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.
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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.
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.