Normally Chris Young wouldn’t have been anywhere near the World Trade Center. But on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, the 33-year-old actor was temping for the Marsh insurance firm and had volunteered to shuttle reports from the company’s midtown office to the 99th floor of 1 World Trade Center. He delivered the reports by 8:40 a.m. and then got back in the elevator for what would turn out to be the longest and scariest ride of his life.
Thousands of feet below, 38-year-old attorney David Draigh was just getting out of a taxi. His metered receipt recorded the time as 8:39 a.m. He then walked through the north tower’s revolving door and headed toward the elevators to go up to his 54th-floor office. Before he could get there, the building shook around him as American Airlines Flight 11 hammered into it. “Next thing I knew, a fireball of debris was headed right at me” says Draigh, who dived for shelter behind a steel planter. As black smoke mushroomed through the lobby, he choked for air and then jumped through the lobby’s blown-out windows. Once outside, he says, “I thought about my mother and my boyfriend, John. I was just glad to be alive.”
Source: Our 9/11 Heroes | Advocate.com
Scotland is set to introduce its own ‘Turing Law’, after England, Scotland and Northern Ireland introduced legislation to pardon historically illegal gay sex offences in January this year.
Previously raised in October, if approved by the Scottish Parliament it would mean that all convicted gay and bisexual men would receive a formal pardon for past convictions for their “crimes”.
The bill will be announced this week, BBC News reports.
The pardon would only apply to men as gay and bisexual women were never legally criminalised.