Mission to save Coast Guard cutter Adak with 9/11 history

Coast Guard Cutter Adak is due to be sold to Indonesia within two weeks.

James Judge, who once served aboard the Adak, is trying to prevent this and keep Adak in the United States. He has a nonprofit that plans to convert the ship into a museum.

“On 9/11, the Adak was responsible for overseeing the largest water rescue in world history, when more than half a million people were evacuated by boat,” he told Jennifer Holton of Fox 13 News. “The Coast Guard has many 110s that they are getting ready to decommission. Any one of them can be swapped out for the Adak.”

Adak also brought thousands to the U.S. from Cuba in 1994.

Learn more here.

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Disbarred lawyer Gustavo Vila seeks 3-year prison term in Ground Zero compensation fraud

Gustavo Vila, disbarred lawyer, was convicted of stealing nearly $1,000,000 of a cancer-stricken friend’s World Trade Center compensation money. He will be sentenced on Monday, facing up to ten years in prison. He is requesting leniency, even though he was disbarred years ago for stealing another client’s down payment on a house.

Vila’s victim, retired NYPD Police Officer John Ferreyra, has World Trade Center-related cancer, reports Jonathan Bandler of the Rockland/Westchester Journal News.

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Fort Hood massacre fuels Centerville psychologist’s nearly 12-year fight

Twelve years later, the November 5, 2009 massacre that killed 13 and wounded 30 at Fort Hood has never been officially classified as a terrorist attack. This classification leaves survivors without medical care and benefits. One of them is Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning, who was shot six times and is still coping with those injuries, reports Thomas Gnau, for the Dayton Daily News.

The mass shooting has been classified as an incident of workplace violence, so the injured are not entitled to combat-injury benefits. A terrorism classification would entitle them to these benefits. There have been eight suicides among survivors of the Fort Hood attack.

Many aspects of the shooting and the shooter’s history point to the attack being an act of terrorism.

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