Oklahoma City marks 19th anniversary of bombing at memorial

By Silas Allen The Oklahoman

A woman places flowers and a stuffed animal on a chair before the start of the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

A woman places flowers and a stuffed animal on a chair before the start of the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

As she stood a few feet away from an empty chair bearing her mother’s name, Dion Thomas smiled when she thought about the kind of woman Charlotte Thomas was. Although 19 years have passed since she lost her mother, Dion Thomas said she still remembers her kindness and generosity.

“She was very giving, loving — just unconditional love,” Thomas said.

On April 19, 1995, Charlotte Thomas was a 17-year employee of the Social Security Administration. She was one of the 168 people left dead after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

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Zadroga law 9/11 claims process too complex, advocates say

By Ridgely Ochs New York Newsday

More than half of the claims submitted to the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund remain incomplete, the result of a process that advocates and lawyers say had been too labor-intensive.

And although the pace of claims awarded has picked up, a report released last week by Special Master Sheila Birnbaum said about 3.6 percent of responders who have filed eligibility forms have received an award. That’s up from 2.6 percent in January and about 1 percent in November.

John Feal, founder of the 9/11 responders advocacy group FealGood Foundation, said that while the new numbers “show improvement . . . we want everyone to know we have much more work to do so that the VCF meets its goal and helps ease the financial burden of yesterday’s heroes.”

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Wall Street traders want 9/11 money

By Susan Edelman New York Post

A wave of Wall Street stock­brokers and traders are coming down with cancers blamed on the toxic dust and smoke of 9/11.

They’re joining ill Ground Zero first-responders in seeking payments from the $2.7 billion federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Of 622 cancer claims approved so far, the fund has awarded $15.5 million to 39 victims, a spokeswoman told The Post.

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