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New York, NY – Kindergarten Could Soon Be Mandatory

June 7, 2012 at 11:17 PM
New York, NY - Kindergarten could soon be mandatory in New York City, thanks to new legislation the state Assembly passed. The legislation would allow the city to require that all children who turn 5 by Dec. 1 attend kindergarten that year. "As an outspoken advocate for early childhood education, I applaud the passage of this bill," Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said. "This gives New York...

Chicago – Study: Childhood Cancer Survivors Face New Risks

June 7, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Chicago - Women treated with chest radiation for cancer when they were girls have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than previously thought, doctors warn. Even lower doses of radiation therapy posed a risk for survivors of a childhood cancer - something not known before, researchers found. That means more women might need to be screened beginning at age 25 for breast cancer. "We...

Brooklyn, NY – Borough President Wants Casinos in Coney Island

June 7, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Coney Island, NY - After the collapse of talks with gaming giant Genting to create a casino and convention center in Queens, Borough President Marty Markowitz is stepping up his bid to get a casino at the seaside amusement mecca. “It would be a tremendous thing for the future of Coney Island, and it’s the right place to put it,” said Markowitz, adding he’s had preliminary conversations...

Jerusalem – US, Israel To Boost Cyber Warfare Cooperation

June 7, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Jerusalem - The US and Israel have agreed to boost their cooperation in the field of cyber warfare, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported Thursday. Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and Counter-Terrorism Bureau Director Eitan Ben David met with Ambassador-at-Large Dan Benjamin, who heads the State Department's Bureau of Counterterrorism. The officials agreed that cyber experts from both...

New York, NY – Judge Lets Occupy Lawsuit Proceed Against Cops

June 7, 2012 at 07:36 PM
New York, NY - A New York judge is letting a lawsuit proceed against city police officers in the arrest of 700 "Occupy Wall Street" protesters last year on the Brooklyn Bridge. Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said in a written ruling Thursday that the Oct. 1 marchers had adequately backed up their claims that they were not properly warned by officers that they would be arrested on the...

Lviv – Anti-Semitic Restaurant Asks Diners to Dress Like Jews and Haggle Over the Price

June 7, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Lviv, Ukraine - A Jewish non-governmental organization Thursday urged Euro 2012 fans not to visit a restaurant in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, accused of running an "anti-Semitic" theme. Diners "At the Golden Rose" tavern in the city centre are treated to Klezmer music, given black hats with black sidelocks to wear and are told to haggle over the price of their food. The small number of Jews...

Washington – Congress Holds Hearing On Chasid Imprisoned In Bolivia (video)

June 7, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Washington - A retired FBI official told a House subcommittee on Wednesday that the imprisonment of a New York Chasidic Jew in Bolivia is "state-sponsored kidnapping." Along with the ex-official, Steve Moore, the U.S. House of Representatives human rights subcommittee on Wednesday heard testimony from the family of Jacob Ostreicher, who was arrested a year ago by Bolivian police after it was...

Brooklyn, NY – Top Court Says Loft Tenant Can’t Be Evicted

June 7, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Brooklyn, NY - New York's top court says the landlord of a New York City loft can't evict the tenant or force her to pay rent since the building hasn't yet been brought into compliance with the city's loft law or received an extension to comply. Chazon (CHAY'-zehn) LLC owns the Brooklyn loft where Margaret Maugenest (MOH'-jehn-ay) has not paid rent since 2003. The Court of Appeals notes...

Ukraine – Jewish Memorial Vandalized In Ukraine

June 7, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Lviv, Ukraine - Police say a World War II Jewish burial site has been vandalized in western Ukraine. Petro Yezhor, police spokesman for the city of Rivne, said several unidentified assailants on Wednesday evening broke a memorial plaque and street lamps at a site commemorating the killing of 17,500 Jews during the Holocaust. Yezhor said Thursday that the perpetrators used the metal parts...

Washington – CDC Releases Report On ‘Metzitzah B’peh’

June 7, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Washington - The report is sure to reignite a long-simmering debate over public health and religious liberties: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Thursday that 11 baby boys in New York City were infected with herpes between Nov. 2000 and Dec. 2011 following an ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual called metzitzah b’peh — or oral suction — in which the...

Washignton – House Seeks Tribute To Israelis Slain At ’72 Games

June 7, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Washington - A House panel is urging the International Olympic Committee to pay tribute to 11 Israeli team members killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Games. The measure approved by the House panel asks for a moment of silence at this year's games and all future Olympics. The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved the non-binding resolution by voice vote. This year marks...

Baghdad – Iraqi Official: Close Saddam Aide Executed

June 7, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Baghdad - Saddam Hussein's trusted personal secretary, once No. 4 on the U.S. most-wanted list in Iraq, was executed by hanging on Thursday, the Iraqi Justice Ministry said. Abed Hamid Hmoud was the latest in a series of former senior regime officials to be executed by Iraq's new rulers since the toppling of Saddam during a U.S.-led invasion nine years ago. Hmoud's body was to be handed over...

Chisinau – Jews Meet In Moldova To Celebrate Heritage

June 7, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Chisinau, Moldova - Some 400 Jews have gathered in the former Soviet republic of Moldova for a festival to celebrate the Jewish heritage of the former Soviet countries. Artists, scientists and musicians from Israel, the United States and the former Soviet republics will attend the four-day conference, which began Thursday in this country of 4.1 million with a population of 20,000 Jews More...

Washington – Romney, GOP Raise More Than $76 Million In May

June 7, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Washington - Republican Mitt Romney's campaign says together with the GOP it raised more than $76 million in May for his presidential bid. It's the first month that the former Massachusetts governor has collected more money than President Barack Obama, who is known for his fundraising prowess. Obama on Thursday reported raising $60 million in conjunction with the Democratic Party in...

London – London Subway System Launches WiFi Service

June 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM
London - Travelers on London's Underground need no longer fear being out of touch. The subway network began launching WiFi on Thursday, rolling out the service to a handful of stations this week as part of a build-up before the Olympics. The games are set for July 27 to Aug. 12. By the end of the year, about 120 Tube stations will be connected, including some which are very deep...

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