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New York, NY – Fire Deaths Prompt NYC To Eye Illegal Subdivision

April 26, 2011 at 11:56 PM
New York, NY - City fire and buildings officials will search for new ways to target landlords who unlawfully subdivide their properties, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday in the wake of a fire that killed a family living in illegal housing. Bloomberg said city inspectors are unable to gain entry to roughly half the properties that are the subjects of complaints, as was the Bronx home where...

New York, NY – NYPD ‘Mr. Fix-It’, Where Tickets Go To Die

April 26, 2011 at 11:41 PM
New York, NY - An NYPD ticket-fixing scandal is shining a light on a little known office at Police Headquarters where tickets are made to disappear - and top brass say it's all legit. A desk manned by Lt. Gerard Iucci is the only place where a motorist can get a ticket officially thrown out without having to go to court. Iucci - who reports directly to the Chief of Department Joseph Esposito ...

Forest Hills, NY – Leonard’s Dealings Not Kosher, Says Local Caterer

April 26, 2011 at 11:23 PM
Forest Hills, NY - This bitter breakup just wasn't kosher, claims a Queens caterer who once worked with one of Long Island's most popular banquet halls. For 20 years, Leonard's of Great Neck had an exclusive arrangement with Glatt Gourmet Cuisine Inc., of Forest Hills. Glatt owner Aba Ibragimov claims Leonard's was in trouble when he first met owner Leonard Sessa in the 1990s -- and that...

West Bank – Abbas Vents: Full Settlement Freeze Was Obama’s Invention

April 26, 2011 at 11:01 PM
West Bank - We’re somewhere over the Mediterranean, and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, is trying to get inside the head of Barack Obama. “We knew him before he became president,” he’s saying, struggling to understand what happened to the man who had seemed more sympathetic to the Palestinian cause than any of his predecessors. “We knew him and he was very receptive.” Around...

Kiryat Arba – Rabbi: Encourage Bedouins to Move Back to Libya

April 26, 2011 at 10:45 PM
Kiryat Arba - Rabbi Dov Lior, rabbi of Kiryat Arba and head of the yeshiva there, chose to use the platform of the fourth Ramla conference to state that the State of Israel "must encourage Bedouins to return to their native land in Saudi Arabia and Libya". Rabbi Lior made his statements at a special plenum devoted to the problem of the unrecognized Bedouin settlements in the Negev in the...

New York, NY – Proposed Law Could Send Buyers Of Knockoff Handbags To Jail

April 26, 2011 at 10:16 PM
New York, NY - A city lawmaker said Tuesday she'll introduce a bill to criminalize the purchase of counterfeit designer goods including handbags and watches. The bill proposed by City Councilwoman Margaret Chin would impose penalties of up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine for buying knockoffs. "I urge visitors that come to New York to come for the authenticity, not to buy these fake bags...

New York, NY – Obama Back in NYC to Kick Off Re-Election Campaign

April 26, 2011 at 10:02 PM
New York, NY - President Barack Obama will be returning to New York City Wednesday, packing in a series of appearances as part of his campaign fundraising. Obama is expected to arrive early evening, heading first to a private $35,800-a-head fundraiser at a Fifth Avenue home, then making his way to a "campaign inaugural gala dinner" at the Waldorf-Astoria's Starlight Roof, and ending with...

New York, NY – Al-Qaida Had Sights Set On Brooklyn Bridge

April 26, 2011 at 09:44 PM
New York, NY - Al-Qaida had the Brooklyn Bridge in its sights after the September 11th attacks, according to classified military files published by several newspapers including the New York Times. The documents show terrorists had plans to cut the cables that support the suspension bridge, as well as hijack cargo planes, hack into bank computers and smuggle explosives in clothing...

Petach Tikvah – Joseph’s Tomb Terror Victim Out of Danger

April 26, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Petach Tikvah - The “mortally wounded” Jew who was shot at Joseph’s Tomb late Saturday night is no longer in mortal danger, hospital sources report. The family of Ben Yosef Livnat began sitting shiva, the traditional mourning period that was delayed by the Passover holiday, on Monday night. Dr. Boaz Tadmor, Deputy Director of Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah, said this morning that...

Istanbul, Turkey – Vandals Smash Headstones in Jewish Cemetery

April 26, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Istanbul, Turkey - A Jewish cemetery located in Beyoglu, Istanbul, was desecrated Tuesday, by vandals who smashed several headstones to pieces. According to the Turkish news website Stargazete, eight of the cemetery's gravestones were damaged, as well as some parts of the cemetery's periphery. According to the report, local police forces were called to the graveyard in the morning hours...

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