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Oxon Hill, MD – Queens Boy, 13, Wins Scripps Spelling Bee With ‘Knaidel’

May 30, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Oxon Hill, MD - After years of heartbreakingly close calls, Arvind Mahankali conquered his nemesis, German, to become the champion speller in the English language. The 13-year-old from Bayside Hills, N.Y., correctly spelled "knaidel," the word for a small mass of leavened dough, to win the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. The bee tested brain power, composure and, for the...

Jerusalem – Hidden Polish Jew Celebrates Bar Mitzva At Kotel After Discovering He Is Jewish

May 30, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Jerusalem - Mariusz Robert Aoflko, a 64-year-old Jewish attorney from Krakow who grew up thinking he was a Polish Catholic, celebrated his bar mitzva on Thursday at the Kotel with friends and other hidden Jews from Poland. Mariusz contacted Shavei Israel’s emissary in Krakow, Rabbi Boaz Pash, once he discovered he was Jewish thirteen years ago, and met Michael Freund, founder and chairman of...

Damascus – Moscow Suggests Missiles Have Yet To Reach Assad

May 30, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday Moscow was still committed to sending him advanced anti-aircraft weapons, although a source close to the Russian defense ministry said the missiles had yet to arrive. The prospect of the missiles arriving is a serious worry for Western and regional countries opposing Assad which have called on Moscow not to send them. The S-300...

New York – Millionaires Ride Stock Market To More Wealth

May 30, 2013 at 09:19 PM
New York - Global wealth grew faster in 2012 than in the previous two years, boosting the number of millionaires and improving the outlook of the wealthy, according to new studies. Private investable assets increased 7.8 percent last year, compared with being up 3.6 percent in 2011 and 7.3 percent in 2010, according to the "Global Wealth 2013" report released Thursday by the Boston Consulting...

Maryland – Boy Suspended For Gun-Shaped Pastry Is Now Lifetime NRA Member

May 30, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Maryland - An 8-year-old boy who was suspended from school for nibbling a pastry snack into the shape of a gun has been given a junior membership in the National Rifle Association. After hearing about Josh Welch's suspension from Park Elementary School in Anne Arundel County, a state legislator paid $550 to buy him a Junior Life Membership in the NRA, Welch's lawyer said on Thursday. "I was...

Jerusalem – Israeli Couple Charged With Killing Woman, Melting Body

May 30, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Jerusalem - The Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office on Thursday filed an indictment against Ze’ev and Olga Gorelik for allegedly murdering Iris Gorelik Visilib and melting her body with chemicals to cover up the crime. The alleged murder was also shocking in the defendants’ alleged use of the Internet to research techniques for melting the body and use of Skype to coordinate the...

Israel – Lapid: Price Tags Should Be Defined As Terror Attacks

May 30, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Israel - Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) supports the initiative to classify price tag incidents as terror attacks that is led by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatenua) and Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Yisrael Beiteinu). Livni and Aharonovitch say that classifying price tag incidents as terror attacks will strengthen law enforcement's ability to deal with the growing...

New York – Threatening Letters Sent To New York Mayor Candidate DeBlasio, Police Say

May 30, 2013 at 07:03 PM
New York - Two threatening letters, one apparently smeared with blood, were mailed during the last week to the New York City office of Bill de Blasio, the city's public advocate and a Democratic candidate for mayor, New York police said on Thursday. The letters were written in Spanish, said police, who would not disclose the contents other than to call them "rambling" and to say that the...

San Francisco – Google’s Gmail to Get New Look

May 30, 2013 at 06:27 PM
San Francisco - Google is cutting the clutter from the inboxes of Gmail users. The web software giant announced a new design for its popular email service, which will see incoming mail pre-sorted into relevant categories. The update will transform the way Gmail appears both on the desktop and in mobile applications, with the most important emails from family, friends and colleagues appearing...

Washington – White House: 120 Health Insurers Applied for Obama Health Markets

May 30, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Washington - The White House, seeking to show early success for President Barack Obama's health reforms, said more than 120 insurers have applied to sell plans on federally-run online marketplaces that begin offering subsidized coverage in just over four months. Based on a memo released by senior administration officials, about 5 million consumers could be able to choose from a variety of...

Israel – Ministry To Fund Non-Orthodox Rabbis In Reform Victory

May 30, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Israel - The Ministry of Religious Affairs has stated that it is moving towards a system to fund communal rabbis whereby the serving rabbi of any congregation, whether Orthodox or non-Orthodox, will be financially supported by the Ministry. The statement was made in response to a High Court Petition filed by the Reform Movement in Israel and the Conservative Movement, against the Ministry in...

New York – Amid Tightened Security, Salute To Israel Parade And Sunday Concert Will Go On As Planned

May 30, 2013 at 04:08 PM
New York - In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings and the recent beheading of a British soldier, officials say a "wall of NYPD blue" will be on hand to insure that Sunday's Salute to Israel Parade and Israel Day Concert go off as planned. The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (http://nydn.us/18zpKcr) reports that Dr. Joseph Frager, an organizer of the concert scheduled for 2:30 in Central Park, said...

Tel Aviv – Israel Slams Amusement Park Over Segregation Of Arab, Jewish School Trips

May 30, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Tel Aviv - A furore over perceived racism in Israel broke out on Thursday after it emerged that a popular amusement park had a policy of hosting segregated outings for Jewish and Arab schools. The practice came to attention after an Arab secondary school teacher, in an interview with Israeli Army Radio, said the Superland park near Tel Aviv refused to sell him tickets by telephone for a...

Bensonhurst, NY – Silver Alert: 98-Year-Old Brooklyn Jewish Man Missing

May 30, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Bensonhurst, NY - Police are searching for clues and information about the the disappearance of a 98-year-old Brooklyn man. The NYPD has issued a Silver Alert for Chaim Las, who vanished from his home on 81st Street and Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst Thursday at about 6 a.m. Las has dementia and a heart condition, police said. He was seen wearing a white baseball hat emblazoned with the word...

Albany, NY – Assemblyman Proposes Bill To Remedy Town Budget Hearings Scheduled On Rosh Hashnah

May 30, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Albany, NY - An assemblyman has introduced legislation proposing a one year change in the date on which towns typically hold their mandated budget hearings, since this year's calendar date falls on Thursday, September 5th, the same day as Rosh Hashanah. The bill (A.7678) was introduced by Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Nassau County) and calls for the date to be changed to Thursday...

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