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NY/NJ Port Authority Police Officers Michael Wholey left and David LeMagne right last seen in this picture assisting in the evacuation on 9/11/01. They immediately ran back in to assist in further rescue, never to be seen alive again.

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During the events of 9/11, 2,977 lives were lost that we know of. Of those victims, 412 were emergency workers in New York City who responded to the World Trade Center. 

  • 343 firefighters (including a chaplain and two paramedics) of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
  • 37 police officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department (PAPD), as well as one police dog, named Sirius.
  • 23 police officers of the New York City Police Department (NYPD)
  • 8 emergency medical technicians and paramedics from private emergency medical services
  • 1 Patrolman from the New York Fire Patrol

412 men and women risked their lives to save others, and as a result lost their own. But because of their bravery, an estimated 87% of all occupants in World Trade Center Towers 1 and 2 exited in less than two hours. 

On August 7, 2017, the 1,641st victim was identified as a result of newly available DNA technology. There are still 1,112 victims to this date who have not been identified.

Approximately 18,000 people have been estimated to have developed illnesses as a result of the toxic dust, which was rife with various carcinogens. Many have died as a result of inhaling this dust, though the number is difficult to estimate.

Fires continued to burn in lower Manhattan for 99 days after the attack.

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Dallas Dance: Free Speech in Self Expression
A young man at my high school is currently not able to recite a poem at our senior talent show because his poem topic is about the "black lives matter" movement.His piece did not contain anything offensive but our principal claimed it was too controversial and an attack on police. It does not contain...

Hey guys I usually don’t post things outside of this blog’s theme but an issue of freedom of speech has just occurred in my county, Baltimore MD.

Senior, Marcus Shaw has been told that he can not read his poem about the Black Live Matter movement at his senior talent show. He is an outstanding person and his poem is incredibly powerful. I encourage you to read it here and sign the petition.

Marcus was quoted, “My name is Marcus Shaw and I am a senior at Towson High School. Since I was enrolled in the Law and Public Policy Program in 9th grade, I have attempted to make an impact at my school, county, and country. During my 9th and 10th grade year, I played JV basketball and was the captain in my 10th grade year. In my 11th grade year, I created a writing club at, I was named Law Student of the Year finalist, and I received an award for being an AP scholar with distinction. During the summer after my junior year, I interned for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and participated in programs that allowed me to meet with the President of the United States. As a senior, I am the class president of my school, the co-legislative director for Baltimore County Student Councils, the vice president of the Habitat for Humanity Chapter at my school, the founding president of the newly established National English Honor Society chapter at my school, and mentor of at risk youths at my high school. I also write spoken word poetry. This year, when the senior talent show was open for auditions, I auditioned my poem that was published in Towson High School’s literary arts magazine, Colophon. The poem is attached to this email. My principal Charlene DiMino declined my admission to the performance. She called it offensive and an attack on the police. During my meeting to review the poem, she could not articulate which lines were offensive but instead invited Towson’s SRO (school resource officer) into her office. Then they both explained to me that the poem could not be performed at the senior talent show because of, what they described as, the overall offensive tone of the poem. Mrs. DiMino then went on to imply that my lack of relationship with police officers could be the reason why I wrote such a poem until she learned of my grandfather’s 33 years of service as a police officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She never took the time to give constructive criticism. Instead, the meeting left me feeling frustrated, censored, and helpless because I had no further recourse. I was not instructed, but rather derailed from the very thing I’m taught in my enrolled program.”

Thank you for reading.

Report: Snowy owls shot at NY airport to protect planes

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has ordered wildlife specialists at area airports to shoot snowy owls, a source tells NBC New York.

At least three birds have been killed, a Port Authority source tells the New York Daily News, which first reported the story.

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Christie Knew About Lane Closings, Ex-Port Authority Official Says

The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it.

In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” three weeks ago.

“Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some,” the letter added.

The letter marked the first signal that Mr. Christie may have been aware of the closings, something he repeatedly denied during thenews conference.

In early January, documents revealed that a deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, Bridget Anne Kelly, had sent an email to Mr. Wildstein saying, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” the town at the New Jersey end of the bridge, where Mr. Christie’s aides had pursued but failed to receive an endorsement from the mayor.

icouldplayanything  asked:

okay, just to make sure i understand this whole Chris Christie thing, can you explain it in a simple way?

Someone who worked for Chris Christie thought it might be a good idea to fuck around with the mayor of Fort Lee, NJ because the mayor didn’t support Christie’s re-election.  So she got together with at least two other people — one a Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the bi-state, quasi-governmental agency that runs JFK, LGA and Newark airports and a few tunnels and bridges — including the George Washington Bridge, the most heavily-traveled bridge in the world.  That fucking around consisted of shutting down traffic lanes that led from Fort Lee to the GWB, causing massive traffic tieups for four days beginning on Sept. 12 9.  Not only were civilian drivers inconvenienced — first responders, AKA police and firefighters, as well as school bus drivers and commercial vehicles were severely delayed, and in at least one case, an ambulance responding to a call of an unconscious, 91-year-old woman took twice as long as normal to get to the home of the victim, who was pronounced dead.  Until yesterday, when the Governor claimed he found out the true nature of the lane closures, Chris Christie denied knowing anything about it — a little difficult to believe considering that Christie was a federal prosecutor who, you know, pays attention to things like “details.”  Anyway, Christie fired the staffer in question; asked his former campaign manager to withdraw his name for consideration for (Republican) party leadership positions; and is now the subject of an investigation into the matter by the U.S. Attorney, the State Legislature, and, oh yeah, the Port Authority.  In short: an unabashed abuse of power took place under Chris Christie’s watch, and now the (formerly?) presumptive GOP presidential nominee in 2016 has, at the very least, stepped in the proverbial pile of political shit.  Ta-da!

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It was 7 August 1974. French high-wire artist Philippe Petit (24) was about to perform what would be called the “artistic crime of the century”. Petit balanced on a 450-pound cable and walked across it at 7 AM. The cable was attached to the Twin Towers, which were still under construction. He spent a total of forty-five minutes on the wire performing tricks alongside walking. He danced, laid down and knelt to salute onlookers all whilst being 1,350 feet up.

He walked across the wire a total of eight times before being arrested for trespassing. After a psychiatric evaluation where he was deemed sane, all charges were dropped in return for a free show in Central Park. Petit was also given a lifetime pass to the Twin Towers’ Observation Deck by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Whilst there he autographed a steel beam close to the point where he began his walk.

The movie ’The Walk’ is based on him and his performance. (x | x)

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Ex-Port Authority Official Says '€˜Evidence Exists'€™ Christie Knew About Lane Closings

The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, central to the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, said on Friday that “evidence exists” the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening.

In a letter released by his lawyer, the former official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” three weeks ago.

In which an appointed official in the Christie administration just threw Christie under the bridge.