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New York – The Web Unmasks Everyone More Than Ever Before

June 21, 2011 at 11:52 PM
New York - Not too long ago, theorists fretted that the Internet was a place where anonymity thrived. Now, it seems, it is the place where anonymity dies. A commuter in the New York area who verbally tangled with a conductor last Tuesday - and defended herself by asking "Do you know what schools I've been to and how well-educated I am?" - was publicly identified after a fellow rider posted...

Ramapo, NY – Resident Seek to Block Sale of Colton School to the Bais Malka

June 21, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Ramapo, NY - A former school board candidate is petitioning the state Department of Education to halt the sale of the Colton School. In the petition, which was received by the East Ramapo Board of Education on Monday, Brenda Carole Anderson, of Wesley Hills, charges that the district did not sell the school at market value. The school board voted 5-2 on May 25 to sell the school for $6.6...

Israel – Rabbi: Mayor Insensitivity to Jerusalem’s Religious Heritage

June 21, 2011 at 08:32 PM
Jerusalem - A "beach party” that was to be held outside the Old City of Jerusalem is to be moved to the Malha neighborhood, but the incident has left a bitter taste among religious and Hareidi residents of the city, who accused Mayor Nir Barkat of gross insensitivity to Jerusalem's religious heritage. The city has decided to move the party after religious groups complained about the location...

New York – Canada’s Policy Requires Boaters to Report to Customs

June 21, 2011 at 07:19 PM
New York - A northern New York congressman says the U.S. tourism and fishing industries along the St. Lawrence River will be crippled by Canada's policy requiring boaters to report to customs every time they venture into Canadian waters. The Watertown Daily Times reports that Rep. William Owens of Plattsburgh has written to the Canadian ambassador to the United States to protest the policy...

Jerusalem – Israel Sends Hopeful Letter To Turkey

June 21, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli media report Israel's prime minister has sent a letter to Turkey's leader expressing hope for improved ties. Israeli-Turkish relations deteriorated dramatically last year after Israel raided a Gaza-bound Turkish ship and killed nine activists on board. Each side blamed the other. It followed a series of tense exchanges between the two countries, once close allies. The...

Le Bourget, France – Airbus, Israel Join Forces On Early-Warning Plane

June 21, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Le Bourget, France - Airbus's military division and state-run Israel Aerospace Industries said Tuesday they are to jointly develop a new airborne early warning and control aircraft. Airbus spokeswoman Barbara Kracht said it will be the first time Airbus has worked with an Israeli company on any defense project. Airbus Military CEO Domingo Urena and IAI Vice-President Nissim Hadas said in a...

Mexico City – Mexican President: Most-Wanted Drug Lord Captured

June 21, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Mexico City - President Felipe Calderon said Tuesday that federal police have caught one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords. Calderon did not identify the suspect, but an official in central Aguascalientes state who was not authorized to be quoted by name said authorities have captured Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, the alleged leader of the La Familia cartel. A posting by Calderon on his...

Sao Paulo – World’s Oldest Person Dies in Brazil

June 21, 2011 at 04:58 PM
Sao Paulo - A Brazilian woman listed by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person died Tuesday — just weeks shy of her 115th birthday. The title now reverts to a woman in the United States. Maria Gomes Valentim died of multiple organ failure, said Helerson Lima, a spokesman for the nursing home where she lived. Valentim would have turned 115 on July 9. Guinness said Tuesday on...

Washington – Panetta Confirmed as Defense Secretary

June 21, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Washington - The Senate has unanimously approved the nomination of Leon Panetta to be the next Pentagon chief. Panetta will replace Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is retiring June 30 after 4 ½ years on the job through the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Panetta currently is CIA director. He has served in the House as a California congressman, headed the Budget...

New York – Cuomo Eyes Sept. 13 Special Election for Weiner Seat

June 21, 2011 at 04:50 PM
New York - Sources tell NBC New York that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is likely to call a special election for Sept. 13 to fill the seat of disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner. Weiner handed in his official resignation letter on Monday; it is to take effect midnight Tuesday. The names of several potential candidates have surfaced, including Democratic state Assemblyman Rory Lancman, Republican City...

Jerusalem – Metzger Says Kaddish for Pollard Since Agent Has No Minyan

June 21, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Jerusalem - Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger will be saying kaddish for Jonathan Pollard's father, a religious duty the imprisoned agent cannot fulfill since that prayer needs a quorum of Jewish men, the rabbi announced on Tuesday. Morris Pollard died at 95 over the weekend, after Jonathan had been refused the “compassionate leave” to visit him on his death bed. He was also not allowed...

United Nations – Ban Ki-Moon Gets Second Term As UN Chief

June 21, 2011 at 03:27 PM
United Nations - The U.N. General Assembly has voted unanimously to give Ban Ki-moon a second term as secretary-general. The 192-member world body elected the 67-year-old South Korean diplomat Tuesday as U.N. chief for another five years starting Jan. 1. Ban has pledged to keep leading the world body as a "bridge-builder" at a time of global change. He has been criticized for lacking...

Albany, NY – Assembly Passes NYC Taxi Bill to Expand Pickups

June 21, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Albany, NY - Finally, an Albany victory for Bloomberg. Dozens of yellow cabs from New York City lined the streets around the state Capitol on Tuesday as cabbies rallied against legislation to let livery drivers legally pick up passengers who hail them in the city's four outer boroughs and northern Manhattan. The Assembly passed the bill by a 110-28 vote. Republican Sen. Martin Golden told...

Rockland County, NY – Aron Rottenberg Released From Hospital

June 21, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Rockland County, NY - The Hassidic man critically burned in a fiery religious dispute in Rockland has been released from the hospital. Police say Aron Rottenberg suffered burns over 50 percent of his body last month when he tried to stop Shaul Spitzer, 18, from fire bombing his house. Rottenberg's attorney says his client hasn't returned home to New Square but is staying in an undisclosed...

Miramar, FL – Spirit Air To Charge For Boarding Passes This Fall

June 21, 2011 at 02:10 PM
Miramar, FL - Starting this fall passengers on Spirit Airlines will have to pay an additional five dollars if they pick their boarding pass up from the ticket agent at the gate. The Miramar based carrier, which is the only U.S. airline to charge for carry-on luggage, said the new boarding pass fee will go into effect on November 1st. Passengers can avoid the fee by printing the boarding pass...

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