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Japan – Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Raised to Chernobyl Level

April 11, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Japan - Japan raised the crisis level at its crippled nuclear plant Tuesday to a severity on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, citing high overall radiation leaks that have contaminated the air, tap water, vegetables and seawater. Japanese nuclear regulators said they raised the rating from 5 to 7 — the highest level on an international scale of nuclear accidents overseen by the...

New York, NY – World’s Biggest Commercial Jet, Collides With Other Plane at JFK [video]

April 11, 2011 at 09:34 PM
New York, NY - A wing of an Airbus A380, the world’s biggest commercial passenger jet, clipped the tail of another plane while taxiing out to depart John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday night. There were no injuries when the Air France super jumbo jet touched the other plane at 8:09 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said. Air France Flight 7, bound for...

Cleveland, OH – VIN News Story Leads to Arrest in California Chabad House Bombing

April 11, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Cleveland, OH - A press release released at 10:32 PM from the Los Angeles Field Office of the FBI confirms that an individual believed to be Ron Hirsch, wanted in connection with the Santa Monica explosion, was taken into custody following a call to law enforcement by a concerned citizen. The citizen, a member of Cleveland Heights’ Jewish community who wished to remain anonymous, recognized...

Israel – Buyer of IDF Chametz is a No Show

April 11, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Israel - Those in charge of the IDF’s not-kosher-for-Passover leaven wished to get a head-start this year on selling it, but the would-be buyer stood them up. Biblical law forbids Jews from owning leavened products, known as chametz (the ch is pronounced as in the Irish word ‘loch’), during the seven-day holiday of Passover (eight days, outside of Israel). Observant Jews therefore expend...

Bay Ridge, NY – After Strong Opposition Bike Lane Plan Scrapped

April 11, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Bay Ridge, NY - Here’s one bike lane plan that’s come to a screetching halt. Following strong opposition from residents and local pols, the city’s Department of Transportation is dropping plans for a controversial four-mile bike lane that would have run along Bay Ridge Parkway in Brooklyn, from a connecting path at Shore Road in Bay Ridge to Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst. “Bike lanes...

Jerusalem – Israel To Arm Combat Soldiers With Cameras

April 11, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Jerusalem - The next time Israel goes to war, its combat soldiers will likely be carrying cameras in addition to more conventional weapons. Reeling from war crimes accusations during a major offensive against Hamas-ruled Gaza more than two years ago, the Israeli military is studying the wide distribution of cameras as a tool to make its case to the world. The plan would appear to put Israel...

New York, NY – NY Media Reporting Massive Ticket-Fixing Scandal Ready To Rock NYPD

April 11, 2011 at 05:48 PM
New York, NY - The tremors being felt around Manhattan today are not from an earthquake, but rather shockwaves emanating downtown from Police Headquarters and City Hall, where officials are preparing for a police scandal the likes of which the city has not felt in decades. For the past year, internal investigators and prosecutors have been secretly eavesdropping on the telephones of New York...

New York – Koch: My NY Bridge ‘Better’ Than George Washington

April 11, 2011 at 05:32 PM
New York - Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (kahch) says his bridge is "better than the George Washington Bridge." The feisty former politician made the assessment Monday as Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill renaming the Queensboro Bridge in Koch's honor. The 86-year-old Koch was the city's 105th mayor. He helped repair the Queensboro and other bridges while in office from 1978...

Brooklyn, NY – UPDATE: Clarification On Rabbi Krohn’s ‘Seder’ Shiur

April 11, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Update: As mentioned earlier on VIN News, in a shiur yesterday (VIN Removed the earlier post) on Inyanei Pesach at the Agudah of Avenue L, well known lecturer Rabbi Paysach Krohn stated that the focus of the Seder should be one’s own children and that ensuring that the Seder runs smoothly for the children is a higher priority than inviting guests for the Seder. In an...

Brooklyn, NY – NY Times: Orthodox Rabbis Sound an Alarm Over Eating Disorders

April 11, 2011 at 05:04 PM
Brooklyn, NY - In the large and growing Orthodox Jewish communities around New York and elsewhere, rabbinic leaders are sounding an alarm about an unexpected problem: a wave of anorexia and other eating disorders among teenage girls. While no one knows whether such disorders are more prevalent among Orthodox Jews than in society at large, they may be more baffling to outsiders. Orthodox women...

Tel Aviv – Israel claims Russian Missile Hit School Bus

April 11, 2011 at 04:04 PM
Tel Aviv - A diplomatic crisis is threatening Israel-Russia relations after the Kornet, a Russian-made anti-tank missile, hit an Israeli school bus driving near Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council last Thursday. Israel protested the fact that a Russian missile found its way to Hamas and was used for a terror attack against Israel, Yediot Ahronot reported. Unlike may other means of warfare the...

Santa Monica, CA – FBI: Chabad Synagogue Bombing Suspect Fled To New York

April 11, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Santa Monica, CA - A suspect in the explosion outside a Santa Monica synagogue is believed to have left Southern California. The FBI said Monday that 60-year-old Ron Hirsch purchased a Greyhound bus ticket to New York and may have boarded the bus on the day of Thursday's blast. Video surveillance indicates that he got off in Denver. Hirsch, a transient known to spend time at synagogues and...

Paris – Women Detained on First Day of French Burqa Ban

April 11, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Paris - France's new ban on Islamic face veils was met with a burst of defiance Monday, as several women appeared veiled in front of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral and two were detained for taking part in an unauthorized protest. France on Monday became the first country to ban the veils anywhere in public, from outdoor marketplaces to the sidewalks and boutiques of the Champs-Elysees. French...

Mapleton, IA – Tornado Nearly Destroys Half A Town In Iowa [photos]

April 11, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Mapleton, IA - Authorities say the 15 minutes of warning given to residents of a small Iowa town were key to preventing any deaths or serious injuries when a tornado destroyed more than half the community. The storm barreled through Mapleton on Saturday night with winds of more than 130 mph. But the worst injury was a mere broken leg. Sheriff Jeff Pratt says he and his deputies, along...

New York – Wal-Mart Plans Ad Campaign To Woo Back Shoppers

April 11, 2011 at 01:18 PM
New York - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is launching a national TV ad campaign Monday highlighting its renewed focus on low prices and its price match policy in a bid to bring back customers who no longer trust it has the lowest prices. The campaign bears the slogan "Low Prices. Every Day. On Everything." "We have lost our customer confidence ... in having the lowest price," said Duncan...

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