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Chicago, IL – Kids Safest In Rear-Facing Car Seats Until Age 2

March 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM
Chicago, IL - Children should ride in rear-facing car seats longer, until they are 2 years old instead of 1, according to updated advice from a medical group and a federal agency. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued separate but consistent new recommendations Monday. Both organizations say older children who've outgrown...

Washington – Senators Support ICARE4Autism at J. Morton Davis Tribute in Washington

March 21, 2011 at 09:51 PM
Washington - The International Center for Autism Research and Education, Inc. (icare4autism) founded by Joshua Weinstein paid tribute to J. Morton Davis, chairman and owner of D.H. Blair Investment Banking Corp. and board member of The Hill's parent company, News Communications, last week with a luncheon in his honor. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) joined by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)...

New York, NY – Con Ed to Zap NYers for 4% More $$

March 21, 2011 at 09:33 PM
New York, NY - A Con Ed rate hike that kicks in next week could be the first noticeable bump in New Yorkers' electric bills in three years. Expect about a 4 percent boost in electric costs starting April 1, when the second year of a three-year rate-hike plan approved by the state last year takes effect. New York City apartment dwellers who now pay $87 for 300 kilowatt hours per month will...

Kiev – Ukraine Gives Yad Vashem Access to Holocaust-Era Archives

March 21, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Kiev - In a modest ceremony, with no media presence, a trailblazing agreement was signed last month between Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Authority and the archives of the Ukrainian KGB. The agreement is expected to upgrade historical research on the fate of hundreds of thousands of Jews who were persecuted and murdered during the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. The Ukrainian...

United Nations – UN Rejects Emergency Meeting Sought by Libya

March 21, 2011 at 07:07 PM
United Nations - The U.N. Security Council on Monday rejected a Libyan request for an emergency meeting to halt what it called "military aggression" by France and the United States, saying it would wait for a briefing Thursday from the secretary-general. Council members held closed-door discussions in response to a letter dated Saturday from Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kousa who claimed that...

Albany, NY – Sen. Schumer: Free Ride Over for Tour Buses

March 21, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Albany, NY - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is seeking an audit of all tour bus operators in New York following a fatal tour bus crash a week ago in New York City. The New York Democrat is asking the state Department of Motor Vehicles to do the audit. The Cuomo administration has already mounted stepped-up spot checks of tour buses since the crash. The checks have forced several buses and...

Brooklyn, NY – The “Listening” Session On The Dome Playground: Councilman Brad Lander Invites Input from Community

March 21, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The schoolroom at PS 179 on Avenue C and E. 3 resounded with noise, cross talk, and conversation as each team’s vision for a redesigned Dome Playground (located at 38th Street and Dahill Road) was written out on poster size sheets hung up before the audience on a clothesline. While NYC Parks & Recreation (NYC DPR) staff graded this evening’s “Listening Session” only a...

New York – 3 Years After a Ban ‘Lipa’ Stronger Than Ever With Release Of Latest Album

March 21, 2011 at 03:55 PM
New York - Last month, the hugely popular Hasidic singer Lipa Schmeltzer, known simply as “Lipa,” released his latest album, “24/6,” a collection of cover songs currently popular at Hasidic weddings. The release comes almost exactly three years after the singer’s then-largest concert was banned by many prominent rabbis in the Haredi world, and it is only the latest step in what has...

Jerusalem – Palin Stays Mostly Out Of Sight For Israel Visit

March 21, 2011 at 03:47 PM
Jerusalem - Sarah Palin stayed out of sight Monday during her first trip to Israel, dodging paparazzi staking out hotels and holy sites in hopes of getting a glimpse of the former Alaska governor who might run for president. A visit to Israel, a key U.S. ally, has become almost a rite of passage for potential Republican candidates at a time of strained relations between the U.S. and Israeli...

New York, NY – Drivers Can Now Contest Parking Tickets Through City Website

March 21, 2011 at 03:41 PM
New York, NY - New Yorkers who get undeserved parking tickets can now contest them online. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials unveiled a new program today that allows New Yorkers to dispute tickets online. The site has a space to let a user make his or her case and upload pictures or other evidence. After completing the process, a judge should get back to the user within 10...

Gaza City – Israel Not Giving Details On Captured Gazan From Ukrain

March 21, 2011 at 02:52 PM
Gaza City - A Palestinian human rights group says a Gazan man allegedly abducted from a Ukrainian train and whisked to Israel is suffering psychological problems in custody. Dirar Abu Sisi, an engineer at Gaza's power plant, disappeared last month en route to Kiev and mysteriously resurfaced in an Israeli prison. The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights says one of its lawyers was...

New York – Celebrated Brooklyn Organization Begins Vocational Program for Chareidi Community

March 21, 2011 at 02:12 PM
New York - B'Derech, the Brooklyn based organization founded by Chareidi attorney Ruchie Freier to aid the large number of children who are not reaching their full potential in the current yeshiva system, held its first ever orientation and registration meeting, this past Thursday night, for its newly created GED (general equivalency diploma)/ vocational program, geared to the 18+ year old age...

Oslo – Norwegian Lawmaker Denies Holocaust

March 21, 2011 at 01:45 PM
Oslo - A Norwegian Labour Party Sami MP has caused outrage within his own ranks by denying that the Holocaust ever happened. Fellow politicians are calling for the resignation of Anders Mathisen, who is advocating changing history books after apparently spending months researching WWII concentration camps. “There is no evidence the gas chambers or mass graves existed. Even reputable...

Tokyo – Israel First to Set Up Field Hospital in Japan

March 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Tokyo - The field hospital Israel is establishing in Japan is the first to be set up by any nation offering outside assistance, Israel’s Ambassador to Japan Nissim Ben Shitrit said Monday, and the Japanese are extremely appreciative. Ben Shitrit said the hospital was being established at Minamisanriko, a fishing city 290 miles north of Tokyo, that was utterly overwhelmed by the quake and...

Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Gets Probation for Assaulting Post Photographer

March 21, 2011 at 11:48 AM
Brooklyn, NY - State Sen. Kevin Parker has been sentenced to three years' probation following his misdemeanor conviction for a confrontation with a press photographer. Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan Jr. announced Monday that Parker had been sentenced by a Brooklyn judge. The Democrat represents the 21st District in Brooklyn. Parker was acquitted of felony assault in the 2009...

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