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New York – Special Ed Schools Fear Loss of State Funding

March 8, 2011 at 11:14 PM
New York - Eleven schools serving 1,500 blind, deaf and severely disabled children fear their students may get an inferior education under Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget. Cuomo's budget would zero-out the state's annual $98 million contribution to the schools. Instead, tuition would be billed to the students' local districts. Bernadette Kappen, the executive director of the New...

New York – The First-Ever Brooklyn Baby Expo

March 8, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Brooklyn — your babies have come a long way. And on March 13, the borough gets its very own baby accessory show for new and expectant parents: the A Child Grows in Brooklyn Baby Expo at the Toren tower in Downtown. The day-long affair will feature seminars, workshops and products from some of the best the borough baby business has to offer. “This is the best of the best,” said...

Tokyo – Large Earthquake Hits Northeast Japan; No Damage

March 8, 2011 at 09:56 PM
Tokyo - A strong earthquake triggered a small tsunami along Japan's northeastern coast Wednesday and shook buildings hundreds of miles away in Tokyo. There were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries. Some train lines in the northeastern prefecture of Iwate were temporarily stopped after the magnitude 7.3 quake, but they were restarted shortly after. Tohoku Electric Power said...

Jerusalem – Amar’s Committee on IDF Conversions Calls for End of Course

March 8, 2011 at 09:36 PM
Jerusalem - The rabbinic committee appointed by Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar recommended that he terminate the Nativ course held for potential IDF converts, since Reform and Conservative teachers are part of its staff, Israel Radio reported on Tuesday. “In this [Nativ] course about 10 of the staff of 170 teachers are Reform or Conservative. We perceive this as a severe problem, that...

Havana – Jewish Community Members Testified at Trial of Alan Gross in Cuba

March 8, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Cuba - At least 14 witnesses testified at the Havana trial of U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross last week, including Cuban intelligence agents and members of the island’s Jewish community, the State Department’s top man on Cuba has reported. A Cuban government communiqué meanwhile said prosecutors presented evidence of Gross’ participation “in the introduction and development...

Jerusalem – Israel Minimum Wage Set to Exceed America’s

March 8, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Jerusalem - The political upheaval across the Middle East has just been joined by two unlikely protagonists: Israel’s unions, which used the regional unrest smartly, and the Israeli taxpayer, whom organized labor managed to swindle while public attention was focused on the dramas in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and Bahrain. At stake was the minimum wage, famous for poignantly pitting social justice...

Baden, Austria – Man Defaced Synagogue More Than a Dozen Times

March 8, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Baden, Austria - An Iranian has admitted defacing a synagogue in a Lower Austrian town more than a dozen times. Police in Baden, which is located south of Vienna, announced today (Tues) that the 51-year-old agreed to come up for the overall damage he caused. The local resident was interviewed by officers investigating 14 incidents in which the town’s synagogue was smeared with ink and...

New York – What’s Behind Android’s Race to No. 1?

March 8, 2011 at 05:50 PM
New York - It's no longer the era of the BlackBerry -- or the iPhone. According to a market research report released this week, Google's Android operating system now is the most popular smartphone platform in the United States. The first phone running Android, the T-Mobile G1, wasn't announced until September 2008. Only 2½ years later, the research firm comScore says Android is No. 1 in the...

Redondo Beach CA – Millions Of Fish Found Dead in California Marina

March 8, 2011 at 04:58 PM
Redondo Beach CA - Millions of dead fish were found Tuesday floating in a Southern California marina. Boaters awakened to find a carpet of small silvery fish surrounding their vessels, said Staci Gabrielli, marine coordinator for King Harbor Marina on the Los Angeles County coast. California Fish and Game officials believe the fish are anchovies and sardines. Experts had yet to determine...

New York – Community Org. Affected By Medicaid Redesign Advocating In Albany For Help

March 8, 2011 at 04:52 PM
New York - New York State budget planning for the 2012 fiscal year is well under way. Various groups seeking funding are in Albany meeting with the governor’s office and members of the state legislature. This year, with Governor Cuomo revamping the structure for Medicaid allocations, a primary focus of lobbyists is to limit budget cuts and closures to not-for-profit community organizations. A...

New York – NY Assemblyman Calls On New York Congressional Delegation To Strip NPR Of Federal Funding

March 8, 2011 at 04:38 PM
New York - Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is calling on the New York Congressional delegation to strip National Public Radio (NPR) of its annual allocation of $90 million in federal funding in light of a recent video featuring outgoing NPR Foundation and Senior Vice President of Development Ron Schiller agreeing with undercover journalists posing as members of a Muslim Brotherhood front...

Mount Kisco, NY – Police Search for Home Invasion Robbers

March 8, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Mount Kisco, NY - New York State Police are on the scene searching for a white van that was involved in a home invasion In Mount Kisco, Nitra community, the vehicle was occupied by 2 black males who fled the scene. Female victim was tied up and assaulted taken to Northern Westchester Hospital. New Castle police and WCPD Aviation also responding for the search, vehicle was marked "Post...

Washington – Doctors Finding Ways to Save Fertility of Young Cancer Patients

March 8, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Washington - The treatment beating back 9-year-old Dylan Hanlon's cancer may also be destroying his chances of fathering his own children when he grows up. Upset that doctors didn't make that risk clear, his mother, Christine, tracked down an experiment that just might salvage Dylan's future fertility. Between chemo sessions, the pair flew hundreds of miles from their Florida home to try...

New York – Yeshiva University A Cappella Group follow up Chanukah hit with “The Purim Song”

March 8, 2011 at 02:37 PM
New York - Following its hugely successful Chanukah-themed hit, “Candlelight,” the Maccabeats releases its latest single, “The Purim Song,” just in time for the upcoming holiday. The song, set to the tune of Pink’s “Raise Your Glass,” tells the story of Purim, a holiday commemorating a time when the Jews of Persia were miraculously saved from extermination. “The last video...

Israel – Minister to Visit Pollard for First Time in Five Years

March 8, 2011 at 02:28 PM
Israel - Rare visit for spy Jonathan Pollard. Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon is set to visit Jonathan Pollard in his prison cell next week. This will be the first time in years that an Israeli minister has visited the convicted spy, who has been imprisoned in the US since 1985. Ever since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a personal letter to US President Barack Obama requesting...

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