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Washington – ‘J Street’ Faces Battle in Congress

May 8, 2010 at 11:43 PM
Washington - Although J Street opened its 25th field office within the past three months on Thursday – a sign of its growing activist base – its founder acknowledged that the lobby still faces an uphill battle pushing its agenda in the halls of Congress. β€œIt is unbelievably difficult to get members of Congress to sign on,” J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami said of efforts to...

Atlanta, GA – Jimmy Carter Hits The Campaign Trail With Grandson

May 8, 2010 at 11:35 PM
Atlanta, GA - Most candidates for the state Legislature would love to campaign door-to-door with a former president, but Jason Carter wanted to keep his famous grandfather away for a while. The grandson of Jimmy Carter wanted to do it on his own, without relying on his famous family name, even though grandma and grandpa have been asking for months to get out on the trail with him. The younger...

Ferndale, NY – Duck Farm Charged with Clean Water Act Violations

May 8, 2010 at 11:22 PM
Ferndale, NY - A Hudson Valley duck farm that produces foie gras (fwah GRAH') is accused of violating the federal Clean Water Act. A federal judge in Manhattan ruled against Hudson Valley Foie Gras in Sullivan County in a lawsuit brought in 2006 by the Humane Society of the United States. The court issued an injunction against further Clean Water Act violations by HVFG, ordered HVFG to hire...

New York, NY – Mayor Bloomberg Plans Trip to London to Examine Security Cameras

May 8, 2010 at 11:06 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Bloomberg is visiting London next week to observe its security camera network. Bloomberg was already scheduled to travel to Berlin Tuesday to accept the 2010 Henry A. Kissinger Prize. The city said Friday the mayor added a stop in London that morning. Bloomberg plans to tour a closed-circuit television facility in London to examine its "ring of steel" surveillance...

New York – Dealer Hit With Lawsuit Claiming $2.2M ‘original’ Copy of Schindler’s List Is a Fake

May 8, 2010 at 11:03 PM
New York - An upstate dealer selling what he claims is an original copy of Schindler's list has been hit with a lawsuit that says it's a fake. Marta Rosenberg, heir to the widow of German industrialist Oskar Schindler, demanded in court papers filed Friday that Gary Zimet halt the $2.2 million sale. The artifact is billed as one of several surviving copies of a list of names that saved...

New York, NY – NYPD Sees Sharp Increase In Reports Of Suspicious Packages

May 8, 2010 at 10:51 PM
New York, NY - The New York City Police Department has reported a dramatic increase of New Yorkers reporting suspicious packages in the past week, including a false alarm that temporarily shut down Times Square Friday afternoon. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the NYPD has received about 140 daily calls of suspicious packages this week, up from 90 daily calls the week before. Police...

Allegheny County, PA – Judge Permits Jewish Family to Exhume Father’s Body

May 8, 2010 at 10:18 PM
Allegheny County, PA - An Allegheny County judge has given a Jewish family permission to move its father, who died nearly 45 years ago, from a cemetery in Richland to one in Point Breeze so that he can be next to his wife and son. Howard Tobin's family filed a petition in December asking that the court require the Congregation Poale Zedeck cemetery in Richland to permit the...

Vienna – Israel’s Nuclear Activity To Face Scrutiny

May 8, 2010 at 10:11 PM
Vienna - Israel's secretive nuclear activities may undergo unprecedented scrutiny next month, with a key meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency tentatively set to focus on the topic for the first time, according to documents shared Friday with The Associated Press. The provisional agenda of the IAEA's June 7 board meeting lists "Israeli nuclear capabilities" as the eighth item -...

Tel Aviv, Israel – Elderly Man Murdered Coming Home from Shul

May 8, 2010 at 10:03 PM
Tel Aviv, Israel - A Tel Aviv man was murdered Friday morning by robbers, according to preliminary results of a police investigation. Residents of the south Tel Aviv Hatikva neighborhood are reeling from the brutal murder of an 89-year-old man in his home by armed robbers on Friday morning. Mishel Abramov, accompanied by a caretaker, was ambushed by the robbers when he came home from...

New York – Verizon Seeks End To Phone Book Delivery

May 8, 2010 at 10:01 PM
New York - The phone book could stop landing on doorsteps across the Big Apple later this year. Verizon has asked regulators for permission to end the annual delivery of White Pages to all its customers in New York. According to the company, only about one of every nine households uses the hard copy listings. Verizon said most people look up numbers online or call directory...

Germany – Chancellor Merkel Urges Fight Against Anti-Semitism

May 8, 2010 at 09:57 PM
Germany - Chancellor Angela Merkel called Saturday for fresh efforts to counter anti-semitism and to remember the Holocaust on the 65th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazi regime in World War II. "Fighting anti-semitism at the root is a challenge for the whole of society, even if the vast majority of people do not think in an anti-semitic way," she wrote in a long piece in the Suddeutsche...

New York, NY – Dozens Injured in Staten Island Ferry Crash, Where’s Bloomberg?

May 8, 2010 at 09:42 PM
New York, NY - First came the firefighters and the ambulances. Then came the Transportation Department honchos. Then came the politicians, all the way up to Gov. Paterson. Everyone rushed to Staten Island this morning to deal with the wreckage and the injuries from the latest ferry crash -- everyone, that is, except Mayor Bloomberg. "The mayor is monitoring the city response," spokesman...

New York, NY – S.I. Ferry Makes Hard Landing Slamming Into Dock, People Injured

May 8, 2010 at 09:31 PM
New York, NY - A Staten Island ferry with a history of accidents, including a fatal wreck in 2003, malfunctioned as it approached its terminal Saturday and smashed into a pier with a jolt that tossed passengers to the deck and hurt as many as 37 people. The accident happened at around 9:20 a.m. as the Andrew J. Barberi arrived at the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island, carrying 252...

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