9/11 “Dust Lady,” Marcy Borders, dies of cancer

26 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Marcy Borders, 9/11’s ‘Dust La….

Marcy Borders, who at 28 years old became known as “Dust Lady” after a harrowing photograph was taken of her fleeing New York City’s World Trade Center during the Sept. 11 attacks, has died after a yearlong battle with stomach cancer. She managed to make it down to the ground level and was walking away when the second plane struck the tower, leaving her covered from head to foot in thick grey dust. She told the Jersey Journal before her death: “I’m saying to myself, ‘Did this thing ignite cancer cells in me?’ I definitely believe it because I haven’t had any illnesses.

In the years that followed, the mother of two fell into a spiral of drink, drugs and depression, which saw her rack up huge debts and have her children taken into care. “I just couldn’t cope,”she told The Telegraph in 2011, to mark the 10-year anniversary of the attacks. “The alcohol made me numb, the drugs got me high. Announcing the news of her death on Monday evening, her first cousin, John Borders, said his relative died of “the diseases that (have) ridden her body since 9/11”. Borders, of New Jersey, was just a month into her new job at Bank of America on the 81st floor of the north tower when American Airlines Flight 11 slammed into the building. Traumatized by the attacks, she slipped into a severe depression and became addicted to crack cocaine, The Guardian reported. “I didn’t do a day’s work in nearly 10 years, and by 2011, I was a complete mess,” she said. “I was convinced Osama bin Laden was planning more attacks.

Figures from July 2014 showed that more than 2,500 police officers, firefighters, ambulance staff and sanitation workers reported they had cancer in 2013 – twice as many as said they had the disease 12 months earlier. Doctors said those who spent significant amounts of time at the site are at increased risk of a number of different cancers, including prostate, thyroid, leukaemia and multiple myeloma, after coming into contact with “wildly toxic” dust emitted for months following the World Trade Centre attacks.

The compensation bill for treating those who became ill after helping in the long-running recovery operation at Ground Zero has already run into millions of dollars.

Police: Student stabbed at Baltimore high school dies

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Police Identify Student Killed In City School Stabbing.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. The teen had been in class on the third floor of the school building in the 1300 block of McCulloh Street when a sophomore went into the classroom and stabbed him at approximately noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24, police reported. Police said Sunday that investigators are collaborating with the state’s attorney’s office to file additional charges now that the victim has died. Crawford remains in police custody, officials reported. “It’s a tragedy anytime we have someone killed in an act of violence, even moreso when it’s a child.

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