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September 12, 2004

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New York

Funds for memorial foundation lacking

Eight months after the World Trade Center memorial design was unveiled, New York Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have yet to find a prominent person willing to lead the foundation that's raising the money to build it.

The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation will have the responsibility of raising between $400 million and $600 million for construction of the memorial and two cultural buildings at Ground Zero.

There has been no formal fund-raising yet, but the foundation has at least $1 million.

New York

Felon suspected in detectives' deaths

Police said Saturday they believed a felon wanted for domestic violence wrestled away the pistol of a detective trying to arrest him and fatally wounded the 22-year police veteran and his partner in a gun battle on a quiet street.

Suspect Marlon Legere was struck in the foot and ankle and fled in a carjacked minivan, leaving detectives Robert Parker, 43, and Patrick Rafferty, 39, bleeding to death Friday night in the borough of Brooklyn.

Police tracked Legere, 29, to a second-floor landing several blocks away and arrested him less than two hours after the shooting. He was hospitalized in stable condition on Saturday.

Parker and Rafferty were responding to a domestic violence call from Legere's mother, who said her son was at her home and wanted to take her vehicle, police said.

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