9/11 victims

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9/11 Widow Sues Saudi Arabia

The first after Congress opened way for such suits, more to follow

(Newser) - When Navy Cmdr. Patrick Dunn died in the attack at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, he left behind a wife who would give birth to their daughter seven months later. Now, 15 years after his death, CNN reports that Dunn's widow, Stephanie DeSimone, is suing the kingdom of... More »

Obama Just Suffered First Override of His Presidency

Families of 9/11 victims can sue Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - Congress has rejected a veto by President Obama for the first time in his presidency. The House voted 348-77 Wednesday to override his veto and to allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the attackers, reports AP . The Senate... More »

As Towers Burned, a Hero in Red Bandanna Saved Lives

New book tells tale of trader Welles Crowther

(Newser) - His father gave him a red bandanna when he was 6, and Welles Crowther carried one every day after, tucked in his back pocket or, when playing lacrosse or hockey, under his helmet. And so it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when the 24-year-old Boston College graduate—an equities trader... More »

Fire Chief Killed on 9/11 Finally Gets His Funeral

Lawrence Stack's remains, required for a Catholic funeral, were never found

(Newser) - New York Fire Department battalion chief Lawrence Stack was laid to rest Friday—nearly 15 years after he died when the World Trader Center collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Times reports. Stack was helping an injured business man from Iowa when the north tower collapsed, killing him.... More »

1979 Iran Hostages Finally Get Their Money

Each of 37 survivors can receive up to $4.4M

(Newser) - Survivors of the Iranian hostage crisis will be awarded up to $4.4 million each, more than three decades after their 444 days in captivity. The terms are laid out in a spending bill President Obama signed into law last week, which also includes reparation for victims of other terrorist... More »

13 Years Later, 9/11 Victim IDed

Patrice Braut was only Belgian citizen to die in World Trade Center attacks

(Newser) - Of the 2,753 people who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, 1,639 have now been identified. New York City's medical examiner's office yesterday announced that retesting of remains had led to another positive ID: that of Patrice Braut. The 31-year-old was the only... More »

American Flag Flown at WTC After 9/11 Stolen

Flag had been given to family of fallen firefighter

(Newser) - After 29-year-old Jonathan Ielpi was killed while responding to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the fallen firefighter's sister Melissa Brengel was given an American flag that flew over the WTC during the clean-up. "We put it out during certain times of the year just to... More »

What the 9/11 Museum Was Like for One Victim's Brother

Steve Kandell reflects on having your worst day turned into a tourist attraction

(Newser) - After Steve Kandell's sister was killed in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, his family objected to the media referring to her as a hero. Shari "was just a person who happened to have gotten to work a little early on a Tuesday morning, and that... More »

More Cops Dead From 9/11 Illness Than 9/11 Attacks

Those lost to 9/11-attributed illness now number 71

(Newser) - It's a dismal milestone: The number of police officers who have lost their lives to 9/11-related illnesses has passed the number who died in the attacks themselves. The AP reports that 71 officers have now died from the former, compared to 60 in the latter group. The news comes... More »

Remains of 9/11 Victims to Be Moved

Families complain they were only given a week's notice

(Newser) - The unidentified remains of 9/11 victims will be moved from the medical examiner's office to a new repository at Ground Zero this Saturday, New York City has announced. Authorities say the remains will be moved to the specially built repository at bedrock level in a "solemn, somber, respectful... More »

First 9/11 Victim Was Internet Genius

Danny Lewin was killed when he fought hijackers

(Newser) - On the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the Internet is remembering one of its own: Danny Lewin, an Internet genius who was also likely the very first victim of the day, and whose story is just now fully coming to light. Slate and Salon are featuring excerpts from... More »

Inside the Messy Fight to Adopt a 9/11 Victim's Child

Claire Gorayeb has been in long legal battle with girl's biological father

(Newser) - When Catherine Gorayeb died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, the single mom left a 2-year-old behind. Her sister, Claire—three months pregnant herself—immediately moved from Boston to New York City to take care of Gorayeb's daughter, was quickly appointed her niece's legal guardian, and started... More »

Workers Search for Remains Near New 9/11 Plane Debris

Remains of about 1K still not recovered

(Newser) - Workers for the New York City medical examiner's office have begun sifting soil for human remains at a site near the World Trade Center where a plane part was found last week. The part was wedged between an apartment building and a mosque that in 2010 prompted virulent national... More »

Search for Human Remains Among 9/11 Debris Resumes

New York City medical examiner begins 10-week effort

(Newser) - The task of sifting through construction debris from the World Trade Center site in an effort to find any human remains from the 9/11 terrorist attacks resumed today, says the New York City medical examiner. Such sifting last occurred in 2010, and the latest work is expected to continue for... More »

Whistleblower: We Asked to Bury 9/11 Remains at Sea

Former Dover Air Force Base mortuary director speaks out

(Newser) - The 9/11 remains that ended up in a landfill could have been buried at sea instead: That's the plan some officials at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary pushed for, but their superiors in the military rejected it. "We fought the fight, but I had zero clout back... More »

Remains of 9/11 Victims Dumped in Landfill

Dover Air Force Base under fire for treatment of cremated remains

(Newser) - Small, incinerated portions of the remains of 9/11 victims ended up in a landfill, the Pentagon has acknowledged for the first time. The remains of victims of the attacks in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon, too small to identify, were brought to the Dover Air Force Base mortuary, where they... More »

Number Protesting 'Ground Zero Mosque' Opening: Zero

Well, that was anticlimactic

(Newser) - The definition of anticlimactic: Following almost two years of clashes between those who planned the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” and those who protested it, the Park51 Islamic cultural center opened its first exhibition in New York yesterday without incident. Spectators, not protesters, viewed an exhibit featuring photos of New... More »

10 Years Later, Last 9/11 Wrongful Death Suit Settled

But Mark Bavis' family will still fight for safer air travel

(Newser) - At last year’s 9/11 anniversary, there was just one victim's family who still refused to settle their wrongful death lawsuit. But little more than one week after this year’s anniversary, the Bavis family has changed its mind. Family members of hockey scout Mark Bavis wanted to expose... More »

9/11 Victim's Name Misspelled on Memorial

Family of Jeffrey Schreier finds typo

(Newser) - The engravers at the new 9/11 memorial in New York City aren't quite done: The family of victim Jeffrey Schreier has discovered that his name was spelled incorrectly, reports the New York Post . It reads "Jeffery" instead of "Jeffrey." Schreier was one of the Cantor Fitzgerald... More »

Algorithm Arranges Names on 9/11 Memorial

Order reflects 2,983 personal and professional relationships

(Newser) - The 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero will be dedicated this weekend, and Scientific American explains how planners used a complex algorithm to figure out how to arrange the 2,983 names of victims. They're not alphabetical but instead grouped by sets and subsets of personal and professional relationships. For... More »

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