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Albany, NY – Advocates Want to Rename Food Stamp Program to Avoid Stigma

June 13, 2011 at 11:38 PM
Albany, NY - Anti-hunger advocates in New York want to change the name of the food stamps program to help avoid the stigma of receiving the benefit for the poor and working poor. Assemblyman Jose Rivera of the Bronx says the stigma appears to be part of why many older New Yorkers eligible for the subsidy fail to take advantage of it. AARP says 23 states have changed the name of their food...

St. Paul MN – Michele Bachmann Enters Presidential Race

June 13, 2011 at 10:04 PM
St. Paul MN - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, an outspoken Republican with close ties to the tea party, announced Monday that she is running for president, a candidacy that could further shake up a volatile fight for the GOP nomination. The first female contender to enter the 2012 race, Bachmann announced her bid during a Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire. The third-term...

Kiryas Joel, NY – Law enforcement Meet with Hasidic Jewish Leaders

June 13, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Kiryas Joel, NY - Relations between law enforcement and the religious Jewish community have never been better and with that spirit of cooperation, police top brass from across the region met with Hasidic leaders in the Village of Kiryas Joel on Monday. As that cooperation improves every summer, the number of incidents that arise decreases dramatically with no issues at all last summer, said...

New York – The Newest Real Estate Trouble: “Flopping”

June 13, 2011 at 09:50 PM
New York - Real estate markets are somewhat inefficient. This shortcoming allows me to make my living, because as an agent, I can add value with a keen sense of pricing. However, the imperfect market also allows room for scams. Meet the newest one: “flopping.” As detailed by Lew Sichelman, a long-established real estate writer, flopping involves selling an asset at less than market price...

New York – US Airlines Collected $3.4 Billion in Bag and Ticket Change Fees

June 13, 2011 at 08:52 PM
New York - U.S. airlines collected $3.4 billion in bag fees last year. The 24 per cent increase from 2009 shows how the airlines are increasingly reliant on charging for once-free services to make money. The fees — typically $50 round-trip for the first piece of checked luggage — are one of the few bright spots for an industry that is caught between rising fuel costs and customers who expect...

Israel – IDF Working to Enable Kosher Phones to Accept Emergency SMS’

June 13, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Israel - Some 300,000 kosher cellular phones – SMS-disabled - are in use by members of Israel’s hareidi-religious sector. The IDF is seeking ways for them to receive IDF Homefront Command emergency instructions. IDF Col. Gil Hoffman, head of the Homefront Command’s Warning and Teleprocessing Department, told Radio Kol Chai that the army is working “together with the cell phone...

Washington – Obama Says He Would Resign if He Were Anthony Weiner

June 13, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama says that if he were in Congressman Anthony Weiner's position, he'd resign. The president said Monday that what Weiner did over the Internet was "highly inappropriate" and that Weiner had embarrassed himself, his wife and his family. The president didn't explicitly call for Weiner to resign but said that when a politician gets to the point where he can't...

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Mayor Taps Rabbi To Lead His Party’s List

June 13, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Buenos Aires, Argentina - Rabbi Sergio Bergman, already one of Buenos Aires’ most prominent spiritual leaders, has become one of the Argentine capital’s most highly visible political candidates. Bergman was tapped by the city’s incumbent mayor, Mauricio Macri, to lead his PRO party’s list for the municipal legislature. As the top candidate on the center-right party's slate, the rabbi...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Says His Trips Aren’t Vacations

June 13, 2011 at 04:55 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Bloomberg says his private out-of-town excursions aren't vacations; he can do job from anywhere Michael Bloomberg says that any trips he's taken to his home in Bermuda or elsewhere in the world since becoming New York City mayor don't count as vacations. Bloomberg said Monday that even when he gets away for a day or two, the phone never stops ringing. Bloomberg was...

Newark, NJ – Over 70 NJ Law Enforcement Agencies Gather to Discuss Community Concerns

June 13, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Newark, NJ - The NJ state police held an annual “Pre-Summer Community Leaders’ Conference” today at the FBI headquarters in Newark, New Jersey. Over 70 police chiefs and NJ law enforcement agencies participated in this yearly discussion where police and the community interact and leaders of all faiths communicate their unique concerns regarding summer scheduling. These include issues...

New York – NY Times: Gay Marriage Vote By End Of Week; In Reversal, 3 Democratic Senators Will Vote Yes

June 13, 2011 at 02:49 PM
New York - Three wavering Democratic lawmakers in the State Senate have agreed to support legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in New York, several people with knowledge of the negotiations said on Monday, marking a potential turning point for the long-debated measure. The three senators — Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. and Shirley L. Huntley of Queens and Carl Kruger of Brooklyn — all voted...

Cairo – Egypt Spy Allegations Against American-Israeli Questioned

June 13, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Cairo - Friends and relatives of a U.S.-born Israeli arrested in Egypt on spy charges said Monday he is a law student in Atlanta with an avid interest in the Mideast — and not a Mossad agent out to sabotage Egypt's revolution, as Egyptian authorities claim. His mother said he arrived in Cairo only in May, countering implications that he was involved in protests as early as February. The...

Amsterdam – Holocaust Era Mezuzahs Found in Dutch Home

June 13, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Amsterdam - "I feel like I received warm regards from my Holocaust victim grandparents whom I never knew," says Miriam Hanina, nee Tafelkruijer. The regards came in the form of two mezuzahs her grandparents hid in a wall in their Amsterdam home during the Holocaust, and which were found during the course of refurbishing work several years ago. The woman who currently lives in the house took...

New York – Shorter Prison Time Sought for Abused Women Who Strike Back

June 13, 2011 at 01:18 PM
New York - Advocates for women prisoners in New York state are pushing legislation to cut sentences for domestic violence victims who strike back at abusers or get coerced into committing other crimes. Arguing that abuse victims pose little threat to others, sponsors acknowledge resentencing bills won't pass this year, but the debate should start following a Cornell Law School study finding...

St. Louis, MO – Rubashkin Appeal Set To Be Heard

June 13, 2011 at 12:38 PM
St. Louis, MO - At 1:30 p.m. this Wednesday, June 15th, in the Thomas Eagleton Federal Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri, an appeal will be argued before three judges on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in one of the most bitterly contested and controversial criminal trials in many years. The appeal -- United States v. Sholom Rubashkin -- involves Rubashkin's conviction of multiple counts...

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