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Afghanistan – Obama’s Secret Trip Trickled Out Then The Trickle Stopped

May 1, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Afghanistan - It was the secret that bent but never quite fully broke. The White House released a fabricated Tuesday schedule for President Barack Obama to conceal the fact that he was secretly flying to Afghanistan. It asserted that the president would be in the Oval Office all day meeting with Vice President Joe Biden, with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and with senior advisers. Only a...

New York – OSS Agent Who Led WWII Rescue Of 500 Dies In NY

May 1, 2012 at 11:18 PM
New York - George Vujnovich, the intelligence agent who organized a World War II mission to rescue more than 500 U.S. bomber crew members shot down over Nazi-occupied Serbia, has died at his home in New York. He was 96. Vujnovich is credited with leading the so-called Halyard Mission in what was then Yugoslavia. It was the largest air rescue of Americans behind enemy lines in any war. A...

Baltimore, MD – Judge Denies Motion To Drop Charges Against Werdesheims

May 1, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Maryland - A Baltimore judge has denied a motion to drop charges against two brothers accused of beating a black teenager while patrolling for a Jewish neighborhood watch. Eliyahu Werdesheim and his wife walk out of the circuit courthouse on Tuesday. The request came after the state rested its case Tuesday in the bench trial for Eliyahu and Avi Werdesheim, who are charged in the 2010...

Palo Alto, CA – Report: Facebook IPO Set For May 18

May 1, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Palo Alto, CA - Facebook will go public on May 18, a published report says, in one of the most highly anticipated tech initial public offerings since Google went public in August 2004. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the social networking company is set to start its roadshow on Monday, according to people familiar with the matter. The roadshow, a series of meetings with...

Meron – Government Rebuilding Kohanim Pathway After Pressure From Hassidic Jews

May 1, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Meron - Only three and a half months after demolishing a pathway for kohanim (priests) at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai on Mount Meron, the government is rebuilding it at a high cost, despite the fact that the local rabbi believes it to be completely unnecessary. The Tourism Ministry has apparently succumbed to pressure by an extremist Hassidic group, Toldot Avraham Yitzhak, and has...

Ulster County, NY – County Executive Hein In The Middle Of Satmar Summer Camp War

May 1, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Ulster County, NY - This story has been generating a lot of buzz on the Orthodox Jewish blogs, but has yet to break through to the mainstream press. It’s just a matter of time, though, and when it does, it’s going to be a pretty uncomfortable situation for Ulster County Executive Mike Hein. Hein, a Democratic rising star who declined to challenge GOP freshman Rep. Chris Gibson in the...

New York – PHOTOS: May Day Protests Around The World

May 1, 2012 at 08:02 PM
New York - Activists staged May Day demonstrations around the world Tuesday to recognize a day traditionally associated with labor and workers' rights. Tear gas, vandalism and arrests marked some of the demonstrations, as protesters demanded everything from wage increases to an end to austerity measures. In Santiago, Chile, police blasted demonstrators with water cannons, and in Bogota...

Jerusalem – Old City Goes Pink For Breast Cancer

May 1, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Jerusalem - In a special ceremony on Tuesday evening, the old city walls of Jerusalem were lit in pink to raise awareness for breast cancer. Mayor Nir Barkat, who attended the event, said, “Breast cancer affects everyone, regardless of religion or race, and being aware could save more than one person. A person who saves one Jew it’s like he saved the world entire.” ...

Baltimore, MD – Shomrim President: Werdesheim Acted In Self-Defense

May 1, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Baltimore, MD - The president of a neighborhood watch group says he believes one of two brothers charged with assaulting a teen acted in self-defense. Daniel Harris, president of Shomrim of Baltimore, testified Tuesday in the trial of two brothers charged with beating a black teen while patrolling for the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood watch group. Harris says he met with Eliyahu Werdesheim...

Washington – Social Security Starts Providing Online Statements

May 1, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Washington - The Social Security Administration is now providing workers with online statements of the estimated benefits they will get when they retire, replacing the paper ones the agency used to mail out. Until last year, the agency mailed out yearly statements that told you how much your benefits would be if you retired at age 62, 66 or 70. Social Security stopped mailing the paper...

Albany, NY – Chief Judge Proposes More Free Legal Help

May 1, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Albany, NY - New York will become the first state to require lawyers to do 50 hours of pro bono work as a condition for getting a license starting next year, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said Tuesday. With about 10,000 people passing the New York Bar Exam annually, Lippman said that means about a half-million hours of free legal work yearly, mostly from law students. That should help fill "the...

Baltimore, MD – Shomrim Member On Trial Renders Aid To Passed Out Courtroom Observer

May 1, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Baltimore, MD - One of two brothers on trial in the beating of a Baltimore teenager jumped out of his seat during court proceedings Tuesday morning to render aid to a courtroom observer who passed out. WBAL-TV 11 News reporter Lowell Melser tweeted shortly after 10:30 a.m. that an observer in the courtroom passed out. "As soon as she passed out, Avi Werdesheim jumped up out of his seat to...

New York – Dow Jones Average Hits Highest Mark Since ’07

May 1, 2012 at 04:23 PM
New York - The Dow Jones industrial average is closing at its highest level in more than four years. The fastest growth in U.S. manufacturing in 10 months gave stocks a lift Tuesday. Orders, hiring and production all rose in April. The Dow added 66 points to 13,279, its highest close since Dec. 28, 2007. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose eight points to 1,406. The Nasdaq composite...

New York, NY – Met Museum Reverses Earlier Stance On Nazi Collaborator Exhibit

May 1, 2012 at 03:46 PM
New York, NY - Following vocal criticism from Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and others, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has reversed its earlier decision and has agreed to amend its exhibit “The Steins Collect”, adding signage revealing that Ms. Stein, who was protected during the war years in Vichy, France, had collaborated with the Nazis. As previously...

New York – Terror Defendant Convicted in Plot to Bomb New York Subways

May 1, 2012 at 03:32 PM
New York - A New York man was convicted Tuesday of plotting an aborted suicide mission against New York City subways in 2009 - a case that featured the first-time testimony from admitted homegrown terrorists about al-Qaida's fixation with pulling off another attack on American soil. A jury found Adis Medunjanin guilty of all counts for his role in a terror plot that federal authorities say was...

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