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San Francisco, CA – ADL: Anti-Circumcision Comic Book is Anti-Semitic

June 3, 2011 at 05:41 PM
San Francisco, CA - As you may have heard by now, San Francisco will be voting this November on whether or not to ban circumcision in the city. Defenders of the measure say it’s all about “human rights” and “protecting babies” from unnecessary procedures. But critics suspected there was something vaguely anti-Semitic about the whole proposal, since among Jews (and Muslims, as...

New York, NY – Probe: No Evidence of Sanitation Slowdown During Dec. Blizzard

June 3, 2011 at 04:00 PM
New York, NY - A five-month probe by New York City’s anticorruption agency has uncovered no evidence that disgruntled sanitation workers purposely sabotaged snow removal efforts during a massive December blizzard. The city’s Department of Investigation released a report Friday saying that video footage and GPS records appeared to show that the overwhelming bulk of the city’s plowing...

New York, NY – City to Pay Homeless Rent Subsidies

June 3, 2011 at 03:04 PM
New York, NY - The city says that it will obey a court decision and pay the June rent for more than 13,000 families who moved out of homeless shelters. An appeals court ruled Thursday that the city must continue paying rental subsidies through the Advantage program. A class-action lawsuit was filed after the city announced in March that it would no longer maintain Advantage because the...

Poland – Sobibor Holocaust Museum Rescued from Closure

June 3, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Poland - A Holocaust awareness group has praised the Polish government for announcing plans to save the museum at Sobibor Concentration Camp from closure. On Wednesday the museum's administrators said they could no longer remain open to visitors because they had not received enough funding this year from the regional government. The site, where 250,000 Jews and non-Jews were murdered by the...

Washington – Rahm Emanuel in Town for Daughter’s Bat Mitzvah

June 3, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Washington - Mayor Rahm Emanuel flew here from Chicago on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the upcoming bat mitzvah of his daughter, Ilana. The Emanuel family--wife Amy and three children--remained here to finish the 2011 school year--after Emanuel returned to Chicago in 2010 to run for mayor. Ilana's bat mitzvah comes a little over a year after the Emanuel family traveled to Israel in May...

Washington – House Adopts Resolution Rebuking Obama Over Libya Military Action

June 3, 2011 at 01:53 PM
Washington - The House has adopted a resolution rebuking President Barack Obama for dispatching U.S. military forces against Libya without congressional approval. The vote was 268-145. The White House objected, saying the measure was "unnecessary and unhelpful." The measure by Speaker John Boehner says the president has failed to provide a "compelling rationale" for the nearly 3-month old...

New York, NY – Fire Unions Protest Threatened Closures

June 3, 2011 at 01:21 PM
New York, NY - New York City's firefighting unions are steaming over a proposal to close 20 fire companies as a budget-cutting measure. Members of unions representing firefighters and fire officers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday. After that, thousands of firefighters and their supporters rallied near City Hall. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended the proposal, noting that...

Borough Park, NY – Thieves Rob Bowling Alley of 80G

June 3, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Borough Park, NY - Two armed robbers hit pay dirt when they stuck up a Brooklyn bowling alley -- hauling away $80,000 in cash that had just been collected for tournament winners. An employee of the bowling alley had just walked out Maple Lanes' back door, on 60th Street near 16th Avenue, at about 4 p.m. Wednesday when the gunmen forced him back inside, police sources said. The thieves...

Los Angeles, CA – Letter of Hitler’s First Anti-Semitic Writing May Be the Original

June 3, 2011 at 11:01 AM
Los Angeles, CA - In 1919, a soldier in Munich discovered that he could galvanize small groups of fellow trench warfare veterans with virulently anti-Semitic oratory. A superior officer, impressed with the soldier's oral skills, asked him to commit his ideas to paper. Thus came into existence the first written record of Adolf Hitler's obsessive hostility toward Jews, an embryonic form of the...

Melville, NY – 20 New York Costco Employees Win $200 Million Powerball Lottery

June 3, 2011 at 10:37 AM
Melville, NY - A group of Costco employees just got the best bargain of their lives. Twenty co-workers at a Costco store in Melville, N.Y., shared the winning Powerball lottery ticket, earning them a $201.9 million jackpot, a store spokeswoman confirmed to ABC News. The drawing was announced on Wednesday. No word yet on the identities of the employees, but the spokeswoman said they would...

Raleigh, NC – Former Presidential Candidate John Edwards Indicted On Fraud

June 3, 2011 at 10:05 AM
Raleigh, NC - A federal grand jury has indicted two-time presidential candidate John Edwards over massive sums of money spent in hiding during the peak of his 2008 campaign for the White House. The case of USA v. Johnny Reid Edwards contains six counts, including conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements. The indictment was returned in the...

Jerusalem – Controversial Israeli Billionaire Ofer Dies

June 3, 2011 at 09:59 AM
Jerusalem - An Israeli billionaire at the center of a recent scandal involving trade with Iran died Friday in Tel Aviv. He was 89. Shipping magnate and philanthropist Sammy Ofer was listed last year by Forbes as Israel's richest person, and appeared as number 109 on the magazine's list of the world's richest people. Ofer's family released a statement saying he died Friday morning at his Tel...

New York – The Mogain Avrohom, The New York Yankees, Shabbos, and the Mishna Brurah

June 3, 2011 at 09:43 AM
THE ISSUE Her name is Suzyn Waldman and she is a sportscaster for WCBS for the New York Yankees. More specifically she is a color-commentator for John Sterling. A color commentator is someone who does the chit chat in between the play by play. John Sterling does the play by play; Suzyn Waldman does the chit chat. Among other things, she is known as the person who made Shalom between former...

New York – Op-Ed: Time For Obama To Change Course

June 3, 2011 at 09:13 AM
New York - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally left the U.S. after a week of exhausting, and surprising, diplomatic highs and lows, a number of unsettling questions were left in his wake. But perhaps the paramount question, the answer to which may well resolve many of the other mysteries in the seemingly increasingly troubled U.S.-Israel relationship is this: Who has been...

Detroit, MI – Famous Assisted Suicide Doctor Kevorkian Dead At 83

June 3, 2011 at 09:09 AM
Detroit, MI - Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian died in a Detroit area hospital following a short illness at the age of 83, according to a close friend and prominent attorney. Kevorkian died at 2:30 a.m. Friday after being hospitalized at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak since last month with pneumonia and kidney problems, his attorney Mayer Morganroth said. An official cause...

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