Short Takes

Rutgers To Host Anti-Israel Conference

07/11/2003
Staff Writer
A student group at Rutgers University is planning a pro-Palestinian event on campus in October, expected to draw 500 anti-Israel activists from across the nation. The New Jersey Solidarity Movement will host the National Student Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement, with the intention of teaching students to pressure their universities to divest in companies that do business with Israel. An organizer of the event, Charlotte Kates, told The New York Post she considered Palestinian bombings "a very powerful tool of justice."

Lies Alleged As Busch Civil Trial Nears

06/20/2003
Staff Writer
City lawyers are expected to argue in Brooklyn Federal Court next month that witnesses to the 1999 shooting of a disturbed man in Borough Park collaborated on their story. But lawyers representing the family of Gideon Busch in a civil suit believe it was the six police officers who gunned him down that conspired on their version of events. No charges were brought against the cops, although members of the Borough Park community insist Busch was not threatening the officers when they opened fire on Aug. 30, 1999, striking the hammer-wielding man 12 times.

Kosher Vendor Must Pay Workers $1 Million

06/20/2003
Staff Writer
A major kosher food distributor will pay more than $1 million in compensation to workers who went on strike over inadequate wages two years ago, in a settlement brokered by Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. But the Brooklyn-based Tuv Taam Corp., which packages frozen meals, may be in for a bigger hit when the National Labor Relations Board rules on a separate longstanding case alleging that members were punished for trying to unionize.

You Give Us Three Years

06/06/2003
Staff Writer
At a time when university study programs in Israel have become a tough sell for many American parents, the country's Education Ministry and the Jewish Agency are setting their sights in a different, more ambitious direction: high school students.

Nelson's Lawyers: He Did It

04/25/2003
Staff Writer
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.

Silver Lining

04/04/2003
Staff Writer
It was billed as a rally to protest Gov. George Pataki's proposed funding cuts for programs in naturally occurring retirement communities. But last Thursday's event felt more like a political rally for Pataki's Democratic nemesis, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Cop Who Killed Couple Was Drunk, Tests Show

03/21/2003
Staff Writer
The off-duty cop whose car killed an immigrant couple on their way to work in Brooklyn on March 4 was drunk, according to test results released by the cityís medical examiner. Rifka and Anton Goldenberg, who worked together at Reisman Brothers kosher bakery in Bensonhurst, died at the scene of the early morning crash, as did Michael McGibbon, a three-year veteran of the police force. Test results showed that McGibbon had three times the legal alcohol limit in his blood at the time of the crash.

Green's Presidential Politics

03/21/2003
Staff Writer
He's still undecided about his own future prospects, but former Public Advocate Mark Green is back in the political limelight: as a local booster for Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry. "I'll be one of several co-chairs for Kerry," Green, who narrowly lost the 2001 mayoral race to Republican Michael Bloomberg, told The Jewish Week. One of the cityís best-known Jewish politicians, Green could be an ethnic asset to Kerry, who recently disclosed his own Jewish ancestry.

Hear The One About The Talking Fish?

03/14/2003
Staff Writer
Is it an out-of-control Purim gag, or a case for the "X-Files?" In either event, word of a talking fish in the upstate village of New Square is making a big splash in the chasidic world. Thousands are people are hooked on the story, says Jewish radio maven Zev Brenner, who devoted his "Talkline" program on WMCA-570 AM last Saturday to the subject.

Immigrant Couple Killed In Brooklyn Car Accident

03/07/2003
Staff Writer
A couple who found a better life in New York after immigrating from Ukraine more than 30 years ago were killed early Tuesday morning on their way to work at a Brooklyn kosher bakery. Anton and Rifka Goldenberg died at the scene on 24th Avenue in Bensonhurst when their car collided with a vehicle driven by Michael McGibbon, 28, an off-duty policeman, who was also killed. The accident took place at 4:48 a.m.
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