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Former NY Ranger Mark Messier Running NYC Marathon For 9/11 Charity

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In September of 2001, the New York Rangers were scheduled to hold training camp at Chelsea Piers in NYC and stay in the Marriot Hotel at the World Trade Center.

Fortunately for the 60-man roster, including NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier, the dressing rooms weren’t adequate and the team was moved to Madison Square Garden. When tragedy struck on one of the darkest days in American history, the NHL team realized they could have just as easily lost their lives on 9/11.

Ten years later, Mark Messier is honoring the families of the victims who could not avoid perishing with the Twin Towers. The retired athlete is running the New York City Marathon on behalf of Tomorrow’s Children Fund, which benefits the wives and widows of the attacks.

Speaking on his commitment to giving back to the victim's families, Messier said:

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Cake Boss Planning Tropical Cake For Vow Renewals

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Aww! How romantic!

Cake Boss baker Buddy Valastro recently surprised his wife, Lisa, with a marriage renewal proposal and is planning a cake to reflect the occasion.

The pair first wed in October of 2001, but Buddy feels the tragic events that shook the nation just a month before put a damper on the ceremony, as he explained:

"We got married in October 2001, less than a month away from Sept. 11 and as joyous an occasion as it was, everybody had a piece of their heart ripped out."

His wife was even too scared to get on a plane for their planned Hawaiian honeymoon! To make up for it, the couple will celebrate their 10th anniversary on October 14th during a tropical renewal ceremony.

"The cake is going to be a bit tropical with seashells and lace details," he told sources.

Of course, the TLC star will be baking it himself too, continuing:

"I was tempted to make a replica of my first wedding cake but that would be too easy. I'm a better baker now. It has to be to be special."

Congrats on ten years of happiness, guys! We hope it lasts a lifetime!

[Image via WENN.]

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Exclusive: Dr. Patrick Mahaney Talks Hero Dogs

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We have an exclusive video from Dr. Patrick Mahaney!

With the recent ten year anniversary of 9/11, Dr. Patrick brought up the subject of hero pets, and specifically a hero dog he knows personally.

Check out the above video for Dr. Patrick!

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9/11 Heroes: Moxie The Rescue Dog

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Moxie, a search-and-rescue dog, worked 12-hour days at ground zero, on September 11th and through the following week.

She had been trained to find survivors… but she never found one.

She did play an important role, though. Keeping spirits up in a confusing and depressing time.

Mark Aliberti, Moxie’s handler, said:

"You couldn't walk through the site without people stopping to pet your dog. The F.D.N.Y. guys would want to hug your dog because they hadn't seen theirs for days. It keeps you motivated."

Moxie kept her handler grounded and on point when it would have been so easy to get overwhelmed.

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Fighter Jets Deployed On 9/11 Threat!

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The passengers of an American Airlines flight were in for one hell of a ride yesterday!

On the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, some passengers spent a little too much time in the restroom.

Naturally, what with the psychological stress of 9/11, this caused some disturbance.

The flight was headed to New York

With three men constantly going in and out of the restroom, passengers on board became wary. Different crew members and at least one passenger even swore they saw the men give each other hand signals as they merry-go-rounded the lavatory.

After important communication was made, fighter jets were deployed to accompany the plane on its journey.

But, thankfully, all turned out to be well.

As the plane made it's destination safely, the FBI was ready to interrogate the men on their suspicious behavior.

After questioning, the feebs determined they were innocent of foul play. Phew!

But we wonder… it's easy to let one's imagination get the best of them, and flying on 9/11 is sure to stir all sorts of paranoia, but why did multiple members on board see attest to seeing the same thing with the hand signals?

Hmm, a little psychology homework for ya!

[Image via AP Images.]

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