‘CBS This Morning’ to broadcast from top of One World Trade Center on Wednesday

The Associated Press

Nobody’s hoping for a clear day in New York on Wednesday more than the staff at “CBS This Morning,” which is broadcasting its entire two-hour show from the new 102nd floor observation deck at One World Trade Center.

It’s an important booking for the morning show hosted by Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose, where things are looking up in its perpetual competition with ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today” show.

The observation deck at the New York City skyscraper, the tallest in the United States, opens to the public on May 29. Read More »

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Texas College Pledges Full Scholarship to Child of Fallen FDNY or NYPD Officer

Joseph Stepansky  NY Daily News

A Lone Star State public college has pledged a full scholarship to the child of a fallen officer or firefighter from the New York City area.

The University of Texas at Austin is the first college to partner with the Silver Shield Foundation to offer the scholarship program — part of an initiative to broaden the college support the foundation offers, the organization announced Monday.

“We are honored to offer this opportunity to a top student whose family has given so much to their city and country,” University of Texas at Austin’s President Bill Powers said in a statement. Read More »

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9/11 victims remembered with ‘Tunnel to Towers’ climb

Haimy Assefa, CNN

On Sunday 1,000 people ascended the stairs of the Freedom Tower in honor of the lives lost in the September 11 attacks.

The new 1 World Trade Center. Photo CNN

The new 1 World Trade Center. Photo CNN

Firefighters, military members, friends and family of fallen first responders, and others climbed nearly 2,000 stairs as part of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers stair climb.

“It’s a very historic and iconic day,” said Frank Siller, brother of Stephen Siller, a firefighter who died in the attacks. Siller is also CEO of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Sunday’s climb raised money to build a “smart home” for the families of severely wounded veterans as part of the foundation’s Building for America’s Bravest program, said Siller.

Bryan Dilberian, a triple amputee and Afghanistan veteran whose “smart home” is currently under construction, was met with loud cheers at the start line and was able to complete the climb on prosthetics. Read More »

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