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Manhattan, NY – Wall St. Nut Scales Statue, Demands Bloomy’s Resignation

October 22, 2011 at 11:49 PM
Manhattan, NY - A 24-year-old Canadian was taken into police custody after he scaled a 40-foot-tall steel sculpture not far from the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City. Dylan Spoelstra, of Toronto, went up the reddish orange structure at about 6 a.m. Saturday near Zuccotti Park, and said he wasn't coming down until Mayor Michael Bloomberg resigned. Police negotiated with him for...

Manhattan, NY – Cries of Anti-Semitism, but Not at Zuccotti Park

October 22, 2011 at 11:18 PM
Manhattan, NY - Among the hodgepodge of signs that have sprouted in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, one man in jeans and a baseball cap has been carrying placards that shout their suggestions: "Google: Jewish Billionaires" and "Google: Zionists control Wall St." But the protests have also, on occasion, had a distinctly Jewish flavor: The encampment has coincided with the busy Jewish holiday...

California – Lubavitch Dispute With Russia Keeps Ship Out of San Francisco

October 22, 2011 at 10:47 PM
San Francisco, CA - Officials say a planned visit to San Francisco by a Russian sailing ship was called off Friday over legal and diplomatic issues. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/rjjC5t) that the 360-foot Nadezhda (na-dezh-da) was due to arrive in San Francisco around 9 a.m. Friday, but just after dawn the ship's captain was ordered to head to Mexico. Russian Consul...

Mitzpe Hila – Father: Israeli Soldier Treated Harshly by Hamas

October 22, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Mitzpe Hila - The father of the Israeli soldier freed this week in a swap with the Islamic militant group Hamas said Thursday that his son "endured harsh things" while held in Gaza. Noam Schalit made the remarks Thursday evening after spending the Jewish holiday of Simhat Torah reunited with his son, Sgt. Gilad Schalit. The comments provided the first details of how the soldier was treated...

Jerusalem – Secular Group Marches Against Mea Shearim Segregation

October 22, 2011 at 09:45 PM
Jerusalem - A march staged by the Free Israel secularist movement through Mea Shearim in Jerusalem Saturday night was pelted with bottles and diapers by ultra-Orthodox residents of the neighborhood. The march was held to protest the failure of the High Court of Justice to enforce its ruling outlawing male-female segregation for the second year running. Director of Free Israel Mickey Gitzin...

Washington – Obama Declares End to Iraq War, US Troops Coming Home

October 22, 2011 at 09:15 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama announced Friday that the Iraq war, one of the most unpopular in U.S. history, is over. America's long and deeply unpopular war in Iraq will be over by year's end and all U.S. troops ""will definitely be home for the holidays," President Barack Obama declared Friday "After a decade of war," he added, "the nation that we need to build -- and the nation that...

Williamsburg, NY – City May Close Bus Service That Makes Women Sit in Back; Bloomberg Says Get Your Own Bus

October 22, 2011 at 08:46 PM
Williamsburg/Borough Park, NY - New York City authorities said they will shut down a city bus service run by Orthodox Jews if the group doesn't stop making women sit at the back of the bus. New York City's Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Gastel said the agency's executive director Anne Koenig has asked the company to respond to the allegations and was waiting to hear...

Brooklyn, NY – Rubashkin Supporters Reaches 50,000 Signatures on Petition

October 22, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Supporters of Sholom Rubashkin asked, this week, for more signatures on an on-line White House petition calling for an investigation into allegations of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct in Rubashkin's appeal of a 27-year sentence for fraud in connection with the operation of the Agriprocessors kosher meat-processing plant in Postville, Iowa. While the petition's more than...

Brooklyn, NY – Health Department: Spike in Measles Cases Within Orthodox Jews

October 22, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Six cases of childhood measles have been reported in Brooklyn over the last two weeks, the New York City health department said Friday, contributing to a spike in measles cases this year. The health department usually sees four to six cases of measles per year in years when there are no outbreaks, said Susan Craig, a spokeswoman for the department. There were recent outbreaks in...

Cherry Hill, NJ – Gadhafi’s Death Resonates With Lockerbie Relatives

October 22, 2011 at 07:54 PM
Cherry Hill, NJ - For decades, Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was seen as an international villain, but for Susan Cohen he was a personal enemy, one she read up on daily for more than 20 years. Her 20-year-old daughter was one of the 270 people — many of them New York and New Jersey residents — killed when Pam Am Flight 103 was blown out of the sky by a terrorist bomb over the Scottish...

Jerusalem – Yeshiva Student Stabbed on Sabbath in Suspected Terror Attack

October 22, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli police say a Jewish man believed to be yeshiva student, has been stabbed by a Palestinian assailant in Jerusalem. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the 20-year-old Israeli man was stabbed in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot. He was being rushed to the hospital in serious condition. Rosenfeld says Saturday's attack was "nationalist" in nature. It would mark the...

Washington – For Obama, Gadhafi Death a Vindication Of Doctrine

October 22, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama's doctrine of dealing with American enemies just got another test — and, for him, another vindication. The death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi reinforces Obama's style of dealing with enemies without immersing the United States in war. Even skeptics offered grudging support. For Obama, the outcome allowed him to stand victorious in the Rose Garden...

CAiro – Arab Strongman: With Gadhafi Death, An Era Passes

October 22, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Cairo - He often looked like a comical buffoon, standing before audiences, bedecked in colorful robes, spouting words that most of the world considered nonsense. Yet the death of Moammar Gadhafi was a milestone in modern Arab history, in some ways more significant than the overthrow of lesser autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt. Gadhafi was the last of the old-style Arab strongmen — the...

Sirte, Libya – End of a Dictator, Muammar Gaddafi ‘Killed’

October 22, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Sirte, Libya - Dragged from hiding in a drainage pipe, a wounded Moammar Gadhafi raised his hands and begged revolutionary fighters: "Don't kill me, my sons." Within an hour, he was dead, but not before jubilant Libyans had vented decades of hatred by pulling the eccentric dictator's hair and parading his bloodied body on the hood of a truck. The death Thursday of Gadhafi, two months after he...

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