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New York – New Dinkins Memoir Blames Racism For Both Wins And Losses At The Polls

July 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM
New York - In an upcoming September memoir titled "A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic," 86 year-old former mayor David Dinkins blames both winning the 1989 mayor's election and losing the 1993 election to Rudy Giuliani on racism, saying that the results of both elections stemmed from the same reason---that he is black. A NEW YORK TIMES (http://bit.ly/10YSN4N) profile of the...

Cheyenne, WY – Liz Cheney: Time for ‘New Generation’ in US Senate

July 16, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Cheyenne, WY - Saying it's time for a new generation of leaders in Washington, Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced Tuesday she will run against Wyoming's senior U.S. senator in next year's Republican primary. Cheney is taking on popular Sen. Mike Enzi, who announced almost simultaneously on Tuesday his plans to seek a fourth, six-year term. Cheney's...

Washington – Obama Seeks To Inject Calm Into Martin Case That Inflamed Passions, Including His Own

July 16, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Washington - When President Barack Obama first addressed the death of Trayvon Martin last year, he did so passionately, declaring that if he had a son, he would look like the slain 17-year-old. His powerful and personal commentary marked a rare public reflection on race from the nation's first black president. But now, with the man who fatally shot Martin acquitted and the burden of any future...

Sanford, FL – 4 Jurors Distance Themselves From Juror B37

July 16, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Sanford, FL - Four of the jurors at the George Zimmerman trial distanced themselves late Tuesday from statements that another juror made in a televised interview. The four jurors issued a brief statement on court stationary saying that the opinions expressed by Juror B37 to CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday night are not representative of their views. "The opinions of Juror B-37, expressed...

Israel – MDA Prepares Stickers To Ask Passersby To Check For Babies In Others’ Vehicles

July 16, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Israel - While the voluntary first-aid and rescue organization United Hatzalah (UH) is now printing up 30,000 additional stickers to be affixed inside the driver’s door warning against leaving young children in vehicles, competing Magen David Adom has also adopted the sticker idea -- but with a different message. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, UH president Eli Beer reached an agreement with the...

Poland – European Jewish Association Calls For Resignation Of Polish Chief Rabbi Over ‘Shechita’ Ban

July 16, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Poland - Claiming that Polish Chief Rabbi, Michael Schudrich, purposely excluded efforts by outside organizations to aid in the recently-defeated effort to reverse a ban on ritual slaughter out of "ego considerations," officials from the European Jewish Association (EJA) are calling for his resignation. JTA (http://bit.ly/12Edx2H) reports that Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director of the...

Moscow – Lawyer Says NSA Leaker Submitted Request For Temporary Asylum In Russia

July 16, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Moscow - Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia on Tuesday after three weeks holed up at a Moscow airport trying to avoid prosecution in the United States on espionage charges. The White House said Snowden is "not a dissident" and should be expelled and returned to the United States to face trial. Snowden is seeking refuge in Latin America...

Oak Park, MI – City Council Approves Sale Of Beer And Wine Despite Objection By Orthodox Jews

July 16, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Oak Park, MI - In an historic vote, members of the Oak Park City Council voted Monday night to allow the sales of beer and wine by the glass in local restaurants and taverns. The DETROIT FREE PRESS (http://on.freep.com/149NCBM) reports that the vote ended over six decades of ongoing debate, and is being championed by many public officials as a major step towards "revitalizing" its slumping...

La Paz – Spain Apologizes To Bolivia For Blocking President’s Plane

July 16, 2013 at 08:49 PM
La Paz - Spain apologized on Monday for its part in the events that led Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane to be delayed earlier this month during an international search for U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden. Bolivia has accused Spain, France, Portugal and Italy of closing their skies to Morales' plane, which was searched at the airport in Vienna on July 3, after being told it was carrying the...

Jerusalem – Education Ministry Cracking Down On Mismanaged Ultra-Orthodox Schools

July 16, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Jerusalem - Yesh Atid MK Yoel Razbozov submitted a complaint against the Shas’s El Hama’ayan chain of schools to Jerusalem Police on Monday, following reports of improper conduct. Razbozov’s complaint followed a report by the accountant-general indicating flaws in the way El Hama’ayan institutions are managed, including nepotism in its hiring practices, falsified reports, transferring...

Washington – Obama: ‘I’d Want To Know’ If NYPD’s Kelly Is Interested In DHS Post

July 16, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama says New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly would be "well-qualified" to run the Department of Homeland Security. Kelly has been floated as a possible replacement for outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. She's leaving to take over the University of California system. Obama didn't confirm whether he is actively considering nominating...

New York – Ex-NY Gov. Spitzer Made Millions In Last 2 Years

July 16, 2013 at 07:26 PM
New York - Scandal-tarnished ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer is digging into his pockets to finance his bid to become city comptroller, and information released Tuesday shows those pockets are deep. While rival and fellow Democrat Scott Stringer released five years of his tax returns Tuesday, Spitzer declined to do likewise. But his campaign said he and his wife made about $3.8 million in 2011 and $4.3...

Russia – Putin Takes Submarine To Bottom Of Sea

July 16, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Russia - Vladimir Putin's latest media event was modest by the stunt-happy Russian leader's standards - a half-hour trip to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland to see a shipwreck. He didn't even find any treasure. Putin on Monday rode a small submersible craft 60 meters (200 feet) down to see the remains of the naval frigate Oleg, which sank in 1869, Russian news reports said. The remains...

Los Angeles, CA – LA To Deploy More Police To Prevent Disturbances

July 16, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Los Angeles, CA - After a spate of vandalism and violence, Los Angeles police vowed Tuesday to crack down with quick action and arrests if further disturbances arise from street protests over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of a black Florida teenager. "For those of you who were here last night and came for the wrong reasons, if you come here again tonight, you will go to...

New York, NY – Quinn Praises Hatzolah For Coming To Intern’s Aid When 911 System Failed (video)

July 16, 2013 at 05:07 PM
New York, NY - Hatzolah stepped up to the plate today when it responded to a desperation call involving the collapse of a female staffer at a morning event in Williamsburg hosted by NYC Council speaker, and Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn. The NEW YORK POST (http://bit.ly/12uF4jL) reports that Quinn personally called Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, furious that more than a...

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