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Brooklyn: NYPD KIll Man Inside NYC Housing Complex

Brooklyn: NYPD KIll Man Inside NYC Housing Complex
An NYPD officer patrolling a public housing complex shot and killed a man he encountered in a stairwell. The NYPD is investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting around 11:15 p.m. Thursday inside of 2724 Linden Boulevard (Pink Houses), within the confines of the 75 Precinct. The man's friend tells the Daily News the shooting was unprompted and he was unarmed. Police say two officers were conducting "a vertical patrol" in the Pink Houses complex in the East New York ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

Agudath Israel Hails New Federal Child Care Law with Strong Protections for Vouchers

Agudath Israel Hails New Federal Child Care Law with Strong Protections for Vouchers
Both House and Senate have overwhelmingly passed, and President Obama has signed into law, bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the 1990 Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. The federal program provides assistance to help low-income parents obtain subsidized child care, enabling them to work and support their families. Approximately, 1.5 million children are enrolled in CCDBG, including many thousands in the Orthodox Jewish community. The new law is especially ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

Ashkelon City Hall Stops Construction of Safe Rooms in City Schools & Ousts Israeli Arab Workers

Ashkelon City Hall Stops Construction of Safe Rooms in City Schools & Ousts Israeli Arab Workers
Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni has decided to stop construction of safe rooms (bomb shelters) in city schools because the work is being carried out by Israeli Arabs. According to the report, the mayor turned to the contractor who won the bid to build the safe rooms as well as the IDF Homefront Command, informing them of his decision, which is based on his concerns for the safety of students. The mayor explains that due to the worrisome security situation in Israel today, he feels the move is ...
(3 opinions  |   November 21 )

The Simple Way to Minimize your Estate Tax: The Benefits of an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust

The Simple Way to Minimize your Estate Tax: The Benefits of an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust
Many individuals are unaware of the benefits in forming an irrevocable life insurance trust (“ILIT”). Although the proceeds of your life insurance policy are not subject to income taxation, they are generally included in your taxable estate. However, with an irrevocable life insurance trust, the trust is the owner of the insurance policy, which keeps the proceeds of the life insurance out of your taxable estate. After your death, the trust's assets (i.e. the life insurance proceeds) are ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

VIDEO: Dozens Of Williamsburg Condo Owners Evicted On Freezing Cold Day

On one of the coldest days of the season, police oversaw the eviction of dozens of families from a Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment building. The families did nothing wrong, and they own the apartments they're being forced to vacate. Ida Siegal explains how a developer's troubles has affected the homeowners. (YWN Desk - NYC)
(5 opinions  |   November 21 )

PHOTOS: Belzer Rebbe Hosts Jerusalem's Chief Rabbi

PHOTOS: Belzer Rebbe Hosts Jerusalem's Chief Rabbi
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Jerusalem Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Aryeh Stern Shlita visited the Belzer Rebbe Shlita in the rebbe’s home. The rebbe thanked Rabbi Stern on behalf of the chareidi tzibur for the Jerusalem Rabbinate continuing with ‘Yivul Nochi’ (imports from non-Jews abroad) during shmitah for those seeking mehadrin kashrus. The rebbe spoke of his memories of Rabbi Stern’s grandfather, Rabbi Refael Stern ZT”L, who maintained a close relationship with the rebbe’s ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

NYC: Staten Island Officials Are Boycotting Verrazano Bridge's 50th Anniversary Over Proposed Toll Hike

NYC: Staten Island Officials Are Boycotting Verrazano Bridge's 50th Anniversary Over Proposed Toll Hike
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City is 50 years old but not everyone is celebrating. Staten Island's politicians are boycotting the anniversary ceremony Friday because of a proposed toll hike announced earlier this week. The double-decked suspension bridge links the borough with Brooklyn. The Staten Island Advance reports that the borough's 11 elected officials say they won't attend. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has proposed raising the one-way cash toll for ...
(1 opinions  |   November 21 )

Kerry to Leave Nuke Talks, Iran Ponders Next Step

Kerry to Leave Nuke Talks, Iran Ponders Next Step
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry decided Friday to pull back from nuclear talks in Vienna, leaving Iran's foreign minister to ponder an apparent new proposal from Washington meant to bridge differences standing in the way of a deal with less than four days to deadline. Iranian officials and media initially said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was also departing Friday, to Tehran to consult after meeting with Kerry earlier in the day. But the official IRNA news agency later quoted an ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

Emotions Rise As People Hear Immigration Plan

Emotions Rise As People Hear Immigration Plan
Thousands of immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials cheered across the country as President Barack Obama announced on television his plan for relief from deportations for about five million people. But after the initial burst of emotion Thursday evening at hastily organized watch parties and in living rooms, many said Obama’s plan was just the first step in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrant families pointed out the plan would only cover about 5 ...
(1 opinions  |   November 21 )

White House: Immigration Steps Would Boost Wages

White House: Immigration Steps Would Boost Wages
President Barack Obama's moves on immigration would expand the labor force and increase worker productivity, according to a White House report Friday that estimates average wages would rise over a 10-year period. The president's critics and even some labor allies dispute that claim. Obama's Council of Economic Advisers forecasts that as a result of his administrative actions, the gross domestic product would grow by $90 billion, or 0.4 percent, over 10 years, and wages would rise by 0.3 ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

NY Tax Amnesty Program Nets $530 Million

NY Tax Amnesty Program Nets $530 Million
A tax amnesty program in New York state has exceeded the half-billion dollar mark. The state’s Department of Taxation and Finance said Wednesday that the program has collected $530 million so far from nearly 9,000 taxpayers. Individuals participating in the program can avoid penalties, fines and the threat of prosecution if they agree to pay their back taxes and promise to pay them going forward. State tax Commissioner Thomas Mattox says the program has collected more than $100 ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

Democrats Prepare Strategy For Hillary Clinton Run For President

Democrats Prepare Strategy For Hillary Clinton Run For President
A nexus of Democratic groups is preparing for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s widely anticipated presidential campaign. Ready for Hillary, a Democratic super PAC unaffiliated with the former secretary of state, is convening a daylong meeting of Clinton insiders on Friday for strategy sessions aimed at helping elect Clinton if she runs. The closed-door planning session about two weeks after Democrats’ dismal midterm election performance comes as Clinton, the party’s leading presidential ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )

Maran HaRav Shteinman to Chief Rabbi Lau: Strengthen Shmiras Shabbos

Maran HaRav Shteinman to Chief Rabbi Lau: Strengthen Shmiras Shabbos
Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Dovid Lau met in Bnei Brak with Maran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita to consult with the gadol hador on a number of halachic matters being addressed by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Rav Lau was accompanied by Rabbi Refael Manat who is the CEO of Badatz Sheiris Yisrael. They also consulted with Maran about importing meat from abroad under the hashgacha of Sheiris Yisrael. During the visit Maran told Rabbi Lau that the frum community must increase ...
(2 opinions  |   November 21 )

Egged Fires 27 Arab Bus Drivers Who Incited Fellow Drivers

Egged Fires 27 Arab Bus Drivers Who Incited Fellow Drivers
Egged has fired 27 Arab drivers, residents of the eastern capital who incited other drivers to launch as strike following the death of the Arab bus driver found dead in a company parking lot. The autopsy showed conclusively the driver hanged himself and he was not the victim of terrorism as the PA (Palestinian Authority) media alleged. Egged supervisor for the chareidi community Oren Rom told Kikar Shabbos that those Arab drivers who were working to inflame the situation, launch strikes and ...
(6 opinions  |   November 21 )

HaRav Dovid Yosef: Mispallalim Must Carry their Weapons on Shabbos

HaRav Dovid Yosef: Mispallalim Must Carry their Weapons on Shabbos
Speaking to Mordechai Lavi of Kol Berama Radio on Thursday 27 Marcheshvan, HaGaon HaRav Dovid Yosef Shlita spoke about the current worrisome security situation in Israel, particularly in Jerusalem. We begin with the rav’s conclusion, that anyone with a licensed weapon must carry it on Shabbos during this worrisome period of increased attacks and Arab violence. A person should not carry a mobile phone and it makes no difference if the phone is on or off. However, phones should be left on ...
(5 opinions  |   November 21 )

Polls: Employers Still Prioritize Health Coverage

Polls: Employers Still Prioritize Health Coverage
Employers squeezed by years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul are still making employee health insurance a priority, but that coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years. A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that companies that offer health insurance see it as a key tool to attract workers and keep them on the job. But they're also sweating the expense, with 86 percent citing the cost of coverage as a key factor in ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 21 )