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NYC Shuts 9 Pre-K Centers

NYC Shuts 9 Pre-K Centers
Two days before the start of school, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announced it’s shuttering nine pre-kindergarten centers and delaying the start dates of 36 others. Administration officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that safety concerns are behind the decision to revoke permits at the nine sites, which were to serve 265 students. The students will be reassigned to other centers. Officials expect the 36 sites that won’t open on the first day of school Thursday could be ready to open next week. The expansion of ...

MK Stern Refers to Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita as 'Shmulik a Gemara Student'

MK Stern Refers to Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita as 'Shmulik a Gemara Student'There are more than a few rabbonim angered over the remarks made by MK (The Movement) Elazar Stern regarding Tzfas Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita. Stern referred to Rav Eliyahu as “Shmulik”. Stern was giving an interview dealing with the Giyur Law since the bill was his initiative. This is the law that is opposed by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, many prominent dati ...    Full Story »

Court: US Can Withhold Guantanamo Detainee Images

Court: US Can Withhold Guantanamo Detainee ImagesA federal appeals court has upheld a decision allowing the U.S. government to keep secret photographs and videotapes of a Guantanamo detainee. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling Tuesday in the case involving Mohammed al-Qahtani (kah-TAH'-nee). Authorities have said al-Qahtani missed being the 20th hijacker in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks when he was denied ...    Full Story »

Talansky Cash Envelopes Trial Reopens in Jerusalem District Court

Talansky Cash Envelopes Trial Reopens in Jerusalem District CourtThe Talansky cash envelopes case against former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert opened on Tuesday 7 Elul in the Jerusalem District Court. Mr. Olmert was acquitted in his trial but in a rare move, the Supreme Court permitted the state to reopen the case after Shula Zaken agreed to become a state witness. Zaken remained silent during the first trial, loyal to her former employee of decades. ...    Full Story »

It's No Longer Safe to Recline Your Airplane Seat - Fights Break Out On Three Aircraft Over Seats

It's No Longer Safe to Recline Your Airplane Seat - Fights Break Out On Three Aircraft Over SeatsSqueezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings in the past eight days after passengers got into fights over the ability to recline their seats. Disputes over a tiny bit of personal space might seem petty, but for passengers whose knees are already banging ...    Full Story »

PA Residents Increasingly Radical Following Operation Protective Edge

PA Residents Increasingly Radical Following Operation Protective EdgeChannel 2 Arab affairs correspondent released a poll conducted among residents of PA (Palestinian Authority) residents of Yehuda and Shomron as well as residents of Gaza. He explained the poll shows a swing towards radicalism following Operation Protective Edge among PA and Hamas residents. If elections were held today for the new governing council: Hamas 48% Fatah ...    Full Story »

US Court Hears Debate in NSA Phone Records Case

US Court Hears Debate in NSA Phone Records CaseA federal appeals court has expressed concern about the government's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records. The judges are questioning whether it could be extended to bank and credit card records as well. Questions about the scope of the program arose during arguments Tuesday before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. The court reserved ...    Full Story »
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Sderot Mayor Apologizes to DM Ya'alon

Sderot Mayor Apologizes to DM Ya'alonSderot Mayor Alon Davidi, who called Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon “a minister without security” during Operation Protective Edge, apologized publicly to the senior minister today. Davidi made his comments as Hamas increased rocket fire into Sderot and other area cities during Operation Protective Edge. Davidi appeared on Channel 2 News to explain himself and apologize. Mayor ...    Full Story »

NY Gov. Cuomo Nets Endorsements As Primary Nears

NY Gov. Cuomo Nets Endorsements As Primary NearsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is picking up key endorsements from editorial boards and labor unions ahead of next week’s Democratic primary. Cuomo was endorsed Tuesday by The New York Daily News, where the editorial board wrote that Cuomo had been a “superior governor” and deserves to win his matchup against Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout. Cuomo and his ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Meets with US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher & US Rep. Gregory Meeks

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Meets with US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher & US Rep. Gregory Meeks[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday 6 Elul met with US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and US Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) and told them "We’re closely following the events on the Golan Heights where al-Nusra terrorists have kidnapped UN peacekeepers. What we see is that al-Nusra, Hamas, Hizbullah– backed by Iran, al-Qaeda and these other ...    Full Story »

NYPD Warns of New Phone Scam

NYPD Warns of New Phone ScamThe following is from the NYPD Weekly Crime Prevention Tip: Police are warning residents about the "one-ring phone scam," which uses auto-dialers to target cell phone numbers across the country. The danger to consumers is not in receiving the call, but in calling back. Scammers let the phone ring once and then hang up, prompting a missed call notification on phones. When an ...    Full Story »

Piron Closing Chareidi Classes in Controversial Beit Shemesh School

Piron Closing Chareidi Classes in Controversial Beit Shemesh SchoolEducation Minister Rabbi Shai Piron has announced he has decided to close the classrooms given to a chareidi girl’s school in the non-frum שפות ותרבות School in Beit Shemesh. He stated the girl’s school is operating illegally and the decision made by Beit Shemesh City Hall was done without consulting with the appropriate ministry officials. Tatiana Eilouz, who heads the ...    Full Story »

Boro Park: 88-Year-Old Woman Assaulted On Steps Of Her Home; NYPD Looking For Suspect

Boro Park: 88-Year-Old Woman Assaulted On Steps Of Her Home; NYPD Looking For SuspectNew York City police are looking for a man suspected of attacking an 88-year-old woman as she sat on the front stoop of her Boro Park home. Police say a man in his 20s, dressed in a red sweatshirt, approached the victim at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday. The NYPS tells YWN that the suspect approached the 88-year-old female victim as she sat on the stoop in front of her residence. As the ...    Full Story »

Israeli Wounded in a Shomron Stabbing Attack (1 opinions)

Israeli Wounded in a Shomron Stabbing AttackAn Israeli who was driving Arab laborers was stabbed by his passengers, who then made off with his vehicle. The attack occurred as he was dropping them off at the entrance to PA (Palestinian Authority) controlled Kalkilye. The wounded man was brought to the Eyal Checkpoint where he received preliminary treatment. Earlier in the day, an Arab motorist tried to run over soldiers at that ...    Full Story »

Some Fear Auto Industry Returning to Bad Habits (1 opinions)

Some Fear Auto Industry Returning to Bad HabitsBig discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past. As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road. Vehicle discounts have risen 5.5 percent from a year ago. More than a quarter of new buyers are choosing ...    Full Story »

Woodbourne Shul Closes On Its Greatest Season Yet

Woodbourne Shul Closes On Its Greatest Season YetHistoric Congregation Bnai Israel on Route 52 in Woodbourne closed its doors – at least officially – last Sunday, August 31st, on its fifth and most successful season yet. While last summer saw 80,000 mispallelim pass through the shul’s doors, regulars at the shul insist that the volume doubled this summer. The shul, which had fallen into disrepair due to the changing ...    Full Story »

NY Rep. Grimm's Trial Set For December

NY Rep. Grimm's Trial Set For DecemberA judge has scheduled New York Congressman Michael Grimm's tax evasion trial for December. U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen told lawyers at a hearing on Tuesday that jury selection will begin Dec. 1. She rejected defense arguments that the trial should be put off until next year. He is running for re-election this year. The Republican congressman was indicted earlier this year. ...    Full Story »

Turkey's PM Rules Out Normalized Relations with Israel (3 opinions)

Turkey's PM Rules Out Normalized Relations with IsraelTurkish Prime Minister Recep Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday 6 Elul announced he does not envision a return to normalized diplomatic relations with Israel. The newly-elected prime minister explained that diplomatic ties with Israel cannot exist for as long as the Jewish state attacks Gazan and continues its blockade. Davutoglu served as Turkey’s foreign minister under Tayyip Erdogan. ...    Full Story »

Home Depot Investigates Data Breach

Home Depot Investigates Data BreachHome Depot is investigating a potential credit card data breach. The Atlanta home improvement retailer told The Associated Press Tuesday that it's looking into "unusual activity" and that it's working with both banks and law enforcement. The possible data breach was first reported by Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security, a website that focuses on cyber security. Krebs said multiple ...    Full Story »

Steven Sotloff Was Second Jewish-American Journalist To Be Beheaded By Muslim Terrorists (5 opinions)

Steven Sotloff Was Second Jewish-American Journalist To Be Beheaded By Muslim Terrorists Steven Sotloff, who was purportedly beheaded in a video released by ISIS on Tuesday afternoon, was not the first American-Jewish journalist to be executed by Muslim terrorists. In 2002, Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded by Al-Qaida while reporting for the Wall Street Journal in Karachi, Pakistan. Although YWN has been unable to independently verify if Sotloff was Jewish or not, ...    Full Story »

2016-ers Jockey Even Before Congressional Elections

2016-ers Jockey Even Before Congressional ElectionsOne set of elections ends in early November as another begins when presidential hopefuls cross the unofficial starting line in the 2016 race for the White House. With control of the Senate at stake, the months leading up to the mid-term elections offer a clearer window on a crowd of potential presidential candidates already jockeying for position from Nevada to New Hampshire. Their ...    Full Story »

VIDEOS: Education Ministry Orders the Closure of Controversial Beit Shemesh School (7 opinions)

VIDEOS: Education Ministry Orders the Closure of Controversial Beit Shemesh School[VIDEOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The conflict in a Beit Shemesh school being shared by chareidim and non-religious students has snowballed rapidly into a major national news story. Since the city’s municipal elections ...    Full Story »

More Speed Cameras Near NYC Schools

More Speed Cameras Near NYC SchoolsNew York City is installing more speed cameras near schools. The announcement was made Tuesday outside Public School 95 in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Department of Transportation has classified the area as a high-crash corridor. Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg says drivers should take heed as students return to school on Thursday. New York City ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: Video Purports To Show ISIS Beheading US Journalist Steven Sotloff (5 opinions)

BREAKING: Video Purports To Show ISIS Beheading US Journalist Steven SotloffAn Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group. Sotloff, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syrian in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley. Dressed in an ...    Full Story »

Knesset to Discuss the Economic Ramifications of Operation Protective Edge

Knesset to Discuss the Economic Ramifications of Operation Protective EdgeHaving gathered the required 25 signatures to compel a special session, the Knesset on Thursday 9 Elul will hold a session to discuss the economic ramifications of Operation Protective Edge, which lasted for fifty days. The discussion will surround the program to fortify Sderot and Gaza border communities as well as the problems faced by residents of cities including Ashkelon, Ashdod ...    Full Story »
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Monday 6 Elul: Arab Terror Timeline (1 opinions)

Monday 6 Elul: Arab Terror TimelineFollowing is a partial listing of Arab terror attacks that occurred on Monday, 6 Elul 5774. 21:26: A toddler was injured by glass shards after a bus traveling on Uzi Narkiss Blvd. was hit with stones. The child was taken to Hadassah Mt. Scopus Hospital. 20:55: A firebomb was hurled at a bus at Tapuach Jct. in Shomron. The bus driver was lightly injured. 18:35: Rocks were ...    Full Story »

Committee Calls for a Central Israel Police Dispatch Center Following Kidnapping Of 3 Yeshiva Boys (1 opinions)

Committee Calls for a Central Israel Police Dispatch Center Following Kidnapping Of 3 Yeshiva BoysFollowing the mishandling of the call for help following the kidnapping of the three kedoshim on the eve of 15 Sivan, a probe was launched headed by Deputy Police Chief Nissim Mor. That probe led to a number of recommendations led by the recommendation to shut down seven dispatch centers and to replace them with one central system dispatch for the entire 100 police network. When one ...    Full Story »

Lubavitcher Running for Senator (3 opinions)

Lubavitcher Running for SenatorMendy (Menachem) Raitport, born and raised in Brooklyn and a Lubavitch resident of Crown Heights, has announced that he is running for election as State Senator in New York's 20th District. Owner of a butcher shop on Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights, Raitport is running under the Conservative banner, and says he has the qualifications necessary to be an effective voice of the people ...    Full Story »

Iran Says It Disrupts Nuclear Plots (1 opinions)

Iran Says It Disrupts Nuclear PlotsIran has disrupted plots by foreign spies to recruit its nuclear experts and stopped sabotage attempts through faulty foreign equipment supplied for its facilities, the deputy head of the Islamic Republic's nuclear department told The Associated Press. The comments by Asghar Zarean, who is in charge of security for Iran's nuclear program, came during a visit by an AP team to Iran's ...    Full Story »

New York AG: Bank Didn't Lend to Blacks in Buffalo (3 opinions)

New York AG: Bank Didn't Lend to Blacks in BuffaloA bank refused to offer mortgages to African-Americans living in Buffalo, New York's attorney general said in a lawsuit that he said was part of a wider investigation into an illegal practice known as redlining. Evans Bank violated fair housing and discrimination laws by intentionally denying services and products to Buffalo's east side, home to more than 75 percent of the city's ...    Full Story »


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