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New York, NY – City Agencies Spend $1 Billion More Than Planned

November 18, 2011 at 03:56 PM
New York, NY - City's agencies spent almost $1 billion more than expected this fiscal year, partly due to overtime for police and firefighters, a problem that will trigger more cuts in expenses, a mayoral aide said on Friday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who already has ordered nearly a dozen rounds of budget cuts since 2007, forecast that the city will collect only an extra $81 million from now...

New York – Muslims Pray, Rally In Protest NYPD Spying

November 18, 2011 at 02:09 PM
New York - Hundreds of Muslims prayed in lower Manhattan and planned a march on New York Police headquarters Friday to protest a decade of NYPD spying inside Muslim neighborhoods. The traditional Friday call to prayer echoed off the cold stone of government buildings as people, bundled in winter clothes, knelt in prayer on a blue tarp. "We are unapologetically Muslim and uncompromisingly...

Deptford, NJ – NJ Teacher Faces Sanctions In Alleged Verbal Abuse

November 18, 2011 at 01:30 PM
Deptford, NJ - A New Jersey teacher faces discipline after being recorded telling a special-needs student that he was a "tard" and responding sarcastically to the student's pleas not to be called "special." Superintendent Michael Dicken says the Gloucester County Special Services District board placed the teacher on paid leave Wednesday but will not say what discipline he faces. The...

Geneva – Red Cross Steps Back From Holocaust Victims Search

November 18, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Geneva - The Red Cross says it will step down from its role managing the work of a body dedicated to finding Holocaust victims. The group has a long history of helping reunite families separated by war and identifying the remains of people killed in conflict. It was tasked in 1955 with leading the International Tracing Service that was established in Bad Arolsen, Germany, to find victims of...

New York, NY – Brooklyn Residents Say Hello to the Muni-Meter

November 18, 2011 at 12:38 PM
New York, NY - Muni-Meters, the pay and display parking meter system that has been used in Manhattan since 2009 will be installed in parts of Borough Park, Midwood and Kensington over the next few days and the New York City Department of Transportation continues its efforts to phase out the ubiquitous parking meters that line the city’s streets. The DOT hopes to have all older style...

New York, NY – Bloomberg: School Bus Strike Looming; Would Affect 152,000 NYC Students

November 18, 2011 at 12:18 PM
New York, NY - Parents of school kids who take the bus to city schools are being told that a strike may be on the horizon. According a letter being sent from Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott to parents today, the bus drivers union ATU Local 1181 is threatening to strike over the city's plan to ask for bids for service to transport special education pre-kindergarten children for next school...

New York, NY – Report: Public Barred From NY Family Courts

November 18, 2011 at 11:56 AM
New York, NY - The New York Times is reporting that a 1997 order opening family court proceedings to the public is being disregarded around much of the city. The newspaper reported Friday (http://nyti.ms/rEhxQk ) that over one week a reporter tried to enter 40 courtrooms around the city but was allowed access to only five. During those attempts, the reporter didn't identify himself as a...

Washington – FDA Revokes Approval Of Avastin For Cancer Treatment

November 18, 2011 at 11:13 AM
Washington - The Food and Drug Administration has declared the blockbuster drug Avastin should no longer be used in breast cancer patients because there's no proof it extends their lives — and it is causing dangerous side effects. Friday's ruling was long expected, but is sure to disappoint women who say they've run out of other options. FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg called the...

New York, NY – Police Use Military Megaphone To Amplify Their Point To OWS Protesters

November 18, 2011 at 10:54 AM
New York, NY - The NYPD’s anti-protest arsenal includes an amplifier developed for the military — but it’s being used as a loudspeaker, not a “sound cannon” to break up crowds. It’s called a Long Range Acoustical Device and it has the ability to blast a small area with 110 decibels of sound — the equivalent of a power saw at close range. But police officials say that’s not...

Woodmere, NY – Woodmere Shul Hosts Prominent Shoah Researcher Priest

November 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM
Woodmere, NY - Close to two million Jews were shot and thrown into mass unmarked graves in Eastern Europe by the Einsatzgruppen, Nazi mobile killing units, in less than three years during the Second World War. Few survived to tell the tale. A French Catholic priest, in a story worthy of a forensic detective thriller, is returning to the killing fields in a successful bid to find, record and...

Ottawa, Canada – Barak Reassures Israel Over “empathy” For Iran Atom Bid

November 18, 2011 at 10:19 AM
Ottawa, Canada - Defense Minister Ehud Barak tried to reassure Israelis about the government's resolve on Thursday after he appeared to empathize with Iran's controversial nuclear quest during an American television interview. Barak's suggestion that, were he Iranian, he would "probably" seek the bomb made headlines in Israel, which feels uniquely threatened by the Islamic republic but has...

London – Occupy Protesters Take Over UBS-Owned Building In London

November 18, 2011 at 09:56 AM
London - Protesters facing a legal battle over the right to stay camped outside St. Paul's Cathedral said Friday they have taken over a building owned by the UBS bank in east London. Occupy London, whose protest against capitalist excess was inspired by New York's Occupy Wall Street movement, said on its website it took over the abandoned office block in the neighborhood of Hackney overnight...

New York, NY – Con Ed Wants Eviction of Ground Zero Mosque

November 18, 2011 at 09:51 AM
New York, NY - Con Edison wants a judge to green-light the eviction of the would-be developer of the controversial mosque near Ground Zero — because, the utility claims, he doesn’t have a prayer of paying the $1.7 million that he owes in back rent. At a hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court, Con Ed lawyer Scott Mollen yesterday portrayed Sharif el-Gamal as a deadbeat slumlord and far too...

Massachusetts – Israel To Boston: Daddy, Come Home

November 18, 2011 at 09:35 AM
Massachusetts - That’s odd. You’re driving north on Fresh Pond Parkway, heading for the Concord Avenue rotary on your way to either the Fresh Pond Mall or the Alewife T station, and you see a huge billboard in Hebrew. I can’t be responsible for the Hebrew, but it’s a picture of a young father carrying his son on his shoulders, with one gigantic word spelled out in English...

Washington – Science Panel: Get Ready For Extreme Weather

November 18, 2011 at 09:22 AM
Washington - Top international climate scientists and disaster experts meeting in Africa had a sharp message Friday for the world's political leaders: Get ready for more dangerous and "unprecedented extreme weather" caused by global warming. Making preparations, they say, will save lives and money. These experts fear that without preparedness, crazy weather extremes may overwhelm some...

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