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Hikind: Potholes Continue To Danger New Yorkers

Hikind: Potholes Continue To Danger New Yorkers
“These conditions are inexcusable!” announced Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) while standing ankle-deep in one of the many potholes that are still found on 13th Avenue in Brooklyn nearly a month after the borough’s last snowfall. “These craters are endangering the lives and vehicles of everyone who comes through here, and this is one of the busiest areas of our community—one of the busiest streets in the entire borough.” Last week, Hikind complained of the many potholes on ...
(1 opinions  |   April 24 )

Zomet Institute Leader Speaks Out Strongly Against 'KosherSwitch'

Zomet Institute Leader Speaks Out Strongly Against 'KosherSwitch'
The promoters of the new “KosherSwitch” are working hard to get the word out, promoting a light switch which they explain is endorsed by rabbonim, claiming it can be used on Shabbos and Yomim Tovim without chilul Shabbos. Rabbi Yisrael Rozen of the Zomet Institute comes out against the switch in no uncertain terms, joining the voice of prominent Gedolei Torah in the United States. Despite developers’ claims that the switch is endorsed by prominent rabbonim, he explains that his ...
(3 opinions  |   April 24 )

Mobile App Could Speed O'Hare Passport Lines

Mobile App Could Speed O'Hare Passport Lines
International travelers arriving at Chicago's O'Hare airport should find shorter lines at passport control thanks to a smartphone app. The free Mobile Passport Control app was developed for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It allows travelers to plug in their passport information and submit customs declaration forms before arrival. They can then get in a designated line at passport control and show the customs officer a bar-coded receipt on their phone or tablet. Airports in ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 24 )

Lighting A Yartzeit Candle

Lighting A Yartzeit Candle
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] This article was written l’ilui nishmas the author’s father, Nosson Yoseph Ben Moshe whose yartzeit is 5 Iyar. It is the custom within Klal Yisroel to light a Yartzeit candle on the day that a relative had passed away. The lighting has no accompanying blessing, and people would like to express themselves in a Tefillah when lighting the candle. This is not only true on a Yartzeit but whenever Yom Tov comes as well. The author of the Peleh Yoetz, Rabbi Eliezer ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 24 )

PM Netanyahu Showing Generosity to Bring Shas on Board

PM Netanyahu Showing Generosity to Bring Shas on Board
As coalition negotiations continue, it appears Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is being increasingly generous in his offer to bring the Shas party on board. As reported earlier, while it appears Deri will receive the Interior Ministry as he requests, the ministry’s District Planning Committee will be handed over to the Kulanu party to permit Moshe Kahlon to advance his nationwide housing reform plan. Seeking to get Shas leader Aryeh Deri to sign on a coalition agreement, PM Netanyahu has ...
(1 opinions  |   April 24 )

USDA Says Avian Flu Could Spread To Northeast

USDA Says Avian Flu Could Spread To Northeast
Bird flu is ravaging the Midwest, and federal experts say it could spread to the Northeast if birds in the Atlantic flyway become infected with a highly contagious strain. Chief veterinary officer John Clifford of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says a strain of the influenza has been found along the Pacific, Central and Mississippi River flyways. He says the disease could be carried eastward by such migratory birds as wild geese and ducks as they head for northern breeding grounds over ...
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Hamas Distances itself from Rocket Attack

Hamas Distances itself from Rocket Attack
The Hamas regime in Gaza released messages denying any involvement in a rocket attack into southern Israel on Thursday evening, the eve of 5 Iyar. The rocket landed in an open area in the Shar HaNegev Regional Council. B’chasdei Hashem there were no fatalities or injuries. Israeli military experts feel that Hamas is not looking to escalate the situation along its border with Israel, however Israel does hold Hamas responsible for any and all rocket attacks into Israel. Hamas officials ...
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Diet Pepsi Dropping Aspartame On Customer Concerns

Diet Pepsi Dropping Aspartame On Customer Concerns
PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda. The decision to swap sweeteners comes as Americans keep turning away from popular diet sodas. Coca-Cola said this week that sales volume for Diet Coke fell 5 percent in North America in the first three months of the year. Executives at Coke and Pepsi blame the declines on perceptions that aspartame, first sold under ...
(2 opinions  |   April 24 )

FEMA Funding For Sandy Damage In New Jersey Tops $6.9B

FEMA Funding For Sandy Damage In New Jersey Tops $6.9B
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has pumped nearly $7 billion into New Jersey more than two years after Superstorm Sandy struck. FEMA says the money has reimbursed municipalities for clearing debris, restored boardwalks and rebuilt critical facilities. FEMA says it approved nearly $423 million in payments to Sandy survivors and paid out more than $3.5 billion in flood insurance claims to policyholders whose homes were damaged or destroyed. Meanwhile, U.S. Sens. Bob ...
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VIDEO: 15-Year-Old Wins International Bible Contest in Jerusalem

VIDEO: 15-Year-Old Wins International Bible Contest in Jerusalem
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The annual International Bible Contest was held on Thursday, 4 Iyar, observed as Independence Day in Israel. Taking part in the event were 67 contestants from 33 different countries, all competing for the prestigious title. The theme this year was ‘kibbutz galiyos’, the ingathering of the exiles. As the competition moved forward, the 16 finalists battled it out for the title, each hearing and identifying pesukim from Tanach. At the end, the two finalists ...
(1 opinions  |   April 24 )

Poland Protests Mattel Game That Refers to 'Nazi Poland'

Poland Protests Mattel Game That Refers to 'Nazi Poland'
The Polish government has demanded that toy producer Mattel recalls a party game and corrects a card that refers to "Nazi Poland," officials said Friday. Poles find such language offensive because Poland was never allied with Germany and was in fact subjected to a brutal occupation by Nazi Germany throughout World War II. Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna said that the Polish embassy in Washington has asked Mattel to withdraw "Apples to Apples," a game in which players compare different ...
(3 opinions  |   April 24 )

IDF Responds to a Rocket Attack in S. Israel

IDF Responds to a Rocket Attack in S. Israel
Sirens sounded in areas of southern Israel on Thursday evening, 4 Iyar, signaling a rocket attack from Gaza. Sirens were heard in Sderot as well as in other areas in proximity to the Gaza border, in the Shar HaNegev Regional Council. The IDF confirms that the sirens were not a malfunction but a rocket attack. The rocket impact site was detected, in an open area in the Shar HaNegev district. B’chasdei Hashem there were no fatalities, injuries or damage. The IDF Spokesman’s Office ...
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Illness On Flight Diverted To New York 'A Big Mystery'

Illness On Flight Diverted To New York 'A Big Mystery'
An airline passenger said he had trouble breathing, and others felt ill, but the airline said Thursday that an inspection found no mechanical faults after the jet made an emergency landing in New York. And while federal safety officials had no explanation for what happened on the aircraft on Wednesday, aviation experts said the flight crew did the right thing by quickly descending to 10,000 feet, an altitude with life-giving oxygen levels. SkyWest Flight 5622, operating as United Express ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 23 )

Coyote Urban: String of Sightings in Manhattan This Year

Coyote Urban: String of Sightings in Manhattan This Year
A string of recent sightings in Manhattan has drawn new attention to the wily critters that have been spotted periodically in New York since the 1990s. Experts say New Yorkers should expect to see more of them as they become more comfortable adapting to city streets and parks. Call it coyote urban. "I would say that this is going to be a new normal: that coyotes are going to continually show up in downtown New York City," says Daniel Bogan, a coyote researcher at Siena College. At least ...
(2 opinions  |   April 23 )

House Benghazi Committee Calls On Hillary Rodham Clinton To Testify

House Benghazi Committee Calls On Hillary Rodham Clinton To Testify
The chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, has called former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to testify next month, setting up a high-profile showdown over Clinton’s use of a private email account and server while she was secretary of state. Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina says he wants Clinton to testify the week of May 18 and again before June 18. The first hearing would focus on Clinton’s use of private ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 23 )

Mistaken Killings By US Drone Show Limits Of Spycraft

Mistaken Killings By US Drone Show Limits Of Spycraft
The accidental killing of al-Qaida hostages in Pakistan by a U.S. drone, which President Barack Obama called a regrettable mistake, illustrates the limitations of U.S. intelligence even in a region that has been closely watched for more than a decade. With no U.S. military troops on the ground in Pakistan, and the Pakistani government unable or unwilling to force al-Qaida out of the so-called tribal areas along the Afghan border, the U.S. relies on the CIA to act when the intelligence ...
(1 opinions  |   April 23 )

Carter: Pentagon Must Do More to Find Insider Cyber Threats

Carter: Pentagon Must Do More to Find Insider Cyber Threats
Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the Pentagon is still not where it needs to be in its ability to detect insider threats to its computer networks, nearly two years after former National Security Agency systems administrator Edward Snowden leaked classified documents about government surveillance to reporters. Carter was speaking to students at Stanford University, where he was unveiling the Pentagon's new cybersecurity strategy. In response to a question, he said the Snowden incident ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 23 )