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Middleton, MA – Japanese Composting May Be New Food Waste Solution

June 12, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Middleton, MA - Down the back stairs of the clubhouse kitchen, on a plot lost among the expanse of tightly trimmed fairways and greens, weeks-old food is buried under a tarp and mulch and left to decompose. But this private country club in Massachusetts isn't taking an unsanitary shortcut with its trash. It's trying bokashi, an obscure composting method it says will help it recycle 4 tons of...

New York – City: Orthodox Jewish Parents to Sign Consent Waiver Before Having Circumcision Ritual for Son

June 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM
New York, NY - New York City health officials proposed on Tuesday that Orthodox Jewish parents be required to sign a consent waiver before they can take part in a circumcision ritual that is believed to have led to the deaths of at least two babies in the city over the past decade. The proposal, introduced at a Board of Health meeting, represents an escalation of the city’s efforts to...

New Jersey – Congressman Accepts Shabbat Dinner Invite From Political Opponent

June 12, 2012 at 09:29 PM
New Jersey - In an open letter published over the weekend in The Jewish Press, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach invites Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) to join him for the weekly Jewish tradition of a Shabbat meal: “Every Friday night at our Sabbath table my wife and I host all kinds of people. We love having guests and it would be my honor for us to host you and your family either this coming Friday night or...

Stockholm – Sweden Tweeter Stirs Critics With Comments On Jews

June 12, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Stockholm - A woman given the chance to briefly take over Sweden's official Twitter account has stirred controversy after posting comments about Jews. Sonja Abrahamsson, who describes herself as a "low educated" single mother of two from Goteborg, provocatively asked what makes a Jew, used crude language and joked about Jewish circumcision. The reactions were immediate. One tweeter wrote...

Albany, NY – Obama Leads Romney 59-35 Percent In NY: Poll

June 12, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Albany, NY - President Obama has widened his lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney to 24 points in New York, a new poll has found. The Siena College survey found Obama with a 59-35 percent lead over the former Massachusetts governor, up from 57-37 last month. The June 3-6 telephone poll of 807 registered New York voters found a sizeable majority saying Democrat Obama would do a better...

Crown Heights, NY – Fight Between Jewish and Black Women Spark Memory of Race Riots

June 12, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Crown Heights, NY - A physical altercation in Brooklyn on Monday, between a Jewish teacher and an African-American teenager, led to both of the women being arrested. Sara Mina Setton, a teacher at the Beis Rivkah High School in Brooklyn, reportedly punched the teenager after she threw a glass bottle inside Brower Park in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. Before police arrived on the...

Sanford, FL – George Zimmerman’s Wife Arrested On Perjury Charge

June 12, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Sanford, FL - Authorities say the wife of Trayvon Martin's shooter is being accused of lying to a judge about their finances during a bond hearing and faces one count of perjury. An order issued Tuesday by assistant state attorney John Guy charged Shellie Zimmerman for knowingly making false statements during the April hearing. George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in...

Miami, FL – Doctors: Face-chewing Victim ‘Awake And Alert’

June 12, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Miami, FL - A homeless man whose face was mostly chewed off in a bizarre attack alongside a busy South Florida highway is in good spirits, talking and walking with the help of hospital staff, doctors said Tuesday. Ronald Poppo's left eye was removed, but doctors are trying to find a way to restore vision in his right eye. He will likely remain at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma...

Niagara Falls, NY – Wallenda Niagara Falls Walk Both Dicey And Pricey

June 12, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Niagara Falls, NY - Walking a high wire over Niagara Falls isn't only a dicey proposition, it turns out it's pretty pricey, too. Daredevil Nik Wallenda estimates his history-making, U.S.-to-Canada walk by way of a cable strung over the brink will cost about $1.2 to $1.3 million. That includes fabrication and installation of the custom-made steel wire, permits and security on both sides of the...

New York – NYC Health Board Likes Big Drink Ban Proposal

June 12, 2012 at 04:16 PM
New York - New York City's Board of Health signaled strong support Tuesday for the mayor's plan to fight obesity by banning the sale of large, sugary beverages at local restaurants. The proposal by Mayor Michael Bloomberg would require most licensed food service establishments in the city to limit serving high-calorie drinks like colas, lemonade and punch to containers no larger than 16...

Israel – Rabbinate Lifts Restrictions On Tzohar Rabbis Officiating At Weddings‎

June 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Israel - The national-religious Tzohar rabbinical association announced that it has come to an agreement with the Chief Rabbinate, which will lift restrictions on rabbis associated with the organization from conducting weddings. Tzohar, which provides a free-of charge wedding service targeted at non-religious Jews, temporarily closed its flagship program back in November in protest of...

Berlin – German Divers Recover Stuka Bomber’s Radiator

June 12, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Berlin - A German Military Historical Museum spokesman says divers are making good progress on bringing up the wreck of a German World War II Stuka dive bomber from the floor of the Baltic Sea. Capt. Sebastian Bangert says the military divers brought up the plane's radiator Tuesday, following the recovery of the engine over the weekend. Experts had initially thought the plane was likely a...

London – WHO’s Cancer Agency: Diesel Fumes Cause Cancer

June 12, 2012 at 01:56 PM
London - Diesel exhaust causes cancer, the World Health Organization's cancer agency declared Tuesday, a ruling it said could make exhaust as important a public health threat as secondhand smoke. The risk of getting cancer from diesel fumes is small, but since so many people breathe in the fumes in some way, the science panel said raising the status of diesel exhaust to carcinogen from...

Washington – US: Russia Sending Syria Attack Helicopters

June 12, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Washington - The Obama administration says Russia is sending attack helicopters to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and is warning about a dramatic escalation in the Arab country's 15-month conflict. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the delivery represents the "latest information." She says the U.S. is concerned as the helicopters "will escalate the conflict quite...

Newark, NJ – Dwek Alleges Political Favors From Judge Nominee

June 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Newark, NJ - Recently released documents in New Jersey's largest corruption case show the government's main informant claimed to have received favors from several politicians, including a man Gov. Chris Christie has nominated for a judgeship. In a story first reported by The Star-Ledger of Newark, Solomon Dwek claims he was tipped off early to foreclosure sales by former Monmouth County...

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