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New York – Computer Program Recognizes Sarcasm

May 27, 2010 at 10:22 PM
New York - Sarcasm is a useful way to blunt the impact of criticism by adding a twist of snide humor, as in this recent tweet: "Really love when the scope of a project I've been working on for a week changes in 10 min #sarcasm." Without the help of a hash tag, though, people often miss the irony, especially when it's delivered online, where there are no contextual hints or social cues. To cut...

New York – State Could Mandate Paid Vacations, Sick Days for Maids and Nannies

May 27, 2010 at 09:23 PM
New York - Roughly a year ago, lawmakers seemed poised to pass a bill providing nannies, maids and other domestic workers with the legal right to paid sick days, vacations, holidays and overtime. Then came the so-called Republican coup in the state Senate and a vote on the provision, known as the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, was delayed indefinitely. But as Crain’s New York Business...

Manchester, UK – Police Chief: We’ll Fight Anti-Semitism

May 27, 2010 at 07:54 PM
Manchester, UK - The Manchester community must do more to meet the threat of anti-Semitism in a city where they are more likely to face abuse than anywhere else in the country, according to its police chief. In an exclusive interview, Chief Constable Peter Fahy said individuals must be more proactive in reporting incidents, and pledged to increase police numbers on campus significantly to...

Rye Brook, NY – Curtis Sliwa Thrown Out from Democratic Convention For Mocking NY AG As King Cuomo [video]

May 27, 2010 at 06:07 PM
Rye Brook, NY - Curtis Sliwa, dressed in full king regalia, was just thrown out of the Democratic convention, accompanied by a phalanx of security and reporters who recorded his anti-Cuomo rant. According to Politico Sliwa was shouting, "Are you taking me to Gitmo!" as he was pushed through the glass doors a flight down from the ballroom where the candidate spoke. Sliwa has been agitating...

Williamsburg, NY – Residents Doing Study How To Build Park On Brooklyn-Queens Expressway

May 27, 2010 at 05:50 PM
Williamsburg, NY - Park-starved South Side is so desperate for green space that residents are entertaining the idea of building a park on top of the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway. Two neighborhood groups, St. Nicks Alliance and El Puente, have sponsored a $100,000 feasibility study, awarded to DLand Designers, to determine how to build new parkland over an expressway that has been blamed for...

Jerusalem – El Al Ceremony Commemorating The Capture of Adolf Eichmann

May 27, 2010 at 05:38 PM
Jerusalem - VIN News has confirmed that a ceremony took place this morning in Israel, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the capture of Adolf Eichmann, who was transported by El Al, Israel’s national airline, from Buenos Aires to Israel. Taking part in the ceremony was El Al CEO, Eliezer Shkedi, members of management and directors of El Al, as well as employees of El Al who participated in...

New York – Facebook ‘Beat The Jew Game’ Shut Down, Assemblyman Wants Action

May 27, 2010 at 04:29 PM
New York - Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is calling upon California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to take immediate action to address a seemingly growing anti-Semitic trend among teens in La Quinta, California. High school seniors have been engaging in a chase game called “Beat the Jew,” which involves a runner called "a Jew" being chased by "Nazis" in cars. As the popularity of...

New York – Rabbi Horowitz: Well Intentioned, But Not Recommended – My Final Thoughts on Kol Yisroel Areivim

May 27, 2010 at 04:05 PM
New York - Areivim has done an outstanding job of raising public consciousness about the matter of uninsured members of our community and the need to find a better way to do things other than the heartbreaking campaigns that regularly occur – and for this we all owe them a debt of gratitude. As you can see from my correspondence with Areivim, I proceeded with the utmost respect for their...

New York – U.S. Stocks Jump After China Shows Confidence in Europe

May 27, 2010 at 04:03 PM
New York - U.S. Stocks had another turnaround Thursday and rocketed higher after China reassured investors it doesn't plan to sell the European debt it holds. The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 286 points in late afternoon trading, to close at 10,260 while Treasury prices tumbled as traders funneled money into riskier assets like stocks and commodities. The show of confidence...

New York, NY – Restaurants Await to Display Letter-Grading in Their Windows

May 27, 2010 at 03:30 PM
New York, NY - The city's new restaurant letter-grading plan, which will hand out As, Bs and Cs for the first time, received a big F from restaurateurs. Vincent Mazzone, owner of the Chicken Masters restaurant in Brooklyn, called the idea "sophomoric, and punitive and demeaning to restaurateurs, as if they are schoolchildren who must be graded," according to The New York Times' Diner's Journal...

Ramapo, NY - Village Fights Ramapo’s Zoning Change for Patrick Farm Housing

May 27, 2010 at 02:35 PM
Ramapo, NY - The Village of Pomona and three residents have urged a state court to annul the town's zoning change that would allow construction of the nearly 500-home Patrick Farm development. The three legal actions argue Ramapo Town Board members geared their decision to match the landowner's desire to build high-density, multifamily housing on 208 acres of woods off routes 202 and 306...

Washington – Is Wexler The Right Man For U.S.- Israeli Public Relation

May 27, 2010 at 01:29 PM
Washington - Former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) is being courted to be Obama's ambassador to Israel, three Washington Middle East hands tell POLITICO. Wexler, a strong pro-Israel ally for the Obama White House going back to the 2008 presidential campaign, has become an even more frequent presence in the White House and Foggy Bottom since resigning his House seat in January to become president...

New York – For A Second Year In A Row Study Says NY Drivers Most Unfit in Country

May 27, 2010 at 01:07 PM
New York - New York drivers are the worst in the nation for a second straight year and neighboring New Jersey motorists are almost as bad, according to a test by GMAC Insurance Personal Lines on rules-of-the-road knowledge. The national average for the test was 76.2%, with below 70 considered failing, according to a statement today from GMAC Insurance, the carrier that American Capital...

Ashland, VA – Jewish Adventurer Leaves NY Career To Walk Across America

May 27, 2010 at 12:35 PM
Ashland, VA - In these uncertain times, most of us cling to the things that make us feel secure. Those who have jobs give thanks. We hug our children a little tighter. We wait — and hope — for better times. So when someone like Matt Green comes along, we shake our heads a little and wonder. Who is this young man, bearded and weather-worn, pushing a cart down a country road, mile after...

Detroit, MI – Groups Protest Israel Denying Arab-American Student’s Entry

May 27, 2010 at 11:40 AM
Detroit, MI - The state of Israel has denied entry to a Detroit university student of Palestinian descent traveling there for a study-abroad program. Arab-American and civil rights groups plan to protest the decision Thursday. Abeer Afana, a 21-year-old Wayne State University student, was detained May 16 at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv as she tried to enter the country on...

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