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Washington – FBI Limits Access to Files on Living People

March 9, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Washington - If the FBI has started a file on you, it won't release it without your written consent. "Requests for information about another living person should be accompanied by evidence of the subject's consent," the agency states on its website. FBI officials may release files that mention your name if they're related to a closed investigation or the release is specifically authorized...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Rejects Council Proposals on Snow Response

March 9, 2011 at 10:29 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration is rejecting a package of City Council proposals aimed at improving the New York City's response to weather-related emergencies like the December blizzard that sparked several investigations. Liz Weinstein, the director of the mayor's Office of Operations, said at hearing Wednesday that the proposed legislation would duplicate city...

New York – Preemie Birth Preventive Spikes From $10 to $1,500

March 9, 2011 at 10:05 PM
New York - The price of preventing preterm labor is about to go through the roof. A drug for high-risk pregnant women has cost about $10 to $20 per injection. Next week, the price shoots up to $1,500 a dose, meaning the total cost during a pregnancy could be as much as $30,000. That's because the drug, a form of progesterone given as a weekly shot, has been made cheaply for years, mixed in...

New York – Putting God on the Passenger List

March 9, 2011 at 09:46 PM
New York - Want to escape the craziness of an airport and find some quiet without paying for an airline club? Find the airport’s chapel. Many airports have small chapels, open to all for quiet meditation and prayer. Don’t go in there yapping on your cellphone or answering email on your computer. But as this week’s Middle Seat shows, airport chapels and chaplains can be a comfort to...

Brooklyn, NY – White Students’ Racist Rap Video Stuns Community

March 9, 2011 at 09:22 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Blacks, women and Jews are all targeted in a disturbing rap video, made by four local teenagers. Four Stuyvesant High School students made the video and sent it around to some friends on the school’s internal Facebook page. The lyrics are racist, anti-Semitic and anti-women. The Department of Education has started a disciplinary proceeding that could result in suspensions...

Madison, WI – GOP Strips Public Workers’ Bargaining Rights

March 9, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Madison, WI - Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate voted Wednesday night to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers after discovering a way to bypass the chamber's missing Democrats. All 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois nearly three weeks ago, preventing the chamber from having enough members present to consider Gov. Scott Walker's so-called "budget repair bill"...

Manhattan, NY – Battle for LES Synagogue Ends With Old Guard in Charge

March 9, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Manhattan, NY - Three years after a Lower East Side match that seemed made in heaven, Manhattan’s historic but struggling Sixth Street Community Synagogue and popular Chabad rabbi Simon Jacobson have divorced amid acrimony to rival that of a bad marriage from an Isaac Bashevis Singer tale. Jacobson, once seen by members of the synagogue as a potential savior, moved out of the building in...

New York – State Senator And Assemblyman Expected To Face Corruption Charges

March 9, 2011 at 06:44 PM
New York - Brooklyn State Senator Carl Kruger and Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. are expected to face federal corruption charges Thursday morning, sources familiar with the case said. Kruger is expected to appear in Manhattan federal court along with Boyland and at least one other suspect, said sources speaking on condition of anonymity. The sources would not detail the exact corruption...

New York, NY – Cameras Cracking Down Cabbies Who Refuse Outerborough Riders

March 9, 2011 at 05:50 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg released undercover video Wednesday of city taxi drivers refusing passengers because of their destinations and joined city officials to call for increased penalties against drivers who try to avoid unwanted trips. "I don't know ... Brooklyn Bridge ... If they show me I would take them, but otherwise," one taxi driver said to an undercover Taxi and...

Cairo – Report: Mubarak’s Son Directly Linked to Terror Attacks

March 9, 2011 at 05:03 PM
Cairo - Son of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak directly involved in terror attacks on the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el Sheikh on 23 July 2005, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida, which cited classified documents. The attacks, coordinated bombings of a bazaar and two hotels, resulted in the deaths of 88 and inured nearly 200. Most of the victims were Egyptians. According to...

Madison, WI – GOP Imposes $100 Fines On Wis.’s AWOL Democrats

March 9, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Madison, WI - Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate voted Wednesday to fine the chamber's AWOL Democrats $100 for each day they miss of the legislative session, and the governor said the GOP remains committed to his plan to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights. Gov. Scott Walker met with GOP senators in a closed-door meeting a day after releasing details about...

Mount Kisco, NY – Home Invasion Targeted, Cops Say

March 9, 2011 at 03:05 PM
Mount Kisco, NY - A Yeshiva Road home that two men invaded Tuesday was targeted, police said today. The robbers posed as deliverymen when they went to the home at 12 Yeshiva Road in a gated Hasidic Jewish community around 3:15 p.m, (as was first reported by Vos Iz Neias). The two men remained at large this afternoon, police said. They are described as black males in their 30s. Both were...

Staten Island, NY – 1 Dead, Others Seriously Hurt in NYC Fire Engine Crash

March 9, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Staten Island, NY - New York City police say a van full of special needs adults and a fire engine collided, killing one person in the van and injuring several others, two of them seriously. The Fire Department of New York says its truck was headed to a car fire when it got into an accident on Staten Island with the van. At least seven people from the van were taken to a hospital, including...

Sringfield, IL – Illinois Governor Abolishes Death Penalty; Commutes 15 Death Row Inmates

March 9, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Springfield, IL - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn abolished the death penalty Wednesday, more than a decade after the state imposed a moratorium on executions out of concern that innocent people could be put to death by a justice system that had wrongly condemned 13 men. Quinn also commuted the sentences of all 15 inmates remaining on Illinois' death row. They will now serve life in prison. State...

New York – Greenfield, Levin, And Community Leaders Go To Albany To Fight Mayor’s Proposal

March 9, 2011 at 01:32 PM
New York - New York City Council Members David G. Greenfield and Stephen T. Levin, along with a group of over 50 special education advocates, providers and students spent Tuesday in Albany asking state lawmakers to reject Mayor Bloomberg's request for changes to the reimbursement of private special education programs in New York City. Last month, Mayor Bloomberg testified that switching the...

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