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New York, NY – Bloomberg Criticizes Congressman King For Terrorism Hearings

March 7, 2011 at 11:41 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke out against Long Island Congressman Peter King's plan to hold a hearing in Washington about homegrown Islamic terrorism. "Pete King's been very helpful in getting homeland security monies for New York City. I respect him. I don't happen to agree with him on this. And we've had this agreement to disagree for a long time,” said the mayor. The...

Philadelphia, PA – Why Do Jews Tend to Live Longer Than Other Religious Groups?

March 7, 2011 at 10:41 PM
Philadelphia, PA - In the United States, life expectancy at age 55 (average number of additional years lived beyond 55) for Jews is 27.7. This is two to seven years longer than any other large religious group in the United States. Three possible explanations for this advantage are: favorable socio-demographic composition, better health behaviors, and relatively frequent attendance at religious...

New York, NY – Why the City Needs Breaks for Builders

March 7, 2011 at 09:54 PM
New York, NY - The city's 421-A Partial Tax Exemption Program expired at the end of 2010, leaving $1 billion in new housing projects hanging in the balance. Without 421-a, no multifamily housing will proceed. Six planned 80/20 projects are especially at risk, and with them the creation of 2,400 units of market-rate and 600 units of low-income housing, plus 9,300 construction jobs and 225...

Berkeley, CA – Jewish Student Sues UC Berkeley over Muslim Assault

March 7, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Berkeley, CA - A Jewish student at the University of California at Berkeley who was attacked by a Muslim student last year has filed suit against UC Berkeley for failing to provide a safe atmosphere. In her suit, 21-year-old Jessica Felber alleges that UC Berkeley did not effectively deal with harassment and intimidation by Muslim and pro-Arab student groups, leading to “a dangerous and...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Announces City Water Leak Notification System

March 7, 2011 at 07:31 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Cas Holloway today launched a new program to save homeowners money by proactively notifying them of potential water leaks when unusual activity or spikes in usage are detected by DEP. The Leak Notification Program will enable homeowners to...

New York – Bill Would Outlaw Spitting In Prison

March 7, 2011 at 06:51 PM
New York - The Republican-led Senate today will vote on a measure that would prohibit an inmate from “throwing, tossing, expectorating or expelling of saliva or other bodily secretion” onto a prison employee. The measure, ⁠which also has an Assembly version⁠, is sponsored by Sen. John Bonacic, R-Mount Hope, Orange County, was introduced after an inmate at a Sullivan County jail hurled...

New York – NY Cabbie Arrested After Passengers Are Struck

March 7, 2011 at 06:01 PM
New York - A cab driver furious he was being forced to drive his fares from Midtown into the Bronx rammed two of them with his taxi before fleeing, critically injuring one and seriously wounding the other, police said Monday. Mohammed Azam was arrested on charges of vehicular assault and leaving the scene of an accident and was awaiting arraignment in Manhattan criminal court. It wasn't clear...

Jerusalem – Rabbi to Settlers: Fight Back At Troops

March 7, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Jerusalem - A Chabad rabbi has called to strike back at soldiers in the same way they act against settlers, predicting a civil war among Israel’s Jews. “The army has decided to fight against the Jewish settlers of the Land of Israel,” Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe, head of the Eretz Yisrael Shelanu movement, told Israel Radio’s religious Reshet Moreshet station last week. “So when Jews or...

Norfolk, VA – US Sends Warship To Mediterranean As Part of Iran Defense

March 7, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Norfolk, VA - A warship capable of detecting and shooting down ballistic missiles headed for the Mediterranean Sea on Monday as the U.S. started implementing its plan to protect Europe from a potential Iranian nuclear threat. Sending the Norfolk-based USS Monterey to Europe is the first part of a four-phase plan to create a missile shield for the continent that was developed by the Obama...

Germany – Demjanjuk Faces 15 Years if Convicted of Helping Murder 27,900 Jews

March 7, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Germany - The trial of John Demjanjuk, the 90-year-old accused of helping to murder 27,900 Jews during his alleged time as a Nazi death camp guard, will run until mid-May, a Munich court said Thursday. In late January, the court in this southern German city said it hoped to come to a verdict as early as March 22. But it did say that defence motions were likely to push this date...

Washington – Obama Brings Back Military Trials at Guantanamo Bay

March 7, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama approved Monday the resumption of military trials for detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ending a two-year ban. It was the latest acknowledgement that the detention facility Obama had vowed to shut down within a year of taking office will remain open for some time to come. But even while announcing a resumption of military commission...

New York – How Not to Get Sick From a Flight

March 7, 2011 at 03:59 PM
New York - When Peter J. Sheldon boards a plane to any destination, his safety routine extends well beyond buckling his seat belt and noting the nearest exit. Once at his seat, he meticulously wipes down the cushions, armrests and tray table with disinfectant wipes. He refuses to touch the in-flight magazines and avoids using the restroom if at all possible. Since he began his in-flight cleansing...

Mineola, NY – NY Judge Orders DWI Retrial Amid Crime Lab Woes

March 7, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Mineola, NY - A New York judge has ordered a retrial in a drunken driving case because of questions over the accuracy of results from the crime lab in Nassau County on Long Island. It is the first case ordered retried since the lab was shut down last month amid revelations that there were inaccuracies involving drug analysis. There have since been problems cited with labeling of blood-alcohol...

New York – 63 Percent Under 30 Admit Driving While On Phone

March 7, 2011 at 03:07 PM
New York - A new Consumer Reports poll says 63 percent of young people acknowledge driving while using a handheld phone. Thirty percent say they've sent text messages while behind the wheel. The poll also says only 30 percent of those under 30 feel such behavior is very dangerous. The poll was released Monday in connection with a new partnership between the magazine and the U.S. Department...

Canada – Montreal Community Plans to Protest Religious Discrimination

March 7, 2011 at 02:10 PM
Canada - The Jewish community of Outremont, Montreal, is expecting a large turnout at tonight’s city council meeting to protest what they claim is unfair treatment that is being leveled at the Jewish community by one city council member and her supporters. The meeting will be held tonight at 7 PM at Outremont’s City Hall. Celine Forget, one of Outremont’s four city council members, is...

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