December 20th, 2010
03:33 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

John Devlin

The heavy equipment operator was one of the many first responders who worked in the toxic plume at ground zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. With three other workers, he told "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart that he couldn't understand why the Senate wasn't taking up debate on a bill that would provide other responders with health care for ills related to their efforts. And on Monday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined others demanding that the Senate vote on the measure. "We didn't turn our back on anybody. For us to be here now, nine years later, still fighting just for our health, for our compensation?" asked an incredulous Devlin, who said he has late-stage throat cancer.  The bill has been in legislative limbo since Thursday, when Senate Democrats failed to win a procedural vote to open debate on it.

Shana Greatman Swers

The Washington Post published a beautiful, creatively told story about the 35-year-old consultant's pregnancy and her tragic death from post-birth complications. The material for the story, which chronicles the new mother's  joy, heartache and fear, was taken directly from her Facebook postings. Her husband granted journalist Ian Shapira permission to write the piece. The story is garnering much attention both for its content and for the way it was written.

Martin Gaskell

The University of Texas astronomer is suing the University of Kentucky for not hiring him several years ago. He says Kentucky passed on him because he has evangelical Christian beliefs. Among the evidence he says he will present in his case, scheduled for February 2011, is an e-mail from a university staff member saying she found links to his notes and lectures exploring how the Bible relates to astronomy. Science blogs are buzzing about the case.

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  1. ThomasD

    @Linda. Great post! Seriously.

    December 20, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Monroe from CT

    Instead of trying to pass this mutli billion dollar first responders bill, just identify the people, grant them unlimited medical/dental/mental health coverage for life and give each a tax free check for 100,000 dollars. It would be a lot cheaper and folks can get the help they need faster. Congress is going to procrastinate this because of the price tag (they're afraid to admit).

    December 20, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Really?

    I love the recent tax cuts. All I need now is make another $190,000 or inherit a multi-million estate so to take advantage of its benefit. I'm soooo exciting when that happen. Oh crap, I'm typing in my sleep again. OK, I'm back to reality again so I'll conclude by saying this tax cut suks.

    December 20, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    @Linda...I am truly smitten with your mind. I long to read your future posts. If my brain had loins, they would be on fire. Outstanding post! (smile&SMOOCH)

    December 20, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Katy Hill

    The song goes "If I have not Charity..I have nothing." Jon Kyl can claim Christmas as a holy day and an excuse for not sticking around to vote on the 911 bill but he obviously lacks the true spirit of the season. Hope this turkey chokes on his turkey.

    December 21, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. pw

    Why the teabaggers didn't complain about term limits?

    December 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
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