Jon Stewart joined Mayor Bill de Blasio at New York city hall to honor retired firefighter Ray Pfeifer, who helped stage a last-ditch congressional fight to secure future health care for Sept. 11 first responders.
The impassioned former "Daily Show" host presented the key to the city to Pfeifer, who is battling cancer. "I love this man," Stewart said, embracing Pfeifer, who spent months digging through the World Trade Center debris searching for fellow firefighters' remains.
The 57-year-old Long Island resident with stage-four cancer rose from his wheelchair to say that the legislation passed by Congress last month extends health care to tens of thousands of first responders "still dying from terrorism … still sick from terrorism."
He and Stewart were part of a group that walked miles through the halls of power challenging lawmakers to vote for the federal act that extends health monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders across the nation until 2090.
Stewart used the "Daily Show" to highlight the issue, and when he retired as host made sure politicians who balked at supporting the bill were named in the media. "My job there was to have a camera and embarrass people," he told Saturday's gathering.
Cole will be buried next to parents
A funeral for Grammy Award-winning singer Natalie Cole will be held Monday in Los Angeles. A spokesperson for the family said Saturday that the service will be at West Angeles Church of God in Christ, where Cole was once a member. R&B star Chaka Khan is expected to sing at the funeral. Cole will be buried next to her parents, sister and brother at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale. In 1991, she intertwined her musical legacy with that of her father, Nat King Cole, to make his "Unforgettable" a Grammy hit through technological wizardry. She died on New Year's Eve at 65 of pulmonary arterial hypertension.
bowie, the blue penguin: The Cincinnati Zoo's first animal birth of 2016, a penguin chick, has been named "Bowie." The zoo says the baby known as a blue or fairy penguin hatched at 6 a.m. Friday, weighing less than 2 ounces. Friday was both David Bowie's and Elvis Presley's birthday, and the zoo says there was a lot of support for the name Elvis. But the zoo already has a king penguin named for "the King," so "Bowie" was the choice for the new arrival. Singer Bowie, who turned 69, has just released a new album, "Blackstar." Elvis died in 1977 at 42.