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Woodstock, NY – Solar Menorah Touted As Nation’s First

December 24, 2011 at 11:46 PM
Woodstock, NY - A Jewish group in Woodstock, N.Y. is trading its candles for solar energy with a sun-powered Hanukkah menorah. Rabbi Avroham Itkin tells the Daily Freeman newspaper the idea came about because there is no electricity at the site where the Chabad of Ulster County sets up its outdoor menorah every year. The group used to use candles, but someone had to stay at the site as a...

Seattle, WA – New Air Jordans Cause Nationwide Shopping Frenzy

December 24, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Seattle, WA - Fights, vandalism and arrests marked the release of Nike's new Air Jordan basketball shoes as a shopping rush on stores across the country led to unrest that nearly turned into rioting. The outbursts of chaos stretched from Washington state to Georgia as shoppers — often waiting for hours in lines — converged on stores Friday in pursuit of the shoes, a retro model of one of...

New York – Trump Leaves Republican Party After Debate Snub

December 24, 2011 at 08:57 PM
New York - Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has changed his voter registration in New York state from Republican to unaffiliated. A spokesman for Trump says the businessman and television host changed his affiliation to preserve his option to seek the presidency in 2012. Special Counsel Michael Cohen said Friday that Trump could enter the race if Republicans fail to nominate a candidate...

Albany, NY – Near-Catastrophe Accident Nothing Short Of A Miracle Says Father

December 24, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Albany, NY - A Queens family of six driving upstate for the holidays “miraculously” survived a frightening accident that sent their SUV tumbling off the highway and launched the youngest of the clan out of the car. Although his entire family was hospitalized after the early-morning wreck yesterday near the town of Bethlehem, 42-year-old dad Eli Rowe sounded grateful that things didn’t...

Jerusalem – PM Orders Police to Crack Down On Charedi Zealots

December 24, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu directed Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch Saturday to get the police to aggressively take action to combat violence by extremist haredim (ultra-Orthodox) against women. Netanyahu phoned Aharonovitch following a Friday night Channel 2 report showing an eight-year old modern orthodox girl afraid to walk 300 meters to school because of...

Washington – Obama Campaign Returns $70,000 of Corzine Campaign Donations

December 24, 2011 at 07:54 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee have returned more than $70,000 in contributions from former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine following the collapse of MF Global, Corzine's financial firm, officials said Friday. Obama's campaign and the DNC returned contributions of $35,800 from Corzine and his wife, Sharon Elghanayan, said Democratic...

Moscow – Mikhail Gorbachev Calls On Putin To Step Down Amid Mass Protests Across Russia

December 24, 2011 at 07:50 PM
Moscow - Tens of thousands of Russians jammed a Moscow avenue Saturday to demand free elections and an end to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule, in the largest show of public outrage since the protests 20 years ago that brought down the Soviet Union. Gone was the political apathy of recent years as many shouted "We are the Power!" The demonstration, bigger and better organized than...

North Miami Beach, FL – Hatzalah Rescue Worker’s Medical Equipment Stolen

December 24, 2011 at 07:24 PM
North Miami Beach, FL - A first responder needs help to locate his stolen medical equipment. Zalman Cohen is a Hatzalah first responder for the North Miami Beach area. Hatzalah is a non-profit emergency response service staffed by Jewish volunteers that responds to emergency calls. Cohen said someone broke into his Chevrolet Suburban on Friday and stole several items inside, including...

Cuba – Castro to Free 2,900 Prisoners, But Not Alan Gross

December 24, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Cuba - An American government subcontractor jailed in Cuba for crimes against the state is not among nearly 3,000 prisoners granted amnesty by President Raul Castro on Friday, said a senior Foreign Ministry official. "Alan Gross is not on the list," Josefina Vidal told The Associated Press, dashing the hopes of Gross' supporters in the United States, who have been pleading with Cuban authorities...

Lakewood, NJ – 5 Charged After 2 Jewish Teens Pelted With Eggs

December 24, 2011 at 06:23 PM
Lakewood, NJ - Bias intimidation and harassment charges have been filed in New Jersey against five people accused of pelting two Orthodox Jewish teenagers with eggs and calling them derogatory names. Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/ve2660) that the two teens — ages 15 and 17 — were walking in the Ocean County community early Thursday when...

Brooklyn, NY – Friday Night Fire Damages Midwood Synagogue

December 24, 2011 at 06:03 PM
Midwood, NY - A small fire broke out at a synagogue in Brooklyn Friday evening, officials said. About a hundred firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire at 1679 West 1st Street in the Midwood section of the borough at Yeshivat Ohel Torah. The FDNY got water on the flames very quickly and got in under control, officials said. The fire had broken out in the basement of the synagogue, a...

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