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New York – Misinformation Over Delta, Saudi Arabia Airline Alliance Continues

June 24, 2011 at 06:55 PM
New York - Delta Air Lines found itself with a public-relations headache after the online world lit up with talk that the airline wouldn't fly Jews to Saudi Arabia. That's not true. Saudi Arabia decides who gets in the country and who doesn't, not the airlines. Delta doesn't even fly there. Still, by Friday, a U.S. senator wanted an investigation, Delta was professing its tolerance, and some...

Manhattan, NY – Discrimination Case for Not Being Orthodox Jew Settled

June 24, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Manhattan, NY - A discrimination lawsuit against the Chetrits, one of city's most powerful and secretive real estate families, has been settled just a few days before it was set to go to trial. The suit, which essentially accused the Chetrit Group of firing an employee because he was insufficiently Jewish, was dismissed yesterday, according to a spokesperson for Judge Harold Baer of the U.S...

Albany, NY – UPDATE: Senators Try Get Gay Vote To Floor As Silver Needs To Observe Shabbos

June 24, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Albany, NY - Legislators worked methodically Friday to clear away a raft of standard bills to make way for a pivotal gay marriage vote as advocates and Republicans who hold the key agreed on one thing: They don't want the much-anticipated decision to drag on much longer. Security was tight in the Capitol as opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage clogged the marble hallways after a week...

Beirut – Hezbollah: US Embassy In Lebanon Spies For Israel

June 24, 2011 at 02:28 PM
Beirut - CIA officers at the U.S. embassy in Lebanon have recruited low-level members of Hezbollah to spy for Israel, the leader of the Iranian-backed militant group charged Friday. It was the first time Hezbollah has acknowledged that spies had penetrated the militant group, a rare acknowledgment of a security breach for a group that has tried to assert a powerful and cohesive image. In a...

Washington – Sen. Request FAA to Probe Religious Discrimination by Delta

June 24, 2011 at 01:14 PM
Washington - Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk (R) called Friday for the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate allegations Delta Airlines blocked Jewish passengers from flying as part of an agreement with a Saudi Arabian airline. USA Today reported Thursday on rumors circulating Internet that as part of Saudi Arabian Airlines's agreement to join Delta's SkyTeam alliance, Delta would enforce a...

Washington – US Steps Ups Pressure On Gaza Flotilla Activists

June 24, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Washington - The Obama administration is stepping up pressure on activists planning to challenge Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip, warning that they will face action from Israeli authorities and that American participants may also be violating U.S. law. The State Department said Friday that attempts to break the blockade are "irresponsible and provocative" and that Israel has...

New City, NY – Suspect in Skver Fire Pleads Not Guilty; Lawyer Promises Scenario Of Arson Action

June 24, 2011 at 11:41 AM
New City, NY - An 18-year-old student has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder in a case that has brought unusual attention to a Hasidic Jewish enclave in New York. Shaul Spitzer of New Square is accused of severely burning a neighbor, Aron Rottenberg, with gasoline on May 22. Rottenberg claims Spitzer was acting at the direction of the village's chief rabbi because Rottenberg had stopped...

Orange County, NY – Report: Toldos Aharon Rebbe Orders a Withdrawal of Claims In KJ Case

June 24, 2011 at 11:40 AM
Orange County, NY - The lawsuit that attorney Michael Sussman filed on June 13 against the village of Kiryas Joel on behalf of some dissidents may be unraveling. Some of the named plaintiffs have announced that they are withdrawing from the lawsuit which alleges unequal treatment in law enforcement, tax exemptions, elections, and other areas. A similar case was brought in 1997 to try to get...

Buffalo, NY – Cheerios Turn 70; Iconic Cereal Endures, Sells

June 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM
Buffalo, NY - Here's a little quiz for the breakfast table: What is the most popular cereal brand in American grocery stores? Hint: It's been General Mills' top name since 1951. Another hint: If you're a parent, you've vacuumed it from the minivan and under the high-chair cushion by the cupful. The answer, of course, is Cheerios. The iconic cereal, known by its distinctive yellow...

New York, NY – Website Documents The Color Of The NYC Sky

June 24, 2011 at 10:10 AM
New York, NY - New York City's world-famous architecture is a favorite subject for photographers. One New Yorker is focusing his lens a little higher - on the sky. Mike Bodge, 29, is the creator of NSKYC, a website which documents the color of the New York City sky - along with a photo of the skyline above the East Village and Noho - every five minutes. "I wrote a program that runs on...

New York – Massive Library of Yiddish Shiurim Now Available On The Web

June 24, 2011 at 09:47 AM
New York - U’vlechtechu Baderech, the Monroe based organization that has been distributing Yiddish recordings of shiurim since 1997, is hoping to reach more people than ever by taking their extensive library and offering it online at their new site, eshiur.org. Founded by Yitzchok Aaron Sternfeld, U’vlechtechu Baderech began with a few drashas from his own shul and over time, the collection...

New York – Today: State Senate To Take up Gay Marriage Bill

June 24, 2011 at 09:20 AM
New York - New York's Senate, which holds the key to legalizing gay marriage in the state, plans to finally take up the issue after nearly a week of delays and constant, sometimes eardrum-rattling protests outside the chamber. The Senate's Republican majority is scheduled to meet behind closed doors at 10 a.m. then go into open session. But a backlog of other more ordinary yet important...

Pristina, Kosovo – Kosovo’s Neglected Jewish Cemetery Restored

June 24, 2011 at 09:03 AM
Pristina, Kosovo - American and Kosovo students have cleared out debris out of the neglected Jewish cemetery, a lone remaining sign of the dwindling community in this predominantly Muslim country. The students said they spent a week to uncover graves left unattended since the end of the 1998-99 Kosovo war and restore the writings on the tombstones, most of them dating from the late 19th...

Jerusalem – Newspaper Smears PM’s Son for His Facebook Comments Against Arabs

June 24, 2011 at 08:32 AM
Jerusalem - The Israeli prime minister's 19-year-old son posted disparaging comments about Arabs and Muslims on his Facebook page, an Israeli paper reported Friday. Earlier this year, Yair Netanyahu posted that Muslims "celebrate hate and death," the Haaretz daily reported. After Palestinian assailants entered a West Bank settlement and stabbed five members of an Israeli family to death, he...

Olympia, WA – A Teens Crusade Against Ticketing Traffic Cams Gaining Momentum

June 24, 2011 at 08:09 AM
Olympia, WA - Josh Sutinen isn't old enough to vote and only got his driver's license last month, but he's already among the leaders in a growing national backlash against cameras that issue traffic tickets. The 17-year-old has worked for most of this year — frequently on school nights — pushing an initiative to ban Longview's new red-light and speed cameras. He's now in the final stages...

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