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Dec. 3—Newly published credit card statements detail past spending by the longtime leader of California's largest state employee union, showing she spent nearly $7,000 on gifts for top union officers and thousands of dollars on international travel for union purposes. The documents show former SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker paid $4,500 to Disney Resorts in the largest gift to an ...

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Dec. 3—PLATTSBURGH — Temple Beth Israel's Hanukkah celebration this year was determined largely by COVID for the second consecutive year. "And the fact that Hanukkah is showing up one week after Thanksgiving, which meant that it would be the exact perfect time for people to have traveled to see family and come back with viruses and spread them to others," Rabbi David Kominsky said. "That ...

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Credit UN Watch in Geneva for keeping a careful eye on the goings-on here on the East River, as the United Nations continues its incessant campaign to isolate, condemn, vilify, ostracize and denounce the most democratic nation in the Middle East. That’s Israel, the only Jewish country in the roster of 193, which is probably just a coincidence, as no one would ever think of singling out and ...

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Tel Aviv — Israel has ended the controversial mobile phone monitoring of coronavirus patients infected with the Omicron variant after a few days. In light of "the updated assessment of the situation," Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz decided to do so, Bennett's office announced on Thursday evening.The mobile phone surveillance by the domestic intelligence ...

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Dec. 2—What may be the world's only Hanukkah menorah formed by hot air balloons, will be illuminated on Sunday, the last night of the eight-day celebration, as part of the 6th annual Hanukkah Night Glow. The event will be held at Balloon Fiesta Park from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. There will be gifts for children as well as hot latkes (potato pancakes) and beverages. Attendance is free. As part of ...

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The League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge welcomes the community to Lunch with the League on Tuesday, Dec. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. In an effort to keep everyone safe during this time of pandemic, the gathering will again be virtual. Those who desire to gain access to the meeting may do so by following the instructions provided at the close of this article, a news release stated. LWVTN.org ...

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Dec. 2—As holiday travel begins, the COVID-19 omicron variant has landed in the United States. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first known case of the omicron variant in the United States on Wednesday, days after its rapid spread in South Africa and numerous mutations prompted worldwide concern. Experts had been warning that the variant was likely already in the ...

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Dec. 2—Israeli company Nanosono, which has developed antibacterial and anti-virus materials (including masks protecting against Covid), has announced that it has received an investment of several million dollars from Turkish company ODAS. The investment will be used to set up a joint factory in Turkey for antibacterial materials as well as for further development of its technology at its R&D ...

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Tel Aviv — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has come under massive criticism for a trip abroad by his family. Bennett had recommended as recently as Friday that people do not travel abroad because of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.Bennett's wife and children flew out on Wednesday, his office confirmed on Thursday. No details were given on the holiday destination. Bennett had told ...

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WASHINGTON — Aside from being a growing source of frustration for Democrats and foreign governments, the stonewalling by Republicans of President Joe Biden’s diplomatic nominees is disturbing Senate experts and former ambassadors for what it forebodes about the future of the institution and the basic functioning of U.S. foreign policy. At this point in his presidency, Biden has had a much ...