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Albany, NY – New York Senators’ Scandal Highlights Vast Stipend System

May 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Albany, NY - Lawmakers in many states get paid extra if they hold leadership posts or oversee important committees. Extra work, the thinking goes, should equal extra pay. But few state legislatures have a bonus system as extensive as the one in New York's state senate, where nearly all 63 members take home stipends nicknamed "lulus" that add between $9,000 and $34,000 to their wages. That...

Bangor, ME – With Bears On The Rise, States Hope To Limit Human Conflicts

May 28, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Bangor, ME - Northern New England's growing black bear population has awoken, and it's coming for your garbage. A year after a spring and summer marked by a high number of nuisance bear complaints, wildlife officials are encouraging people and bears to try to keep their distance from each other this time around. Conflicts between bears and humans are common in the months of May, June and July...

Quito, Ecuador – Druze-Israeli Minister Publicly Meets Arab Officials In Ecuador On Trump Peace Initiative

May 28, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Quito, Ecuador - In an unprecedented move, an Israeli Knesset minister met in public with officials from Gulf states and a Palestinian diplomat in Ecuador’s capital city Quito. Israeli Minister Ayoub Kara, who is a Druze Arab, attended last week’s swearing-in ceremony of Lenin Moreno as Ecuador’s new president along with delegates from around the world. He credited U.S. President Donald...

Manchester, England – Jewish, Muslim Manchester Mourners Have Been Friends For 10 Years

May 28, 2017 at 10:12 PM
Manchester, England - The elderly Jewish woman and Muslim man whose photo mourning together at a memorial to the victims of the Manchester attack went viral on social media say they have been good friends for over 10 years. Renee Black, 93, and Sadiq Patel, 46, from Blackburn, Lancashire, one of the most deprived and racially segregated areas in Britain, are both members of The Interfaith...

Seoul – North Korea Fires Scud-class Ballistic Missile, Japan Protests

May 28, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Seoul - North Korea fired what appeared to be a short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast, South Korea's military said, the latest in a series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions. The launch was immediately reported to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who called a meeting of the National Security Council at 7:30 a.m...

Jerusalem – Sephardi Chief Rabbi Tells Religious Soldiers How To Protest Women Singers

May 28, 2017 at 09:33 PM
Jerusalem - The Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel appeared to compare women who wear immodest clothing to animals in a public sermon. Rabbi Yizhak Yosef also counseled religious soldiers on how to protest required attendance at Israel Defense Forces ceremonies that feature women singers in the Saturday night speech first reported Sunday by the Hebrew-language haredi Orthodox news website Kikar...

United Nations – UN Slams Palestinian Authority For Naming Women’s Center After Terrorist

May 28, 2017 at 09:05 PM
United Nations - Since Donald Trump became US president and Antonio Guterres became secretary-general of the United Nations, the world has shown significantly less tolerance for the Palestinian Authority’s glorification of terrorists, a senior diplomatic official said Sunday. The official’s comments came after the United Nations on Sunday joined Norway in denouncing the naming of a...

New York – Queens Grandma Is Best Man For The Job At Brooks Brothers Shoe Department

May 28, 2017 at 08:34 PM
New York - In an arena dominated by men, Maria Germer has made her way to the top, one step at a time. Germer is the most successful seller at the Brooks Brothers Madison Avenue shoe department and has sold footwear to thousands of customers, including prestigious elected officials, in a career that spans almost four decades. The 57 year old grandmother from Jackson Heights got her start at...

Helsinki – Norway Demands Return Of Funds From Palestinian Authority

May 28, 2017 at 08:02 PM
Helsinki - Norway is demanding that the Palestinian Authority reimburse it for funds donated to a women's center on the West Bank because the center was named after a female militant who participated in an attack in Israel that killed 37 civilians. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry says the country "will not allow itself to be associated with institutions that take the names of...

Johannesburg – Video Shows South African Police Pelting Men With Apples

May 28, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Johannesburg - A recently released video shows South African police officers pelting suspected thieves with apples that had allegedly been stolen. The video, which was posted on media websites and social media, shows a group of officers in blue uniforms grabbing apples out of the back of a vehicle and hurling them at four men who are lined up at a roadside cliff, their backs to the police...

Brooklyn, NY – A Torah Giant: Remembering Rav Fishel Hershkowitz Zt”l

May 28, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - There was almost no one like him, and there is now a tangible and palpable loss among the Bnei Torah who knew him and benefited from his vast and thorough knowledge of Torah. Rav Ephraim Fishel Hershkovitz zt”l was of the Gedolei haPoskim in America, indeed, in the world. Although a dayan for Klausenberg Chassidim – he was the address of psak and of many other things for...

Washington – Kushner Reportedly Encouraged To Step Aside As FBI Investigates Russia Contacts

May 28, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Washington - Jared Kushner reportedly has been encouraged to take a leave of absence from his White House adviser position because of FBI scrutiny of his contacts with Russia. Administration officials close to President Donald Trump have been pushing Kushner to step aside while the FBI investigates meetings that Kushner he had with Russian figures during the transition period following the...

Brooklyn, NY – Final Farewell For Holeiner Rebbe, Rabbi Ephraim Fishel Hershkowitz

May 28, 2017 at 04:58 PM
Brooklyn, NY - More than one thousand people took to the streets of Williamsburg this morning to pay their final respects to Rabbi Ephraim Fishel Hershkowitz, the Holeiner Rov who passed away on Shabbos at the age of 94. Rabbi Hershkowitz, a noted posek, had been a member of the Klausenberger Beis Din for more than 70 years and had been a senior dayan at the beis din for years. The...

London – Rabbi’s Remarks On Same Sex Relationships Generate A Storm Of Controversy

May 28, 2017 at 04:10 PM
London - The senior rabbi of a Sephardic synagogue in London has found himself at the center of a raging firestorm after labeling the acceptance of same sex relationships as a “fantastic development for humanity.” Rabbi Joseph Dweck, head of the 360 year old S&P Sephardi Community in the United Kingdom, gave a lecture earlier this month where he spoke openly about homosexuality, saying...

New York – U.S. Navy Skydiver Killed In Parachuting Accident In New York Harbor

May 28, 2017 at 03:49 PM
New York - A Navy Seal team member has died after his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River. A Navy spokesman said the accident occurred shortly after noon Sunday near Liberty State Park. The parachutist was a member of an elite Navy parachute team called the Leap Frogs. He wasn't identified pending notification of his family. The Navy says...

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