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Washington – NYC Mayor Argues for Immigration Reform in DC

June 15, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Washington - Mayor Michael Bloomberg has traveled to Washington, D.C., to argue on behalf of immigration reform. The New York City mayor spoke Wednesday at the Council on Foreign Relations. He says that a new study by his immigration-reform organization shows that more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children. Bloomberg says the U.S. should...

New York, NY – Needy to Receive Geese Slaughtered in Brooklyn’s Park

June 15, 2011 at 10:16 PM
New York, NY - City Room reports that geese being slaughtered this year in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to protect air traffic will be sent to food banks in Pennsylvania. Geese slaughtered last year were sent to a landfill. New York State has established guidelines so needy New Yorkers can receive the meat next year. Last year, the government killed 1,676 geese in New York City and western...

New York – Assembly Pass Gay Marriage Bill as Expected

June 15, 2011 at 09:23 PM
Albany, NY - New York's Democrat-led Assembly passed a bill to legalize gay marriage in what its supporters called a historic civil rights achievement. The State Assembly passed the measure by an 80-63 vote tonight for the fourth time in two years. But the critical vote by the Republican-led Senate won't happen until at least Thursday, and more likely Friday, if the chamber's Republican...

New York, NY – NYPD Marks Milestone: 1st Jewish Chaplain 100 Years Ago

June 15, 2011 at 09:16 PM
New York, NY - The New York Police Department is marking an anniversary. It's been 100 years since the appointment of its first Jewish chaplain. In 1911, the department hired Rabbi Abraham Blum to serve the spiritual needs of officers. He served alongside two Catholics and two Protestants. Since then, the largest police force in the nation has become increasingly diverse. Now, the...

Sullivan County, NY – Fallsburg Code Enforcer Allen Frishman Retires

June 15, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Sullivan County, NY - After nearly a quarter of a century in the town’s employ, Fallsburg Code Enforcement Officer Allen Frishman is stepping down. The reasons for his July 15 retirement remain murky, with Frishman not returning calls for comment. Rumors abound, but Supervisor Steve Vegliante indicated there was a town investigation that led up to Frishman’s departure. He confirmed that...

Albany, NY – Lawmakers Get Tougher on Texting While Driving

June 15, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Albany, NY - The New York Assembly has passed legislation that allows police to stop and ticket motorists for texting and driving. Under the bill, police would be able to stop drivers for that offense alone. Using a portable electronic device while at the wheel of a moving vehicle is currently a secondary offense, which means that a person shouldn't be pulled over solely for driving while...

Atlanta, GA – US Births Down For 3rd Year; Economy May Be Factor

June 15, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Atlanta, GA - U.S. births apparently have declined for a third year in a row, probably because of the weak economy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday said births fell by 3 percent last year, compared to 2009. Births had been on the rise for years, and the number hit an all-time high of more than 4.3 million in 2007. Last year, slightly more than 4 million births...

Concord, NH – CDC Seeks Input On Meningitis Vaccine For Infants

June 15, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Concord, NH - Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are hearing from parents, health care providers and others in New Hampshire as it starts exploring whether infants should be vaccinated against meningitis, a rare but potentially deadly infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The vaccine is recommended for adolescents and has FDA approval for...

New York, NY – Two Men Climbing Williamsburg Bridge Ignite Terror Scare

June 15, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Williamsburg, NY - Two men were arrested Wednesday when police caught them scaling the Williamsburg Bridge so they could take pictures, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. James Stafford, 22, of Connecticut, and Brice Farrell, 25, of Maryland, were charged with reckless endangerment. Emergency Service cops were sent to the bridge and arrested the men, who told police they wanted to take...

Des Moines, IA – No Ruling in Rubashkin Case; Attorney Says Hopeful For New Trial (Audio inside court)

June 15, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Des Moines, IA - An attorney for a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse executive convicted of financial fraud says he's "hopeful" Sholom Rubashkin will get a new trial. The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis heard arguments Wednesday. Attorney Guy Cook says the court took the case under advisement. Rubashkin, a former Agriprocessors Inc. manager, was convicted in 2009 and...

New York – Worsening Greek Debt Crisis Sinks Stocks

June 15, 2011 at 04:04 PM
New York - Stocks plunged Wednesday as unrest in Greece threatened to further destabilize global financial markets. Major indexes had their biggest drop since June 1. Investors piled into lower-risk assets like the dollar and U.S. government bonds. Both rose sharply. If Greece defaults on its debt it could cause investors to dump the bonds of other weak European countries like Portugal...

New York – Jewish Father, Son In Suit Against GE Allege Religious Discrimination

June 15, 2011 at 03:20 PM
New York - We are GE — the 800 pound gorilla — we can do whatever we want." That's a quote that an executive in GE's healthcare finance business used while negotiating with the operators of nursing homes in Louisiana and Texas that were financed with tens of millions from GE, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month in federal court in the Southern District of New York by the...

Washington – Gates: Most Governments Lie To Each Other

June 15, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Washington - Pakistan's arrest of several people who provided information to the CIA before the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden is a reflection of the harsh realities of today's world, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told senators Wednesday. While Gates did not directly confirm the reports, his comments were the first public acknowledgment by U.S. officials of the Pakistan arrests — the...

Albany, NY – Skelos: Gay Marriage Bill Unresolved In NY Senate

June 15, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Albany, NY - Republican state senators who are key to the future of gay marriage in New York have taken a break from their closed-door debate on the issue. That will delay a possible vote on a legalization bill, although the Senate could still act on Thursday or Friday. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said after a three-hour session Wednesday that no decisions have been made to even send...

Burbank, CA – California Assemblyman To Propose Bill To Prevent Municipalities To Ban ‘Bris Milah’

June 15, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Burbank, CA - On Tuesday, Congressman Brad Sherman announced he is preparing to introduce a bill in congress to prevent municipalities nationwide from enacting laws banning male circumcision. Today, The Journal has learned, California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D - Burbank/Glendale/Silver Lake) will begin the process of introducing similar legislation in Sacramento. These legislative...

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