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  • JFK's endangered Worldport terminal (Mary Altaffer/AP)Anthony Stramaglia has many fond memories of JFK Airport’s iconic Terminal 3. For one, it was the first place he ever got on a plane.

    “I was only 2 years old,” said Stramaglia of his first trip through Pan American World Airways’ "Jetsons"-esque structure, the Worldport. “I’m dating myself here, but it must have been 1971. I flew out with my mother on a trip to Rome, and there must have been something about the terminal that struck me, even then.”

    Stramaglia, a New Jersey resident, has thrown himself into a quixotic campaign to save the Pan Am Worldport from almost certain demolition by the New York/New Jersey Port Authority and Delta Air Lines, which now owns it. In 2011 he joined a grass-roots Save the Worldport campaign, founded by a former Pan Am employee, Kalev Savi.

    “I’m not a preservationist by trade,” said Stramaglia. “I’m an IT guy. But this is something I latched on to. I have a close emotional tie with it.”

    Opened on May 24, 1960, the Worldport conjures up images of a

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  • James Gandolfini, who passed away on Tuesday, will long be remembered for his consummate acting chops. For wrongly convicted Marty Tankleff of Long Island, however, the "Sopranos" star left an entirely different kind of legacy.

    Years after Tankleff was convicted as a teenager for killing his parents in 1988, Gandolfini became a quiet supporter of the Long Islander as he fought for two decades to overturn the double-murder charge, the New York Daily News reports.

    “Jim was loyal—it wasn’t like he did it for the publicity,” said Tankleff, 41.

    Gandolfini learned about the case through Jay Salpeter, a former New York Police Department detective, while researching a role for the 2006 movie "Lonely Hearts." Gandolfini met Tankleff soon afterward, driving several hours upstate to see him at Great Meadow Correctional Facility.

    “He was a genuine, nice person you could sit down and eat dinner with,” said Tankleff. “He got involved with my situation when others were reluctant.”

    At the upstate facility,

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  • George Zimmerman listens to a jury consultant in court this week. Opening arguments in the murder trial will be heard on Monday. (Joe Burbank/AP)

    On paper, Seminole County, Fla., criminal case No. 2012-001083-CFA is a second-degree murder trial, one that could send George Zimmerman to prison for life.

    But in the court of public opinion, the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin has roused a national conversation about racial profiling, self-defense, gun control, vigilantism, civil rights and more.

    A trial that speaks to something more than just the individuals involved is good for civic discourse, says Jason Johnson, a political science and communications professor at Hiram College in Ohio.

    “That is a very good result of this case,” Johnson told Yahoo News. “Depending on your demographics and your experience, there are different parts of this case that pop out to you.”

    Opening arguments in the high-profile trial, which will be streamed live on Yahoo, begin at 9 a.m. ET Monday.

    Zimmerman was a volunteer crime watchman in his gated Sanford, Fla., community when he shot and killed Martin during a scuffle on a

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