to the terrorist attacks. The miscarriages increased 12% over what was expected for that month, a report published in the medical journal BMC Public Health found. The researchers believe a...

New York, NY – Mayor: City Remains Safest Big City In The Country

May 24, 2010 at 09:14 PM
New York, NY - Crime in New York City fell 5.1 percent last year, slightly outpacing the national average, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Murders in the nation’s largest city by population fell 9.9 percent in 2009, compared with a 7.2 percent decline nationwide, the mayor said, citing data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Robbery and motor-vehicle theft both sank by more than...

New York – Cuomo Adds Former Republican Officials To His Campaign Team

May 24, 2010 at 08:30 PM
New York - On the eve of the state Democratic convention, gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo announced that former Republican officials will reaching out to the GOP on his behalf. The campaigning attorney general announced that former New York Republican State Party Chair Patrick Barrett, former State Senator Michael Balboni, Republican fundraiser Julia Koch and Michael McKeon, a former aide...

Israel – Tourism Ministry Denies Reports of Feeding Emanuel Treif Sea Food

May 24, 2010 at 07:08 PM
Israel - The Tourism Ministry did not pay for visiting White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s family to eat non-kosher food in Eilat, a spokesman for Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov said Monday, denying press reports. Emanuel came to Israel on Friday for a 10-day trip with his family to celebrate the bar mitzva of his son Zach and nephew Noah. The ceremonies will be conducted later this...

New York, NY – Mayor Koch’s One Man Twitter Uprising

May 24, 2010 at 06:49 PM
New York, NY - Citizens, former Mayor Ed Koch is on Twitter. He doesn’t have many followers yet; at present, there are just a dozen souls subscribing to Koch’s tweets. But what the 105th mayor of New York lacks in audience he more than makes up for with an adorable Twitter style. He begins each message by addressing his audience as “citizens.” As a salutation and form of address...

Jerusalem – Embracing Arabs To Protect Jews: Interview With R’ Yisrael Meir Son Of Late Rabbi Moshe Hirsch

May 24, 2010 at 05:19 PM
Jerusalem - When R’ Moshe Hirsch z”l was niftar a few weeks ago shortly before the onset of Shabbos, it took just a few short hours for his family to receive permission from the Palestinian Authority to bury him in their ancestral plot in a restricted area on Har Hazeisim. Who was Moshe Hirsch – talmid chacham, ultra-extremist zealot, or crazed idealist – or perhaps all of these? The...

New York, NY – Yankees Ban iPads at Stadium

May 24, 2010 at 05:16 PM
New York, NY - This weekend is an exciting one here in NYC – the Subway Series comes to Citi Field. The matchup is between the Mets and the Yankees. Naturally the Yankees will prevail and Mets fans will, once again, wonder if their team will hit .500 for the season. If you are an iPad owner, you should be able to bring your device to the game. However if you are planning to attend a Yankees...

New York, NY – Toyota Stops Sale of Lexus LS After Recall

May 24, 2010 at 04:51 PM
New York, NY - Toyota is stopping sales of its Lexus LS sedan for about three weeks while it awaits parts to fix a problem with the vehicle's steering system. Toyota Motor Corp. on Friday recalled about 3,800 2009 and 2010 LS 460 and LS 600h sedans in the U.S. to fix a problem in which the steering wheel shifts off-center during certain driving maneuvers, out of alignment with the direction of...

New Jersey – ADL Applauds Bias Arrests in Lakewood

May 24, 2010 at 03:56 PM
New Jersey - The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) applauded the arrest of three suspects for bias intimidation and harassment after they allegedly targeted Jews in Lakewood by throwing eggs at them. On the night of May 19, while observing the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, several Orthodox Jews walking on the street were pelted with eggs from individuals in a passing vehicle. Lakewood Police, working...

Brooklyn, NY – Charges Dropped: Hikind Demands Official Inquiry Into Botched Arrest Of Chila Lati in Traffic Agent Dispute‏

May 24, 2010 at 02:34 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Subsequently to charges being dropped today, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is calling for an official inquiry into the botched arrest and prosecution of Ms. Chila Lati, a 39-year-old Brooklyn mother of four who was arrested in February for allegedly running over the foot of traffic agent Natasha Floyd on January 8, 2010 while trying to evade a parking summons. But Chila...

Jerusalem – Protesters Hurl Stones at Israeli Minister

May 24, 2010 at 01:53 PM
Jerusalem - Interior Minister Eli Yishai was pelted with stones on Monday as he arrived at the Mea Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem for a condolence visit at the home of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. A group of Neturei Karta members, known for their radical opinions against Israel and Zionism,began chanting at the Shas chairman, "Shegetz" (non-Jewish boy) and "Zionist". Some punctured the...

Vilnius – Lithuanian Court: Swastika Symbol of the Sun, Not Nazi Terror

May 24, 2010 at 01:34 PM
Vilnius - The Nazi swastika is apparently not considered illegal in the Lithuanian city of Klaipeda, despite former assumptions that the symbol was not to be displayed nationwide, a common legislative ruling in Eastern Europe. A local court has ruled the sign is a centuries-old symbol that depicts the sun. The judge in the case, which lasted three months, justified his ruling by adding that...

Washington – In Show Of Power: U.S., South Korea to Test Military Forces

May 24, 2010 at 01:08 PM
Washington - The U.S. and South Korea are planning two major military exercises off the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea's torpedo attack on a South Korean warship. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters on Monday the joint exercises conducted in the "near future" will test the nations' ability to defeat submarines and to monitor and prevent illicit activities. Whitman...

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