World Trade Center column sits hidden in Amsterdam, NY park

Rachel Yonkunas News 10

Amsterdam, NY — Four years ago, the city of Amsterdam purchased [sic – none of the World Trade Center was sold] a column from the fallen World Trade Center. But now it sits far away in a corner of Riverlink Park.

It was placed there because the city intended to build a memorial around the column.

“I think those plans were quite ambitious and needed quite a bit of funding,” Amsterdam Parks and Recreation Director Rob Spagnola said.

As a result, that project was never completed, and the city never expected a new plan would take so long. Read More »

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Penalty phase begins in Marathon bombing trial

Patricia Wen, Milton J. Valencia, Kevin Cullen and Martin Finucane Boston Globe

Boston Marathon terror bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is an unrepentant killer who attacked the world-renowned race to make a political statement, committing “unbearable, indescribable” murders, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday in opening statements in the second phase of Tsarnaev’s trial.

“His destiny was determined by his actions. And he was destined and determined to be America’s worst nightmare,” Assistant US Attorney Nadine Pellegrini told a federal jury in Boston, arguing that Tsarnaev should receive the death penalty.

Unveiling portraits of the three people killed in the bombing and the MIT police officer killed several days later by Tsarnaev, 21, and his brother, Pellegrini said, “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took them all away. They are all beautiful and now they are all gone.” Read More »

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Arlington Civic Federation 9/11 Scholarship Fund gets boost

Inside Nova

The Arlington County Civic Federation’s 9/11 Scholarship Program, which has presented more than $300,000 in scholarships to children of Arlington public-safety personnel since 2002, recently received a donation of $10,000 from the Arlington County Police Department’s 9/11 Fund.

“I can’t think of a better place to send this money,” said retired Police Capt. Kevin Reardon, who made the presentation at the Civic Federation’s annual dinner on April 17.

The scholarship program was conceived as a way to give back to first responders at the Pentagon during the 2001 terrorist attacks. It has provided 71 scholarships, but has seen donations decline in recent years. Scholarship funds are administered by the Arlington Community Foundation. Read More »

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