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Mea She’arim – Violence Between Ultra Orthodox Sects Rocks Neighborhood

October 27, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Mea She'arim - Residents of the Mea She'arim neighborhood in Jerusalem fear the violence that has erupted between two ultra-Orthodox sects will grow and complain the police are not protecting them. On Tuesday night a group of Hasidim brutally attacked Avraham Hirschman, 36, a father of six, with clubs, kicks and blows. Hirschman was hospitalized with fractures and other serious injuries...

New York – Kidney Stones Tied to Higher Diabetes Risk

October 27, 2011 at 10:38 PM
New York - People who've suffered bouts of kidney stones may have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later on, new research suggests. A number of studies have observed that people with diabetes are more likely to form kidney stones than diabetes-free people are. But it hasn't been clear whether the reverse is true. In the new study, researchers found that among more than 94,000...

New York – NYC Comptroller To Relinquishing Control Over Pension Managers

October 27, 2011 at 09:30 PM
New York - New York City plans to overhaul its $120 billion pension funds by putting a chief investment officer in charge in a move to both depoliticize the system and improve returns, city officials said on Thursday. Investment decisions are currently made by five separate boards and outside fund managers. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Comptroller John Liu and the city's main unions reported...

Manhattan, NY – Showdown Looms Between Wall St Protesters and Cops

October 27, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Manhattan, NY - Officials moved to end Wall Street protesters' month-long occupation of a park that spawned similar gatherings across America and is going global, setting up a potential confrontation Friday with police and an uncertain future for a movement that claims to speak for the disillusioned middle class. Demonstrators at the half-acre (0.2 hectare) park in lower Manhattan have said...

Warsaw – Poland Reopens Investigation Into Auschwitz Crimes

October 27, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Warsaw - Polish authorities have reopened an investigation into World War II crimes committed at Auschwitz and its satellite camps that was closed in the 1980s because of the country's isolation behind the Iron Curtain. One aim of the new probe is to track down any living Nazi perpetrators, according to an announcement Thursday by the Institute of National Remembrance, a state body that...

Washington – U.S. Says Report Of F-16 Jet Sale To Egypt in Grapel Deal Fabricated

October 27, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Washington - The US on Thursday denied reports that they agreed to sell an F-16 fighter plane to Egypt in connection with the release of Ilan Grapel. “There is no truth to [these] press reports," a US statement read. "Since 1982, the US government has sold over 220 F16s to Egypt as part of our long standing bilateral defense relationship,” the statement continued. ...

New York, NY – NY Delegation Seek End to Wrongful Termination of Section 8 Vouchers in NYC

October 27, 2011 at 06:15 PM
New York, NY - Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Members of New York’s Congressional Delegation called on the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to halt the wrongful termination of thousands of Section 8 vouchers in light of computer and clerical errors on the part of NYCHA. The Members sent a letter to NYCHA Chairman John Rhea requesting an immediate moratorium on voucher terminations and a...

Washington – U.S. Considers Unusual Arms Deal For Turkey

October 27, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Washington - The Obama administration is consulting Congress on an unusual proposal to transfer U.S. Marine Corps attack helicopters to Turkey, U.S. officials said on Thursday, as Ankara tries to exact revenge for a major attack by Kurdish separatists. Turkey, a NATO ally, has been seeking AH-1 SuperCobra helicopters to replace those lost in its long struggle against separatist rebels from the...

New York – Rain, Raid Fears Raise Tension At NY Occupy Wall Street

October 27, 2011 at 05:45 PM
New York - Cold, wind, rain and fear of a police raid put New York's Occupy Wall Street protesters on edge on Thursday, sparking conflicts at the 6-week-old camp over even the most mundane points of park life. The protesters, who are angry about economic inequality, struggled to shield themselves from wind and rain at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, their mood dampened further by suggestions...

Brooklyn, NY – Borough Park Residents Come Out to Participate in City Budgeting

October 27, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Brooklyn, NY - About 100 people gathered Wednesday night in Bais Yaakov to learn about Participatory Budgeting, a new initiative from City Councilmember Brad Lander. At the neighborhood assembly, participants learned more about their new role in setting our budgeting priorities and then offered their ideas for projects that could be built in Boro Park. Participatory Budgeting is an exciting...

Brooklyn, NY – Satmar Community Honors FDNY Heroes For Saving Torah’s

October 27, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The leadership of the Satmar community, gathered this afternoon at the Satmar Congregation Headquarters at 150 Rodney Street in Williamsburg to express their gratitude on behalf of the thousands of members of the Satmar sect to the valiant firefighters who rescued three Torah scrolls from a burning synagogue in the pre-dawn hours this past Sunday morning. Being honored at...

Newark, NJ – Eli Weinstein Indicted In $200 Million Real Estate Investment Scam; Faces More Then 100 Years In Prison

October 27, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Newark, NJ - Eliyahu Weinstein, a/k/a “Eli Weinstein,” was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Newark on charges alleging he ran an investment fraud scheme causing losses of at least $200 million, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. The 45-count Indictment charges Weinstein, 36, of Lakewood, N.J., with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 29 counts of...

Brooklyn, NY – NYC HD Investigating Outbreak of Shigella Infection in Williamsburg and Borough Park

October 27, 2011 at 04:12 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The Health Department is investigating an ongoing outbreak of Shigella, an infection that causes diarrhea, among the Orthodox communities in Williamsburg and Borough Park, and working to get the word out about how to prevent the disease. Most of the people who have been getting sick are young children. So far, there have been over 45 cases reported and the numbers are rising every...

New York, NY – Tix-Fix Scandal: A Dozen Cops To Turn Themselves In

October 27, 2011 at 04:10 PM
New York, NY - What began two years ago as a low-profile wiretap investigation of a New York Police Department officer has resulted in criminal charges against at least 16 officers alleging they abused their authority by helping family and friends avoid paying traffic tickets, two people familiar with the case said Thursday. The officers were expected to be arraigned Friday in the Bronx, said...

New York – Stocks Surge Above 12,000 Mark On European Debt Deal, GDP Growth

October 27, 2011 at 04:04 PM
New York - The Dow Jones industrial average surged nearly 339 points Thursday after European leaders agreed on a deal to slash Greece's debt load and prevent the debt crisis there from engulfing larger countries like Italy. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is close to having its best month since 1974. Commodities and Treasury yields rose as investors took on more risk. The euro rose sharply...

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