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New York, NY – Cellphone Cancer Warning Falls Lightly on US Ears

June 5, 2011 at 11:32 PM
New York, NY - News last week that an arm of the World Health Organization said cellphones might raise the risk of brain cancer has been greeted by Americans mostly with a shrug of the shoulder — one that's pinning a cellphone to the ear. Google searches for "cancer" and "cellphones" spiked this week. And some people vowed to get headsets to shield themselves from radiation. But most seemed...

Jerusalem – Rabbi Metzger: I Won’t Seek 2nd Term, Unless Rabbis Tell Me To

June 5, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Jerusalem - Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger has confirmed that he would not seek a second term as chief rabbi, unless ordered to do so by senior rabbis. Speaking with The Jerusalem Post on Saturday night, he relayed details from a trip to Spain he took alongside Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar last week, noting the importance and benefits to the rapport between the two rabbis. Metzger...

West Bank – Palestinian Teens Indicted with Slaughter of Fogel Family

June 5, 2011 at 09:13 PM
West Bank - Two Palestinians have been charged with the grisly murder of a young Israeli family stabbed to death in a West Bank settlement, the Israeli military said on Sunday. Its website said military prosecutors charged Hakim Awad and a relative, Amjad Awad, both from the West Bank village of Awarta, with the murder of five members of the Fogel family: three-month-old Hadas, four-year-old...

Washington – White House Adviser Minimizes Bad Jobs Report

June 5, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Washington - A top White House economic adviser says the upward tilt over the past six months in new jobs is a better indicator of the nation's employment picture than a gloomy report Friday that warned of slow growth ahead. Austan Goolsbee, who heads the president's Council of Economic Advisers, says the addition of a million new jobs over the past six months shows "we have improved a long...

Russellville, AR – Yearbook Lists Hitler, Bin Laden, Bush and Cheney as ‘Worst People Ever’

June 5, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Russellville, AR - The Russellville Middle School in Arkansas included an interesting little feature in its yearbook this year: the Top 5 Worst People Of All Time. They are, in order: Adolph Hitler, Osama bin Laden, Charles Manson, George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney. School administrators say they don't know how the former president and vice president ended up in the book, and the school...

Beirut – Syrian TV: Protesters To Stage A Sit-In On Border

June 5, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Beirut - State-run Syrian television says Syrian and Palestinian protesters at the border have decided to stage an open-ended sit-in. The TV reports that thousands of people are headed to the Quneitra border area to take part. Syria says at least 20 people have been killed and 325 others wounded by Israeli gunfire along the border. The Israeli forces opened fire Sunday to disperse...

Manhattan, NY – Mideast Tensions Color as 30,000 Celebrate Israel Parade

June 5, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Manhattan, NY - An estimated thirty thousand people took part in the annual Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City Sunday. This is the largest number of participants ever in the parade, which has been held every year since 1964. Fifth Avenue was awash in the blue and white of the Israeli flag for Sunday's Celebrate Israel Parade, whose mood reflected rising tensions in the Mideast this...

Mea Shearim – 10 Suffer Smoke Inhalation in Fire

June 5, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Mea Shearim - A fire broke out at the third and fourth floors in an apartment building on Aharon Fischel Street in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem on Sunday night. Hatzolah and MDA paramedics treated some ten people at the scene of the fire who were lightly injured by smoke inhalation...

Kuwait – Teacher Sacked for Telling Students to be Respectful Like Jews

June 5, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Kuwait City, Kuwait - An Arab school teacher in Kuwait was sacked after she rebuked two quarrelling students by saying they should follow the Jews’ example and respect each other, a newspaper in the oil-rich Gulf country reported on Sunday. The unnamed teacher had already triggered controversy inside the school management when she reprimanded a school girl for shouting at a female cleaner...

Petah Tikva – Court Upholds Plea Bargain for Officials over Toxic Baby Formula

June 5, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Petah Tikva - The Magistrates Court upheld the plea bargain of five Health Ministry supervisors who were charged with introducing a toxic baby formula, "Vegetable Remedy," to Israel in 2003, Army Radio reported Sunday. The formula resulted in the deaths of 4 infants and 10 toddlers were seriously injured in their nervous systems. According to the settlement, the defendants were convicted of...

Albany, NY – New Bill Would Make Oral Chemo Therapy More Affordable

June 5, 2011 at 01:35 PM
Albany, NY - Megan Bonstein says modern health care has provided her oral chemotherapy in a pill to fight her leukemia, but modern health insurance has failed her. "Ten years ago, that was a very grim diagnosis," the 26-year-old Columbia University social work major said of her cancer, leukemia. But advances since then — and since her own diagnosis in early 2009 — like oral chemotherapy...

Rockland County, NY – New Square Village Leaders Say It’s The “Jihadis” That Cause Trouble

June 5, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Rockland County, NY - Residents who defy this Hasidic enclave's spiritual leader say they live in fear of a band of thugs who sometimes violently defend his edicts — and they cite a recent arson attack as the latest example of the group's work. Described as "jihadis" by those who fear them and "hotheads" by some village leaders, the group numbers up to 40 men and boys between the ages of 15...

Hamburg, Germany – Germany: Sprouts Likely Cause Of E. Coli Outbreak; Death Toll Rises To 22

June 5, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Hamburg, Germany - Germany's national disease control center says three more people have died in an E. coli outbreak in Europe, raising the total to 22. Reinhard Burger, head of the Robert Koch Institute, says in addition to the 21 people killed in Germany and one in Sweden, another 2,153 have been sickened, including 627 people who have developed a rare complication that can cause kidney...

Brookln, NY – Rabbi Shaul Shimon Deutsch and His Living Torah Museum

June 5, 2011 at 11:31 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Rabbi Shaul Shimon Deutsch, the coronated “Liozna Rebbe” of Boro Park, put his photographic memory and penchant for ancient languages to good use. He says his Living Torah Museum, which features million-dollar hands-on artifacts — from ancient weaving equipment to taxidermied biblical animals — fulfills his educational philosophy: “If you touch history, it touches...

New York – Project YES Launches “Keep Our Children Safe” Initiative‏

June 5, 2011 at 11:03 AM
New York - Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, Director of Project YES and a longtime advocate for victims of child abuse, is giving parenting classes designed to help parents speak to their children about abuse prevention before the start of the summer season. Four lectures will be given during the week following Shavuos -- in Baltimore, Queens, Monsey and Brooklyn. As a public service, Project YES is...

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