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New York – Specialized Mosquitoes May Fight Tropical Disease

September 1, 2011 at 11:39 PM
New York - Scientists have made a promising advance for controlling dengue fever, a tropical disease spread by mosquito bites. They've rapidly replaced mosquitoes in the wild with skeeters that don't spread the dengue virus. More than 50 million people a year get the dengue virus from being bitten by infected mosquitoes in tropical and subtropical areas, including Southeast Asia. It can cause...

Israel – Health Ministry: ‘Haredi Sector Suffers from Obesity’

September 1, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Israel - The Health Ministry has determined that there are more overweight people in the ultra-Orthodox sector than in the secular one. Yair Amikam stressed in a letter to the chairman of the ministerial Tender Committee that "the problem is seven times worse in the haredi sector than among seculars." At first, Amikam stated, the Dairy Board and ministry would work to raise awareness to...

Manhattan, NY – City Hall Holy War Brewing over Workers Time Off

September 1, 2011 at 09:35 PM
Manhattan, NY - The city Human Resources Administration didn't pick the best time to tighten its policy for allowing workers time off. HRA issued a memo this week -- one month before the start of the Jewish High Holy Days -- warning it would advance only two days' leave to employees who want to take off for religious reasons but don't have enough hours locked away in their accounts. Rosh...

Kauneonga Lake, NY – Judge Bans Sabbath Sewer Talk

September 1, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Kauneonga Lake, NY - The battle between some residents in the Kauneonga Lake Sewer District and the organization Kollel Avreichim took a new turn at the Bethel Town Board meeting. The meeting took place on a Saturday, which meant that members of Kollel would not be able to attend or speak into the microphone because they are members of the Hasidic community, and Saturday is their...

London – Anti-Israel Protest Disrupts UK Concert Series

September 1, 2011 at 06:36 PM
London - The BBC says protesters have disrupted a performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in one of Britain's most venerable concert series. Pro-Palestinian group The Palestine Solidarity Campaign had called for the BBC to cancel the concert and urged people to boycott the event in protest. The orchestra was due to perform at London's Royal Albert Hall on Thursday as part of BBC...

New York – WikiLeaks: How The Leak Was Leaked

September 1, 2011 at 06:24 PM
New York - It was meant to be strictly-managed release, carefully censored to avoid putting innocents at risk and tailored for maximum media exposure. But by Thursday WikiLeaks' release of some 250,000 US diplomatic cables had turned into a massive online document dump. The full set of unredacted cables are now widely available online to anyone who wants them even though it does not appear...

New York, NY – City Unveils Emergency Preparedness Initiative

September 1, 2011 at 05:08 PM
New York, NY - After a summer filled with natural disasters, New York City officials are kicking off "National Preparedness Month" by urging residents to plan ahead for catastrophe. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate (FYOO-gate) joined city officials in Times Square on Thursday. He said families need to create backup communication plans in the event of an emergency...

New York – Prominent American Imam Speaks About Gilad Shalit, Hamas, And The Muslim Ideology

September 1, 2011 at 04:13 PM
New York - Imam Abdullah Antepli the Muslim chaplain of Duke University is one of the American Islamic leaders who recently wrote a letter to Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal asking him in the name of Islam to release Gilad Shalit. He did so with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and a group of "high profile U.S. Muslims." Gilad Shalit has been held captive since 2006. Rabbi Yair Hoffman for The Five...

New York – WWII Portraits of Jewish ‘Counterfeiters’ Donated

September 1, 2011 at 03:50 PM
New York - A collection of rarely seen portraits of Jewish prisoners forced to work for the Nazis in a money-forging scheme fictionalized in the Oscar-winning film "The Counterfeiters" is being donated to Israel's Holocaust museum. Heirs of the artist who created the 43 portraits formally hand over the works to Yad Vashem (yahd VAH'-shehm) at a ceremony Thursday in New York City. The...

Iowa – City of Postville Pays $450,000 to Jewish Businessman In Discrimination Suit

September 1, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Postiville, IA - Gabay Menahem, a former businessman and property owner here, has received $450,000 to settle discrimination and business interference lawsuits filed in state and federal court against the City of Postville, the city clerk and two members of the city council. Menahem, a Hasidic Jew, alleged that Darcy Radloff, the city clerk; Virginia Medberry and Jeff Reinhardt, both members...

Albany, NY – ‘Some Insurers Wrongly Trying to Deny Payments for Irene Damage’

September 1, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Albany, NY - New York's insurance chief says insurers are wrong when some tell policy holders that damage from Tropical Storm Irene isn't covered under flood insurance. Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky says no insurer should even consider denying payments under a flood insurance policy. Lawsky says residents also shouldn't have to face a deductible for a hurricane because...

New York – Polling Site For Jews At A Church Prompts Hikind To Intervene

September 1, 2011 at 01:26 PM
New York - Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) has intervened to prevent a polling site at St. Agatha’s Church. Residents living in the 73rd and 74th election districts recently received notification from the Brooklyn Board of Elections that their polling site was moved from the local public school to St. Agatha’s Church because of concerns that the public school could not physically...

Jerusalem – Rav Chaim Amsalem Slams Charedi Education, Says Torah Study With Trade To Support One’s Family Is What Chazal Clearly State

September 1, 2011 at 11:30 AM
Jerusalem - Hundreds of thousands of students begin a new school year today. Some will learn basic Judaism and Torah along with general studies. Some will study Torah in the mornings and general studies in the afternoons, and some will learn Torah exclusively. While the minimal degree of Jewish content in the more secular schools saddens me, I am even more troubled by the third category described...

New York, NY – Is President Obama Angry with Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jews?

September 1, 2011 at 11:25 AM
New York, NY - Brooklyn pols were apoplectic when FEMA's list of counties eligible for disaster aid included every New York City borough but theirs. Borough President Marty Markowitz pronounced himself "dumbfounded." Some wondered whether President Barack Obama's administration might be miffed with Brooklyn, where Orthodox Jews angry about his Israel policy hope to flip a congressional seat...

New York, NY – Report Finds $2.9 Billion in 9/11 Aid Unused

September 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM
New York, NY - A New York City budget watchdog says up to $2.9 billion in tax credits intended to boost the local economy after the Sept. 11 attacks have gone unclaimed. The Independent Budget Office says it is difficult to track how many companies took advantage of the federal tax credits aimed at spurring hiring and business investment. Local elected officials have not succeeded in persuading...

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