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Albany, NY – State Leaders Reach Deal On New Rent Protections For NYC

June 11, 2019 at 11:52 PM
Albany, NY - Legislative leaders in Albany agreed Tuesday to tighten tenant protections for millions of New York City apartment dwellers and authorized cities around the state to craft their own restrictions on rents. The agreement, announced by Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, comes just days before the previous rules were set to expire. It...

Washington – Jon Stewart Lashes Out At Congress Over 9/11 Victims Fund

June 11, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Washington - Comedian Jon Stewart scolded Congress Tuesday for failing to ensure that a victims' compensation fund set up after the 9/11 attacks never runs out of money. Stewart, a longtime advocate for 9/11 responders, angrily called out lawmakers for failing to attend a hearing on a bill to ensure the fund can pay benefits for the next 70 years. Pointing to rows of empty seats at a House...

New York – Enemy Of The People? CNN’s Acosta Defends Press, And Himself

June 11, 2019 at 10:28 PM
New York - Wherever CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta goes, he's followed by the g-word, grandstand. He even heard it when he met Ted Olson, the former U.S. solicitor general who was part of the legal team that beat back President Donald Trump's attempt to pull Acosta's reporting pass. "I can't believe there is grandstanding going on at the White House," Olson told him, and they both...

New York – NY Senate Votes To Allow Paid Surrogacy Agreements

June 11, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Albany, NY - New York state moved closer Tuesday to lifting its ban on paid surrogacy agreements, in which a woman is compensated for carrying someone else's child, after the state Senate approved the measure. Dozens of supporters of the legislation, including television host and producer Andy Cohen, traveled to Albany for the vote, which comes a week before lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn...

Paris – Famed French-Jewish Philosopher Is Afraid To Leave His Home

June 11, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Paris - As a French celebrity philosopher, Alain Finkielkraut belongs to a tiny group of VIPs who get to lead normal, paparazzi-free lives despite having film star-like recognizability here. Unlike most countries, France makes celebrities out of intellectual heroes. They’re revered, quoted and featured regularly on primetime television and even in film. But unlike many celebrities...

Jerusalem – Famed Mea She’arim Bakery Closes After 123 Years

June 11, 2019 at 09:15 PM
Jerusalem - After operating for more than a century, the iconic Lendner Bakery in Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim quarter has closed. A notice posted on the doors of the landmark bakery at the corner of Leib Dayan Street and Moshe Dov Lendner Street said: “The Lendner Bakery, which was established by Rav Moshe Dov Lendner in 1896, is closing its doors after 123 years of a family tradition of...

The Hague – Jews Went Like ‘meek Lambs To Gas Chambers,’ New Dutch Senator Says

June 11, 2019 at 09:00 PM
The Hague - A Dutch right-wing senator said that Jews during the Holocaust were driven to gas chambers “like meek little lambs.” Toine Beukering, who on Tuesday joined the Eerste Kamer — the upper chamber of the Dutch parliament — made the assertion in an interview published Saturday by the Telegraaf daily. A lawmaker for the Forum for Democracy Party, Beukering drifted into the...

Bloomington, IN – Buttigieg: Netanyahu Is ‘turning Away From Peace’

June 11, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Bloomington, IN - Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana who has emerged as a strong contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, said there are signs that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “turning away from peace.” “Just as an American patriot may oppose the policies of the American president, a supporter of Israel may also oppose the policies of the...

Portland, Maine – DOJ Supports Lawsuit Demanding Religious Tuition Payments

June 11, 2019 at 07:55 PM
Portland, Maine - The U.S. Department of Justice is backing three families who are suing to force the state of Maine to pay tuition for some students to attend religious high schools. The "Statement of Interest" filed Monday supports a lawsuit that targets the state's longstanding tuition policy for students in districts that don't have a high school. In those cases, the state will pay for...

Washington – US ‘Gift’ To China Shows Unenforced North Korea Sanctions

June 11, 2019 at 07:29 PM
Washington - The meeting between acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Chinese counterpart began with all the hallmarks of a routine staged and scripted session between two uneasy rivals. First came the posed photo, as the two men shook hands with broad smiles in front of their nations' flags, and then they moved quickly into the hotel conference room, surrounded by staff. There...

New York – New York Marathon Expands ‘Virtual Race’

June 11, 2019 at 07:00 PM
New York - Jogging solo in Florida in near 80 degree Fahrenheit heat, Theresa Winterhalter's New York City Marathon experience last November looked much different to what you would expect from the world's biggest marathon. The 54-year-old was one of 424 people to finish the iconic race's first "virtual marathon", an event that race organizers are now expanding. The New York City Marathon will...

Minneapolis – Rep. Omar Filed Joint Tax Returns Before She Married Husband

June 11, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Minneapolis - Minnesota campaign finance officials said last week that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar misused campaign funds in violation of state rules. They also revealed that she had filed joint tax returns with her husband years before they were legally married and at a time when she was married to another man. The revelation put the freshman representative under more scrutiny from critics who have...

Paris – French President To Send New Tree To Trump After Oak Gift Died

June 11, 2019 at 06:04 PM
Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron downplayed the death of an oak tree he had offered U.S. President Donald Trump last year on Tuesday, saying people shouldn't read symbols into everything and that he would send the American leader a new tree. The two men celebrated the special relationship between the United States and France during Macron's state visit in April 2018 to Washington by...

Yarmouth, MA – Holocaust Museum Digitizing Letters From Anne Frank’s Father

June 11, 2019 at 05:24 PM
Yarmouth, MA - Ryan Cooper was a 20-something Californian unsure of his place in the world when he struck up a pen pal correspondence in the 1970s with Otto Frank, the father of the young Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Through dozens of letters and several face-to-face meetings, the two forged a friendship that lasted until Frank died in 1980 at the age of 91. Now 73 years old, Cooper, an...

Belgium – Non-Jewish Arab Wearing Kippah And Carrying Knives Stopped In Attempt To Enter Antwerp Synagogue

June 11, 2019 at 05:02 PM
Belgium - A non-Jewish Arab man wearing a kippah and carrying several concealed knives was intercepted by guards attempting to enter an Antwerp synagogue. The 34-year-old Iraqi citizen was questioned by guards when he tried to enter the Romi Goldmuntz Synagogue in the Belgian city on Monday, during the holiday of Shavuot, the Joodse Actueel newspaper reported Tuesday. The man said he spoke...

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