Despite criticism, New York to rename famous bridge after former mayor
March 24th, 2011
01:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Despite criticism, New York to rename famous bridge after former mayor

(CNN) – An iconic New York City bridge will soon have a new name, paying tribute to the city's charismatic former Democratic Mayor Ed Koch.

The city council voted 38 to 12 Wednesday to rename the Queensboro Bridge the "Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge." Koch rose to national prominence during his twelve years as mayor of the Big Apple during the 1970's and 1980's.
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July 13th, 2010
07:32 AM ET
4 years ago

Senators question if BP played role in Pan Am bomber's release

Convicted Pan Am bomber Abdelbaset al Megrahi boards a plane in Scotland to make his final trip home to Libya on August 20.
Convicted Pan Am bomber Abdelbaset al Megrahi boards a plane in Scotland to make his final trip home to Libya on August 20.

(CNN) – A group of U.S. lawmakers have called for an investigation into whether BP may have played a role in lobbying for the release of Abdelbaset al Megrahi to secure an oil contract with the Libyan government.

Megrahi, now 58, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which killed 270 people, including 189 Americans.

He was released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds in August after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

"Reports have surfaced indicating that a 2007 oil agreement may have influenced the U.K. and Scottish governments' positions concerning Mr. Megrahi's release in 2009," wrote Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey in a letter to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Monday.

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Filed under: BP • Terrorism