Parents of 9/11 Victim Asia Cottom Honor Her with Book and Foundation

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Asia Cottom

Asia Cottom

When Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 after being hijacked, the world saw the outpouring of grief and support across America. However, for one family, the grief was intensely personal. Asia Cottom, 11, was one of three DC Public School students on the airplane when Flight 77 crashed that morning. The plan was for her to take part in one of America’s premier undersea projects — the Sustainable Seas Expedition. She had been chosen to go on a four-day National Geographic field trip to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in Santa Barbara, California.

Dealing with the loss of their daughter was indescribable for Clifton and Michelle Cottom, but in the days and weeks following 9/11 they were amazed by the outpouring of support, even from complete strangers, in the form of cards, letters and money. They began to wonder what to do with the funds, and finally decided to honor their daughter’s memory in a way that highlighted her academic achievements: by establishing a scholarship in her memory. The Asia SiVon Cottom Memorial Scholarship Fund or ASC, has been awarded to many recipients throughout the years; in fact, the very first recipient received her Juris Doctorate and is very successful.

While the Cottoms were pleased to be able to help those who need assistance in attaining a college education, they wanted to share more of Asia’s story. The couple decided to write a book, and Asia’s New Wings: The Untold Story of a Young Girl Lost on 9/11 is scheduled to be published by Next Century Publishing on September 11, 2014.

The Cottoms hope to honor Asia, share her story and show the world that children were also victims on that tragic day. In light of the continuing strife throughout the world, the Cottoms hope that Asia’s story will resonate in the hearts and minds of everyone who reads it and that her legacy of love and hope will continue for generations to come.

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Paramount Pictures Issues an Apology for Releasing Ninja Turtle 9/11 Poster


Paramount Pictures apologizes on Wednesday for the release of a marketing poster for its upcoming film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” depicting its four ninja turtles jumping from an exploding building and emphasizing its September 11 release date.

The poster has made public on Australian Paramount Pictures Twitter account as well as in its official Facebook page. The posts were deleted soon after it received flood of criticisms from its followers.

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Court Rules in Favor of 9/11 Cross, Against Atheist Lawsuit

By Michael Gryboski Christian Post

Photo: Peter Morgan, Reuters

Photo: Peter Morgan, Reuters

An appeals court has ruled against an atheist organization that was suing to have a cross removed from the National September 11 Museum.

A three-judge panel from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that “the cross at Ground Zero” at the museum does not violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

“American Atheists contend that the Port Authority and the foundation impermissibly promote Christianity in violation of the Establishment Clause and deny atheists equal protection of the laws by displaying the cross at Ground Zero in the museum unaccompanied by some item acknowledging that atheists were among the victims and rescuers on September 11,” read the opinion.

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