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Now that the 10th anniversary commemorations at the World Trade Center site are over, many families of the victims of the attack are back trying to settle a dispute that has raged in one fashion or another since: What to do with the remains of their loved ones.
Years ago, for example, I wrote about one of the original insults the families felt they'd suffered: the harboring of the remains at a city dump.
Now, they're protesting the intention to put the unidentified remains in the 9/11 Museum.
"No other memorial would give the indignity of putting human remains in the basement of a private museum," said Sally Regenhard, whose son Christian was a firefighter and died in the attacks.
"In 2002 we were told by the mayor and everyone else that the remains were going to be separate and distinct from any museum or any visitor center," said Deputy Chief Jim Riches, a retired firefighter who lost his son Jimmy, 29, also a member of the FDNY, in the North Tower. "I guess they lied to us because In 2009 we found out that they intended to put them seven stories below grade in a museum where they're going to charge $20."
The families want an above-ground tomb that is available to them at any hour, not for $20 when the museum is open.
They'd like to tell other families about the plan, but the City of New York refuses to give them the names and addresses of next-of-kin of 9/11 victims.
A hearing on a lawsuit they've filed is being heard in New York this morning.
From Department of What Were They Thinking: The politicians of Washington Township, New Jersey thought it would be a swell idea to have a marker honoring the victims of 9/11.
But the design mostly seems to honor the politicians who thought it would be a swell idea to have a marker honoring the victims of 9/11.
"I mean, how freaking narcissistic can you be?" Dennis Ryan, a retired cop in town, said on Tuesday.
Mayor Samir Elbassiouny told the Lehigh Valley News earlier this week he did not understand why the stone's inscription was an issue.
Today, it was removed.(1 Comments)
This is what mental health care looks like in Indonesia.
NPR.org has the hard-to-fathom look at what happens to the mentally ill in Indonesia. It's a post today that originated at Global Post.
Nengah, whose full name is confidential, suffers from schizophrenia. After the 35-year-old violently attacked her stepmother in a blind rage nine years ago, her family decided they had to restrain her.
Her situation improved after local psychiatrist Luh Ketut Suryani arrived in the village in June to find Nengah naked, caged and filthy. The doctor consulted the family and prescribed medication. Later, Suryani helped get Nengah's family to free her from bondage.
Nengah's situation is not unique in Indonesia, where the mentally ill are often locked in chicken coops or chained up in family yards to prevent them from disturbing the community.(2 Comments)
This image, sent to us today by Melissa Dressely of Lutsen, raises an old NewsCut question: What is it about nature's "disasters" that can be so beautiful? And why do we feel so guilty when it is.
This morning, you may have noticed a gorgeous sunrise. Tonight, you'll probably see a splendid sunset. Both are the result of the BWCA fire.2 Comments)