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New York, NY – Brooklyn Firehouses Saved from City Chopping Block

June 28, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The city’s annual budgetary dance is over — and the eight Brooklyn firehouses that Mayor Bloomberg threatened to close didn’t flame out after all. Firehouses expected to be shuttered in Dyker Heights, Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg and Coney Island — making up 40 percent of the proposed 20 citywide closures — were left unscathed and more than 4,000 city...

Crown Heights, NY – Commission Votes to Expand Historic District

June 28, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Crown Heights, NY - New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission has unanimously approved adding 610 buildings to a designated historic district in Brooklyn. The row houses, freestanding houses and apartment buildings are adjacent to 472 other Crown Heights buildings that received landmark status in 2007. All were built between the 1870s and the 1920s. Chairman Robert Tierney called...

New York – MTA Hike Drives Off 1 Million Motorists

June 28, 2011 at 09:58 PM
New York - Motorists are steering clear of MTA bridges and tunnels following a series of massive toll hikes. Traffic on the agency's nine crossings plummeted by about 1 million vehicles in April 2011 when compared to April 2010. Passenger-car crossings were down by 3.9 percent, while other vehicles, such as trucks and buses, declined by 6.6 percent. And MTA officials admitted that the...

Seattle, WA – Outrage After Police Rifle Left Unattended On Cruiser

June 28, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Seattle, WA - A Seattle police spokesman says the department is embarrassed after officers left a police rifle unattended on a patrol car outside a busy downtown area. Spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb says the department has launched an investigation. Whitcomb says two people spotted the rifle on the parked car. One flagged down bicycle officers to alert them. The other followed the cruiser as...

New York, NY – NYPD Beefs Up Hotel Security after Afghan Bombing

June 28, 2011 at 08:51 PM
New York, NY - The New York Police Department is stepping up counter-terrorism measures at hotels in the wake of a terrorist attack in Afghanistan. Police spokesman Paul Browne says the move wasn't prompted by a specific threat in the city. But the nation's biggest police department is taking no chances as it learns more about the attack on Kabul's Inter-Continental Hotel, which is frequented...

Brussels – European Rabbis Slam Dutch Ban on Jewish Slaughter

June 28, 2011 at 08:09 PM
Brussels - The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) has slammed a decision by the Dutch parliament to ban Jewish religious slaughter. CER President Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt called the ban an outrage in that it would prevent Jews from living a Jewish life in The Netherlands. “We have passed the stage of arguing the nuances of intention of anti-Semiitsm. The practical effects of this bill...

Mea Shearim – Four-Legged Chicken Sparks Debate over Kosher Status

June 28, 2011 at 07:14 PM
Mea Shearim - A four-legged chicken born in a Jerusalem slaughter house has started a religious debate regarding its kosher label, which can only be determined once it is slaughtered, according to local media. The twelve-toed chicken awaited its fate in a cage on the floor of Yoel Kroish family’s slaughter house, waiting for local rabbis to decide whether or not the animal was kosher, the...

Brooklyn, NY – Man Arrested for Hate Crime after Pouring Beer on Turkish Neighbor

June 28, 2011 at 06:12 PM
Brooklyn, NY - An orthodox Jewish man has been charged with assault and criminal mischief as hate crimes after a fight with his neighbors. The man is accused of pouring a beer over the head of his neighbor, and then calling her husband an "Arab terrorist." He is also accused of punching the man in the face. But his lawyer claims that the police arrested the wrong man. He says the neighbor...

New York – Met Council CEO Selected To Be on AG’s Committee To Overhaul Rules for Charities

June 28, 2011 at 05:08 PM
New York - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has appointed a committee to examine regulatory burdens on the nonprofit groups that employ about 500,000 people or nearly 18 percent of the work force in the state. Schneiderman, whose office is responsible for monitoring charities in New York, says the current framework is "untenable" and that officials can police against fraud without...

Los Alamos, NM – Activists Fear Massive Wildfire Will Reach Government Nuclear Laboratory

June 28, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Los Alamos, NM - Fire managers say it's a "make or break day" for ensuring flames from a wildfire don't race into a northern New Mexico town that is home to a government nuclear laboratory. The blaze has charred about 93 square miles and is burning around the south and west side of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Lab officials and fire managers say they're confident the flames won't reach...

New Jersey – Dwek Ordered Back To Jail

June 28, 2011 at 03:07 PM
New Jersey - A judge has revoked the bail of the federal government's main informant in New Jersey's largest corruption sting. Solomon Dwek was arrested last month in Baltimore for failing to return a rental car and later lied to the FBI about it. That violated his cooperating witness agreement. Dwek had been free on bail since his 2006 arrest in a $50 million bank fraud. In the sting...

New York – NYC Planning Pedestrian Signs

June 28, 2011 at 02:22 PM
New York - It’s a big metropolis and New York City wants to help confused pedestrians navigate its streets and landmarks. The city is seeking proposals and designs for new street signs aimed at pedestrians. They’ll feature maps, a compass and walking times to its many attractions. And the signs won’t be just for the benefit of tourists. A Department of Transportation survey has...

New York – Rockland Offers Discount Prescription Cards To All Residents

June 28, 2011 at 01:18 PM
New York - Rockland County residents can get help with their prescription drug costs under a new program announced Monday. The free program would offer the most benefit to those who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to easily pay for their prescriptions out of their own pockets. "There are many people in the gray area between those who have money and insurance and those...

New York – Madoff: I’m Surprised the Judge Didn’t Suggest Stoning Me in Public Square

June 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM
New York - Two years after the sentencing in the Madoff case, Judge Chin agreed to an extensive series of interviews as part of a broader look into his sentencings in Federal with the New York Times. With the sentencing of Bernard L. Madoff only a week away, Judge Denny Chin received a letter from Mr. Madoff's lawyer asking for a prison term substantially below the 150-year maximum. The...

Brooklyn, NY – Sanitation Dept. Fines Flatbush Senior For Tree Mess Parks Dept. Left Behind

June 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Flatbush senior citizen was slapped with a $100 summons from one city agency last week for not cleaning up another city agency's mess. A Sanitation Department enforcement agent wrote 78-year-old Asher Ohevshalom the costly fine for not removing six 100-pound Norway Maple tree trunks left outside his E. 27th St. home by a Parks Department crew that dismembered the dying...

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