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Brooklyn, NY – Bloomberg, Kelly Visit With The Kletzkys

July 18, 2011 at 10:06 PM
Brooklyn, NY - NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelley paid a Shiva call this afternoon to the Kletzky family in Borough Park, Brooklyn. The WPIX video below includes the short somber statement the mayor gave to the media, after his visit with the Kletzky family. Below photo taken from a cell phone, was widely circulating on the net, where Bloomberg and Kelly...

New York, NY – Teacher Bonus Program Permanently Discontinued

July 18, 2011 at 09:49 PM
New York, NY - A New York City program that distributed performance bonuses to teachers will be permanently discontinued. According to The New York Times, the Department of Education on Sunday said the decision was made after a study found the bonuses had no discernible effect on the way teachers did their job or on student test scores. The study was commissioned by the city. It's to be...

New York – Police Expanding Levi Investigation In 3 States

July 18, 2011 at 08:13 PM
New York - Levi Aron, accused of killing 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky of Borough Park one week ago, is expected to be indicted this week. On Monday morning, more boxes of evidence were collected and removed from Aron’s Kensington, Brooklyn home. Over the weekend, investigators took dozens of pieces of evidence, including furniture and his car. Authorities were busy not only at Aron’s home...

Brooklyn, NY – From Around The Country, Thousands Of Mourners Pouring In To Kletzky Home

July 18, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Brooklyn, NY - From near and far, the family of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky is surrounded by a grieving community and some are coming from thousands of miles away to pay their respects. A steady stream of mourners — men, women, a state senator, an NYPD inspector — all have come to the Kletzky home hoping to console the inconsolable. “Nobody talking. Nobody talk,” said family friend ...

New York , NY – Accused Killer Quiets Voices in Head With Music, Lawyers Say

July 18, 2011 at 05:37 PM
New York, NY - The man accused of abducting and killing an 8-year-old boy who asked him for directions on a Brooklyn street is seeking to quiet the voices in his head by listening to music, his lawyers said Monday. Levi Aron met with his lawyers Monday at Bellevue Hospital, where he is being held in the prison unit. They described his demeanor as "abnormal." A psychiatric exam is being...

New York – WexTrust’s CEO Sentenced to 21 Years in Ponzi Scheme Defrauding Orthodox Community

July 18, 2011 at 05:09 PM
New York - WexTrust Capital LLC co-founder Joseph Shereshevsky was sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding victims of at least $9.2 million as part of a Ponzi scheme. Shereshevsky, 54, and WexTrust co-founder Steven Byers were charged in 2008 with lying to investors in their now-collapsed real estate fund. Many of their victims were members of the...

New Hampshire – Court: ¼-Inch Prison Shaving Does Not Violate Religious Liberty

July 18, 2011 at 05:07 PM
New Hampshire - A prison policy requiring inmates to be clean-shaven does not violate the religious liberty of a former prison inmate who claimed the policy substantially burdened the practice of his faith as an Orthodox Jew. The state Department of Corrections contended that the policy furthered various interests, including security, safety and hygiene. The policy did allow inmates to request...

New York, NY – City to Limit Midtown Traffic Jams by Tracking Drivers

July 18, 2011 at 04:57 PM
New York, NY - New York City is hoping to ease midtown Manhattan traffic congestion with new technology. It will track the flow of vehicles and allow engineers to control traffic lights in real time. Mayor Michael Bloomberg formally launched the new technology Monday. The system combines readings from 32 traffic video cameras, 100 microwave sensors and individual drivers' E-ZPass tags to track...

New York – It’s Time That NY Legislators Take Up Child Protection In The State Of New York

July 18, 2011 at 04:12 PM
New York - Do you remember the “broken windows” theory of criminology? The theory was first posited by two social scientists in 1982 in the Atlantic Monthly magazine. The theory goes that you deter serious crime and anti-social behavior in urban neighborhoods by repairing the broken windows. You also remove the graffiti, and sidewalk litter. You install bright lights. You create an...

New York – Chai Lifeline MASK, Seminars Tonight in Response to Tragedy

July 18, 2011 at 04:00 PM
New York - In response to last week’s gruesome murder in Borough Park, Chai Lifeline in conjunction with MASK will be holding a series of symposia this week in an effort to help the Jewish community cope with its grief and offer practical safety advice for the future. Chai Lifeline has fielded well over 1500 phone calls since the tragedy struck, according to Executive Director Rabbi Simcha...

London – Phone Hacking Whistleblower Found Dead, Police Say Not Suspicious

July 18, 2011 at 03:37 PM
London - One of the first voices to blow the whistle on the phone hacking — former News of the World journalist Sean Hoare — was found dead Monday in Watford, about 40 kilometres northwest of London. Police said the death was being treated as unexplained but was not considered suspicious, according to Britain's Press Association. Mr. Hoare was quoted by The New York Times saying that phone...

Brooklyn, NY – Park Slope Auto Shop Puts Up Memorial for Leiby Kletzky

July 18, 2011 at 02:15 PM
Brooklyn, NY - As soon as the crime scene tape was removed from the Fourth Avenue auto repair shop where the body of Leiby Kletzky, HY’D, was found in a dumpster, the devastated owners of Park Slope Auto replaced it with a memorial to the murdered boy. Consisting of a newspaper photograph of Leiby, some candles, flowers and teddy bears, the memorial was created to send a clear message of...

Brooklyn, NY – Sefer Torah Being Written for Leiby

July 18, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Days after the brutal murder of young Leiby Kletzky, HY’D, Jews worldwide are attempting to channel their feelings of grief and horror in a positive direction and provide both themselves and the Kletzky family with some measure of comfort by taking on mitzvos and projects in memory of the Borough Park boy. After one of the speakers at the levaya described Leiby as “a living...

Jerusalem – Fire Near Holocaust Museum Was ‘Accident’

July 18, 2011 at 12:26 PM
Jerusalem - A forest fire that prompted the evacuation of Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust museum was likely started accidentally by a man burning rubbish in his backyard, Jerusalem police said on Monday. The fire spread rapidly on Sunday afternoon in the forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem, forcing the evacuation of the famed museum as the flames neared. Police initially said they suspected...

Brooklyn, NY – Protecting Our Children

July 18, 2011 at 11:56 AM
Brooklyn, NY - As we mourn the heartrending loss of Leiby Kletzky’s pure soul, the stark reality hits hard and can no longer be brushed under the carpet. As a mother of a Chassidic family from the Borough Park Community, I share the grief and anguish of the Kletzky Family. I now fear more than ever for the safety of our innocent children and grandchildren, who have become easy prey. Our...

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