Religious Leaders Avert Death Certificate Delays

Bowing to pressure from Jewish and Muslim leaders who warned that funerals could be delayed, state lawmakers have tentatively agreed to reject proposed budget cuts that would have drastically reduced funding for medical examiners across New York.

Satmar-Backed Abuse Bill Excludes Many Adults

At the urging of the Catholic Church and some Brooklyn Orthodox Jewish leaders, the state legislature has given new life to a bill to address child sexual abuse considered weaker than one favored by groups representing sexual abuse survivors.

New Roadmap? The Simpsons will travel to Israel on an episode airing this fall.

‘The Simpsons’ Bring Peace to the Middle East

Some say politicians will bring peace to the Middle East; others think only the messiah could summon such a miracle. But this fall, Homer Simpson, father of America’s favorite animated TV family, will prove them all wrong.

Play Your Cards Right... With Some Wrongs

After working up a sweat from beating down ModelWorks’ Smash-Me Bernie doll, relax with the “world’s biggest hoaxes, hoodwinks and bamboozles” trading cards, included in a 2009 set from Topps.

Ricky Gervais: Creator of ?The Office.?

‘The Office’ Gets Israeli Makeover

Israeli TV viewers are getting their own branch of “The Office.”