Two firefighters were killed Wednesday battling a three-alarm fire in an abandoned building on Chicago's South Side. At least 17 others were hurt.
The men who died were among four firefighters buried in debris when the building's roof and one wall collapsed.
The injured included firefighters who rushed in to rescue their trapped colleagues, fire department spokesman Larry Langford said. Four of those hurt suffered critical injuries, but all are expected to survive, he said.
"Two firefighters died after a wall collapsed during a three-alarm fire at an abandoned South Side commercial building this morning, authorities said. Fourteen other firefighters were injured, including two who were trapped with the ones who died." (Via ChicagoBreakingNews.com)
At the signing of the legislation repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" law, the 17-year-old ban on gays openly serving in the U.S. military, President Obama was in the spotlight at centerstage Wednesday, as is usually the case in such ceremonies.
But there likely would have never been a signing ceremony if it hadn't been for a disparate band of lawmakers joined together by their determination to end the discriminatory law.
Among them were Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the House majority leader, and Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CN) and Susan Collins (R-ME).