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New York, NY – City Swim Program Aims To ‘Drown-Proof’ Schoolkids

June 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM
New York, NY - A New York City program spearheaded by Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe is aiming to put a dent in the number of young people who drown every summer by teaching them to swim. The program called Swim for Life has introduced 14,385 city second-graders to the water over the last 18 months. It's available to students in 132 schools that are close to swimming pools. Benepe tells...

Rockland County, NY – Charedi Publicist Resigns Just Days After Being Named Jewish Outreach Director For GOP

June 20, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Rockland County, NY -The newly appointed Director of Jewish Outreach for New York State’s Republican party has resigned from his position after just eight days in office, calling himself a distraction to the party. “My appointment as Director of Jewish Outreach has been a distraction for the NYGOP. As such I am resigning my duties,” tweeted Yossi Gestetner at 2:19 this...

Washington – Study Shows Health Care Opponents Won In Media

June 20, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Washington - Opponents of President Barack Obama’s health care plan decisively beat supporters in getting their message across through the media, according to a study released Tuesday. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism said opponents won, in part, because their positions were sharper and easier to understand. Critics also more frequently drove the coverage...

New York, NY – NYPD Officers Retrained On Street Stops Policy

June 20, 2012 at 09:24 PM
New York, NY - A retooled training program aims to teach New York Police Department officers the right way to stop someone on the street. A demonstration of the training on Wednesday came amid growing public criticism of the NYPD's tactic of stopping, questioning and sometimes frisking people. Each year hundreds of thousands of people are stopped. A judge allowing a federal class action...

New York – Thousands Hit Times Square In World’s Largest Yoga Class

June 20, 2012 at 09:04 PM
New York - The smoldering heat was nothing to thousands of yogis who turned out in Times Square Wednesday for the world's largest Bikram Yoga class. The 92-degree weather was substantially less than the 105 degrees — and 40 percent humidity — of a typical indoor Bikram class. "It's breezy," said Michael Samuels, 43, who was getting ready for the free class. "It's cool out here." More...

Cape Canaveral, FL – Rocket Carrying Top-Secret Satellite Blasts Off to Orbit

June 20, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Cape Canaveral, FL - The Air Force has launched a rocket from Cape Canaveral carrying a top-secret satellite for the United States. The unmanned Atlas V rocket rose from its seaside Florida pad on Wednesday morning. On board was a satellite belonging to the National Reconnaissance Office. The office declined for security reasons to provide any details of the satellite, its mission or even...

New York – Report: Brooklyn DA To Bare Mondrowitz Extradition Documents

June 20, 2012 at 07:16 PM
New York - Ending a long fight, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes will release more than 100 pages of documents related to the case of Avrohom Mondrowitz, the American Orthodox rabbi alleged to have sexually abused dozens of children before fleeing, eventually to Israel, in 1984. The release may help resolve contentions — rejected by Hynes — that he failed to aggressively pursue...

Albany, NY – ‘Stop And Frisk’ Marijuana Bill Is Dead In NY

June 20, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Albany, NY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirms his proposal to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possessed in public is dead. He had introduced the bill with much fanfare earlier this month. He noted that the misdemeanor charge for public possession was unfairly snaring New Yorkers in "stop and frisk" policing in New York City. Possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana was...

Brooklyn, NY – Outrage Mounts With The Report Of Another Anti Semitic Attack

June 20, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Anger and uneasiness continue to mount in Brooklyn as yet another anti-Semitic incident was released to the media today. According to Councilman Mike Nelson, an Orthodox man was assaulted on his way home from Shul this past Friday night on Bedford Avenue and Neck Road in Sheepshead Bay. A group of five or six individuals hurled anti-Semitic epithets at the man and beat him with...

Susiya, West Bank – Palestinian Village Faces Demolition By Israel

June 20, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Susiya, West Bank - Palestinians in this hamlet have clung to their arid acres for decades, living without proper electricity or water while Israel provides both to Jewish settlers on the nearby hills. But the end now seems near for Susiya: Demolition orders distributed last week by the Israelis aim to destroy virtually the entire village. Before it does, Israel could encounter an...

Washington – House Panel Holds AG Holder in Contempt‎

June 20, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Washington - A House committee has voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over Justice Department documents. The straight party-line vote was 23-17. The vote followed a decision by President Barack Obama earlier in the day to assert executive privilege for the first time in his administration in order to protect the confidentiality of the...

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Jewish Billionaire Declared Missing After Empty Boat Washes Ashore

June 20, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - A Fort Lauderdale industrialist and multi-billionaire who is known for his philanthropy has been reported missing after his boat, with its navigation lights on and its engine still running, washed ashore in the early morning hours. Brazilian born Guma Aguiar went out last night on one of his three boats, the thirty one foot boat T.T. Zion at approximately 7:15 PM.. An...

Jerusalem – Russian President to Visit Israel to Mark Inauguration of Victory Monument

June 20, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Jerusalem - In a historic venture between Russia and Israel, Jewish leaders from around the world will join with Russian president Vladimir Putin and Israeli president Shimon Peres next week for the unveiling of a monument commemorating the Russian army’s victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. This marks President Putin’s first visit to Israel since 2005. The Victory Monument will...

Manchester, England – Muslim Couple Planned To Bomb Manchester Orthodox Jewish Area

June 20, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Manchester, England - A court has heard how a husband and wife “were in the early stages” of preparing bombs allegedly to blow up Manchester's Jewish community. Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, pleaded guilty to planning terrorist attacks against Manchester's Jews at an earlier hearing, which could not be reported for legal reasons. Now, Mohammed's wife Shasta Khan, 38, from Oldham, is facing...

Des Moines, IA – Iowa Quaker Oats Workers Claim $241M Powerball Pot

June 20, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Des Moines, IA - A group of 20 workers at a Quaker Oats plant in Iowa stepped forward Wednesday to claim a $241 million Powerball jackpot. Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer said the agency verified the winning ticket, which was sold June 13. One of the workers bought the winning ticket for the group and the winnings will be split 20 ways, said Dan Morris, a spokesman for the Retail...

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