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New York – Organization ‘Our Place’ Appeard On Zev Brenner [replay audio]

March 5, 2011 at 11:59 PM
New York - A desperate fight is underway to keep the doors of our place open. With funding slashed almost completely, activists and the heroic volunteers of Our place have been working feverishly to attract new donors. Last night on the Zev Brenner radio program Sonny Perlman, Yossie Yurowitz, Zvi Gluck from Our Place, and Shmayie Friedman from Jrunners, spoke about the fight to keep this...

New York – Trend Reversal: Big Drop In Kids’ Ear Infections

March 5, 2011 at 11:38 PM
New York - Ear infections, a scourge that has left countless tots screaming through the night, have fallen dramatically, and some researchers suggest a decline in smoking by parents might be part of the reason. Health officials report nearly a 30 percent drop over 15 years in young children's doctor visits for ear infections. Why the numbers are declining is a bit of a mystery, but Harvard...

New York, NY – Mayor Bloomberg Defends Embattled DOT Commissioner

March 5, 2011 at 11:30 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Bloomberg offered a spirited defense yesterday of embattled Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, two days after she withdrew a controversial proposal to plop down a pedestrian mall in the middle of 34th Street. "This woman has made some real innovations here in this city that will last and will be a very big deal," the mayor declared, speaking of the sweeping...

Albany, NY – Soda Lobbyists Spent 12.9 Million on Lawmakers

March 5, 2011 at 11:01 PM
Albany, NY - Beverage makers and health care unions spent millions of dollars in a battle over efforts to tax soda in New York, contributing to a record $211 million in lobbying expenditures in 2010. The New York Post says the American Beverage Association led lobbying in the state with nearly $13 million. The group helped defeat former Gov. David Paterson's effort to put a penny-per-ounce tax...

Libya – Internet Traffic Goes Dark Amid Upheaval

March 5, 2011 at 10:29 PM
Libya - Internet services in Libya, already spotty throughout the country's violent upheaval, appeared completely halted in an attempt to stifle information about the insurrection. The move, coming ahead of planned protests in Libya, appears similar to Egypt's response to the demonstrations that led President Hosni Mubarak to step down last month. The Libyan government controls the country's...

New York, NY – Magnets: Mayor Bloomberg Knows How They Work

March 5, 2011 at 10:02 PM
New York, NY - In a former life, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was an electrical engineering student. It turns out he still remembers the basics. In a radio appearance Friday, the 69-year-old mayor responded to a citizen question by tossing off a technical explanation of how magnets work, with information on electron pairs and magnetic fields. "Everything is made of atoms," Hizzoner said...

Jerusalem – Young Students of Lifesaving Course Restore Man’s Heartbeat

March 5, 2011 at 09:34 PM
Jerusalem - Two young residents of Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood saved the life of a 45- year-old man last week after his heart stopped beating. Moishe and Pesach Bagaad, aged 14 and 12, respectively, were being driven to school by their father when they noticed a figure lying on the street surrounded by a crowd of passersby. It turned out that the man had suddenly suffered arrythmia, and...

New York – Emotions Run Strong As State Considers Medical Malpractice Cap

March 5, 2011 at 09:00 PM
New York - Governor Cuomo's plan to cap medical malpractice claims faces an uncertain future in the state Legislature, which is now the object of intense lobbying from competing interests, both for and against. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report. State lawmakers visited the Lowes Regency Hotel on Park Avenue Friday to hear hospital executives tell them about the burden of malpractice...

Tripoli, Libya – Rebels, Gadhafi Forces Both Make Gains in Libya

March 5, 2011 at 08:35 PM
Tripoli, Libya - Government forces in tanks rolled into the opposition-held city closest to Tripoli after blasting it with artillery and mortar fire, while rebels captured a key oil port and pushed toward Moammar Gadhafi's hometown in a seesaw Saturday for both sides in the bloody battle for control of Libya. With the Gadhafi regime's tanks prowling the center of the city of Zawiya, west of...

Miami, FL – Obama: Israel Shouldn’t be Afraid of Changes in Mideast

March 5, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Miami, FL - President Barack Obama told Jewish donors in Miami on Friday that Israel and the United States should not be afraid of changes taking place in the Middle East. Acknowledging that the changes occurring could be construed as dangerous and worrisome, Obama recalled a meeting earlier in the week with Jewish leaders in the White House, saying, "I told them we have to be sober, we can't...

New York – Judges Weigh Appeal in Bukharan Jewish Doctor Murder Trial

March 5, 2011 at 08:09 PM
New York - The doctor was murdered in the middle of a bustling park on a sunny October day in front of his 4-year-old daughter, shot in the back by a man cloaked in black. His estranged wife, Dr. Mazoltuv Borukhova, was there, trying to help as he lay bleeding. But Borukhova was later convicted of hiring her distant cousin to gun down her husband amid a rancorous custody battle and sentenced...

Lakewood, NJ – CDC: NJ Ahead of NY, Pa. and Conn. in Flu Activity

March 5, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Lakewood, NJ - New Jersey is experiencing wide spread flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The influenza like illness data posted for week 8 — Feb. 20 through 26 — shows New Jersey ahead of New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut in flu activity, the CDC reports. State Department of Health and Senior Services is reporting school absenteeism for week...

Paris – Jewish People in the French Capital Live in the Shadow of Hatred

March 5, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Paris - Like most Paris schools, the Ecole des Hospitalières-Saint-Gervais bears a sombre plaque. It reads: "165 Jewish children from this school, deported to Germany during the second world war, were exterminated in the Nazi camps. Do not forget." In this district, known as the Marais, the heart of Paris's oldest Jewish quarter, gay bars rub shoulders with falafel cafés, kosher restaurants...

Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinian Leader: No State With Temporary Border

March 5, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - The Palestinian president said Saturday he would not accept an Israeli peace initiative if it called for temporary borders for a future Palestinian state. President Mahmoud Abbas' comments were the highest official response so far to news of a peace plan that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to publicly propose in the coming weeks. The negative...

Cuba – Trial of Jewish US Contractor Ends in Havana, No Verdict

March 5, 2011 at 07:31 PM
Havana, Cuba - The trial of a U.S. government contractor facing up to 20 years in jail on charges he sought to undermine Cuba's government wrapped up Saturday after both sides gave closing arguments, but there was no immediate word of a verdict. The fate of Alan Gross, a 61-year-old Maryland native detained for more than a year since being caught bringing communications equipment into the...

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