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9/11 Trial Concerns, Convictions Overturned, Chinatown Stabbings

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A city official told the Lower Manhattan Development Committee, residents should not be worried about holding the trial of accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Downtown Manhattan. Committee Chair Alan Gerson said during yesterday's hearing, he did not believe downtown is "an appropriate location for this trial."

The New York State Court of Appeals has thrown out the convictions of two men, imprisoned for 19 years. Danny Colon and Anthony Ortiz were found guilty in a drive-by shooting on the Lower East Side in 1989 that left two men dead. The court found an assistant district attorney misled the jury about the extent of the help she gave to the prosecution’s star witness in exchange for his testimony. The DA is vowing to retry the men.

Police are investigating Wednesday's stabbings of two teens outside a school in Chinatown. One of the victims was killed – another is hospitalized in stable condition. 

Members of the Hispanic Caucus, chaired by Rep. Nydia Velazquez, blame Rahm Emanuel for "a push to prohibit illegal immigrants from buying health insurance
plans in a new market for people who don’t get insurance through their
employers."

More on SPURA: Save the Lower East Side says the time has come to engage Sheldon Silver in the planning for the Seward Park Urban renewal Area.

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner at the Sunshine.

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