Ground Zero Workers’ Law Firm Overbilled Legal Partner: Suit

By Melissa Klein and Susan Edelman New York Post

worker at the World Trade Center recovery operation

worker at the World Trade Center recovery operation

In a greedy grab for blood money, a law firm representing sick and dying Ground Zero workers overbilled its legal partner by $36 million in expenses, newly released court papers allege.

The shocking charges call into question the estimated $50 million in additional legal expenses billed to 10,000 firefighters, police officers, construction workers and others who received more than $700 million in settlements for 9/11-related ailments.

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Dangling workers rescued from World Trade Center

Associated Press

This photo, from the Fire Dept. of New York Twitter page, shows a window washer's gondola as it hangs from 1 World Trade Center, in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. AP Photo/Fire Dept. of New York, Twitter

This photo, from the Fire Dept. of New York Twitter page, shows a window washer’s gondola as it hangs from 1 World Trade Center, in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. AP Photo/Fire Dept. of New York, Twitter

Two window washers were trapped for more than an hour Wednesday on scaffolding dangling 69 stories up the side of 1 World Trade Center before firefighters were able to cut through the new skyscraper’s glass and pull them to safety.

The dramatic rescue occurred on the south side of the 1,776-foot, 104-story building, where the open-topped platform hung at about a 45-degree angle and swayed slightly in the wind.

The Fire Department said the workers were tethered and communicating with rescuers during their ordeal on the side of the nation’s tallest skyscraper.

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Mission Accomplished: Sgt. Ben Tomlinson Gets Keys to New Home for Veterans Day

By Heather Greene Jacksonville State University News

Sgt. Ben Tomlinson at his new home dedication. photo - Angie Finley, JSU

Sgt. Ben Tomlinson at his new home dedication. photo – Angie Finley, JSU

JSU student and American hero Sgt. Ben Tomlinson was the focus of Jacksonville’s 2014 Veterans Day celebration at an event that was years in the making.

While serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan in May 2010, Tomlinson was shot in the neck by a sniper, resulting in paralysis from the chest down. Upon his return to Jacksonville following his stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Tomlinson was welcomed home by hundreds of local residents.

In May 2013, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation – named in honor of FDNY 9/11 fallen Firefighter Stephen Siller – partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation to host a concert at JSU’s Burgess-Snow Field to raise funds to build a smart home for Tomlinson. Actor Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band performed to an enthusiastic hometown crowd at JSU Stadium and an outpouring of support flowed in from the community. Funds were raised through ticket sales and donations.

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