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FDNY chief to run New York City Marathon in father’s honor

FDNY Battalion Chief Joe Downey will run his sixth marathon this weekend with two of his nieces, running in honor of his father, Deputy Chief Ray Downey, Sr., who was killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The father and son ran a marathon, Joe’s first, together in 1981. One day, Joe hopes […]

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Why should 9/11 terrorist walk free when my son will never come home? Mother of businessman killed in Twin Towers tells of heartache as money man behind attack is out after less than 15 years

Joy Bennett, an Englishwoman whose son, Oli, was killed at the age of 29 in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, spoke to the Daily Mail about her feelings that Mounir el-Motassedeq, an al Qaeda terrorist who helped to finance the attacks, has been freed. An excerpt is below. “It’s hard to put into words […]

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College student Caitlin Nelson choked to death during a pancake-eating contest. Now, her family is suing the school.

Caitlin Nelson, 20, died last year after choking during a charity pancake-eating contest. Her family has filed a lawsuit against Sacred Heart University for sponsoring the contest, alleging that the college “failed to investigate the safety of a pancake eating contest before granting approval.” The suit also claims that the school did not provide “adequate and […]

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