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Anthony DePalma
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Anthony DePalma, author of City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance and 9/11 (FT Press) is currently writer-in-residence at Seton Hall University. DePalma spent 22 years as a reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times. After 9/11, he wrote many of the Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning “Portraits of Grief” and spent four years covering the environmental and health consequences of ground zero. A 2007 Emmy finalist for “Toxic Legacy,” in 2009 he won the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot Prize for distinguished international reporting. DePalma’s other books include Here: A Biography of the New American Continent and The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba, and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times.

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The Price of Change in the Castros' Cuba

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 11:08 AM

I went to Cuba last month wearing a rubber bracelet like the ones distributed by the Livestrong Foundation. But mine is white, not yellow, and instead of spelling out Livestrong, it spells out Cambio, the Spanish word that means Change. Several years ago, Cubans in the United States were making...

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A Real Hero

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 6:30 PM

Lt. Marty Fullam, FDNY veteran and one of the legion of heroes who rushed to the burning wrecks of the World Trade Center when everyone else was running away, has died. I wrote about Marty and his brother David, also a FDNY veteran, in City of Dust, and he played...

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And the Winner Is.....

(3) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 5:17 PM

With the Oscars scheduled for next weekend, Hollywood and the worldwide motion picture industry have been busy promoting their favorite films, their preferred musical scores, their star actors and actresses and their most compelling scripts.

In the same fashion, many of those who followed the recent visit...

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What Sound Does It Make When a 9/11 Hero Falls?

(4) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 10:57 AM

The backslapping over the bitterly contested passage of the Zadroga bill in the waning hours of the 111th Congress has quieted down. As the hard work of implementing the important $4.3 billion bill gets underway there has come the kind of news that forces us to...

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9/11 Settlement Doesn't Fully Address Cancer Issues

(3) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 8:04 AM

Now that most of the people who are suing the city of New York over the ground zero cleanup have voted to accept a $700 million plus settlement, it's time to take stock of what that signifies and what is likely to come next. The answer may be less than...

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The Dead and the Living

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 4:00 PM

Visitors to the Office of New York City's Chief Medical Examiner are greeted by a long string of Latin words mounted on the lobby wall. Translated, the words mean "Let laughter and conversation cease. This is the place where the dead come to nourish the living."

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Justice by Whatever Name

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 12:12 PM

James Zadroga's name will not be inscribed on the mournful memorial wall that is being erected at ground zero. But it is among the names of 9/11 heroes engraved on a plaque at police department headquarters in Lower Manhattan. And it is the name atop a massive...

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When "I Don't Know" Is the Only Answer

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 11:39 AM

In the nine years since 9/11, more than 238 scientific studies and medical reports in peer review journals have tried to measure the impact of the dust, smoke and ash of the collapsed twin towers on the health of the thousands who were exposed to the contaminated clouds. Cumulatively,...

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When "I Don't Know" Is the Only Answer

(3) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 7:25 PM

In the nine years since 9/11, more than 238 scientific studies and medical reports in peer review journals have tried to measure the impact of the dust, smoke and ash of the collapsed World Trade Center on the health of the thousands who were exposed to the contaminated clouds. Cumulatively,...

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Mosques, Masks, Politics and the Truth

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 2:59 PM

I had scheduled an interview in Lower Manhattan this week, and to get there I took the Number 2 subway three stops from Penn Station to Park Place and then walked. Although it touches Broadway, this Park Place hardly resembles the storied spot that we know from that most...

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It's Time To Clear the Air at Ground Zero

(10) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 5:21 PM

From the very first moments after the twin towers of the World Trade Center crumbled on 9/11, it has been difficult to see through the dust left by the collapse. The resulting haze -- an unprecedented mixture of pulverized concrete, glass, steel and the minute particles of daily life...

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Dressing Cuban Political Prisoners

(6) Comments | Posted July 22, 2010 | 2:17 PM

Before they were flown from Havana to Madrid last week, seven Cuban prisoners of conscience were taken from their stinking cells to a hospital where for three days they were screened, bathed and fed. Then, before they boarded the jet that would fly them to Spain, they...

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Gulf Cleanup Workers and 9/11 Responders

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 1:43 PM

The Gulf Coast's endangered wetlands are a long way from the concrete towers of Lower Manhattan, but a wood paneled federal courtroom here on Pearl Street can provide invaluable lessons for handling the BP disaster that could save endless amounts of time, money and anguish.

In that courtroom, Judge Alvin...

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