OPINION: It's time to care for first responders
Newsday (New York)
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Last week brought two searing reminders of 9/11: The foiled terrorist plot to blow up aircraft bound for the United States and the opening of "World Trade Center," a film that captures the carnage and courage of that devastating day five years ago. Unfortunately there's another reminder of 9/11 playing out, this one more quietly.
People who helped secure, search and clear the mountain of rubble left when the Twin Towers collapsed are getting sick. Some are dying. Respiratory maladies are the most common now. But nobody knows what conditions might eventually afflict people who spent weeks inhaling the toxic dust that clouded the air and coated the ground in lower Manhattan.
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