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Syracuse, NY – Holocaust Survivor, 92, Gets High School Diploma

June 22, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Syracuse, NY - Fred Voss chuckled at the thought. "Gosh, what a headline that is," he marveled. "Ninety-two-year-old Holocaust survivor, World War II veteran, finally gets high school diploma." Voss was making that headline real Friday night, marking the culmination of an amazing journey with a diploma from Lansing High School outside Ithaca, 45 miles southwest of Syracuse. Voss, who...

New York, NY – City Leases Goats to Battle Invasive Weed

June 22, 2012 at 04:33 PM
New York, NY - The New York City Parks Department has 20 new weapons in its battle against a weed that's choking the Staten Island shoreline. Mozart, Beethoven, Haydyn and Van Goat are among the floppy-eared foes of the invasive weed called phragmites (frag-MY'-teez). The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/NZxMB6 ) says the goat mowing is clearing the way for wetlands restoration. It's part of...

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – ABC News: Missing Florida Millionaire May Be Alive And ‘Suffering From Psychosis’

June 22, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Troubled millionaire Guma Aguiar who disappeared at sea may be alive and in a "delusional state or be suffering from psychosis," according to a legal document obtained by ABC News and filed by Aguiar's mother. Ellen Aguiar filed the court documents with the Broward County Circuit Court on Thursday to become the conservator or temporary guardian of Aguiar's estate, which is...

Monticello, NY – Catskills Hatzalah Facility Opens Ahead of Summer Season

June 22, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Monticello, NY - Almost six months to the day after construction first began on its all new garage and dispatch center, Catskills Hatzalah celebrated Thursday the opening of its new facility with a gala ceremony attended by county legislators, town supervisors and local officials. The new facility, located on Brickman Road in South Fallsburg is home to a state of the art dispatch center and...

Detroit – GM Recalls All Chevy Cruzes for 2011, 2012 Models over Engine Fire

June 22, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Detroit - A risk of engine fires is forcing General Motors to recall its popular Chevrolet Cruze compact car. The recall covers the 2011 and 2012 model years and affects more than 475,000 cars, which have ranked among the top-selling U.S. compacts over the past two years. The fires can ignite when fluids, mainly oil spilled when it is being changed, drip onto a hot plastic shield below the...

Ankara, Turkey – Report: Turkish Warplane Shot Down By Syrian Forces

June 22, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Ankara, Turkey - A Turkish air force jet went down in Syrian waters on Friday, but Turkey's prime minister said he could not confirm media reports that it had been shot down by Syrian forces. Turkish and Syrian vessels were searching for the plane — which the media identified as an F-4 — and its two pilots, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a nationally televised news...

New York – Orthodox Brooklyn Musician Recognized with Prestigious National Award

June 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM
New York - An Orthodox resident of Flatbush is just one of nine people named as a recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts National Heritage Fellowships, the United States’ highest honor in folk and traditional arts, presented to honor a lifetime of achievement in the arts. Sixty one year old Brooklyn Musician Andy Statman, who hails from a line of chazanim so long it dates back to...

Trenton, NJ – NJ Assembly Advances Bills Aimed At Highway Safety

June 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Trenton, NJ - The New Jersey Assembly approved bills Thursday that would toughen driver's license requirements for young people and would allow a driver's use of a cellphone in traffic accidents to factor into criminal charges. A Senate panel also discussed a measure that would change the way the state deals with drunken drivers. The Assembly voted 79-0 for a bill that would make it easier...

Washington – US Mulls New Covert Raids In Pakistan

June 22, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Washington - U.S. military and intelligence officials are so frustrated with Pakistan's failure to stop local militant groups from attacking Americans in neighboring Afghanistan that they have considered launching secret joint U.S.-Afghan commando raids into Pakistan to hunt them down, officials told The Associated Press. But the idea, which U.S. officials say comes up every couple of months...

Hartford, CT – Gov. Malloy Asks Connecticut Residents To Practice Acts Of Kindness In Honor Of Lubavitcher Rebbe

June 22, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Hartford, CT - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging Connecticut residents to practice acts of kindness in honor of a late Jewish leader. Malloy signed an official state proclamation this week dedicating Friday as a Day of Goodness and Kindness. Friday marks the 18th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, a leader of the Chabad movement in Orthodox Judaism. The proclamation...

Brooklyn, NY – Power Outages In Portions Of Tristate Region

June 22, 2012 at 10:13 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Con Edison is reminding New Yorkers to be energy efficient. On Friday morning, the utility's website showed some scattered outages around New York City and Westchester County. outages were reported in Borough Park section of Brooklyn on 50th Street from 13th Avenue to 15th Avenue which has affected nearly 600 residents. Con Edison said late Thursday it had reduced voltage in...

Vienna – Saddam Hussein’s Nephew Applies For Asylum In Austria

June 22, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Vienna - A nephew of Iraq‘s late dictator Saddam Hussein has applied for asylum in Austria after he was arrested with no legal documents, the interior ministry said Friday. The 42-year-old man, who was identified only as Bashar N., has been wanted by Iraqi authorities since 2006, Austrian media reported. Austrian tabloid newspaper Kronen Zeitung said he was wanted on terrorism...

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Turkish PM: Turkey’s Jews Are Safe Under My Protection

June 22, 2012 at 09:54 AM
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Turkey's prime minister assured on Thursday Jewish community about their safety in Turkey. Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Jewish community in Turkey was under his protection and were under security. "We see them (Jewish people) as our brothers and sisters," Erdogan said as he chatted with two American citizens of Jewish origin on the sidelines of Rio+20...

Queens, NY – 25,000 Expected To Make Yearly Pilgrimage To Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Grave

June 22, 2012 at 09:40 AM
Queens, NY - A Queens community has established a plan to cope with the annual Orthodox Jewish pilgrimage — and the trash left in its wake. Up to 25,000 Chabad-Lubavitch Jews are expected to gather in Cambria Heights this weekend to pay tribute at the grave of their leader, the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson. The rebbe died June 12, 1994, but this Saturday marks the 18th anniversary of his...

New York, NY – Board Approves Rent Hikes for Rent Stabilized Apartments

June 22, 2012 at 09:25 AM
New York, NY - The New York City Rent Guidelines Boards has voted to raise rents on approximately one million rent-stabilized apartments. The proposal, which passed by a 5 to 4 vote on Thursday, raises rents on one-year leases by 2 percent and on two-year leases by 4 percent. Joseph Strasburg is president of the Rent Stabilization Association, which advocates for landlords. He says owners...

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