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6/22 (another multiple of eleven) D.C. Crash Kills General Who Scrambled Jets on 9/11

http://news.yahoo.com/s/bloomberg/20090624/pl_bloomberg/agu5lx16vtk8
June 24 (Bloomberg) — David F. Wherley Jr., the head of the Washington National Guard who scrambled jets over the city during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was among those killed in the worst commuter train crash in the city’s history, officials said. Wherley’s wife, Ann, was also among the nine people killed when a train plowed into the rear of a stopped train during rush hour on June 22, Quintin Peterson, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, said in a telephone interview. Both were 62 and lived in southeast Washington. Wherley was commander of the 113th Fighter Wing at Andrews Air Force base in Maryland during the September 2001 terrorist attacks and sent up aircraft with orders to protect the White House and the Capitol, according to the 9/11 Commission report.
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June 27, 2009 Posted by | Assassination, Deaths | Leave a comment

Ex-Sen. Claiborne Pell, proponent of student grants, dies

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/01/claiborne.pell.dies/index.html
(CNN) — Former U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, who was largely responsible for the Pell grant program for U.S. college students, died Thursday morning at his Rhode Island home, his family said. Pell, 90, “died peacefully in the presence of his wife, Nuala, and family members” in Newport, the family statement said. He had Parkinson’s disease for a number of years. Pell was first elected to the U.S. Senate from Rhode Island in 1960, and served from January 3, 1961, to January 3, 1997, when he retired. He was the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1987 to 1994, and was named U.S. delegate to the United Nations in 1997. “The strength of the United States is not the gold at Fort Knox or the weapons of mass destruction that we have, but the sum total of the education and the character of our people,” he once said.
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January 2, 2009 Posted by | Deaths | Leave a comment