Blood drive March 7 to honor heroic firefighter killed in September 11 terrorist attacks

Ann Marie Barron Staten Island Advance 

Firefighter John G. Chipura died a hero on September 11, 2001. Now, Staten Islanders are asked to do something heroic in his memory: Donate blood.

A blood drive will be held Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium of Our Lady Help of Christians R.C. Church in memory of  Chipura, of Pleasant Plains, who died in the line of duty during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

FF John G. Chipura

FF John G. Chipura

The drive has been held annually for 11 years in memory of Chipura, 39, a firefighter with Engine Co. 219 in Brooklyn, who died while attempting to rescue victims in the World Trade Center. Read More »

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Military judge halts 9/11 trial citing Defense Dept. overreach

A military judge has put the oft-delayed 9/11 trial on hold until the Department of Defense walks back an order requiring the judges presiding over the case to move to Guantanamo Bay in order to proceed with the trial.

The Defense Department’s interference stems from a controversial order issued in January requiring the judges in three active terror trials to relocate to the US base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It would also strip military judges of other duties, including presiding over US service members’ court martials.

The judge, Army Col. James Pohl, said in a 10-page ruling on Wednesday that the relocation order created “at least the appearance of an unlawful attempt to press the military judge to accelerate the pace of litigation and an improper attempt to usurp judicial discretion.” Read More »

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Trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to begin next week: officials

Denis Slattery  New York Daily News

The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin next week, court officials said.

Opening statements are expected to start March 4, officials said Wednesday.

Jury selection was slowed by winter weather and prospective jurors who said they either already believe Tsarnaev, 21, is guilty or had personal connections to the April 2013 attacks that killed three people and injured more than 260. Read More »

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