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Vigils planned for US Jew jailed in Cuba

By Anna Sheinman, September 23, 2011

Vigils are to be held today in Washington and New York for Alan Gross, an American Jew currently imprisoned in Cuba.

The Cuban interests sections in Washington and the Cuban Mission to the United Nations in New York will see American Jews and members of Mr Gross's family protest against the 15 year jail sentence for crimes against the state.

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Man indicted for murder, kidnap of Brooklyn boy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

A medical examination into the death of a murdered Chasidic child has revealed that he was drugged by his killer.

According to New York officials, before Leiby Kletzky was smothered he was given a cocktail of a muscle relaxant, an anti-psychotic substance and pain medications.

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How Gmail saved a stolen car

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

A Florida man is celebrating after police recovered his stolen car with a little help from Gmail.

Avrohom Eliezer Friedman told business website ZDNet that when his car was stolen, he was annoyed, but not because of the value of the vehicle.

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Top Democratic Party role for Jewish congresswoman

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2011

A Jewish politician has been personally chosen by President Barack Obama to take on a senior role within the Democratic Party.

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£80 to conceal alleged killer's Nazi tattoos

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2010

A man on trial for murder in Florida has been awarded nearly £80 per day to cover up his Nazi-themed tattoos.

Lawyers for John Ditullio, in court for a double stabbing in 2006 which left one victim dead and another wounded, successfully argued that if jurors could see the Nazi symbols on his skin they would be prejudiced when making their decision.

The court agreed to pay for a professional make-up artist to come in on every day of the trial and conceal Mr Ditullio’s tattoos.

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Jewish Iraq casualty remembered with Kombatika kippah

By Jennifer Lipman, November 12, 2010

The sister of a Jewish soldier from Florida killed in action three years ago has launched a project to provide special kippot to all Jewish American servicemen.

Danny Agami, who was nicknamed “GI Jew”, died after being struck by a roadside bomb during a tour of duty in Iraq in 2007.

The 25-year-old, from Florida, had named his US-Army issued yarmulke the “Kombatika”.

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US mid-terms: the Jewish winners and losers

By Jennifer Lipman, November 3, 2010

It was a mixed result for Jewish politicians as America voted in the 2010 mid-terms.

In what appears to have been the worst results in decades for the Democrats, President Barack Obama’s party has lost its majority in the House of Representatives and suffered defeats in key senate seats.

Richard Blumenthal, despite a tough challenge from the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, and a scandal over his claimed Vietnam record, was elected as the new junior Senator for Connecticut.

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Israeli billionaire arrested for sons' wild party

By Jennifer Lipman, October 15, 2010

An Israeli business tycoon has been arrested after his teenage sons held an alcohol-fuelled party at the family’s Florida mansion – and invited 500 underage guests.

Shlomi Rasabi and his wife Jeannie agreed to stay upstairs in their £4.6 million home while their 16 and 17 year-old sons hosted the event.

Police went to the property in the wealthy suburb of Boca Raton after receiving calls about noise disturbance. After they found a group of teenage girls vomiting outside, they raided the party and discovered that the boys’ parents were at home.

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"Race hate" passenger thrown off jet

By Robyn Rosen, January 7, 2010

A man has been arrested after allegedly becoming aggressive and using antisemitic threats on a Detroit-bound airplane in Miami aiport.

Mansour Mohammad Asad stood up as Northwest Airlines Flight 2485 was about to take off from Miami International Airport on Wednesday evening and said: “I'm a Palestinian and want to kill all the Jews,” according to a report by the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The plane returned to the gate where police officers removed him and used a taser when he became aggressive during a search.

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Lawyer charged in $1.2b Ponzi scheme

By Ellen Tumposky, December 3, 2009

A prominent Florida lawyer who was a major donor to US politicians and to Chabad has been charged with running a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

Scott Rothstein, 47, was arrested on five racketeering and fraud charges and could face up to 100 years in prison. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, which included conspiracy to commit money laundering, mail fraud and wire fraud, and was being held without bail.

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