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Kiryas Joel, NY – Appeals Court Dismisses Woodbury’s Attempt To Appeal KJ Waterline Agreement

April 1, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Kiryas Joel, NY - The latest effort to kill an aqueduct tap and construction of a water line to the Village of Kiryas Joel has been rejected by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court. Orange County and the village had been in a protracted battle over construction of the pipeline. That was resolved with a March 2010 “global settlement stipulation” that dismissed the proceedings and...

Abany, NY – Silver, Skelos Receive Serious Threat Over Budget

April 1, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Albany, NY - Lawmakers and others at the state Capitol were targeted Friday with threatening emails. "We're treating it seriously, but there is no evidence of any credible threat," said State Police Lt. Glenn Miner. The email subject line was dubbed "Time to kill." "At this point, I don't care what happens with the New York State budget. My group is going to do everything possible to...

Boston, MA – 6 Israeli Lawmakers to Study US Jewish Community

April 1, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Boston, MA - Six Israeli lawmakers are headed to the United States this weekend for an intense study of American Jewish life amid concerns about a growing gap between American and Israeli Jews. The members of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, arrive Sunday at Brandeis University, near Boston, then head to New York City mid-week as part of the inaugural Ruderman Fellows Program. The...

New York, NY – Mayor: Budget Means Police Force Must Shrink

April 1, 2011 at 02:30 PM
New York, NY - Hard economic times mean that New York City will have to reduce the size of its police force, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday. "We cannot afford the size police force, fire department, of any of these agencies if we have a $400 million deficit," said the mayor, referring to the state budget passed Thursday that the city said failed to deliver roughly $400 million in savings...

Jerusalem – Rugby Team Denied Funding For Playing on Shabbat

April 1, 2011 at 12:57 PM
Jerusalem - A committee responsible for appropriations in the Jerusalem municipality has decided not to fund the local rugby team after religious city council members discovered the team plays on Shabbat. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced that he would have the committee's funding decisions overturned by the city council. The rugby team, which has been in existence for the past 30 years but...

Sanaa, Yemen – Yemenis Hold Largest Protest Yet Against Leader

April 1, 2011 at 11:59 AM
Sanaa, Yemen - Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis packed a square in the capital and marched in villages and cities across the nation on Friday in what appeared to be the largest demonstrations in more than a month of demands the country's longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh step down. Youth leaders said they planned a march in the direction of the heavily guarded presidential palace. Many...

Amman, Jordan – Jordanian Police Move To Break Up Rival Protests

April 1, 2011 at 10:31 AM
Amman, Jordan - Jordanian police have moved in to separate hundreds of government supporters and pro-reform activists who were holding rival rallies outside the municipal offices in the capital Amman. No injuries were immediately reported as the police intervened and separated the two groups. About 400 pro-reform Jordanians had turned out on Friday to demand more political say and that the...

Portland, Maine – Joke’s On New England With April Fools’ Snowstorm

April 1, 2011 at 10:22 AM
Portland, Maine - An April Fools' storm brought heavy snowfall to parts of New England on Friday, creating a late-season winter wonderland and giving thousands of kids a reprieve from school while causing agony for others with power outages and cars sliding off roads. The spring Nor'easter was expected to last through the day Friday — April Fools' Day — dropping up to a foot of snow around...

New York – Viral YouTube Video Of Babbling Twin Babies Has Experts Talking

April 1, 2011 at 10:05 AM
New York - A viral video of two diaper-clad babies babbling in the kitchen has people wondering what the tots are talking about. Eighteen-month-old fraternal twin boys Sam and Ren appear to be having a grown-up conversation complete with questions, answers, facial expressions and gestures -- even the odd laugh. But they aren't speaking English. "These kids are right on the cusp of...

New York, NY – ConEd Electric Bills To Soar 12%

April 1, 2011 at 09:55 AM
New York, NY - New Yorkers are about to get zapped on their electric bills. Starting May 28, households in the five boroughs will be socked with rate increases of up to 12 percent to run appliances -- after the feds decided that power companies needed an extra $500 million a year, The Post has learned. And that's on top of another 4 percent state-OK'd Con Ed rate hike that kicks in...

Damascus – Protests March In Syria For ‘Day of Martyrs’

April 1, 2011 at 09:40 AM
Damascus - Thousands of Syrians shouting "We want freedom!" marched Friday in a southern city that has become the epicenter of an extraordinary protest movement as security forces deployed across the country, witnesses said by telephone. Activists dubbed Friday a "Day of Martyrs" and called for mass demonstrations to honor more than 70 people killed during two weeks of protests in one of the...

Brooklyn, NY – City Hall News Winners: Dov Hikind For Rabbinical Student Funding

April 1, 2011 at 09:24 AM
Brooklyn, NY - City hall news which rates in their weekly column winners and loosers in NYC politics, is giving high marks to Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind for being the force in securing tuition assistance to rabbinical students to be included in the NY budget. Read below: Dov Hikind – Even as public universities got a 10 percent cut, $18 million was doled out for tuition assistance...

Coney Island, NY – Synagogue Prayers Answered as Boro President’s Concerts Could be Leaving

April 1, 2011 at 09:06 AM
Coney Island, NY - Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s Seaside Summer Concert Series could be moved out of Coney Island’s Asser Levy Park this summer while the future of a massive amphitheater planned there for larger shows plays out in court. Markowitz had been hosting concerts at Asser Levy Park since 1991 despite a city law prohibiting amplified sound within 500 feet of...

Washington – Unemployment Rate Falls to Two Year Low

April 1, 2011 at 08:44 AM
Washington - The unemployment rate fell to a two-year low of 8.8 percent in March and companies added workers at the fastest two-month pace since before the recession began. The Labor Department says the economy added 216,000 new jobs last month, offsetting layoffs a local governments. Factories, retailers, education, health care and an array of professional and financial services expanded...

Tel Aviv – Loud Blast Near Tzipi Livni’s Home Determined as Firecracker

April 1, 2011 at 08:25 AM
Tel Aviv - The quiet of the Northern Tel Aviv street where Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni resides was disrupted Friday by a loud blast. Livni's security detail alerted the police and bomb disposal teams who arrived at the scene to examine the source of the blast – but the alarm soon subsided. No one was injured in the blast and Livni herself was away from home at the time of the incident...

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