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9/11 Mosque 'Like Superman Fortress'

Developer 'looking forward' to groundbreaking in two years

(Newser) - A design`for the controversial Ground Zero mosque in Manhattan is being compared to the " Fortress of Solitude ," Superman's futuristic crystalline headquarters of comic book and movie fame. Some of the shapes in the 16-story white honeycomb highrise also appear to resemble the Jewish star of David, but the... More »

Mosque Developer Owes Rent

Man behind Cordoba House evicted from Manhattan office

(Newser) - The developer behind the not-quite-at-Ground Zero mosque is being evicted from his office space over back rent. Sharif El-Gamal, who runs Soho Properties from an office at 552 Broadway in Manhattan, is said to owe $39,000 in back rent, reports the Daily News . El-Gamal, whose rental agreement expires October... More »

Teen Reality TV Finalist Scouted Mosque Location

Francisco Patino probably had no idea what he would spark

(Newser) - The mastermind behind the “ Ground Zero mosque ” location: A 19-year-old former reality show finalist from Colombia. Francisco Patino, who came to the US at 12, scored a spot on American Inventor in 2006 by developing a dual-passenger bicycle. The show happened to be playing at a Sharper Image... More »

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