Talansky fails to appear for second court hearing on assault charges

Morris Talansky, the Long Island businessman who says he handed Prime Minister Olmert envelopes filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars, failed to appear for a second court hearing in New York Wednesday, on assault charges involving a dispute with his dentist. Talansky's lawyer, Anthony Colleluori, said his client could not appear because he was in Israel where he will be questioned next week. The hearing was adjourned. Talansky, 75, faces third-degree assault charges, a misdemeanor, for allegedly attacking his longtime dentist Leonard Barashick, 84, at a dental lab over a financial dispute last year.