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New Jersey – Cut in Toll Hikes Killed Funds for $800 Million Garage

October 3, 2011 at 11:29 PM
New Jersey - Commuters will continue to face a long line of empty buses snarling traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel after the Port Authority scrapped plans to build a new bus garage in Manhattan. Port Authority officials say they can't afford the $800 million project because recent toll increases were lower than proposed. The agency's midtown bus terminal doesn't have enough room so hundreds of...

Salem, NH – Romney Warns Pakistan Of Very Serious Consequences

October 3, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Salem, NH - Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is talking tough on Pakistan, a key ally in the war in Afghanistan. The former Massachusetts governor told New Hampshire voters Monday night that Pakistan is playing both sides — going after the Taliban within its borders in some cases and helping it in others. That's unacceptable, he said. "It's pretty straightforward to say...

Crown Heights, NY – Hasidic Tour Opens Lifestyle To Outsiders

October 3, 2011 at 09:35 PM
Crown Heights, NY - When he was 18 and still living in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tenn., Beryl Epstein received a call from his older brother, Mordechai, who was about to join the Israel Defense Forces. Mordechai urged his younger brother to come to Crown Heights, a largely ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was studying before heading to Israel. "I knew there...

Israel – Rabbi Amar Said Mosque Arson May Be Blood Libel

October 3, 2011 at 08:25 PM
Israel - Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar on Monday said that the mosque arson that took place in Tuba Zangria overnight Sunday may have been a blood libel, Army Radio reported on Monday, citing an interview on a haredi radio station. "We have experience in these things in the past. We cannot be sure that there was not some malicious plan to stir up hatred between Jews and Arabs," Amar was...

New York, NY – Lawyers Seek Records of NYPD Spy Unit as Lawmakers Duck Issue

October 3, 2011 at 07:28 PM
New York, NY - Civil rights lawyers on Monday raised the first opposition to New York Police Department efforts to spy on Muslims, an operation that politicians have been reluctant to even discuss. The lawyers asked a federal judge in Manhattan to force the NYPD to turn over records about clandestine police programs that monitored all aspects of daily life in Muslim neighborhoods. The request...

Austin, TX – DNA Helps Free Texas Man In Prison for 25 Years

October 3, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Austin, TX - Texas prosecutors agreed Monday to release an Austin man who spent nearly 25 years in prison for beating his wife to death — but always maintained his innocence — after DNA tests showed another man was responsible. District Judge Sid Harle recommended Michael Morton go free to the state Court of Criminal Appeals, which will make the final determination on overturning his...

Ramallah, West Bank – U.S. Suspends Palestinians Aid

October 3, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - Palestinian officials said Monday that the U.S. has suspended West Bank development projects worth tens of millions of dollars after Congress froze funding to dissuade the Palestinians from seeking U.N. recognition of an independent state. It's the first concrete sign of repercussions for the Palestinians' decision to defy Washington on the issue. Hassan Abu Libdeh...

New York – Stocks Tumble On American Airlines Bankruptcy Fears

October 3, 2011 at 04:11 PM
New York - The latest setback in Europe's financial crisis is sending stocks sharply lower. The S&P 500, the benchmark for most U.S. stock funds, slumped to its lowest level of the year. Markets fell worldwide after Greece said it will miss deficit reduction targets it agreed to as part of its bailout deal. Concerns Greece is closer to defaulting on its debt overshadowed a stronger reading on...

Tel Aviv, Israel – Barak: Israel-Palestinians Must Find Path To Talks

October 3, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Tel Aviv, Israel - Israel must find a way to resume negotiations with the Palestinians and has a responsibility to try to ease tensions with its neighbors in the region, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday amid prodding from the United States to return to peace talks. Standing next to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Barak pushed back a bit on the Pentagon chief's warning that...

New York – OU Condems Attack on Mosque in Israel

October 3, 2011 at 02:50 PM
New York - In response to the recent reported events of Israeli extremists vandalizing an Islamic mosque in the Galilee village of Tuba-Zangariyye, the following statement was issued by Dr. Simcha Katz, president, and Rabbi Steven Weil, executive vice president, of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America: We condemn the reported acts of vandalism, in which Israelis are alleged to...

Tel Aviv – Police Caught French Citizen with 228 Etrogim in Smuggling Bust

October 3, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Tel Aviv - Police at Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday arrested a French citizen who was trying to smuggle 228 etrogim (citrons) into the country. Arriving on a flight from Paris he tried to bring the two suitcases full of etrogim without declaring them. The etrogim were to be sold as “top quality” etrogim for use on Sukkot. Customs officials announced last week that they would be cracking...

Waxahachie, TX – Massive Fire At Chemical Plant Outside Dallas

October 3, 2011 at 01:07 PM
Waxahachie, TX - A fire at a chemical plant south of Dallas shot massive plumes of black smoke and bright orange flames into the sky Monday, forcing schoolchildren and residents to evacuate or take cover indoors to avoid possible exposure to dangerous gases. Flames engulfed what appeared to be several areas of a large complex at a Magnablend, Inc., facility in Waxahachie, about 30 miles south...

Washington – U.S. Supreme Court To Let Woman Sue Over Headscarf Removal

October 3, 2011 at 12:58 PM
Washington - The Supreme Court will let a Muslim woman sue Southern California jailers for making her take off her head scarf in a courthouse holding cell. The court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Orange County, Calif., officials, who were sued in 2007 by Souhair Khatib. Khatib had gone to the Orange County Superior Court to ask for more time to complete her community service...

Jerusalem – Chief Rabbi Metzger Condemns Mosque Arson

October 3, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Jerusalem - Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger accompanied President Shimon Peres for a visit to the Tuba Zangaria mosque torched overnight during a "Price Tag" operation. "We remember when our books were burnt and we cannot abide such actions against any other religion. For us – a synagogue, a mosque, a church – they are considered embassies of God, and you do not harm embassies," said...

New York, NY – Orthodox Lawyer Fires Back Over ‘Frivolous Lawsuits’ Comment

October 3, 2011 at 12:22 PM
New York, NY - Perhaps you caught the story in the NY Post over the weekend about restaurant lawsuits and the way pretty much all the ones you've heard about anytime recently have been prosecuted by one Orthodox Jewish lawyer, the so-called "scourge of restaurateurs" Maimon Kirschenbaum. In the past few years, Kirschenbaum has pursued more than 100 wage-violation cases against New York...

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