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Israel – Will Rabbis Allow Just Thinking About Driving on Shabbat?

April 7, 2011 at 11:32 PM
Israel - As the interface between brain and machine moves from science fiction to reality, rabbis will be debating whether a vehicle one merely sits in and drives solely with brain activity can be used on Shabbat. This intriguing thought was discussed on Thursday by Rabbi Dr. Dror Fixler, an electrooptics engineer at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, who was one of the speakers at Thursday’s...

Gaza City, Gaza Strip – Hamas Govt: Gaza Militants Agree To Cease Fire

April 7, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Gaza City, Gaza Strip - The Hamas-run government has announced that Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have agreed to cease-fire in an effort to halt spiraling violence with Israel. The Interior Ministry said in a statement that it had received a positive response to its efforts to stop the violence from escalating. Hamas security sources said Friday that after its announcement...

Manhattan, NY – Neighbors Say Kosher Steakhouse is Too Rowdy For UWS

April 7, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Manhattan, NY - A hip kosher steakhouse is too rowdy for the Upper West Side, say neighbors. Prime KO is drawing complaints from residents of West 85th Street and Broadway. They say the restaurant, which opened in May 2010, is quiet during the week but attracts partying crowds on the weekend who linger on the street talking loudly after the rabbi-approved eatery closes. The angry...

Albany, NY – New Law Makes Choking a Crime, Results in 2000 Arrests

April 7, 2011 at 09:01 PM
Albany, NY - Officials say nearly 2,000 men have been charged since New York made strangulation a separate offense last fall to help combat domestic violence. About 1,600 defendants face the misdemeanor of obstructing someone's breathing or blood circulation. That rises to a felony if the victim blacks out or suffers other injury. The law, similar to one in California, took effect Nov. 11...

New York, NY – Yeshiva University Students Square Off at Annual Cholent Cook-Off

April 7, 2011 at 08:06 PM
New York, NY - Hundreds of students, faculty and staff filled Yeshiva University’s Weissberg Commons on April 7 for the 2011 Cholent Cook-Off. The annual event consisted of 16 teams comprising 64 students going head to head to earn bragging rights for the tastiest and most original version of this quintessential Shabbat dish. The event was sponsored by YU’s Office of University Housing. In...

Washington – NRC: US 50-Mile Evacuation Based On Assumptions

April 7, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Washington - U.S. nuclear officials have told an independent advisory panel that a recommendation for all American citizens living within 50 miles of the crippled Japan nuclear plant to leave was based on incomplete information and assumptions about the reactors' condition. Members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards pressed officials Thursday to...

Chicago, IL – Starbucks’ Expanded Offerings Raise Kosher Concerns

April 7, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Chicago, IL - Starbucks was once a place where most kosher Jews could grab a coffee or cappuccino, but the Houston Kashruth Association has changed its recommendations on Starbucks shops now that they're serving a lot more than just coffee. Kiosks and most drink-only locations should be OK, but the full-service Starbucks that now offer sandwiches pose a risk to the kosher requirement of...

Washington – Social Security Stopping Mailed Earning Statements

April 7, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Washington - Those yearly statements that Social Security mails out — here's what you'd get if you retired at 62, at 66, at 70 — will soon stop arriving in workers' mailboxes. It's an effort to save money and steer more people to the agency's website. The government is working to provide the statements online by the end of the year, if it can resolve security issues, Social Security...

New York – NJ Gov. Christie: Teachers Union A Group Of ‘Bullies and Thugs.’

April 7, 2011 at 05:55 PM
New York - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday called for public school teachers to be evaluated based equally on their classroom performance and student achievement and accused the state's largest teachers union of being a group of "bullies and thugs." Christie laid out his proposal in a speech in New York sponsored by the Brookings Institute, a Washington think tank. A teachers union...

Jerusalem – State Offering Yeshiva Dropouts Lessons in Torah – and Technology

April 7, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Jerusalem - The Education Ministry plans to include 500 Haredi teenagers in a technology matriculation program next school year. The program will combine core classes with religious studies, and is intended for 15- to 16-year-old boys who dropped out of yeshiva The ministry is budgeting NIS 19 million to set up 20 classes at high schools around the country. Over the next few days, the...

Crown Heights, NY – A Wedding Planner That Helps the Needy

April 7, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Crown Heights, NY - Devorah Benjamin zips up her fatigues — a black hooded sweatshirt with “The Wedding Planner” embroidered in fluorescent pink across the back — and is ready for another day’s battle. Her army stands at the ready: musicians, photographers, florists, hair and makeup artists, and a team of middle-aged mothers who volunteer their nights to cook and donate food. Their...

New York – NY Gov. Issues New Policy Regarding Parking Placards

April 7, 2011 at 03:18 PM
New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office Thursday announced it is revamping how state-issued parking placards are handed out. As part of the system redesign, the number of “police” placards will be cut by 84 percent to 261 and limited to police personnel. The number of “official business" placards -- distributed to executive agencies and the Legislature -- will be reduced by more than...

Kiryas Joel, NY – Child Struck by Vehicle In Front of Boys School

April 7, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Kiryas Joel, NY - A boy, believed to be about four years old, was struck by a vehicle in front of the UTA Boy's School at 15 Getzil Berger Boulevard early Thursday afternoon. The child semi conscious was flown by Air-2 helicopter to Westchester Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. The Kiryas Joel Emergency Services Department and State Police are investigating. ...

Washington – Florida Congresswoman: Withhold U.S. Money To Force UN Changes On Israeli Policy

April 7, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Washington - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday rejected House Republican demands to withhold American dollars from the world body to force changes, arguing such a move would undermine U.S. interests. Testifying to Congress for a second straight day, Susan Rice faced tough questions from lawmakers frustrated with the United Nations' spending practices, attempts at reform and...

Jerusalem – Minister: New Israeli Defense System Successfully Shoot Down Rocket

April 7, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's defense minister says the military has activated a new missile-defense system for the first time, and officials believe it successfully shot down an incoming Palestinian rocket. Ehud Barak said the Iron Dome fired at a rocket launched from Gaza. He said it appeared to have scored a direct hit, though officials were still waiting for final confirmation. The...

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