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New York – Painkiller Addiction Drive US Pharmacy Robberies

June 25, 2011 at 11:46 PM
New York - A wave of pharmacy robberies is sweeping the United States as desperate addicts and ruthless dealers turn to violence to feed the nation’s growing hunger for narcotic painkillers. From Redmond, Wash., to St. Augustine, Fla., criminals are holding pharmacists at gunpoint and escaping with thousands of powerfully addictive pills that can sell for as much as $80 apiece on the...

London – Board of Deputies Member Opposes Circumcision, Fired

June 25, 2011 at 11:30 PM
London - A synagogue representative on the Board of Deputies of British Jews has been removed from her position after advocating a ban on circumcision. The New West End Synagogue, a modern-Orthodox synagogue in west London, rescinded Rebecca Steinfeld’s position as the Under-35 Observer on the Board of Deputies, after referring to circumcision as “male genital mutilation” in an article...

Albany, NY – Bloomberg’s Taxi Plan Gets Green Light

June 25, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Albany, NY - The State Legislature voted on Friday to vastly expand the reach of regulated, metered taxi service in New York City, a move that would create a class of livery cabs that can be hailed legally on the street outside the busiest parts of Manhattan. The approval of the plan, which would revolutionize the taxi industry and potentially change the travel habits of millions, represented...

Coney Island, NY – Shootings Spikes in Brooklyn South

June 25, 2011 at 10:59 PM
Coney Island, NY - Guns are blazing in Southern Brooklyn, NYPD statistics show. The traditionally less-violent Brooklyn South patrol borough - comprised of 13 police precincts - is the only command in the city to report a spike in shootings so far this year. There were 103 shootings in Brooklyn South - especially in neighborhoods such as East Flatbush, Crown Heights and Coney Island - up...

New York – Lawmakers Approve Tax Cap, Rent Controls

June 25, 2011 at 10:48 PM
New York - Detailed legislation to establish a statewide property tax cap, continue New York City rent controls and challenge unwieldy state mandates was approved Friday night by the state Legislature. The property tax provision in the bill approved Friday night by the Senate and Assembly would generally limit annual tax increases to 2 percent or the inflation rate. It will take effect for the...

Jerusalem – Police Keep Street Open On Shabbat Despite Charedi Protest

June 25, 2011 at 10:26 PM
Jerusalem - Haredi riots aimed at preventing civilian traffic on Rehov Hanevi’im reached a new height on Saturday afternoon, when over a hundred men of various sects tried to scare secular residents into steering clear of the Jerusalem thoroughfare, shouting “Shabbes,” pelting cars with stones and spitting on passersby. At least one secular man was arrested after being accused by police...

Poland – Israelis Sentenced for Theft of Auschwitz Mementos

June 25, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Poland - An Israeli couple has confessed to stealing objects from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp memorial and have settled for a suspended prison term and a fine, officials said Saturday. The couple were detained at Krakow airport on their way to Israel on Friday after border guards found a few old items, including knives, scissors and spoons inside a plastic bag in their luggage...

Brooklyn, NY – Police: Molester Lures Children Into ‘Belz’ Borough Park Shul

June 25, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Police are searching for a man who has lured children into a Brooklyn synagogue, molesting at least one of them. Police say the sex attack happened during the afternoon on Wednesday, June 22. Police say the man lured a 12-year-old into Simcha Hall, a Borough Park synagogue located at 50th Street and 15th Avenue. Once in the basement, police say the man, dressed in...

Albany, NY – Gay Marriage Legal in New York State After Senate Passes Bill Signed By Gov. Cuomo

June 25, 2011 at 09:51 PM
Albany, NY - The New York state Senate voted Friday night to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill, approved earlier by the Assembly, passed with a vote of 36-26. The measure contained several exemptions for religious organizations, and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law. The bill needed only a single member of the Republican majority to become law. A veteran Hudson...

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