Judge blasts 1 World Trade Center BASE jumpers as he refuses to toss their felony charges

By Barry Paddock, Shayna Jacobs New York Daily News

A Manhattan judge refused to toss felony charges against three 1 World Trade Center BASE jumpers and their lookout, calling their stunt “inexcusable self-indulgence” in a decision filed Tuesday.

Lawyers for Andrew Rossig, James Brady, Marko Markovich and accused accomplice Kyle Hartwell argued that burglary counts should be tossed against the group because they were not even inside it when they leaped from the 1,776-foot unfinished tower on September 30, 2013.

“Turning to the incident itself, defendants’ thrill-seeking conduct is nothing more than inexcusable self-indulgence. The defendants also exhibited a callous disregard for the safety of the community,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon wrote in his decision.

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Floors filling up fast at 1 World Trade Center

By Steve Cuozzo New York Post

What a typical office space would look like from the 63rd floor of 1 World Trade Center. Photo: Getty Images

What a typical office space would look like from the 63rd floor of 1 World Trade Center. Photo: Getty Images

While downtown detractors try to sell the lie that the district has too much empty space — especially at the World Trade Center — the skyscraper formerly known as the Freedom Tower just goes on making deals.

In the latest lease at the Port Authority and Durst Organization’s 1 WTC, location-based mobile advertising firm xAd has just taken the tower’s entire 60th floor with 43,849 square feet.

The news comes on the heels of last week’s signing of online gaming shop High 5 Games to 87,000 square feet on the 58th and 59th floors. That transaction was barely noticed on a day when 1 WTC coverage was dominated by the plight and rescue of window washers trapped on a suspended scaffold.

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Daughter of FDNY firefighter killed on 9/11 to graduate from Fire Academy

By Caitlin Nolan New York Daily News

Josephine Smith has lived by three words since her father, FDNY firefighter Kevin Smith, was killed in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks — “Make him proud.”

And come Tuesday, when Smith, 34, graduates from the Fire Academy and becomes the first daughter of a firefighter killed on 9/11 to become a firefighter herself, she will have achieved that goal.

“I couldn’t be more honored to follow in my father’s footsteps and carry out his legacy,” Smith told the Daily News. “It’s a big deal to me.”

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