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NYC Mayor Touts Safety Measures In Public Housing

NYC Mayor Touts Safety Measures In Public Housing
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday touted a series of safety improvements in public housing developments that followed a worrisome surge in violence. He said that more police officers have been dispatched to the housing projects, more cameras have been installed and even more scaffolding has been removed. De Blasio pledged to increase the rate of repairs in the New York City Housing Authority buildings, which in turn would lead to the removal of the scaffolding, also known as "sidewalk sheds." Some residents have complained that the ...

A Look At The Islamic State Terrorists In Syria

A Look At The Islamic State Terrorists In SyriaAs the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day. There, in its power base, the Islamic State group controls thousands of square kilometers (miles) of territory, including most of Syria's oil-producing region. In the areas under its control, it has ...    Full Story »

Singer, Kean and Rible Statement on Tragic Passing of Aaron Sofer Z"L

Singer, Kean and Rible Statement on Tragic Passing of Aaron Sofer ZNJ Senator Robert Singer and Assemblymen Sean Kean and David Rible (R-30) issued the following statement today regarding the death of Lakewood’s Aaron Sofer. “Our thoughts and prayers today are with the Sofer family. Aaron’s tragic death is an unthinkable loss for his family, peers and the entire Lakewood community. Aaron’s dedication to his faith and family should serve as ...    Full Story »

No. 2 House Republican Faces Unlikely Challenge

No. 2 House Republican Faces Unlikely ChallengeRaul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House's No. 2 Republican: "While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America's food?" It's a provocative query and the foundation of Garcia's long-shot challenge to McCarthy, a four-term incumbent who rose to power after another GOP leader thought unsinkable, Virginia's Eric Cantor, fell to an ...    Full Story »

Statement from Governor Christie on Passsing of Aaron Sofer Z"L

Statement from Governor Christie on Passsing of Aaron Sofer ZGovernor Chris Christie released the following statement on the tragic passing of Aharon Sofer: “We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Aharon Sofer on their unthinkable loss. As parents, Mary Pat and I cannot imagine the sense of grief and sadness that engulfs them at this moment. We add our thoughts and prayers to those of so many in New Jersey and around the world ...    Full Story »

In The Aftermath Of The Tragic Loss Of Aaron Sofer Z"L

In The Aftermath Of The Tragic Loss Of Aaron Sofer Z[By Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox - Director of Interventions and Community Education, Project Chai] The Jewish nation mourns the death of one of our fine young men, a Torah student and friend, a son, brother and loved member of the Lakewood community. So many of us immersed ourselves in impassioned tefillos and Tehillim. Family and friends traveled, helping in the search, hopeful and ...    Full Story »

NYS Assemblyman Goldfeder Urges Toy Stores to Remove Products That Encourage Vandalism

NYS Assemblyman Goldfeder Urges Toy Stores to Remove Products That Encourage VandalismAssemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Hamilton Beach) with community leaders and the 106th Precinct Auxiliary Unit called on Toys“R”Us and other retailers to clear their shelves of “KIDFFITI” graffiti stencils, a product that encourages children to graffiti and glorifies potential vandalism. “This product is using marketing ploys to encourage unsuspecting children to deface their ...    Full Story »
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It Runs In The Family: Boston Suspect's Sister Charged In NY Bomb Threat

It Runs In The Family: Boston Suspect's Sister Charged In NY Bomb ThreatBoston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a relationship with her previous boyfriend. Ailina Tsarnaeva, who lives in North Bergen, New Jersey, made the threat against an upper Manhattan woman via telephone on Monday, police said. She turned herself in at a Manhattan police precinct, ...    Full Story »

ISIS Kills Dozens Of Syrian Soldiers

ISIS Kills Dozens Of Syrian SoldiersThe Islamic State group has killed dozens of Syrian soldiers it captured after overrunning a military base in northeastern Syria, shooting some and using knives on others in the latest brutal mass killing attributed to the extremists, activists said Thursday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militants rounded up the soldiers in the arid countryside on ...    Full Story »

NASA's New Giant Rocket System Passes Milestone

NASA says its new giant rocket system passed an internal milestone Wednesday, but the first test launch got pushed back a year to 2018. NASA is designing its Space Launch System to take astronauts beyond Earth orbit to an asteroid and eventually to Mars. The rockets will be more powerful than the Saturn V rockets that sent Apollo astronauts to the moon. Agency officials gave the ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu Tours Chatzor Air Force Base

PM Netanyahu Tours Chatzor Air Force BasePrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz on Wednesday afternoon 2 Rosh Chodesh Elul toured the Chatzor Air Force Base, where they received a security briefing from Air Force Commander Major-General Amir Eshel and met with – inter alia –pilots and Iron Dome battery personnel. In a conversation with pilots Prime ...    Full Story »

Inaugural Program Takes Children Of Ill Parents To Disney World for Respite and Fun (1 opinions)

Inaugural Program Takes Children Of Ill Parents To Disney World for Respite and FunA Chai Lifeline Canada program that provides emotional and social support to children and teens when a parent is ill or deceased has given 15 children in that devastating situation three days of fun, friendship, and respite at Disney World. The young travelers are all participants in Penina’s Helping Hand, a year-round program for children and teens forced to cope with the illness ...    Full Story »

5 Things to Know About Earthquake Faults

5 Things to Know About Earthquake FaultsThe 6.0-earthquake that damaged buildings and left scores of people injured in California's wine country was the largest temblor to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. Loma Prieta occurred on the extremely active San Andreas Fault. Seismologists say Sunday's quake near Napa occurred on the lesser-known West Napa Fault, which hat has ...    Full Story »

United Hatzalah Speaks with YWN about Finding the Body of Aaron Sofer Z'L (27 opinions)

United Hatzalah Speaks with YWN about Finding the Body of Aaron Sofer Z'LEli Beer, the founder of United Hatzolah, spoke with YWN and discussed the finding of the body of Aaron Sofer Z'L. It seems that in the past days, the search teams were focusing on the exact area where Aaron was last seen in the Jerusalem Forest. However after days of searching without turning up any clues, Dovi Meisels of United Hatzolah decided to shift his search team towards a ...    Full Story »

Statement By NYS Senator Simcha Felder On Death Of Aaron Sofer Z"L

Statement By NYS Senator Simcha Felder On Death Of Aaron Sofer ZThis heartbreaking tragedy occurred at the start of Chodesh Elul, a time of introspection and teshuvah for Jews the world over, when Aaron ob’m would have joined his chaveirim for a new zman of intensive learning. It is not the natural order of the world for parents to lose a child. We must all join together as a community to wish the Sofer family strength and comfort during this ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu Facing Difficult Political Realities (6 opinions)

PM Netanyahu Facing Difficult Political RealitiesForeign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday 2 Rosh Chodesh Elul announced Israel erred in opting to agree to the ceasefire with Hamas, pointing out any deal with Hamas is worthless. As Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu faces formidable political challenges and many feel Lieberman is the key, that if he makes the decision to pull out of the cabinet it will lead to new early ...    Full Story »

China Says Will Keep Responding To US Surveillance Flights Following Recent Close Encounter

China Says Will Keep Responding To US Surveillance Flights Following Recent Close EncounterChina said Thursday it will continue responding to U.S. military surveillance flights off its coast, rejecting American accusations that one of Beijing's fighter jets acted recklessly in intercepting a U.S. Navy plane last week. Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said China's military would closely monitor U.S. flights and reiterated calls for the U.S. to scale back or end such ...    Full Story »

France Suggests Europe Could Help As Gaza Monitor (3 opinions)

France Suggests Europe Could Help As Gaza MonitorFrance's president called on the international community to help enforce the cease-fire in Gaza, suggesting Thursday that Europe could play a role in monitoring the dismantling of tunnels dug by Hamas terrorists as well as helping to secure gateways between Gaza and Egypt and Israel. The comments Thursday from President Francois Hollande lacked specifics, including how a monitoring ...    Full Story »

NYPD Head 'Gratified' By Some Poll Findings

NYPD Head 'Gratified' By Some Poll FindingsPolice Commissioner William Bratton says he's "gratified" that 56 percent of New York City residents support the crackdown on low-level offenses in an effort to prevent more violent crimes. But 35 percent of respondents in a Quinnipiac (KWIN'-ih-pee-ak) poll say the so-called "Broken Windows" tactic contributes to neighborhood tensions. Bratton says the key is to "do it in a way ...    Full Story »

Most Israelis Oppose the Ceasefire with Hamas (5 opinions)

Most Israelis Oppose the Ceasefire with HamasA Channel 2 poll shows that most Israelis are opposed to the open-ended ceasefire that was accepted by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The poll was released on the Wednesday 2 Rosh Chodesh Elul 8PM news. Are you pleased with the ceasefire? 54% No 37% Yes Are you satisfied with the performance of the IDF? 83% Yes 12% No Do you feel that Israel Beat Hamas in ...    Full Story »

Turkey's Erdogan Sworn in as President (2 opinions)

Turkey's Erdogan Sworn in as PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in Thursday as Turkey's first popularly elected president, a position that will keep him in the nation's driving seat for at least another five years. Erdogan was scheduled to appoint Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu — his designated successor as prime minster and loyal ally — to form a new government, following ceremonies at the presidential ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: Body Suspected To Be Of Missing Yeshiva Student Aaron Sofer Found In Jerusalem Forest (11 opinions)

BREAKING: Body Suspected To Be Of Missing Yeshiva Student Aaron Sofer Found In Jerusalem ForestA body thought to be that of missing Yeshiva student Aaron Sofer was just found in the Jerusalem Forest - the same forest where Aaron was reported to have gone missing last Friday while hiking. The body has been taken by Zaka and police for further examination and to determine the exact cause of death. It seems that he fell off a cliff while trying to navigate his way out of the ...    Full Story »

PM Netanyahu, DM Ya'alon & IDF Chief Gantz Address the Nation (7 opinions)

PM Netanyahu, DM Ya'alon & IDF Chief Gantz Address the NationPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz addressed the nation on Wednesday night, a bit more than 24 hours after the ceasefire was accepted. The prime minister’s approval rating has dropped to 32%, in no small part because of his decision to accept a ceasefire with Hamas without bothering to bring it to a cabinet ...    Full Story »

BREAKING DEVELOPMENT: Search For Missing Yeshiva Student Aaron Sofer Has Been Called Off [10:00M ET] (3 opinions)

BREAKING DEVELOPMENT: Search For Missing Yeshiva Student Aaron Sofer Has Been Called Off [10:00M ET] Multiple sources in Israel are reporting that for reasons still unknown, the search for missing Yeshiva Bocur Aaron Sofer from Lakewood has been called off by Police. This is a developing story - stay with YWN for further updates.

Phone Call Data May Alter Malaysia Jet Search Area

Phone Call Data May Alter Malaysia Jet Search AreaJust weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set to resume, an Australian official said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on a new analysis of a failed attempt to call the plane by satellite phone. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the analysis of the call, attempted by ...    Full Story »

Obama Again Faces Congress Question On Syria (1 opinions)

Obama Again Faces Congress Question On SyriaOne year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. The move threw his policy into confusion and the strikes were eventually scrapped. Now, as Obama again contemplates military action in Syria, the White House is suggesting it may not be necessary to get a sign-off from ...    Full Story »
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Cold Cash Just Keeps Washing In From ALS Challenge (3 opinions)

Cold Cash Just Keeps Washing In From ALS ChallengeIn the couple of hours it took an official from the ALS Association to return a reporter's call for comment, the group's ubiquitous "ice bucket challenge" had brought in a few million more dollars. Approaching $100 million, the viral fundraising campaign for the ailment better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease has put the ALS group into the top ranks for medical charity donations. Since ...    Full Story »

FBI Investigating Reports Of Attacks On US Banks

FBI Investigating Reports Of Attacks On US BanksThe FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several U.S. financial institutions. A report on Bloomberg.com said Wednesday that the FBI is investigating an incident in which Russian hackers attacked the U.S financial system this month in possible retaliation against U.S. government-sponsored sanctions ...    Full Story »

Deri Stifles the Voice of Party Faction Members (5 opinions)

Deri Stifles the Voice of Party Faction MembersShas leader Aryeh Deri has informed faction members they may not give statements to the media in the name of the party. Deri also instructed his colleagues not to interview regarding essential events. Deri is concerned regarding statements released to the media by MKs during recent days. He feels some of the statements made in the name of the party are harmful to Shas. Deri explains ...    Full Story »

In Wake Of Ferguson, Police Try To Build Trust

In Wake Of Ferguson, Police Try To Build TrustIn the aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are renewing efforts to reach out to black communities to build trust — holding public meetings, fielding questions and letting people voice the anger they feel toward officers who patrol their neighborhoods. Dallas Police Chief David Brown considers it a preventative step. "I'd much rather ...    Full Story »

Is Anything Acceptable in the Name of Fashion? (16 opinions)

Is Anything Acceptable in the Name of Fashion?Zara Fashions has crossed the line of acceptability according to some, referring to its new striped line that bears a yellow star on the left chest area. While the yellow star says “sheriff” on it, its resemblance to the concentration camp uniforms worn during the Holocaust is remarkable to many. According to the Zara website, the shirts are designed for children from three month ...    Full Story »


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