Back when Scott Shields co-wrote a book, “Bear: Heart of a Hero, the 9/11 Dog,” about his and his dog’s rescue operations at the World Trade Center, U.S. 1 joined the chorus of media coverage (U.S. 1, September 7, 2005).

Almost immediately after that story, pegged to a book signing at Barnes and Noble, we received anonymous E-mails asserting that Shields was not what he claimed to be. In his column on October 26, 2005, Richard K. Rein wrote that we are “trying to sort out the facts, which will be presented as soon as possible.”

Two years later, as reported by the New York Post, Shields has been charged with fraud for allegedly stealing $40,000 in rental assistance money from federal agencies shortly after 9/11. The indictment says he moved into a $3,182-a-month apartment on Rector Place and was paid with a check for $16,443.50, plus additional monies. The maximum sentence would be 35 years in jail.

To the Editor

Your cover story on Zweena in the July 11 issue has so far resulted in about a dozen inquiries from men and women of varied backgrounds. Half have decided to enroll in our beta test. Your readership is truly representative of the community it serves.

One minor note of clarification: Frank V. Storrs is my relative and not my wife’s.

John Phelan

Thank you for your interest in our work related to personal health records. To clarify the summary of the interview in the July 11 issue, the focus groups conducted by Mathematica Policy Research are not statistically representative of any specific population. Thus, the opinions reported by the focus group participants need to be considered from this perspective.

Second, most participants expressed mistrust of Internet-based personal health records, but they did not have a “strong negative reaction” to them.

Lorenzo Moreno

Mathematica Policy Research.

My film “As Real as Your Life,” was the subject of the July 11 article “Is it real or is it your Nintendo?” I wanted to correct a few factual errors.

My mother Dorothy, formerly worked in the district attorney’s office — she retired soon after I was born around 1985. Growing up in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s the only video game system my family had was a Super Nintendo. The Xbox and Playstation were not yet invented. I will graduate from Penn with a bachelor’s in science and engineering. There is no such thing as a degree in digital media design.

I was nationally ranked at Quake — but my highest position was 111th not 11th. I’m not sure if anyone who was actually ranked 11th at Quake is going to read this, but I think it would do the article credit to get these facts right.

Michael Highland

Editor’s note: The Princeton Public Library’s Student Film and Video Festival is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, July 18 and 19, at 7 p.m. Highland’s film was screened there last year, and it will also be screened at the library on Tuesday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m.

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