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Bay Ridge, NY – Fighting Litter by Getting Rid of the Litter Baskets

June 2, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Bay Ridge, NY - New Yorkers angry about trash on their sidewalks tend to propose the obvious solutions: more litter baskets at more corners, more frequent collection, harsher fines for violators. But in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, the neighborhood has come up with a novel - and counterintuitive - tactic. It is to get rid of the litter baskets. On three busy commercial intersections along Fourth...

North Conway, NH – Contrite Giuliani Weighs New White House Bid

June 2, 2011 at 09:57 PM
North Conway, NH - Rudy Giuliani said Thursday he made a mistake in 2008 by not dedicating more time to campaigning one-on-one with New Hampshire voters. But he suggested he may ask them to give him a second look. The former New York City mayor, starting a swing through the first presidential primary state, said he would make up his mind about making another White House run by late...

Albany, NY – AP Sources: Cuomo to Announce NY Ethics Deal

June 2, 2011 at 08:49 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has struck a tentative deal with legislative leaders on the major elements of an overhaul of ethics enforcement in state government, three people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The tentative agreement, struck Thursday, was scheduled to be announced as early as Friday, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they...

Brooklyn, NY – Williamsburg Residents Losing Prestigious 11211 Zip Code

June 2, 2011 at 07:55 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg is pretty attached to its 11211 zip code—it's practically part of the branding of the neighborhood. So that may explain why residents are simply horrified by the piece of mail they received from the USPS yesterday declaring the zip code dead, at least in certain areas. As one reader explained: "I got a letter in my box today from the post office announcing that...

New York – Remembering Babe Ruth’s Concern For Jews During The Holocaust

June 2, 2011 at 06:30 PM
New York - The New York Yankees and their fans observe April 27 as Babe Ruth Day to remember the home run slugger's exploits on the baseball diamond. Jewish New Yorkers, however, this year marked the day by remembering another side of Ruth - his little-known efforts to aid African-Americans and other minorities, including Jews in Europe during the Holocaust. In a program at Temple Israel in...

Jerusalem – Ex-Israeli Spymaster Takes Swipe At Netanyahu

June 2, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Jerusalem - The newly retired head of Israel's fabled Mossad spy agency has turned his sights toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, repeatedly criticizing the Israeli leader's approach to Iran and the Palestinians. After earning a reputation as a fearless operator against Israel's enemies, now Meir Dagan is showing public concern over how Israel's government deals with them. Dagan's...

New York – Feds: Another Former Madoff Worker To Plead Guilty

June 2, 2011 at 05:03 PM
New York - A man said to be a member of Bernard Madoff's "inner circle" has agreed to plead guilty to helping the swindler cook the books, federal prosecutors said in a letter made public Thursday. Eric Lipkin, a second-generation Madoff employee who worked at his secretive investment advisory business for 16 years, will appear in court Monday to admit his role in the epic fraud, prosecutors...

New York – Holocaust Survivors Again Seek Insurance Claims

June 2, 2011 at 04:50 PM
New York - Sixty-six years after she survived the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, Renee Firestone is still trying to find out what became of an insurance policy that she suspects her father, who died in the Holocaust, took out from an Italian insurer before the war. Ms. Firestone, 87, a naturalized American citizen from the former Czechoslovakia who became a fashion designer in Los Angeles...

Trenton, NJ – NJ Gov Reimburses State For Helicopter Flights; Police Say No Need

June 2, 2011 at 04:09 PM
Trenton, NJ - After a firestorm of criticism, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie changed his mind Thursday and decided that he and the Republican Party would reimburse the state for his personal use of a state police helicopter, which includes two trips to watch his oldest son's baseball games. Saying that he didn't want it to be a distraction, a spokeswoman for Christie said the governor paid the...

Albany, NY – Senate Passes Bill Requiring Bus Driver Reviews

June 2, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Albany, NY - New York's Senate is pushing a bill that would require criminal background checks for drivers of tour and charter buses. The bill is a reaction to tour bus crashes in New York and other states that prompted spot checks that revealed dozens of drivers were holding licenses under aliases while others had past criminal convictions. Republican Sen. Charles Fuschillo (foo-SHIHL'-oh...

Manhattan, NY – After Being Called a ‘Kapo’, Kushner to Accept Honorary Degree

June 2, 2011 at 01:48 PM
Manhattan, NY - Tony Kushner won a Pulitzer Prize for "Angels in America," his epic play about the AIDS epidemic, and is a New York literary fixture who has received more than a dozen honorary degrees from American colleges and universities. So it was a shock when the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York voted last month to withhold a promised honorary degree after a trustee...

New York – Was Palin Pandering by Wearing Star of David Necklace During NY Visit?

June 2, 2011 at 12:56 PM
New York - You couldn't miss it, the big Star of David hanging around Sarah Palin's neck as she toured the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on Wednesday. NBC New York asked Palin about the significance just as she boarded her bus outside Fox Newschannel to head off to Boston. "Today is the 44th anniversary of Jerusalem being reunited," she said. "We want to call attention to...

New York, NY – deBlasio Advocates For New Metered Taxi Fleet Outside Manhattan

June 2, 2011 at 11:45 AM
New York, NY - Public Advocate Bill de Blasio -- not usually an ally of Mayor Bloomberg -- offered a strong and unqualified endorsement yesterday of the administration's hotly debated plan to establish a new metered taxi fleet exclusively for the boroughs outside Manhattan. "The five-borough Yellow Taxi and Livery Service Plan is a winner for all New York City residents," de Blasio (pictured...

New York – Court: City Can Block from Using Public Schools for Religious Services

June 2, 2011 at 11:21 AM
New York - A federal appeals court has ruled that the city of New York can enforce a rule prohibiting outside groups from using public school facilities after hours for religious worship services. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan was released Thursday. It overturned a lower court ruling that had blocked the city from enforcing the rule. The appeals court said...

Warsaw, Poland – After Theft, Auschwitz Sign Won’t Go Back To Gate

June 2, 2011 at 10:38 AM
Warsaw, Poland - An international council that oversees Auschwitz-Birkenau has decided that the notorious sign that once spanned the main gate at Auschwitz will not return to its original spot after being repaired from the damage it suffered during a 2009 theft. The sign bearing the Nazis' cynical slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Sets You Free) will instead be housed in a planned exhibition...

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