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Ramallah – Palestinians use Cash, Facebook for Currency

March 6, 2011 at 11:22 PM
Ramallah - Go through your wallet some day and you might see a surprise. Along with Queen Elizabeth on a British pound, George Washington on the US dollar or Jewish leaders on the Israeli shekel, you might see something new. It could be "Free Palestine" engrained across those familiar images. The new message is the product of a new non-violent resistance campaign by Palestinian protesters...

Madison, WI – Democrats to End Union Standoff

March 6, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Madison, WI - Playing a game of political chicken, Democratic senators who fled Wisconsin to stymie restrictions on public-employee unions said Sunday they planned to come back from exile soon, betting that even though their return will allow the bill to pass, the curbs are so unpopular they'll taint the state's Republican governor and legislators. The Wisconsin standoff, which drew...

Sterling, VA – White House Praises Muslims Ahead Of House Hearing

March 6, 2011 at 09:55 PM
Sterling, VA - Muslim Americans are not part of the terrorism problem facing the U.S. — they are part of the solution, a top White House official said Sunday at a Washington-area mosque. Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough set the Obama administration's tone for discussions as tensions escalate before the first in a series of congressional hearings on Islamic radicalization. The...

Brooklyn, NY – Grow-and-Behold Announces 5% of Their Gross Revenue Till Purim To Go To Masbia‏

March 6, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Brooklyn NY – Grow and Behold, a high-end, local meat vendor with an emphasis on animal welfare, will donate 5% of their gross revenue over the next few weeks in the lead-up to the Jewish holiday Purim. Purim, which this year falls on Sunday, March 20, is the most charity focused holiday in the Jewish calendar, when according to Jewish teaching everyone needs to give charity. Grow & Behold...

New York, NY – Rabbi Schneier At NYC Rally: Singling Out Muslim Americans Is An Injustice

March 6, 2011 at 08:26 PM
New York, NY - Some 300 people gathered in Times Square on Sunday to speak out against a planned congressional hearing on Muslim terrorism, criticizing it as xenophobic and saying that singling out Muslims, rather than extremists, is unfair. Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and the imam who's a co-founder of a planned Islamic center near the World Trade Center site were among those who addressed...

New York, NY – Time is Right to Wear Galoshes to Make a Splash Again

March 6, 2011 at 07:40 PM
New York, NY - It was a miserable day, cold rain on old snow, and inside Grand Central Terminal, a young man named Justin Levy was sitting high up in an armchair, getting his shoes shined. They were good shoes. "They cost me $250," said Mr. Levy. But they were soaked. Mr. Levy was trying to get them "fixed." "I ought to buy boots," he said, "nothing too expensive." Why not galoshes?...

England – Mom’s Blood Test Can Reveal Down Syndrome

March 6, 2011 at 06:49 PM
England - Scientists in Europe report they were able to diagnose Down syndrome prenatally by giving a simple blood test to pregnant women, an approach that might one day help them avoid the more extensive procedure used now to detect the condition. The preliminary report published online Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine is the latest of several recent studies that suggest scientists can...

Lakewood, NJ – Firefighters Battle Blaze at Construction Site

March 6, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Lakewood, NJ - Firefighters are battling a general alarm fire at a home under construction in the Somerset Walk development here, police said. The fire, on Canary Drive, was reported at 3:14 p.m. and had not been contained, according to police Sgt. Steve Vigna. Firefighters report the fire had gotten through several floors and was still burning. Firefighters reported heavy fire on the...

London – Royal Couple to Receive Hebrew Scroll for Wedding

March 6, 2011 at 05:41 PM
London - A professional scribe will present Prince William and Kate Middleton with a specially-made scroll in Hebrew and English for their upcoming royal wedding on Thursday. Mike Horton will hand over the scroll he made himself to British Ambassador Matthew Gould at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv. “A friend came up with the idea of writing a scroll for the wedding of Prince William and...

New York, NY – Officials Quietly Plan Another Bike Lane in Brooklyn

March 6, 2011 at 04:55 PM
New York, NY - The Department of Transportation told a handful of civic leaders that it could add new lanes to five blocks in Brooklyn's Cobble Hill, and is considering reversing traffic flow on Congress Street between Court and Hicks streets to better serve cyclists pedaling to Brooklyn Bridge Park. But car traffic on Congress between Hicks and Columbia streets won't be reversed, forcing...

West Nyack, NY – Breaking Tradition, Rockland JCC Will Open On Saturdays

March 6, 2011 at 03:40 PM
West Nyack, NY - The Jewish Community Center of Rockland has always remained closed from sundown on Friday until sunset on Saturday out of respect for the Jewish tradition of rest on the holy Shabbat. But beginning April 1, the JCC will open its fitness center and gym Friday evenings and Saturday, joining a nationwide trend among JCCs to be open to the community seven days a week. "The...

Washington – Rabbi Levi Shemtov Discusses Influence and Yiddishkeit On Capitol Hill

March 6, 2011 at 02:23 PM
Washington - 'Jewish power is a complicated term. There is this notion that when the two words are used together, it’s essentially an anti-Semitic slur. To some, the very idea of Jewish power invokes lurid stereotypes of influential Jewish bankers and greedy, controlling Jews who are clearly to blame for the world’s economic woes. In an effort to ascertain the extent of Jewish power today...

Sanaa, Yemen – Government Supporters Attack Protesters in Yemen

March 6, 2011 at 02:04 PM
Sanaa, Yemen - Government supporters wielding knives and handguns attacked protesters in southern Yemen on Sunday, leaving one dead in the latest in weeks of demonstrations demanding the president step down. In a separate development in the increasingly chaotic Middle Eastern nation, suspected al-Qaida gunmen killed four soldiers from the elite Republican Guard forces in a mountainous...

New York, NY – Bloomberg’s Teacher Cuts Would Raise Class Sizes to 24-29 Kids

March 6, 2011 at 01:22 PM
New York, NY - First Brigette Smith had to take her little boy on a daily commute to another neighborhood, after the schools near her Manhattan home became too crowded to place her son. Now she's being told that when he starts kindergarten next year, he'll be in a classroom with about 24 other kids, and she worries that her son could get lost in the crowd. Several miles north, principal Brett...

Washington – White House: Oil Reserves Eyed As Oil Prices Rise

March 6, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama's chief of staff says the administration is looking at the nation's oil reserves as it considers options for dealing with the spike in gas prices. The price of a barrel of oil has passed $100. In the U.S., gasoline is averaging $3.50 a gallon. Those increases come amid unrest in the oil-producing Middle East, particularly as rebellion rages in...

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