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New York – NYC Community Board OKs Ground Zero Mosque Plans

May 25, 2010 at 11:22 PM
New York - After hours of contentious public comment, a New York City community board voted late Tuesday to support a plan to build a mosque and cultural center near ground zero. "It's a seed of peace," board member Rob Townley said. "We believe that this is significant step in the Muslim community to counteract the hate and fanaticism in the minority of the community." The vote was 29-to-1...

Richmond, VA – Governor Didn’t Know Reform Chairman Wrote List of Jews for Nixon

May 25, 2010 at 11:19 PM
Richmond, VA - Gov. Bob McDonnell said today that he did not know that the man he appointed as chairman of his government-reform commission had created, almost 40 years ago, a list of Jews in a federal government agency at the request of the Nixon White House. Some Virginia Democrats have jumped on Fred Malek’s appointment, with one Jewish state legislator calling it “deeply...

Lima, Peru – Jewish Woman Imprisoned For 15 Years Goes Free

May 25, 2010 at 10:02 PM
Lima, Peru - A judge granted parole Tuesday to Lori Berenson, the 40-year-old New York activist who has spent 15 years in Peruvian prisons on a conviction of aiding leftist rebels. Judge Jessica Leon granted a request by Berenson, who gave birth a year ago, for conditional release at a hearing at the Lima prison where the American has been held since January 2009. She said, however, that...

Tel Aviv – Rabbi Lau Inaugurates Web Design Incubator for Charedim

May 25, 2010 at 09:55 PM
Tel Aviv - Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau has dedicated mezuzahs in thousands of homes and workplaces, but he seemed to linger longer than usual when he did so Monday, at a new center that trains Web designers from the ultra-Orthodox community. Perhaps it was partly to give photographers an opportunity to capture the moment, but mainly it was due to the significance of the occasion. Israel's...

Bulgaria – Mobile Number Suspended After Every User Assigned to it Dies

May 25, 2010 at 09:18 PM
Bulgaria - The first owner Vladimir Grashnov – the former CEO of Bulgarian mobile phone company Mobitel which issued the number – died of cancer in 2001 aged just 48. Despite a spotless business record there were persistent rumours that his cancer had been caused by a business rival using radioactive poisoning. The number then passed to Bulgarian mafia boss, Konstantin Dimitrov, who was...

Washington – President Sends Israeli PM Surprise Invite to White House Meeting

May 25, 2010 at 08:03 PM
Washington - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hold another White House meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama next Tuesday, Israeli officials said today. The visit to Washington is being tacked on to the end of Netanyahu's previously scheduled trip to Canada. Netanyahu will meet in Jerusalem with Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, on Wednesday, who is currently in Israel on...

Brooklyn, NY – Nationwide Kashrus Gathering on Worms in Fish [video]

May 25, 2010 at 07:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Rabbis from Kashrus agencies across the country gathered last night in Brooklyn to see and hear how to remove the Anisakis worm from fish. The seminar was sponsored by the Vaad HaKashrus of Flatbush, under the direction of its Rav HaMachshir, Rabbi Meir Goldberg. The Vaad had flown in Rabbi Shneur Zalman Revach and his assistant Yehudah to demonstrate. The event was videoed...

Manhattan, NY – Borough President Stringer: Why I Support The Muslim Center Near Ground Zero

May 25, 2010 at 06:58 PM
Manhattan, NY - Tonight, Manhattan’s Community Board 1 will be considering a proposal by an organization called the Cordoba Initiative to build a multi-faith community and cultural center at 45-51 Park Place. I generally do not offer my views on pending business before the borough’s community boards. However, I have decided to make an exception with respect to this matter because I...

Brooklyn, NY – City Council Rejects Plan To Replace Borough Park Home With Bank

May 25, 2010 at 06:44 PM
Brooklyn, NY - In a rare move, the New York City Council today rejected the application to change the zoning of 4802 18th Avenue from a private two-family home to a commercial bank. The unanimous rejection of this zoning change came upon the recommendation of Councilman David G. Greenfield who, because of community opposition, was staunchly opposed to this rezoning. This is the first time in...

Brooklyn, NY – Public Advocate’s Office Launches Petition To Restore Funding For Priority 7 Voucher Program

May 25, 2010 at 06:28 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Public Advocate Bill de Blasio today launched an online petition urging Mayor Bloomberg to restore funding for the city’s Priority 7 program, which provides free childcare and afterschool services to families in need. Under Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed budget, approximately 2,000 children will lose access to childcare by July 1st if the funds are not restored. The cut...

Lebanon – Hezbollah: Will Hit Israel Ships In New War

May 25, 2010 at 06:19 PM
Lebanon - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group warned Tuesday that his fighters would attack Israeli ships in the Mediterranean if the Jewish state imposes a sea blockade on Lebanon in any future war. Hassan Nasrallah said his Iranian-backed group is now capable of destroying any military or commercial ships heading to Israeli ports. Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day war in 2006...

New York, NY – Brooklyn DA Launches School Safety Officer Program‎

May 25, 2010 at 06:13 PM
New York, NY - Their jobs are to protect students and teachers at school, but increasing violence against school safety officers is making it necessary for law enforcement officials to protect them. Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes was joined by New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Local 237 Teamsters President Gregory Floyd Tuesday to announce the assault on school safety...

New York, NY – A Call to Recycle Cigarette Butts

May 25, 2010 at 05:25 PM
New York, NY - When a constituent came into Assemblyman Michael DenDekker’s office recently and suggested he propose a cigarette butt recycling program, Mr. DenDekker admits he “had a little chuckle.” Then a staffer, half joking, suggested a cigarette butt deposit, just as is done with bottles. But before completely dismissing the idea, Mr. DenDekker agreed “to see if there is a market on...

East Rutherford, NJ – NY/NJ Win XLVIII Super Bowl Bid

May 25, 2010 at 04:29 PM
East Rutherford, NJ - The NFL owners have chosen the new Meadowlands stadium to host the 2014 Super Bowl. The home of the Giants and Jets beat out Miami and Tampa, Fla., in the bidding. The average temperature for February 2 is 39 degrees. But game time lows could be much lower. But if the New York area does win the Super Bowl bid, it would be a super coup for local businesses. "It's...

New York – Upstaters Unnecessarily Use the Emergency Room

May 25, 2010 at 04:02 PM
New York - Upstate New Yorkers made more than 640,000 trips to emergency rooms for sore throats, ear aches and other minor medical problems in 2008, raising concerns that such trips are straining already overcrowded ERs, according to a new Excellus BlueCross BlueShield report. About two out of five visits to upstate New York hospital emergency rooms in which patients don’t stay overnight are...

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