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New York, NY – 88 Pianos to be Placed on Street Corners, around City

April 24, 2011 at 04:43 PM
New York, NY - Sing for Hope, a New York non-profit group, said it is bringing "pop-up pianos" back for a second year, putting 88 pianos in public spaces around the city. The pianos will be placed in locations including City Hall Park, the Staten Island ferry terminal and Tribeca Park, the New York Daily News reported Friday. The pianos will remain in place from June 18 to July 2 and will...

Washington – NYC Mayor: Birther Issue A ‘Terrible Mistake’ For Republicans

April 24, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Washington - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls real estate tycoon Donald Trump a friend and says "anybody can run for president if you're 35 and an American citizen." Bloomberg tells "Fox News Sunday" that Trump is "a New York icon." But the mayor is shying away from talking up Trump's flirtation with the presidency. Bloomberg, an independent, also says President Barack Obama "was...

Jerusalem – In Photos: Over 50,000 Visit Hebron During Chol HaMoed

April 24, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Jerusalem - More than 50,000 people visited the West Bank city of Hebron during the Passover mid holidays, sources in the city's Jewish community estimated Thursday. Hebron's Jewish community celebrates twice a year, on Sukkot and on Passover, when the Cave of the Patriarchs is fully open to Jews, including the sacred room of Isaac, which is located on the side which is usually open to Muslims...

Brooklyn, NY – Williamsburg Shomrim Apprehends Tire Thieves

April 24, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Two members of the four man gang that has been stealing rims and tires from late model and new vehicles were apprehended this morning by alert members of the Williamsburg Shomrim Safety Patrol. The gang was known to work quickly, cruising the streets looking for likely targets, then using hydraulic tools to remove the wheels quickly, leaving the cars propped up on cinder...

Rockland County, NY – School Board Candidate Vacating Seat In Hotly Contested Election

April 24, 2011 at 12:15 PM
Rockland County, NY - The always contentious school board election in Rockland County’s East Ramapo School District grows even more tumultuous as current Vice President Aron Wieder has announced that he will not seek re-election in this year’s school board race. Wieder has served on the board for three years and despite his many accomplishments has faced tremendous opposition from parents...

Jerusalem – Thousands Attend Funeral of Breslover Chasid Shot At Kever Yosef (Photos)

April 24, 2011 at 11:50 AM
Jerusalem - Thousands of people on Sunday attended the funeral of Ben Yosef Livnat, who was shot dead earlier in the day by a Palestinian policeman at Joseph's Tomb in Nablus. Livnat was laid to rest at the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem. The funeral was attended by settlement leaders from the West Bank, right-wing activists, rabbis and public figures, and Minister of Sports and...

San Francisco, CA – Your Phone, Yourself: When is Tracking Too Much?

April 24, 2011 at 10:30 AM
San Francisco, CA - If you're worried about privacy, you can turn off the function on your smartphone that tracks where you go. But that means giving up the services that probably made you want a smartphone in the first place. After all, how smart is an iPhone or an Android if you can't use it to map your car trip or scan reviews of nearby restaurants? The debate over digital privacy flamed...

Buffalo, NY – NY Case Underscores Wi-Fi Privacy Dangers

April 24, 2011 at 09:47 AM
Buffalo, NY - It was a nightmare scenario: A homeowner forced to lie on the floor while gun-wielding federal law enforcement officers called him a pedophile and pornographer. But the Buffalo, N.Y., man was innocent. Someone else had tapped into his wireless Internet router to download child pornography. The homeowner had gotten frustrated trying to set up a password to protect the wireless...

Israel – Police Arrest Breslovers Involved in Shechem Shooting

April 24, 2011 at 09:42 AM
Israel - The police asked the Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court to remand three Breslov hasidim for five days, for violating a restricted military zone order. The motion said that the three, along with several others, entered the Yosef Hatzadik’s kever compound on Sunday morning sans the proper permits. The act resulted in the shooting incident that left one Israeli dead and five others...

New York, NY – Some Cab Drivers to Wear Bulletproof Vests

April 24, 2011 at 09:10 AM
New York, NY - Livery cab drivers, often called to crime-ridden neighborhoods that yellow taxis tend to ignore, are being armed with bulletproof vests, an advocacy group said on Tuesday. Citing some deadly attacks on the drivers the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers distributed the vests on Monday and drivers started using them immediately. Priority was given to drivers working the...

Shechem – Unrest Rattled Following Shooting of Breslov Chasid at Joseph’s Tomb

April 24, 2011 at 08:56 AM
Shechem - Unrest rattled the West Bank city of Nablus Sunday following the shooting of Breslov Hassidim visiting the Palestinian-controlled Joseph's Tomb in the city. Twenty-four year old Ben-Yosef Livnat, a father of four from Jerusalem – and Minister Limor Livnat's nephew – was killed, and five others were wounded. Palestinian sources reported local Palestinian youths gathered around...

Jerusalem – PA Spokesman: Jewish Settlers Are not Normal People

April 24, 2011 at 08:44 AM
Jerusalem - Jewish settlers in Israel “are not normal people” and therefore there is no need to apologize for the murder of a Jew who prayed at Kever Yosef (Joseph’s Tomb) Sunday morning, according to Palestinian Authority security forces’ spokesman General Adnan Damiri He also claimed the victims of Kever Yosef attack may have been armed. In an unusually provocative interview with...

Midwood, NY – Strange Woman Buried in Family’s Plot Next to Dad

April 24, 2011 at 08:32 AM
Midwood, NY - Brooklyn family was devastated to find their long-dead father lying next to a stranger at Washington Cemetery -- in the same plot their mother purchased years ago for her future resting place. Klara Tranis, 84, spent $3,200 on side-by-side plots in Section 5 of the city's largest Jewish cemetery in Midwood back in 1987, when her beloved husband of 42 years, Wolf Tranis, died at...

Damascus – 120 Dead After 2 Days Of Unrest in Syria

April 24, 2011 at 12:43 AM
Damascus - Syrian security forces fired on funeral processions that drew tens of thousands Saturday, one day after the bloodiest crackdown so far in the uprising against President Bashar Assad. The shootings pushed the two-day death toll to more than 120 and two lawmakers and a religious leader resigned in disgust over the killings. The resignations were a possible sign of cracks developing in...

West Bank – Israeli Man Killed in Shooting near Kever Yosef In Shechem

April 24, 2011 at 12:18 AM
West Bank - A Palestinian policeman opened fire Sunday at a group of Israelis who had come to pray at a Jewish holy site in the West Bank without authorization, killing one and wounding four, the Israeli military said. The shooting threatened to inflame tensions in the West Bank, where Jewish settlers and Palestinians live in uneasy proximity and where settlers have responded to attacks in the...

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