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In the News, September 25th, 2008

Bush : 'Our entire economy is in danger'

To most of us, it isn't a shock to hear the words as we have been primed for it by living through a housing crisis, high gas prices, a recession and so much more. But now, President Bush is telling Americans that "our entire economy is in danger" and that passage of a $700 billion bailout plan is essential. "Without immediate action by Congress, America could slip into a financial panic," Bush said. Bush has invited presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain to join negotiations on the rescue plan . President Bush is now telling the rest of us, that lawmakers risk a cascade of wiped-out retirement savings, rising home foreclosures, lost jobs and closed businesses if they fail to act on a massive financial rescue plan. "Our entire economy is in danger," he said.

Man charged with battery for passing gas.

You can't make this stuff up.
A West Virginia man who police said passed gas and fanned it toward a patrolman has been charged with battery on a police officer.

He was pulled over for driving with his headlights off. He was subsequently arrested after failing a series of sobriety tests, according to WSAZ TV in Charleston.

During fingerprinting, the man then allegedly moved closer to one of the officers and passed gas, the station reported. In the complaint, the investigating officer wrote that police noticed a "very strong" odor.

Alabama wants Jewish People

Jewish family

Larry Blumberg will put up $1 million to help relocate 20 young Jewish families to Dothan, Alabama. Click to view previous image

"If you need a robust Orthodox community, we don't have it," Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith said. "But if you want a community where your neighbors are friendly; where people smile at you in the grocery store even if they don't know you, then Dothan's for you."

Goldsmith is encouraging people to relocate: She'd like to see more Jews in Dothan.

The city of 60,000 sits in the southeastern corner the state near the state's borders with Georgia and Florida. The Jewish community in Dothan at its height, was about 100 families.

"We felt like it needed to be something that had enough sizzle that would get attention, and it really has," temple member Larry Blumberg said.

Blumberg put up $1 million to help relocate 20 young Jewish families to Dothan. The congregation took out ads in Jewish newspapers offering up to $50,000 per family.


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