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New York, NY – Ex-Bloomberg Opponent in Mayor’s Race Again

June 10, 2011 at 06:38 PM
New York, NY - Former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson is formally throwing his hat into the ring for the 2013 mayor's race. Thompson has said he intended to run again for mayor after losing to incumbent Michael Bloomberg in 2009. But until Friday he was the only one of the politicians presumed to be hopefuls who hadn't started fund-raising. He registered with the city Campaign...

Kibbutz Ketura, Israel – Israel Plans Expansion Of Solar-Generated Power

June 10, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Kibbutz Ketura, Israel - Israel is planning an expansion of its solar-generated electricity with preparations to bring the first of more than 40 new solar plants onto the grid this summer. Arava Power is building the plants, including the 100 million shekel ($30 million) Ketura Sun solar field in Israel's scorching Negev desert, which will begin providing electricity to some 1,000 residents...

Washington – DHS Chief Napolitano Meets With Jewish Community Leaders

June 10, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Washington - Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today met with Jewish community leaders from across the nation at the White House to underscore the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) commitment to partnering with faith-based communities to prevent, prepare for and respond to threats and announce the expansion of DHS’ “If You See Something, Say Something™” public...

New York – Dow Falls Below 12k; Stocks Head For 6th Down Week

June 10, 2011 at 04:05 PM
New York - The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 170 points to close below the 12,000-mark. The last time the index closed below 12,000 was Mar. 18, 2011. This week marks the Dow's worst losing streak since 2002. The market is on track for its sixth straight weekly loss, the longest weekly losing streak since the fall of 2002. Stocks have suffered this month after weak economic...

West Bank – Arabs Burn Jewish Holy Books

June 10, 2011 at 03:46 PM
West Bank - Some 200 Palestinians armed with bats and iron chains raided the illegal West Bank outpost of Gaon HaYarden Friday and burned Jewish holy books at the site, the settlers said. The Arab attackers clashed with Jewish youths at the outposts before torching a hut and a tent that included a prayer corner and holy books. Security forces rushed to the scene and broke up the violence. The...

New York – Hackers Steal Credit Card Data from 200,000 Citibank Customers

June 10, 2011 at 02:32 PM
New York - About 200,000 Citibank credit card customers in North America have had their names, account numbers and email addresses stolen by hackers who broke into Citi 's online account site. Citigroup Inc. said it discovered that account information for about 1 percent of its credit card customers had been viewed by hackers. Citi has more than 21 million credit card customers in North America...

New York, NY – VIN News Helps Manhattan Shalit Billboard Become A Reality

June 10, 2011 at 01:49 PM
New York, NY - A unique campaign to keep Galid Shalit’s captivity in the media spotlight has managed to raise the necessary funds to put Shalit’s image on a midtown Manhattan. Gal Sitty, the 28 year old California man who spearheaded the project, reports that approximately $6,000 in donations were received since news of the proposed billboard was reported on VIN News just two weeks...

Plaistow, London – Jewish Home Daubed With swastikas, Death Threats

June 10, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Plaistow, London - Swastikas, death threats and racist abuse have been daubed across a property in Plaistow, Shalom Yisroel, 47, discovered the anti-Semitic graffiti at his home. Mr Yisroel, who wears a kippah skull cap and tzizit fringes, says that he has also previously encountered verbal abuse, threats and violence. Originally from Scotland, he has lived in the area for 20 years. He...

New York – NY Gov. Introduce Unprecedented Penalties On Drivers Caught Driving While Using A Portable Electronic Device

June 10, 2011 at 12:06 PM
New York - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will introduce new legislation that will crack down on drivers caught using a portable electronic device including blackberrys, iPhones, i-pads, laptop computers, gaming devices and any other portable device, or talking on a cell phone without a hands free device, while driving. The bill would impose unprecedented penalties drivers caught...

Mea Shaarim – Teenager Arrested in Connection with Shavuot Arson Fires

June 10, 2011 at 11:13 AM
Mea Shaarim - A 16-year old haredi teenage boy was arrested late on Thursday night in connection with a rash of arson in the ultra-orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shaarim over the past week. There were almost 15 separate instances of small fires set by the arsonist, including seven on Thursday. Over Shavuot, five fires broke out between midnight and 4:00 AM in three different places on Joseph...

Nevada – Corrections Denies It’s Ending Kosher Meal Service

June 10, 2011 at 10:36 AM
Nevada - The Department of Corrections is denying allegations in a lawsuit that it intends to discontinue service of kosher meals to inmates. Attorneys for prisoner Howard Ackerman, an Orthodox Jew, filed suit June 1 in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to block what they said was a plan that would interfere with the ability of Orthodox Jews to observe the tenets of their religion, (as was...

New York – Congressional Reps Want to Lower Passport Costs

June 10, 2011 at 10:08 AM
New York - Two members of New York's congressional delegation whose districts are near the northern border say they've got a plan to make passports more affordable. Democrats Brian Higgins and Kathy Hochul (HOH'-kuhl) say they'll announce plans Friday to introduce two pieces of legislation. Higgins and Hochul are cosponsoring the bills they say will make the documents more affordable. Their...

New York – Forward March For The Rubashkins

June 10, 2011 at 09:30 AM
New York - Over the past few years, images of the Rubashkin family have been freeze-framed in our consciousness: The meat plant. The raid. The living room. The courtroom scenes. The rallies…These scenes have been seared on our collective memory. The Rubashkins, though, have chosen to move forward. They’ve relocated and recalculated, adjusting the rhythm and routine of daily life to meet new...

Berlin – German Investigators Confident That Local Sprouts Caused The Deadly E. coli Outbreak

June 10, 2011 at 09:15 AM
Berlin - German vegetable sprouts caused the E. coli outbreak that has killed 29 people and sickened nearly 3,000, investigators announced Friday after tracking the bacteria from patients in hospital beds to restaurants and then farm fields. Reinhard Burger, president of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany's national disease control center, said the pattern of the outbreak had produced enough...

Washington – USDA: An Average of $226,920 To Raise A Child Born in 2010 To The Age of 18

June 10, 2011 at 09:10 AM
Washington - A middle-income family could spend an average of $226,920 to raise a child born in 2010 to the age of 18, the US Department of Agriculture reported yesterday. The estimate is up 2.1 percent from 2009, according to the study, posted on the department's Web site. Expenses for child care, education, transportation and health services represented the biggest increases in child-rearing...

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