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New York – Wall Street Protesters Fed Up With Both Parties

October 6, 2011 at 11:56 PM
New York - Their chief target is Wall Street, but many of the demonstrators in New York and across the U.S. also are thoroughly disgusted with Washington, blaming politicians of both major parties for policies they say protect corporate America at the expense of the middle class. "At this point I don't see any difference between George Bush and Obama. The middle class is a lot worse than when...

London – Bank of England Governor: World Facing Worst Financial Crisis In History

October 6, 2011 at 11:42 PM
London - Sir Mervyn King was speaking after the decision by the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee to put £75billion of newly created money into the economy in a desperate effort to stave off a new credit crisis and a UK recession. Economists said the Bank’s decision to resume its quantitative easing [QE], or asset purchase programme, showed it was increasingly fearful for the economy, and...

New York – Breaking the Fast After Yom Kippur Becomes an Event

October 6, 2011 at 10:50 PM
New York - When Jill Medvedow, the director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, was growing up, she broke her fast after Yom Kippur at home, with just her family. After she married, she would go to her mother-in-law's house for the annual meal known as the break-fast. But when her mother-in-law left Boston, Ms. Medvedow and her husband became break-fast orphans. There was no...

New York – Kelly: Bloomberg and only Bloomberg Can Authorize NYPD to Shoot Down Planes

October 6, 2011 at 09:25 PM
New York - The NYPD may have the power to blast a small plane out of the sky, but Mayor Bloomberg is the one who would make the final call for an air strike, the city's top cop said Thursday. "The mayor makes the final decision," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told a City Council hearing Thursday. Kelly said that would be the game plan in "a very extreme situation" - meaning if a small...

New York – No Engine Failure Found When NY Helicopter Crashed

October 6, 2011 at 08:08 PM
New York - Investigators examining the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed in the East River and killed a passenger have found no evidence that the engine failed, as they spent several hours Thursday questioning the pilot of the aircraft. The investigators found no metal particles on a magnetic monitoring device inside the Linden, N.J..-based helicopter's engine that could have indicated...

Montreal – Skver Cheder Firebomber Waives Right to Parole Hearing

October 6, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Montreal - This was Omar Bulphred's chance to explain why he should return to a halfway house and not stay behind bars. The 28-year-old told the parole board 10 minutes before his case was to begin that he is waiving his right to his hearing for confidential reasons. Bulphred was released in May after serving two-thirds of his 7 year sentence. He was thrown back in prison after allegedly...

New York – Questioned On Spying, Kelly Denies NYPD Profiles

October 6, 2011 at 06:59 PM
New York - New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly faced pointed questions Thursday about police surveillance of Muslim neighborhoods as the City Council discussed whether it needed more oversight of a department that has become one of the most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies in the U.S. Kelly's testimony before a legislative committee and a packed room of onlookers was the first...

Brooklyn, NY – Flatbush Shomrim Help Launch New Civilian Watch Patrols For East Flatbush Community

October 6, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Flatbush residents reeling from a spike in shootings are setting up a civilian watch group to patrol the streets. The new civilian observation patrol will cover the 67th Precinct in Flatbush and East Flatbush - which has the most shooting victims of any precinct in the city this year. Orthodox Jewish enclaves in the area have long had their own patrol, known as the Shomrim...

Gaza – Hamas Nixes Deal for Buying Lulavim

October 6, 2011 at 05:36 PM
Gaza - Israeli traders will buy between 70,000 and 100,000 lulavs – palm tree fronds that are one of the Four Species of Sukkot – from Jordan. Another initiative – to buy 50,000 lulavs from Gaza traders who smuggled them into Gaza from Sinai – was vetoed by the Hamas terror group that rules over Gaza. Egypt recently decided not to allow the sale of lulavs grown in Sinai to Israeli...

Jerusalem – Two Arrested For Throwing Stone That Killed Asher Palmer

October 6, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Jerusalem - Palestinians from village near Hebron confessed to throwing the fatal stone, Shin Bet says; three others arrested for stealing Palmer's sidearm after the crash. The IDF and Israel Police arrested this week two Palestinians from the village of Halhul near Hebron, who allegedly threw the stone that hit Asher Palmer last month, killing him and his son as they drove near Kiryat Arba...

Jerusalem – Israel Marks 70 Years Since Babi Yar Massacre

October 6, 2011 at 04:45 PM
Jerusalem - With tears in his eyes, Michael Sidko laid a wreath of flowers at Israel's official Holocaust memorial during a solemn ceremony Thursday marking 70 years since a World War II massacre he barely escaped. Sidko was six when he was taken with his family to the Babi Yar ravine outside Kiev, Ukraine — then part of the Soviet Union — to be murdered along with the rest of that city's...

Manhattan, NY – UES Community Board Members Want Cyclists to be Licensed

October 6, 2011 at 04:35 PM
Manhattan, NY - An effort to curb rogue cyclists by forcing them to have licenses and registration is being put forward by members of an Upper East Side community board. CB8’s transportation committee passed a resolution Wednesday night urging city and state officials to require bicycles have “clear and visible” identification on them — like a license plate — and that cyclists have...

Jerusalem – AP Report: Neturai Karta Gets On The Bandwagon To Rethink Kaparot Yom Kippur Ritual

October 6, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Jerusalem - For generations, ultra-Orthodox Jews have marked Yom Kippur by swinging live chickens over their heads while saying a blessing, then slaughtering the birds as a symbolic way to rid their souls of sins. Now some rabbis are decrying the practice as animal abuse. These rabbis say the ritual, along with the cruel conditions the chickens are kept in, violate Jewish law, which has...

Tripoli, Libya – Crowd Protests Libyan Jews Attempt To Restore Shul

October 6, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Tripoli, Libya - A crowd of about 30 people picketed outside a hotel to protest an exiled Libyan Jewish man's attempt to restore the capital's main synagogue. David Gerbi, who fled to Italy with his family in 1967 as anger rose over the Arab-Israeli war, broke into the crumbling building over the weekend, but Libyan authorities quickly closed it again, saying the effort was premature. Gerbi...

New York – LIRR Adds 9 Trains for Yom Kippur Eve

October 6, 2011 at 03:11 PM
New York - The Long Island Railroad will provide nine extra eastbound trains on Friday for the eve of Yom Kippur. The trains will leave Penn Station between 2:08 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. There will be three additional trains on the Babylon and Port Jefferson branches, two on the Port Washington Branch and one on the Far Rockaway Branch. The Babylon trains with be a 2:24 p.m. express to Lynbrook...

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