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On 9/11, Rupa Bhattacharyya was in an office near the White House watching TV as the second plane smashed into the World Trade Center. She walked nine miles home — too afraid to use the subway.

Now Bhattacharyya, the new special master of the federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, says she’s eager to dole out money to brave first responders who ran to Ground Zero after the Twin Towers fell, and others caught in the dust.

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