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Woman Still Searching for Owner of Wedding Photo Found at Ground Zero 13 Years Ago

UPDATE: The owner has been found thanks to a woman on Twitter. Read the recap over at Mashable.

 

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via Mashable:

Thirteen years after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, one woman is still searching for the owner of a wedding photo discovered at Ground Zero.

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe tweeted a scan of the weathered photo out to her Twitter followers on Thursday night and called for others to retweet it. Since then, the photo has been retweeted more than 27,000 times (and counting).

Though Keefe and several of her dedicated friends have posted the image to various social media accounts on Sept. 11 each year since the attacks, she told Mashable, the story has never managed to cut through the clutter. In 2011, she posted the image on the 11th of each month to mark the tragedy’s tenth anniversary. But this year, when she shared the image on Twitter, Keefe saw a greater response than ever before; she credited Boston blog Universal Hub with generating interest.

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Atheist Group Sues Over ‘Ground Zero Cross’ At 9/11 Memorial

Ground Zero CrossReports the Associated Press via the Wall Street Journal:

NEW YORK — The installation of a cross-shaped steel beam at the Sept. 11 memorial at ground zero is unconstitutional, a national atheist group argued in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, asking a judge to order it removed or request that other religions and nonreligious views be equally represented at the site.

The museum is a public institution and should not reflect a specific religion, said the American Atheists, a nonprofit group aimed at safeguarding separation of church and state that filed the civil lawsuit in Manhattan State Supreme Court.

The cross was found amid the wreckage from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by a construction worker who said he stumbled onto a miracle. It was moved to the ground zero site last weekend from a temporary post after a blessing by a Catholic priest and is to become part of the permanent collection of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.

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NYC Advertisment Featuring Photoshopped 9/11 Firefighter Pulled

Fireman AdJamie Schram writes in the New York Post:

An ad agency for a law firm specializing in 9/11 lawsuits said today it is pulling the controversial posters after it was revealed that the somber, soot-smeared FDNY firefighter holding an image of the charred remains of the World Trade Center was not actually at Ground Zero.

“We issue a sincere and deep apology to Firefighter [Robert] Keiley and this ad will not run again,” said John Barker, president of the Barker/DZP ad agency.

The Post reported today that Keiley — who joined New York’s Bravest only in 2004 — was working as a model when he posed for what he thought would be used for a run-of-the-mill fire-prevention ad.

He appeared in generic firefighter gear and gripped a helmet for the shot — not the photo of the destroyed Twin Towers that was “put” into his hands with Photoshop software for the Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern ad.

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‘The View’ Hosts Walk Out On Bill O’Reilly

'The View's' Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar demonstrate how best to deal with Bill O'Reilly when you disagree: walk away. The Washington Post reports:
Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg made it clear on today's "The View": They are not fans of Bill O'Reilly. During his visit to their show today, the conversation turned to the Park51 community center. O'Reilly staunchly attacked President Obama for not commenting on the "appropriateness" of the location.
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Quran Burning Story: This Is How The Media Embarrass Themselves

Jason Linkins writes on Huffington Post:
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[Thursday] afternoon, the leader of a microscopic cult of idiots who announced plans to stage an “international” day of Quran burning in Gainesville, Florida held a press conference, for a rapt media which decided that his moronic plans were the single most important thing going on in America. At that press conference, in front of “9/11 Truther” signs, this cult leader lied to everyone who was watching, telling them that he was going to call off his 9/11 book burning festival because he had successfully reached a deal with the people behind the Park51 community center in Lower Manhattan, in which they would move their facility away from the site of the World Trade Center.

Not a word of this was true, but it was amazing, all the same — at one fell swoop, we had finally knit up the strands of a season of irrationality into one big, shiny, synergized knot.

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Body Parts of 9/11 Victims Map Used To Oppose ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

Photo from NY Post

Fox News often takes things a step too far, but to use a map of the distance where human remains were found as an argument against a mosque, is just uncalled for. Via RawStory:

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has set what may be a new standard of shamelessness by marking the anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks with the publication of a map of human remains originally developed by the New York Fire Department in 2002.

“Here’s the chilling proof that Ground Zero stretches well beyond the boundaries of the World Trade Center site,” Murdoch’s New York Post boasted. “The map was obtained by The Post from sources after the Fire Department did not respond to requests to review it. It shows that remains were found just 348 feet to the south of the mosque site at 45 Park Place.”

An even more ominous version of the same map, with lurid red dots glowing like puddles of freshly-spilled blood against a dark background, was deployed by the hosts of Fox News’ Fox & Friends on Friday morning.

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Fox News, Rupert Murdoch and the ‘Terror Mosque’

Thanks to Andrew Lander for sending this little bit of Fox News hypocrisy our way, from Yahoo News:
The opponents of the proposed Cordoba Initiative Islamic center planned for Lower Manhattan are fond of suggesting, by way of lengthy and often confusing chains of causation and association, that its principal planner, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, is connected to terrorism. "The imam has been tied to some shady characters," Fox Business Channel's Eric Bolling recently said, "so should we worry that terror dollars could be funding the project?" Blogger Pamela Geller, who has become a regular talking head on cable-news channels to denounce the mosque, has noted Rauf's involvement with a Malaysian peace group that funded the group that organized the Gaza flotilla under the headline, "Ground Zero Imam Rauf's 'Charity' Funded Genocide Mission." On last night's "Daily Show," Jon Stewart skewered these antics as a "dangerous game of guilt by association you can play with almost anybody," and proceeded to tie Fox News to al-Qaida...
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