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Israel – New ‘Stylish’ Lifestyle Magazine Launched for Charedim

March 28, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Israel - Charedi publisher Smash Magazines will launch the first haredi lifestyle magazine in Israel, "Stylish". The print run will be 30,000 copies. The investment in "Stylish" is NIS 800,000 for content, design, and targeted distribution in the community. The magazine will have 150 chromo pages. "Stylish's" publisher says that 90% of the magazine's advertisers do not normally advertise in...

New York, NY – Riverdale Ashamed to be Part of The Bronx?

March 28, 2011 at 01:55 PM
New York, NY - Riverdale must have been too boring a name for Bronx condo sellers, who are billing their location as NoMa -- apparently as in North of Manhattan. The Solaria Riverdale project -- with one- to five-bedroom units advertised for about $900,000 to $2 million -- is prominently using its self-invented "NoMa" title in Web advertising. The project does disclose that its sale...

Tel Aviv – El Al Under Pressure for Not Flying on Shabbat

March 28, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Tel Aviv - Back in the late 1970s, El Al Israel, once a government company and now Israel's largest publicly traded airline, invented a way of having its cake and eating it too - the ability to operate its aircraft on Saturdays with its pilots, flight attendants, and services, while declaring that it was a kosher airline that kept the Sabbath and Jewish holidays. The criticism in Europe over...

Jerusalem – Israel Appeals to Facebook To Remove Uprising Page

March 28, 2011 at 11:43 AM
Jerusalem - The Israeli government is demanding that Facebook remove a page calling on Palestinians to take up arms against Israel. The page, entitled "Third Palestinian Intifada," has more than 340,000 fans. In a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Israeli Cabinet Minister Yuli Edelstein says the page includes calls to kill Jews and of "liberating" Jerusalem through...

New York – Former Comptroller Hevesi Hospitalized

March 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM
New York - Disgraced former New York comptroller Alan Hevesi, awaiting sentencing for his role in influence-peddling at the state pension fund, is in the hospital for an unspecified condition, a judge said Monday. Meanwhile, the case has been transferred to another judge, and the next court date is April 4. The judge's friendships and a defense lawyer's strained family ties had injected...

Damascus – Chaos Contiues: Gunfire, Tear Gas in Syrian City

March 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM
Damascus - Syrian security forces fired tear gas on thousands of protesters Monday in a restive southern city as President Bashar Assad faced down the most serious unrest of his 11 years in power with a bloody, weeklong crackdown. Assad was expected to address the nation as early as Tuesday to try to ease the crisis by lifting a nearly 50-year state of emergency and moving to annul other harsh...

Jerusalem – Israel: Painful Military Retaliation If Rockets Continue

March 28, 2011 at 10:40 AM
Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister is warning Gaza militants of a military retaliation if they resume firing rockets at southern Israeli communities. Benjamin Netanyahu says it must be clear that Israel will not tolerate "a drizzle of rockets and missiles" on its cities. Netanyahu spoke at a meeting Monday of his Likud party, after two days of relative quiet along the border with the...

Jerusalem – Polish Israelis Slam Halt of Restitution Plans

March 28, 2011 at 10:32 AM
Jerusalem - An association of Israelis of Polish descent has slammed Warsaw's decision to suspend plans to offer compensation for property seized during the Nazi and communist eras. The association head, Lili Haber, says the decision is "unacceptable" and an insult to Holocaust survivors. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk last week suspended work on a law that would have given some...

Israel – Doctor Pushes for Autopsies in Crib-Death Cases

March 28, 2011 at 09:28 AM
Israel - The 1980 amendment to the Anatomy and Pathology Law that gives a veto to bereaved parents on whether an autopsy may be performed on their infant suspected of have died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS or crib death death) must be changed, according to Dr. Pnina Aviram, a senior lawyer and bioethicist at the Ono Academic College. Aviram was speaking at an all-day seminar attended...

New York – Hundreds Attend OU’s Emerging Jewish Communities Home and Job Relocation Fair [video]

March 28, 2011 at 08:57 AM
New York - As an integral aspect of its philosophy that the North American Orthodox Jewish community does not begin and end in the New York metropolitan area, and that communities outside of New York regardless of size offer opportunities for a fulfilling Orthodox lifestyle, the Orthodox Union presented its third “Emerging Jewish Communities Home and Job Relocation Fair.” held on Sunday...

New York, NY – Police Radios Don’t Work Inside New $743M JetBlue Terminal

March 28, 2011 at 08:37 AM
New York, NY - The new $743 million JetBlue terminal at JFK Airport is a police radio "dead zone" that puts Port Authority cops in a Ground Zero-like communications blackout that has already led to a slew of police injuries, The Post has learned. The embarrassing gaffe was discovered by PA honchos some six months before the cavernous, 26-gate terminal opened to the public in October 2008...

New York, NY – For Schumer, a Bike Lane Far Too Close for Comment

March 28, 2011 at 08:17 AM
New York, NY - When Senator Charles E. Schumer arrived in Jackson Heights, Queens, for a Sunday afternoon news conference with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg about the 2010 census results, he began regaling the gathered officials with tales about his bicycle ride through the neighborhood the previous day. And when it was his turn to speak, he mentioned his cycling adventures again ...

Albany, NY – Expert: Cuomo An Early Winner In Tentative $133B Budget

March 28, 2011 at 07:56 AM
Albany, NY - If a closed-door deal on Sunday sticks, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have performed a fiscally conservative act in hard times that his father, Mario Cuomo, was unable to do when he was swept from the governor's office almost three decades ago. The tentative $132.5 billion plan would reduce state spending by more than 2 percent and would address a $10 billion deficit. Cuomo's...

New York – NYC Comptroller Wants Pension Fund Data Online

March 28, 2011 at 07:41 AM
New York - The city's comptroller announced Monday that he plans to make public the inner workings of one of the nation's largest public pension fund systems, letting residents see which companies' stocks are being bought with their tax dollars and monitor the performance of more than $113 billion in investments. Much of the plan will require the agreement of members of the boards of trustees...

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