Maine lawmaker proposes state holiday for 9/11

Legislators in Maine are considering making September 11th a state-wide holiday.

The holiday was proposed by residents of the state and lawmakers are considering if they think it is the best way to honor the states’s law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel, reports Mal Leary for MainePublic.org.

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National report – elevated amount of 9/11 first responders diagnosed with leukemia

A new study has shown that leukemia rates are higher among those who responded to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center than in the general population. An account of the study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Spectrum.

This is no surprise to the September 11th community, who have seen abnormal rates of blood cancers among those exposed to World Trade Center toxins for years.

Dr. Jacqueline Moline is one of the writers of the study. She attributes the rise in leukemia to benzene, a chemical in jet fuel. She told Long Island News 12 that she expects more forms of cancer will be added to the WTC Health Registry.

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Staten Island woman who stole $400k from charity for slain police officers gets 2 years

Lorraine Shanley was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing from a charity for families of slain police officers. Shanley acted as treasurer for Survivors of the Shield while pocketing more than $400,000 from them, spending the money on luxuries for herself and her family. The charity helps widows and families of police officers killed in the line of duty and is funded mostly by contributions from active-duty police officers, reports Stephen Rex Brown for the New York Daily News.

The charity’s reputation has been damaged by Shanley’s crimes, along with the reputations of many honest widows who have worked hard to support those in need for many years.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman told the court, “With every paycheck, thousands of New York City Police Department officers and employees donated to charity to support the surviving spouses and children of officers killed in the line of duty. Yet for years, Lorraine Shanley exploited that generosity, using her position as the charity’s volunteer treasurer to steal over $400,000 for herself and her family. Today’s sentence sends a clear message that those who commit such fraud will face serious consequences.”

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