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New York, NY – Gingrich Claims Bloomberg Bought His Way Into City Hall

December 28, 2011 at 11:09 PM
New York, NY - A flailing Newt Gingrich looked to score points with middle class voters Wednesday by taking a swipe at a guy who isn’t even running for President — Mayor Bloomberg. In hopes of righting his now-foundering campaign, Gingrich bashed Bloomberg’s deep pockets as he played up his own humble roots to a working class crowd in Mason City, Iowa. “We don’t come out of a...

New York, NY – Mayor: City Has the Third-Fewest Homicides on Record in 2011

December 28, 2011 at 10:21 PM
New York, NY - Despite statistics expected to show a slight increase in major crimes by the end of the year, city officials declared Wednesday that New York City's historic, two-decade decline in crime isn't over. The latest statistics compiled by the New York Police Department show 104,659 murders, robberies and other serious crimes were reported throughout the five boroughs through Dec. 25...

New York – NY Times Sends Email Spam to 9M People, Denies It, Then Admits Error

December 28, 2011 at 09:35 PM
New York - In today's digital age, it's easy to send out an email by mistake — even for a company that's in the business of communication. The New York Times thought it was sending an email to a few hundred people who had recently canceled subscriptions, offering them a 50 percent discount for 16 weeks to lure them back. Instead, Wednesday's offer went to 8.6 million email addresses of...

Jerusalem – Israeli Chief Rabbi: This Is Not The Way The Gemara Taught Us (audio)

December 28, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Jerusalem - As Mehadrin bus service and news of violence in Beit Shemesh continue to make headlines, Zev Brenner speaks with the chief rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yona Metzger, on tonight’s Talkline program about the recent disturbances that are pitting segments of Israel’s population against each other. Condemning the extremist violence in Beit Shemesh, Rabbi Metzger advised that any man who...

New York – Muslims Upset By NYPD To Boycott Mayor’s Breakfast

December 28, 2011 at 07:59 PM
New York - Several Muslim leaders in New York City say they've declined invitations to the mayor's annual year-end interfaith breakfast because they're upset about police efforts to infiltrate mosques and spy on Muslim neighborhoods. The imams and activists say in a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg they're disturbed at his response to a series of stories by The Associated Press detailing New...

Indianapolis, IN – ACLU: State Violates Kosher Food Order

December 28, 2011 at 07:35 PM
Indianapolis, IN - The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is asking a judge to hold the state Department of Correction in contempt for failing to provide four inmates with kosher food. ACLU attorney Ken Falk told the Evansville Courier & Press Monday that the agency isn't complying with a 2010 federal court order requiring it to offer kosher meals to inmates whose religious beliefs...

New York – 1 Million Visit New York City’s 9/11 Memorial

December 28, 2011 at 06:33 PM
New York - Officials at the Sept. 11 Memorial in New York City say they plan to announce Thursday that the site has had 1 million visitors since opening to the public this year. The memorial plaza and its two huge fountains are now bringing about 10,000 visitors each day to ground zero, even as construction continues on the rebuilt World Trade Center. Visitors are required to get free...

San Antonio, TX – Ron Paul: I Am Not An Anti-Semite

December 28, 2011 at 06:11 PM
San Antonio, TX - Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who is leading the polls in advance of next Tuesday’s Republican caucuses in Iowa, denies allegations that he has promoted anti-Semitism, saying that this would be “a betrayal of my own intellectual heritage.” “Any kind of racism or anti-Semitism is incompatible with my philosophy,” Paul said in an interview with Haaretz, conducted by...

Hartford, CT – Fatal Conn. Fire Reminds Homeowners Of Ash Dangers

December 28, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Hartford, CT - Fireplace ashes can be deceiving. Just ask anyone involved in the nearly 11,600 residential building fires in the U.S. each year that federal safety officials say are caused by hot embers or ashes. It appears that Michael Borcina was among those duped. Fire officials in Stamford, Conn., say a bag of fireplace ashes Borcina left near the back of the home where he was staying...

Cuba – Jewish Leaders Meet With Jailed American

December 28, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Cuba - An American government contractor jailed in Cuba is in good spirits and fine health, but anxious to get home to his family and disappointed he was not included in a massive prisoner amnesty announced by President Raul Castro last week, a Jewish leader who saw him said Wednesday. Adela Dworin told The Associated Press she and another Jewish leader spent nearly two hours Monday with Alan...

Jerusalem – Rabbi Melamed: Mehadrin Busses Undermine Family Structure

December 28, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Jerusalem - In a weekly column to be published tomorrow in the Israeli newspaper Basheva, a well known halachic authority stated the there is no basis for enforcing segregation between men and women on busses. According to a report in Haaretz. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, dean of Yeshiva Har Bracha, located in Lev Hashomron, and the prominent author of the popular Peninei Halacha series, came out...

New York – Agudath Israel: Acts Of Violence By Self Appointed Zealots Are Beyond Moral Jewish Behavior

December 28, 2011 at 04:12 PM
New York - Reports of recent events in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh are deeply disturbing. Violence of any sort, whether physical or verbal, by self-appointed “guardians” of modesty is reprehensible. Such conduct is beyond the bounds of decent, moral – Jewish! – behavior. We condemn these acts unconditionally. Those who have taken pains to note that the small group of...

Ramallah, West Bank – Amid Bloodshed, Hamas Leaving Syria

December 28, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - Alarmed by bloody unrest in Syria, the Hamas militant group has pulled out many of its lower-level cadres from its Damascus headquarters and made contingency plans to move its leadership to locations across the Middle East, senior Hamas members have told The Associated Press. The Hamas members say the group remains appreciative of Syrian leader Bashar Assad and there is...

Brooklyn, NY – Hikind Calls On Netanyahu To Condemn Negative Portrayal Of Charedim In Israeli Media Reports

December 28, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) has written to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu urging him to stem the negative reports coming out of Beit Shemesh about the Charedi community. Hikind, who represents the largest contingent of Charedim in the United States, wrote in part, “As you know, a small group has recently engaged in contemptible behavior in Beit Shemesh. Be assured...

Jerusalem – Israeli PM Condemns Zealots Says Majority Of The Charedi Public Respect The Law

December 28, 2011 at 01:55 PM
Jerusalem - Israel will act against anyone who harasses women in the public sphere, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, one day after a massive protest against gender segregation took place in the central Israel town of Beit Shemesh. Referring to rising tensions over gender segregation in Israel's ultra-Orthodox community, Netanyahu said at the Knesset on Wednesday that Israel...

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