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  • Around the nation, firefighters in full gear walked up 110 flights of stairs to honor those who died in 9/11.
  • Border Patrol in Texas nabs more than 130 illegals in just over 24 hours
  • Steve Yzerman Steps Down as Lightning GM, Julien BriseBois Takes Over

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Firefighters walk up 110 flights of stairs to honor 9/11 colleagues

At exactly 8:46 a.m. every September 11 — the moment when the first hijacked plane struck the Twin Towers in 2001 — firefighters around the nation begin their ritual.

In stadiums, public buildings and, in some cases, on the StairMasters at their gyms, the first responders walk up 110 flights of stairs — dressed in full firefighting gear.

It’s a tradition meant to honor the 343 firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty that horrific day. The 110 flight-climb is meant to simulate the heroic distance those fallen men and women had to travel inside the World Trade Center that day. (More from CNN)

Border Patrol in Texas nabs more than 130 illegals in just over 24 hours

U.S. Border Patrol agents scooped up 131 illegal immigrants, including 22 unaccompanied minors, in just a little over a day in the Rio Grande Valley, officials said Tuesday. The arrests stem from two separate incidents in a span of just over 24 hours.

Weslaco agents first arrested 66 illegals from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras on Monday. The group comprised 20 families and 11 unaccompanied minors, reported by Fox News.

Then on Tuesday, Weslaco agents arrested an additional 65 illegal immigrants from Guatemala and El Salvador. That group was made up of 25 families and 11 unaccompanied children.

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Weslaco station apprehended two groups, consisting of 131 illegal immigrants, in little more than a day.  (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Weslaco station apprehended two groups, consisting of 131 illegal immigrants, in little more than a day. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Tampa Bay Lightning: Steve Yzerman steps down as GM

Steve Yzerman announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning after building them into a perennial contender, handing the reins to longtime assistant Julien BriseBois just two days before training camp.

Yzerman will move to a senior adviser role working under BriseBois and he said he was “100% committed” to the Lightning this season. Owner Jeff Vinik joined both men at a news conference in Tampa, Florida.

It was a surprising move for a powerhouse team in the league, one that reached the Eastern Conference final last season. Yzerman, 53, spent the past eight seasons as Tampa Bay’s GM, a tenure that included five playoff appearances, three trips to the conference final and an appearance in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. (More from SI)

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