9/11 Mom with ‘Unfortunate Knowledge’ Counseled Survivors

By Matt Stout Boston Herald

Less than a day after the bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon finish line last year, Christie Coombs got the first call.

For many, the Abington mother is the face of scores of resilient families who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. And she has “unfortunate knowledge” that can help others grieving after a catastrophic event.

The question that April day was simple: Would she be up to talking to families and survivors looking to navigate the pain in the terror attack’s wake? Coombs’ response was simple.

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Four more cancers added to list covered under Zadroga Act

By Ridgely Ochs New York Newsday

Four more cancers were formally, and finally, added to the list of those covered under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Monday.

On Feb. 18 the administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program, Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, issued an interim final rule that added four more cancers to the list of about 60 already covered.

These were brain, cervical, pancreatic and testicular cancers.

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USS Somerset Arrives at its New Home Port, San Diego


USS Somerset. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries/Released)

USS Somerset. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries/Released)

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The third of three Navy ships named in connection with the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is scheduled to arrive at its San Diego home port Monday.

The 684-foot amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset, the ninth vessel of its class, was commissioned March 1 in Philadelphia before an estimated audience of 5,000 people.

“The crew of Somerset has worked extremely hard to train, qualify and prepare this great ship for service,” said Capt. Thomas Dearborn, the commanding officer. “They have met all challenges head-on and they have produced outstanding results exceeding all expectations.”

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