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Dearborn, MI – Ford To Show New 7-Seater With Sliding Doors, Not A Minivan

November 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Dearborn, MI - It looks like a minivan. It has sliding doors like a minivan. So why isn't Ford calling its new seven-seater a minivan? For the same reason you don't wear mom jeans or listen to Barry Manilow: It's not cool. The Transit Connect Wagon will debut later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It's set to go on sale late next fall. To the average buyer - or, in fact, to...

New York – Yeshiva University Establishes Advisory Program To Address End-of-Life Issues

November 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM
New York - Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and Calvary Hospital have teamed up to address the needs of observant Jews who are confronted with end-of-life issues and require religious guidance. To that end, Yeshiva University has established the YU/RIETS End-of-Life Halachic Advisory Program. According to a press release provided by YU, a rabbinical panel...

Brooklyn, NY – New Scheme to Beat Parking Tickets Has Drivers Sharing Muni-Meter Receipts

November 13, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Drivers in New York City have come up with a new scheme to try to avoid paying their parking tickets – collecting and sharing used Muni-Meter receipts. The scam has motorists with outstanding parking violations rummaging through a box of receipts until they find one with a date and time corresponding to those on their tickets. In an effort to defraud the City, drivers then...

New York – Superstorm Priorities For Some Include Saving Pets

November 13, 2012 at 09:22 PM
New York - Superstorm Sandy drove New York and New Jersey residents from their homes, destroyed belongings and forced them to find shelter for themselves — and for their pets. Owners recounted tales of a dog swimming through flooded streets and extra food left behind for a tarantula no one was willing to take in. In New York City and on Long Island, the ASPCA has rescued more than 300...

Washington – Senators Seek More Sandy Relief Money

November 13, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Washington - Thirteen senators from seven states damaged by Superstorm Sandy are asking President Obama to boost federal disaster aid to the states. Senators from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Delaware and Maryland asked Obama in a joint letter Tuesday to add more emergency aid for federal disaster assistance programs in his 2013 budget request. They want...

Uniondale, NY – Chief Operating Officer of LIPA Resigns

November 13, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Uniondale, NY - The chief operating officer of a utility company heavily criticized for its response to Superstorm Sandy is stepping down. The Long Island Power Authority announced Tuesday that Michael Hervey had tendered his resignation, effective at the end of the year. Hervey has been with LIPA for 12 years. LIPA has come under withering criticism since Sandy knocked out power to more...

France – Sister of Al Qaeda-Inspired Toulouse Killer to Sue TV Channel

November 13, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Toulouse, France - The sister of an al Qaeda-inspired gunman who killed seven people in France plans to sue a television channel that broadcast secretly filmed footage of her saying she was proud of her brother, her lawyer said. Souad Merah, sister of Mohamed Merah, the 24-year-old who killed three Jewish children, a rabbi and three soldiers last March, plans to sue TV channel M6, which...

Washington – Ryan: Shocked at Loss, Obama Won ‘Fair And Square’

November 13, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Washington - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan acknowledges that he was shocked when he and presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost last week's election. The Wisconsin congressman says President Barack Obama won fair and square. In an interview with ABC News being aired Tuesday, Ryan says he and Romney thought they had a very good chance of winning Nov. 6. He cites polling, other...

New York, NY – DOH Issues Safety Recommendations For Cleaning Up Homes After Hurricane Sandy

November 13, 2012 at 05:45 PM
New York, NY - As the recovery from Hurricane Sandy continues, the Health Department urges New Yorkers to protect themselves from health and injury risks during cleanup. While Sandy has not caused problems with outdoor air quality, indoor dust, mold, fumes from temporary heating sources and the use of strong cleaning products can be irritating to the eyes, throat, and lungs. Dust can also be...

New York – Senator-Elect Felder Opts to Caucus With Republican Conference

November 13, 2012 at 05:38 PM
New York - In a much-anticipated statement, Senator-elect Simcha Felder just announced that he will caucus with the Republican Senate Majority Conference when he takes office in January 2013. In his statement, Felder explained his decision, saying, “From the moment I began my campaign for Senate, I made clear that the priorities of my district will form my agenda in Albany. I represent a...

Kiryas Joel, NJ – Report: Satmar’s Political Power Viewed As Waning

November 13, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Kiryas Joel, NY - Visiting Kiryas Joel – a village in Orange County with a population of 20,000, many of whom are under the age of 12 – has long been a must for both local and national candidates seeking elected office. With its high voter-turnout rate, the Satmar contingent is viewed as wielding tremendous political power and influence. But recently, Satmar’s influence as a vital voting...

Newark, NJ – Port Authority: Storm Damaged 16,000 Cars At Port

November 13, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Newark, NJ - Superstorm Sandy has caused damage to thousands of cars in the Port of New York and New Jersey that were heading to vehicle sales lots around the region. Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman says 16,000 cars were damaged in the storm. The New York Shipping Association says Toyota and vehicle processor FAPS Inc., which handles foreign and domestic cars, were among those that...

New York – Council Speaker Airs $20B Plan To Protect NYC From Big Storms

November 13, 2012 at 04:25 PM
New York - City Council Speaker Christine Quinn laid out a massive $20 billion proposal Tuesday to combat the effects of climate change on New York City’s infrastructure as the region continues to assess damage and plan clean-up after Hurricane Sandy. “At this moment the need for action cannot be ignored,” said Quinn, who outlined her plan at a breakfast hosted by the Association for a...

New York – Battery Tunnel To Partly Reopen To Motorists

November 13, 2012 at 04:07 PM
New York - The tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan is slated to reopen Tuesday at 4:00 PM to cars during rush hour. One lane of the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, formerly known as the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel will be open to passenger vehilces daily from 6am-10am (Manhattan bound) and 3pm-7pm (Brooklyn bound), according to NotifyNYC. The second lane will remain reserved for buses during those...

New York – Under Fire Since Superstorm, Lawsuit Filed Against Long Island Power Authority

November 13, 2012 at 03:57 PM
New York - New Yorkers frustrated with power outages more than two weeks after Superstorm Sandy took one of the region's major utilities to court on Tuesday, arguing residents were forced to live in the cold and dark due to negligence and an obsolete system for dealing with major crises. Tempers have been rising across areas slammed by the storm, which hit on October 29, killing at least 121...

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