New York Dozens of relatives of people killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks oppose plans for a freedom museum at ground zero, saying it would spoil the site’s solemnity by injecting controversy and political debate.
Relatives of 14 family groups gathered at the site Monday to condemn plans for the International Freedom Center. Officials said the center will host discussions on historical and current events, exhibits on global freedom movements and a program encouraging activities ranging from joining the Peace Corps to enlisting in the U.S. military.
Terri Schiavo’s remains buried at cemetery site
Tampa, Fla. The cremated remains of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman who died after her feeding tube was removed in March, were buried Monday in a Clearwater cemetery.
But the burial failed to bring a close to the Schiavo saga, as her parents said they weren’t notified beforehand about the service.
Michael Schiavo, who said he promised his wife he wouldn’t keep her alive artificially and waged a legal battle to remove her feeding tube, had the words “I kept my promise” inscribed on her grave marker.
The marker also lists Feb. 25, 1990 – the day she collapsed and fell into what doctors said was an irreversible vegetative state – as the date Schiavo “Departed this Earth.” Schiavo died March 31, nearly two weeks after her feeding tube was removed by court order. The marker lists that date as when Schiavo was “at peace.”
Judge OKs deportation of suspected Nazi guard
Cleveland The nation’s chief immigration judge has ruled that an Ohio man who lost his citizenship because he allegedly served as a Nazi guard can be removed from the United States.
But the judge made clear John Demjanjuk, 85, has the right to fight any deportation order against him.
The United States first tried to deport Demjanjuk in 1977, accusing him of being notorious guard Ivan the Terrible at the Treblinka death camp. He was extradited to Israel, convicted and sentenced to hang. But Israel’s high court ruled someone else apparently was that guard.
Van in which 5 died was en route to jobs
Columbia, Mo. A van full of migrant workers that crashed on an interstate, killing five, was headed toward the East Coast where the passengers hoped to find better work, survivors said.
The van carrying 20 people overturned Sunday on Interstate 70. Most occupants were ejected from the vehicle and none was wearing a seat belt, police said. Some passengers said the driver fell asleep.
The van apparently was carrying people from Los Angeles to destinations including New York, Maryland and North Carolina.
Several occupants were from Central America. Four men and one woman were killed, police said.
D.C. police chief’s car is stolen near his home
Washington District of Columbia Police Chief Charles Ramsey has personal insight into the city’s car theft problem. His unmarked black 1999 Ford Crown Victoria was stolen near his home.
“When he went to go to the car to go to church (Sunday), he discovered that it was missing,” police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said Monday.
The vehicle had been parked near Ramsey’s home by a police officer Friday evening while the chief was out of town. Some police equipment, including a riot helmet and some clothing were in the car, but there were no weapons, Gentile said.
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