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 takingÂ up debate onÂ a bill that would provide other responders with health careÂ for ills related to their efforts. And on Monday, New York Mayor Michael BloombergÂ joined others demanding that the Senate vote on the measure.Â "We didn't turn our back on anybody. For us to be here now, nine years later, still fighting justÂ for our health, for our compensation?"Â asked an incredulousÂ Devlin, who said he has late-stageÂ throat cancer.Â 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 WashingtonÂ Post publishedÂ aÂ beautiful, creatively toldÂ story about the 35-year-old consultant's pregnancy and her tragic death from post-birth complications. The material for the story, whichÂ chronicles theÂ new mother'sÂ joy, heartacheÂ and fear, was taken directlyÂ from herÂ 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 hasÂ 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.