‘Scapegoat’: The lonely life of doctor who helped pinpoint Osama bin Laden

Dr. Shakeel Afridi assisted the CIA in finding Osama bin Laden and is in prison in Pakistan, held in solitude and can see his family only twice a month. The Koran is the only book he is permitted to have.

Dr. Afridi, at the Americans’ urging, used a vaccine campaign to help the CIA determine the location of bin Laden, reports Africa News.

He was imprisoned a few weeks after the raid on bin Laden’s compound. While never directly linked to the raid, he was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

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The TSA wanted 6,000 new officers by summer. Most positions are unfilled as airlines expect a passenger surge.

The Transportation Security Administration is trying to recruit thousands of new officers for airport security as travel resumes after the pandemic. They have hired roughly 2,200 new officers, but are still two-thirds away from their goal of 6,000 new TSA officers by summer 2021, reports Ian Duncan for the Washington Post. 

Recent airline passenger levels indicate a larger than expected demand for leisure travel. Roughly 1.5 million people a day are being screened at airports by the TSA. Usual numbers from the summer of 2019 reached 2.5 million people a day.

Hiring is a slow process, then officers must be trained, which takes up to six months.

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‘Amazing dad and husband’: NYPD officer killed by drunken driver remembered fondly by Queens, Long Island neighbors

Friends and neighbors of NYPD Highway Officer Anastasios Tsakos, who has been killed in a hit and run by a drunken driver, remember him with praise and love.

Officer Tsakos, 42, was married with two children, aged 6 and 3. The family moved to East Northport less than a year ago, but already have made a great impression on the neighbours

Simone Giacalone, who lived nearby contracted COVID-19 and told Brittany Kriegstein, Wes Parnell and Larry McShane of the New York Daily News, “He brought us food every day. His wife made soups for us. He texted me almost every day: ‘Do you need cold cuts? Do you need bread? Tell me, tell me.’”

Rosemarie Giacalone, who lived next door to the Tsakos family, said, “He treated us like we’ve known him for many years. Just that warm, friendly guy that was willing to help you out whenever you needed.”

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