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Bronx, NY – After Patient’s Death Montefiore Hospital Suspends Organ Donor Program

June 6, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Bronx, NY - Montefiore Medical Center has shut down its live-donor organ-transplant program following the recent death of a patient on the operating table, the New York Post reported Tuesday. A woman who was trying to donate a kidney to a relative died during surgery at the Bronx hospital after her aorta was cut or ruptured during the operation, according the the Post. The woman, mother to a...

Newport, OR – Official: Dock Found In Oregon Is Debris From Japan

June 6, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Newport, OR - A nearly 70-foot-long dock that floated ashore on an Oregon beach was torn loose from a fishing port in northern Japan by last year's tsunami and drifted across thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean, a Japanese Consulate official said Wednesday. A commemorative plaque on the dock showed it was one of four owned by Aomori Prefecture that broke loose from the port of Misawa on the...

Buchanan, NY – Automatic Shutdown At Nuclear Reactor; Cause Sought

June 6, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Buchanan, NY - A nuclear reactor in the New York suburbs has been automatically shut down because of a generator problem. Federal regulators and the plant owner said the Wednesday morning shutdown of Indian Point 2 went safely. They said there were no injuries and no release of radioactivity. Officials said that when the generator malfunctioned, there was no use for the steam produced by...

New York, NY – City Won’t Appeal Judge’s Order Halting Mayor’s Taxi Plans

June 6, 2012 at 09:26 PM
New York, NY - The city will not appeal a judge’s order that slammed the brakes on the Bloomberg administration’s taxi plans. The preliminary injunction, which a Manhattan judge handed down last week, prevents the Bloomberg administration - at least temporarily - from creating a new class of livery cars that would be allowed to pick up street hails. The order also prevents the...

Detroit – Honda Electric Car Gets 118 Mpg, But Costs Add Up

June 6, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Detroit - At 118 miles per gallon, the Honda Fit electric vehicle is the most fuel-efficient in the United States. But getting that mileage isn't cheap — and it isn't always good for the environment. Honda announced the eye-popping figure Wednesday, making the small, four-door hatchback more efficient than electric rivals like the Ford Focus, Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV. It goes on the...

Jerusalem – Women’s Rights Group Pushes Halachic Pre-Nup To Prevent ‘Agunah’

June 6, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Jerusalem - A women’s rights group in the vanguard of the struggle to help Jewish women whose husbands refuse to give them a bill of divorce has opened up a new front in its battle. The Mavoi Satum organization is promoting a new “Sign and Wed” scheme, which advocates for couples to sign halachic prenuptial agreements designed to prevent one of the partners from refusing to give or...

New York – NY Judge: Anti-Gay Marriage Law Unconstitutional

June 6, 2012 at 07:18 PM
New York - A federal judge in Manhattan joined a growing chorus of judges across the country Wednesday by striking down a key component of a federal law denying benefits to partners in a gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones said the federal Defense of Marriage Act's efforts to define marriage "intrude upon the states' business of regulating domestic relations." She added that...

Queens, NY – Judge Says He Was Hit By Cop

June 6, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Queens, NY - New York City police and the civilian complaint review board are investigating a claim by a judge that he was struck by a police officer. Justice Thomas Raffaele (RA'-fy-ehl) says he was struck last Friday after midnight when he and a friend came upon officers wrestling with a shirtless man wielding a pipe. He says he called 911 because the crowd seemed to be getting out of...

England – Queen’s Jubilee Fest Tainted By Nazi Symbols

June 6, 2012 at 06:29 PM
England - Celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee were at full throttle over the weekend in Great Britain with river pageants, street parties, concerts and even an RAF fly past. Yet revelries in Ramsbottom and Bury in Greater Manchester went sour when one man attending a local jubilee event was spotted impersonating Hermann Goering, founder of the Gestapo and one of the main...

Abany, NY – Co-Sponsor Signs On For Private School Fingerprinting Bill

June 6, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Albany, NY - A Nassau County assemblyman has become the first co-sponsor of the bill that would mandate fingerprinting and background checks in New York private schools such as Yeshivas. Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg who represents Assembly District 20, which includes the Five Towns, added his weight to the bill sponsored by Assemblyman Dov Hikind yesterday. A former special education teacher...

New York – NYC DOH: ‘Metzitzah B’peh’ Should Not Be Performed During ‘Bris Milah’

June 6, 2012 at 03:53 PM
New York - New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley today issued a statement strongly urging that direct oral-genital suction not be performed during Jewish ritual circumcision, and announced that several hospitals, including those serving Hasidic Jewish communities and all Health and Hospital Corporation hospitals, have agreed to distribute a brochure that describes the risk of...

Newark, NJ – Law Enforcement And Community Leaders Gather In NJ For Annual Conference

June 6, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Newark, NJ - Community leaders from various religious groups met Tuesday with members of law enforcement for the third annual Pre-Summer Community Leaders Conference in order to discuss preparations for the upcoming summer season. Over one hundred and fifty people participated in the event, which was arranged by the New Jersey State Police and took place at the FBI’s Newark headquarters...

Brooklyn NY – DA’s Office To Charedi Community: Social Ostracism Will Be Considered Witness Intimidation

June 6, 2012 at 03:00 PM
New York - The chief of the Brooklyn district attorney’s rackets bureau and a member of the DA’s new task force to combat witness intimidation in the ultra-Orthodox community indicated a willingness to explore all available avenues to tamp down on the problem — including “[picking] up the phone and [calling] the U.S. attorney.” Michael Vecchione’s comments came Tuesday in an...

New York – Space Shuttle Enterprise Sails To Manhattan

June 6, 2012 at 02:16 PM
New York - New Yorkers lined the West Side waterfront to welcome the space shuttle Enterprise as it sailed up the Hudson River on Wednesday to its new home aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The prototype space shuttle rode a barge from Jersey City, N.J. to the Intrepid, where it was being hoisted by crane onto the flight deck. A flotilla of vessels including a police boat, a Fire...

Brooklyn, NY – Greenfield Kicks Off “I’m A Yeshiva Parent And I Vote” Campaign‏

June 6, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Brooklyn, NY - In response to years of annual budget cuts to childcare vouchers and other programs vital to yeshivas and local families, Councilman David G. Greenfield and yeshiva leaders are kicking off a campaign to increase the community’s voice and role in the political process. The “I’m a Yeshiva Parent and I Vote!” non-partisan voter registration drive is being launched this...

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