In a dramatic change of strategy, defense attorneys for Lemrick Nelson Jr. are not contesting the charge that he fatally stabbed Yankel Rosenbaum during the Crown Heights riots of 1991.
During opening arguments today, attorney Richard Jasper told jurors at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn that Nelson's intention was not to violate Nelson's civil rights. He said that Nelson, then 16, had been drunk at the time of the attack and was caught up in the "excitement" of the crowd.
The New York congressman who visited Yasir Arafat last week said the meeting accomplished nothing, and he denounced the waning Palestinian leader as an obstacle to peace efforts.
But Rep. Maurice Hinchey would not call the meeting, unsanctioned by the State Department and condemned by Jewish groups, a mistake.
"We wanted to press him to behave in the proper way," the Democrat from upstate Saugerties told The Jewish Week in a phone interview from Athens, Greece. "But it was the same old Arafat, dealing from the bottom of the deck."
In a boost to New York's troubled upstate economy, a subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries will relocate its North American repair and overhaul operations from Miami to a former airbase in the Mohawk Valley later this year, it was announced Monday.
The third trial stemming from the Crown Heights murder of Yankel Rosenbaum began Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn with new prosecutors, a new defense team and a new judge.
But the facts in dispute were the same as they have been for nearly a dozen years.
Lemrick Nelson Jr. is one for two in convincing a jury that he is not the man who fatally stabbed Rosenbaum while a crowd of rioters shouting "get the Jew" attacked him on Aug. 19, 1991.
Monticello, N.Y.: Strolling up to a line of waiting golf carts at Kutsher's Country Club, Mark Kutsher recalls a crucial decision by his late father, Milton, in the early 1950s.
Other hotels in the Catksills were pooling their resources to build golf courses in towns like Loch Sheldrake, which would be available to their guests. Milton Kutsher wanted his resort to have its own course.
"We didn't really have the money for it at the time," said Mark Kutsher. "Everyone was focusing on indoor pools. He thought a golf course was more important."
In dramatic shift, 56 percent of U.S. Jews favor military strike, according to new AJC poll.
No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image propertiesAmerican Jews have taken a sharply hawkish turn on Iran, with a majority now supporting a U.S. military strike to end that country’s nuclear weapons program, according to this year’s Survey of American Jewish Public Opinion, released on Wednesday by the American Jewish Committee.
No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image propertiesThe revelation that Iran had a secret nuclear site deep in the arid mountains near the holy city of Qom and protected by anti-aircraft missile batteries has dramatically increased the likelihood of strong sanctions against the Tehran regime, but it is unlikely to change a strategic calculus that does not favor U.S. or Israeli military action.
As Conservative movement seeks ethical seal, a grass-roots (and grass-fed) meat market is taking shape.
Rabbi Natan Margalit has become a seasoned chicken plucker. Simon Feil’s Brooklyn freezer is stuffed with beef cuts — including unanticipated non-kosher ones he cannot eat. And Devora Kimelman-Block, a onetime vegetarian, is quickly becoming the Jeff Bezos of kosher, free-range organic meat — taking Web orders and shipping beef, lamb and chicken all over the East Coast.
Agencies in the UJA-Federation network are gearing up for a major funding shortfall at the end of the month, when allocations from state grants are due.
The emergency measures initiated by Gov. George Pataki and passed by the Legislature, which traditionally keep the state running until a budget is passed, this year have included only funds for health care, welfare, food stamps and state payrolls.
So when funds allocated before the end of the fiscal year expire this month, there will be no new funds for numerous other projects until a budget is passed.
The city's Department of Consumer Affairs is calling on the public to report instances of suspected price gouging while shopping for Passover goods.
"We will be ready to respond to any complaints we receive about vendors who may be taking advantage of the holiday," DCA Commissioner Gretchen Dykstra announced Sunday.
Shoppers who feel that prices have been inflated at a particular venue may call the cityís new citizen service hotline at 311. DCA inspectors will investigate through April 24, the last day of Passover.