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Medford, MA – NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s Mother Dies at 102

June 19, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Medford, MA - Charlotte Bloomberg, whose only son grew up to be a billionaire media mogul and then the mayor of New York City, died Sunday. She was 102. She was a petite woman but a huge presence in the life of her son, Michael Bloomberg, who gave away millions of dollars in her name and set aside time from his harried schedule to call her every day. She died at her home in Medford, in the...

Argentina – Court: Title of ‘Rabbi’ Cannot Appear on Ballot List

June 19, 2011 at 10:16 PM
Buenes Aires, Argentina - Jewish candidates for the city legislature cannot append the title, "rabbi," to their names on the ballot, an Argentine court ruled over the weekend. Rabbi Sergio Bergman, a prominent leader of Argentina's Jewish community, has been chosen by Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri to head his PRO party's list for the city legislature. But though he is better known to the...

New York, NY – Wal Mart, Speaker Quinn Negotiating Deal for a Way Into the City

June 19, 2011 at 09:22 PM
New York, NY - Walmart and one of its leading critics are cooking up a deal that could boost the Hunts Point produce market and dampen opposition to the retailer's arrival here. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Walmart officials are in talks that could lead to the retailer promising to buy some of its produce from the Hunts Point Terminal produce market if Walmart were to open stores...

New York, NY – Two Prominent Auction Houses Featuring Over 600 Pieces of Jewish History

June 19, 2011 at 08:01 PM
New York, NY - Jewish history comes alive the week of June 19 - 24 in New York City. Two prominent auction houses will be having auctions featuring a combined total of over 600 pieces of Jewish history. The first one on Monday, J Greenstein & Company, Inc., whose founder and expert in charge, is widely acknowledged as the world's leading expert on Jewish Antique Ritual Art. He has been...

Albany, NY – Legislators Wants ‘Group Homes’ to Have Risk Reports

June 19, 2011 at 06:48 PM
Albany, NY - The state Legislature has voted to require group homes and other private facilities licensed by the state to take juvenile delinquents to assess workplace safety, record violent incidents and take preventive steps. The legislation follows the 2009 beating death of Renee Greco by two juveniles in Lockport, north of Buffalo. Greco, 24, had been supervising troubled teens at the...

Medford, NY – Mass Police Hunt: 2 Workers, 2 Patrons Shot To Death At NY Pharmacy

June 19, 2011 at 05:37 PM
Medford, NY - A gunman shot four people inside a pharmacy in a New York suburb Sunday morning, killing everyone inside the store in what police said looked like a robbery gone wrong. The massacre happened at about 10:20 a.m. inside a family-owned pharmacy in a small cluster of medical offices in Medford, a middle-class hamlet on Long Island about 60 miles east of New York City. Police...

Washington – New Tool to Better Predict Violent Kids

June 19, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Washington - Scientists have developed a new tool that could improve treatment and prevention of aggressive behavior by children and adolescents in schools and in the community. Researchers hope that the 'Brief Rating of the Child and Adolescent Aggression' (BRACHA) tool could serve as 'biomarkers of aggression'. "Using the BRACHA could help hospitals cut down on violence," said Drew...

New York – Why Wall Street Still Says Buy, And You Shouldn’t

June 19, 2011 at 04:39 PM
New York - What's the difference between an ostrich and a Wall Street analyst? An ostrich occasionally takes its head out of the sand. Despite a flurry of signs that the economy is slowing, stock analysts — nearly every single one — have remained bullish on stocks. Greece may be hurtling toward default, the U.S. unemployment rate remains high, and house prices are still declining. But the...

Washington – Pro-Pollard Activists Shut Down White House Switchboard

June 19, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Washington - The White House's switchboard was shut down on Sunday after receiving an overload of calls urging US president Barack Obama to release Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard from prison for 24 hours to attend the funeral of his father. A campaign on Facebook urged people to call the White House switchboard because the White House comment line is not open on Sundays. After receiving an...

New York, NY – City Paid Out $46.6 Million for Handful of Retirees

June 19, 2011 at 02:52 PM
New York, NY - They may not be Wall Street executives, but some retiring city workers still got a golden parachute, of sorts. The New York Post reports that New York City paid out $46.6 million last year to retiring workers to compensate them for unused sick days and vacation time. For most, the payments were modest rewards for staying healthy and working through days they were entitled to...

Shanghai, China – Jewish Tombstones In The Middle Of a Chinese Cabbage Field

June 19, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Shanghai, China - Israeli photojournalist Dvir Bar-Gal discovered Shanghai’s graveyard secret: hundreds — maybe thousands — of Jewish tombstones are scattered around Shanghai’s outlying villages, used as everything from building beams to washboards. Read below article that appeard this past week in Mishpacha Magazine As the old, dilapidated villages around Shanghai are being...

Albany, NY – Senate Temporarily Restores NYC Rent Law

June 19, 2011 at 12:40 PM
Albany, NY - New York's Senate on Friday temporarily restored New York City's rent control law until a longer term solution can be negotiated by midnight Monday. The extension is retroactive to its expiration earlier this week and runs until midnight Monday, so all 2.5 million men, women and children in more than 1 million rent controlled apartments will be protected from any rent hikes or...

Belgium – Anti-Semitic Column in Newspaper Causes Uproar

June 19, 2011 at 12:02 PM
Belgium - An anti-Semitic column by an anonymous writer in the Zwinkrant, a Flemish regional free publication distributed in Knokke, a seaside resort on the Belgian coast famous for its beaches, says "that it is no wonder that we do not love Jews, they consider themselves supermen like the Nazis." The article reads: "Did you ever try to walk on the seawall in May? It seems that the whole...

New York – Jews Unite In Tehllim Prayers For Rabbi Elyashev

June 19, 2011 at 11:40 AM
New York - Maran HaRav Yosef Elyashev, shlita, will be undergoing a procedure today Sunday evening (Yerushalayim time) to repair a valve which was operated on some 7 years ago. At the request of Rabbonim, shuls, yeshivos, and the broader tzibbur are joining in the tefillos that are said throughout Eretz Yisroel on Sunday evening, 8;30 PM (Yerushalayim time), which is 1:30PM Daylight Saving...

San Francisco, CA – Wave of Lawsuits Over Seats Hit Retail Stores

June 19, 2011 at 10:15 AM
San Francisco, CA - Retail store operators may want to sit down for this one — if they can find a chair. Nearly every national chain is under legal attack in California for failing to provide "suitable seating" for cashiers and other employees who are expected to spend most of their work day on their feet. Enterprising trial attorneys by the dozen are using an obscure California labor law...

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