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New York – Silver Congratulates Cuomo and Duffy

January 1, 2011 at 11:37 PM
New York - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, whose working relationship with incoming Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be closely watched in the coming weeks, released a statement early this evening praising the new chief executive and his lieutenant governor, Robert Duffy. Silver, an Orthodox Jew, was absent today’s modest inaugural celebrations in Albany in order to observe the...

Washington – IRS: 50 Million Taxpayers Must Delay Filing

January 1, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Washington - Itemize your tax deductions? Itching for a refund? You're going to have to wait. The IRS said that it needs until mid- to late-February to reprogram its processing systems because Congress acted so late this year cleaning up the tax code. The bill, which includes deductions for state and local sales taxes, college tuition and teacher expenses, wasn't signed into law until Dec...

Cairo, Egypt – Professor: Greek Bibles, Much Older Than Thought

January 1, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Cairo, Egypt - Studying a fragment of manuscript kept in Cairo Genizah, a special vaulted room in Cairo's Ben-Ezra Synagogue, the team found that in some places the Jewish community continued to use Greek bibles almost until living memory. Cairo Genizah contains a cache of “trashed” documents written in Hebrew or transliterated into Hebrew text, Arabic and other languages during the...

New York – Hotmail Users Report Missing E-mails

January 1, 2011 at 10:12 PM
New York - Some users of Microsoft Hotmail are starting off the new year scrambling to get back e-mails of old. A chorus of frantic users has posted complaints on Microsoft's online forum that all of their messages have disappeared. "Please help me get them back," wrote one user under the moniker 'Zacgore' in a post dated Saturday. "All my kids' info and pictures are in there!" Others...

Albany, NY – New State “Move Over” Law Effected Today

January 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Albany, NY - Starting Saturday motorists must slow down, and when possible,  move over a lane  when encountering emergency vehicles on New York's roads and highways. This is part of the new Ambrose-Searles 'Move Over Act' that was signed into law last summer by Governor Paterson. The law requires drivers to exercise care to avoid colliding with Police or emergency vehicles on the side of...

Manhattan, NY – At Least 10 local Synagogues Have Been Targeted in Hate Campaign

January 1, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Manhattan, NY - frightening letter was sent to an Upper West Side synagogue threatening to blow it up on New Year's Eve, (as first reported on Vos Iz Neias), -- and the rabbi there says as many as a dozen other local synagogues received similar sinister missives. The note was discovered at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Congregation Ohab Zedek synagogue on 95th Street near Columbus Avenue, said...

Manhattan, NY – Former Governor Paterson’s Request For Security Rejected

January 1, 2011 at 09:01 PM
Manhattan, NY - State police officials have rejected ex-Gov. David Paterson's request for a full-time, taxpayer-funded security detail. "He is not going to be assigned a detail perse," said state police Lt. Glenn Miner. "We're assessing intelligence on an ongoing basis to see whether security is needed or not needed at any particular time." A state police source said Paterson won't be...

New York, NY – Snow Fiasco: Mayoral Spokesman on Talkline with Zev Brenner

January 1, 2011 at 08:47 PM
New York, NY - Stu Loeser, chief spokesman for NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be a special guest on Talkline with Zev Brenner, tonight at 12 midnight which is broadcast over WMCA 570 on the am dial and via the internet at www,talklinecommunications.com The discussion will focus on City Hall's perspective regarding its handling of the snow removal in the City during the post blizzard...

Brooklyn, NY – Bus Overturned on Brooklyn Queens Expressway

January 1, 2011 at 08:39 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Police and fire department are responding to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway east bound near Flushing Avenue, for an overturn van with 20 passengers on board. NYPD ESU on scene requesting numerous ambulances to respond, 7 passengers appear to sustained minor injuries. Heavy traffic in the area with two lanes blocked off...

Great Neck, NY – Kosher Certification Pulled from Restaurant

January 1, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Great Neck, NY - A day after Amos Hayon left the kitchen at Tel Aviv, the Great Neck restaurant has lost its kosher certification from the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. VHQ is a local organization that supervises kosher establishments and ensures that they adhere to all the standards of kashrus, the Jewish dietary laws. Hayon had been executive chef for about a year when, in October, he bought the...

Kiryat Malachi – Former President Katsav’s Synagogue Visit ‘Awkward’

January 1, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Kiryat Malachi - Former President Moshe Katsav, who was found guilty of two counts of rape on Thursday, prayed at a synagogue in his hometown of Kiryat Malachi Saturday evening. Katsav, who frequents the synagogue regularly, apparently made some of the other worshippers uncomfortable. "He was quiet and appeared sad," one of them told Ynet. "It was an awkward situation; only a few people spoke...

Seoul, South Korea – NKorea Warns War Would Bring ‘Nuclear Holocaust’

January 1, 2011 at 07:58 PM
Seoul, South Korea - North Korea welcomed the new year Saturday with a call for better ties with rival South Korea, warning that war "will bring nothing but a nuclear holocaust." Despite calls in its annual New Year's message for a Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons, the communist North, which has conducted two nuclear tests since 2006, also said its military is ready for "prompt...

New York, NY – Sanitation Update: Limited Garbage Collection Around City Resumes

January 1, 2011 at 07:47 PM
New York, NY - The New York City Department of Sanitation announced today that it will resume limited garbage collection around the city on Monday, January 3rd. Those who normally receive Monday collections should place all of their garbage bags, pails and containers out at curbside on Sunday night. The Department will not be collecting recyclables until further notice. Residents can also...

Jerusalem – Gasoline Prices To Be Raised This Week

January 1, 2011 at 07:40 PM
Jerusalem - Gasoline prices are slated to go up this week – the price for a liter of 95 octane fuel to reach approximately NIS 7.10 (about $1.98). The final price is slated to be set during the week. Gasoline prices in Israel are among the highest in the world, and one of the reasons is the high taxes on fuel. Out of every New Israeli Shekel we pay the petrol companies in gas station...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Praises Commissioner Overseeing Botched Snow Cleanup

January 1, 2011 at 07:01 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Bloomberg yesterday had his "Katrina" moment -- hailing his Sanitation commissioner amid a torrent of criticism over the department's bungling of the blizzard cleanup. Bloomberg warmly praised Sanitation Department boss John Doherty -- and promised him his job was safe -- in a moment reminiscent of then-President George W. Bush's infamous endorsement of FEMA chief Michael...

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