Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Los Angeles Times

Terrorists Attack New York, Pentagon
In the worst terrorist attack ever against the United States, hijackers struck at the preeminent symbols of the nation's wealth and might Tuesday, flying airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and killing or injuring thousands of people. As a horrified nation watched on television, the twin towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan collapsed into flaming rubble after two Boeing 767s rammed their upper stories.

U.S. Command Takes Wing Amid Chaos
In the minutes and hours after hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the president's whereabouts were kept secret, his words short and his movements seemingly erratic. Vice President Dick Cheney was in a command bunker underneath the White House within 15 minutes of the attacks. Defense Secretary Donald H.

Local Firms Brace for a Slowdown
With no games to show on its 64 televisions and four big screens, the National Sports Grill in Orange told two-thirds of its weekend staff to stay home. The banquet halls on the Queen Mary won't be packed this weekend either. Already, two big business gatherings, the Latino Beach Festival and a wedding, were called off. It's the "uncertainty and the national neurosis," said Jeff King of King's Seafood Co.

Fed Again Boosts Economy's Liquidity
The Federal Reserve pumped massive amounts of extra cash into the American economy Friday and arranged for huge dollar swaps with the central banks of Canada and England as it prepared for the reopening of U.S. financial markets in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The Fed provided banks and investment dealers more than $80 billion in short-term loans for use over the weekend by individuals and companies caught short by the chaos of the attacks.

At Union Square, a Family's Pain Surpasses Politics
September 16, 2001 | By STEVE LOPEZ
On the fourth day, the park at Union Square in lower Manhattan became a sanctuary for those trying to move on and those who can't let go. Those who live in penthouse suites and those who sleep in the bushes. The peaceniks came, and the saber rattlers too. Buddhists prayed on the lawn, a street preacher shook a fist at the blue September sky, a Korean priest led a hymn. And the McCloskeys of Indiana came to light a candle for daughter and sister Katie Marie.

Last Soldier to Leave Vietnam Is Feared Dead
He was last in the line moving up the ramp into a waiting C-130 at Tan Son Nhut air base--a tall, husky man with an open Midwestern face who was about to step into history. It was March 29, 1973, in Saigon. And Master Sgt. Max Beilke was officially designated as the last American combat soldier to leave Vietnam. He had survived two wars, Korea and Vietnam. Now he was going home to his family in Minnesota.

You're on the 87th Floor, and Something's Terribly Wrong . . .
September 16, 2001 | By SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Adam Mayblum enjoyed the storms that rumbled off the Atlantic. As they lashed his windows and strafed the steel beams, Adam would scoff: You think that's power? I'm on the 87th floor of the World Trade Center. That's power. During the worst storms, the cords on his window shades would appear to sway a few inches, but it was an illusion. They actually hung straight, held steady by gravity. It was the tower that swayed, to absorb the weather.

Terrorism Can't Defeat Heroism
September 16, 2001 | By Diane Pucin
The little park on the corner of 35th Street and Second Avenue holds two basketball courts, two handball courts and a couple of benches. On Wednesday afternoon, pick-up basketball games were played on both courts. Four men each were on the handball courts. Two older men sat on one of the benches. Joseph Leslie, 80, a World War II veteran, and his best friend, Jerome Goldman, 81, remarked on the talents of one of the young men who had just dunked a basketball.

Workers' Hope Starts to Fade With Time
On day five of New York's state of siege, as three fallen fire chiefs were lowered into their graves, something changed in the minds of some of the men digging into the earth at ground zero. They did not yet give up hope, but they began to fear the moment when hope will die. It was a subtle shift, like the thought that struck Rich Nappi as he tore with his hands at the debris of the World Trade Center on Saturday morning.

Two Friends, Two Doomed Flights
You may think of it as the strangest collision in the strangest week in American memory. You might call it the deadly serendipity of circumstances, an incredible freak of science and mathematics and airline schedules, or the terrible collateral of terrorist carnage. Ruth Clifford McCourt and Paige Farley Hackel would say you were wrong to think of their story as random--if only they were still here to tell it. McCourt and Hackel were best friends for more than a decade.

Yemenis Also Died in Attack
Among the nearly 5,000 missing in the World Trade Center attack are dozens--maybe even hundreds--of victims from Yemen, the ancestral home of prime suspect Osama bin Laden. The losses have been especially heavy to bear because many Yemeni Americans and Muslim Americans have been fearful of mourning in public--and shamed by any connection, however tenuous, to Bin Laden. This weekend, 22-year-old Yemeni immigrant Rabyaah Althaibani was asked to attend a vigil in Manhattan.

Eureka Feels Empathy for New York
This fog-shrouded fishing and logging town flanked by 100-year-old redwoods stands in deep contrast to the concrete canyons of midtown Manhattan a continent away. Yet residents say that last week's World Trade Center tragedy has made them all feel like New Yorkers. "That Manhattan skyline is as familiar to many people here as their own hometown," said Cliff Berkowitz, program manager at a local radio station.

Southwest Resuming TV Campaign With 2 Ads
Southwest Airlines, which quickly returned to full service after last week's terrorist attacks, tonight will reinstate television advertising with a pair of new commercials, the company said Tuesday. Southwest is believed to be the first major U.S. airline to reinstate advertising of its service since the attacks. United Airlines, American Airlines and other major carriers have yet to say when they will resume advertising campaigns, which were halted immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Taliban Rejects Bush Ultimatum
Afghanistan's ruling Taliban rejected President Bush's ultimatum Friday, vowing to continue to protect Osama bin Laden and his terrorist followers even if that provokes a war and the destruction of the regime.

Heroic Firefighter Is Alive--and Still on the Job
In the photo, sweaty young Mike Kehoe is headed up--all the way up a smoky stairwell in the north tower of the World Trade Center just after 9 a.m. on Sept. 11. Kehoe wasn't aware that someone was taking his photograph at that particular moment. He's a firefighter. His mind was focused on hustling all the way up the tower and evacuating office workers. "Civilians," as he calls them.

A New View of High-Rise Firefighting
Modern firefighting and rescue, built upon hard lessons from deadly disasters going back more than a century, had two fundamental beliefs shattered in the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. For firefighters, the rule for saving lives and property in a burning high-rise is to attack the fire from inside the building. At least 300 men performing that duty on Sept. 11 are presumed dead. For high-rise workers, the rule is to stay put until told to evacuate.

When Anton Met Anthony
September 27, 2001 | By SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anton Yelchin is trying to hold back his tears. But it's a losing battle. His blue eyes well up. His voice cracks. The 12-year-old has been reeling with pain and fear since the terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon and he wants to get his feelings off his chest. "I can't believe somebody would do something to our country," says Yelchin, shaking his head in disbelief. "I am really proud to live here. I am proud to live in a country where people love their country so much.

N.Y. Job Fair Draws the Displaced, Dispirited
A well-dressed crowd of at least 10,000, many brandishing resumes and business cards, descended on Madison Square Garden on Wednesday for a one-day job fair aimed at workers displaced by the World Trade Center attacks. Police turned away thousands as the throng grew to nearly twice the expected size and encircled the landmark Midtown arena.

Manhattan Neighbors Plan to 'Rely on the Local Folks'
Lately, nobody has been immune to the sadness here. But last week, the boisterous New York was back--for one night at least. About 500 people spilled out onto the streets around Daddy-O, a Greenwich Village bar, to benefit the neighborhood firehouse, which lost 11 firefighters when the towers of the World Trade Center disintegrated. Similar benefits are taking place at restaurants and bars all over the city.

Those Who Seized the Moment
The bumper stickers are just beginning to appear. "Flight 93," they read. "Let's roll!" The same phrase capped President Bush's speech to the nation earlier this month--the words of a passenger on a doomed jetliner symbolizing the nation's resolve. There have been television documentaries about Flight 93. A book is reportedly in the works. Near rural Shanksville, Pa.

Widow Moved by Outpouring of Generosity
Sheila Marie Ornedo, heavy with child, is due to give birth in February. The Los Angeles nurse is alone this Christmas, preparing for her baby girl's arrival without Ruben, her husband, by her side. Ruben is the one who should be massaging her aching back, as he used to; picking her up from work at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and taking her out to dinner, as he used to. He should be helping to fix up the nursery, as he was going to.


Plans Moving Ahead for Redeveloping Trade Center Site
The developer who holds the lease to the World Trade Center property is completing the first comprehensive master plan for the 16-acre site that sources say would consist of a number of office buildings clustered around a single soaring tower, a memorial park and two cultural venues. Designed by David Childs of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, one of New York City's most established firms, the plan will be presented by developer Larry Silverstein to the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.

Teenager Takes Initiative to Aid Victims' Families
More than most, Chris Finefrock felt compelled to do something to help the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The teenager who recently lived in the Conejo Valley worked last summer as an intern at the Los Angeles office of Cantor Fitzgerald, an institutional bond trading firm that had extensive offices in the World Trade Center's north tower. The firm lost about 700 of its 1,000 employees. "When I first heard about the planes crashing, I had this surreal feeling.

2 New Names on 9/11 Confirmed Dead List
May 26, 2002
Two new names, Michael Horn and Nitin Parandkar, were added in recent days to the list of confirmed dead in the terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center. This updates accountings that have appeared in The Times each Sunday since Sept. 11. The number of people unaccounted for, according to New York City officials and Associated Press, is now believed to be 115.

At West Point, New Breed of Cadet
When President Bush today addresses the first students to graduate from West Point since Sept. 11, he will encounter a class of cadets who have flocked to a new course on terrorism and are clamoring to join the infantry. Their shifting interests underscore what is described as a new clarity of mission at the U.S.

Teachers Look for the Lessons of Sept. 11
David Massey has given his students at Chatsworth High School an unusual weekend homework assignment. Find and tape television footage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and bring it to school for extra credit. The tapes will form the basis of a lesson Massey is planning for his advanced film and video studies class on Wednesday, the first anniversary of the deadly attack. "We'll look at the imagery of Sept.

Life Amid the Anguish of Loss
Colleen Rastovich shuddered the other day when she heard a plane flying low over her toy-strewn east Ventura backyard. But the moment, like a million others since Sept. 11, passed. Rastovich was a continent away from the devastation of that day. But for her and a number of other people who live and work in Ventura County, it was as close as an empty chair at the dining room table, a dear friend never seen again, a riotous laugh never heard. For them, the shock and aftershocks of Sept.

Suliman Ali Baldo
September 11, 2002
Suliman Ali Baldo, 52, works in the Empire State Building as a researcher for Human Rights Watch. Baldo left Sudan seven years ago to escape intensifying harassment of critics of the government. At that time, Sudan was a haven for Osama bin Laden and locked in civil war, with radical Islam gaining influence. Because of Sept. 11, Sudan began to change, and Baldo is going home. * "On Sept. 11, I was here in the Empire State Building.

The Plots and Designs of Al Qaeda's Engineer
December 22, 2002 | By Terry McDermott, Josh Meyer and Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writers
Senior Pakistani and American intelligence officials say the operational commander of Al Qaeda, the man believed to have planned the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, narrowly avoided capture during a raid in which authorities took his two young sons into custody.


European Investigators Follow Voyage of Stolen U.S. Passport
January 14, 2003 | By Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
On July 7, 1998, thieves snatched a passport from a car driven by a U.S. tourist here, a small rip-off that became a footnote in a major act of terrorism. The passport belonged to an Iranian American medical student from St. Louis. It made its way into the hands of Ramzi Binalshibh, an alleged coordinator of the Al Qaeda cell in Hamburg, Germany, that carried out the Sept. 11 attacks.

Prelude to 9/11: A Hijacker's Love, Lies
January 27, 2003 | By Dirk Laabs and Terry McDermott, Special to The Times
The letter from the dead man did not surface for months after it was sent, after, presumably, Aysel Senguen had enough time to fully absorb the grim deeds and suicide death of her fiance, Ziad Jarrah. Ziad sent the letter and a package of personal belongings to Aysel from the United States on Sept. 10, 2001, a day before he and three comrades hijacked United Airlines Flight 93, set it on a heading for Washington, D.C.

Transcripts of 9/11 Calls Show Fear, Confusion
August 29, 2003 | By Josh Getlin and Robert Lee Hotz, Times Staff Writers
Minutes after an airplane slammed into the World Trade Center's north tower, the assistant general manager of Windows on the World made the first of her four emergency phone calls to police, frantically seeking a way to help scores of guests escape the 106th-floor restaurant. "We're getting no direction up here," said Christine Olender, who reported that smoke was filling the dining room. "The condition up on 106 is getting worse."

For Sept. 11's burn victims, a slow recovery
October 27, 2003 | Roni Rabin, Newsday
Harry Waizer talks in a whisper about getting back to work. His vocal cords were charred in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, possibly when he inhaled burning jet fuel, and now he is pondering how to put his extensive experience in corporate tax law to use, even though his voice is weak and he is distracted by pain. For Mary Jos, the ability to concentrate comes and goes.


Silent witnesses to Sept. 11
July 1, 2004 | By Duane Noriyuki, Times Staff Writer
An unfathomable day is described in the simplest of terms -- a telephone, a squeegee handle, a pair of shoes. They are ordinary items that unexpectedly elicit the "quiet horror" of 9/11 in an exhibition opening today at the Japanese American National Museum. In all, 45 objects, as well as images and video, are included in "September 11: Bearing Witness to History," a Smithsonian traveling exhibition from the National Museum of American History. Each item has its own story to tell.

Tracking the Flights Hijacked on 9/11
June 18, 2004
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, United Airlines Flights 175 and 93 and American Airlines Flights 77 and 11 were hijacked by terrorists. As the attack unfolded, the flights were frantically tracked by air traffic controllers; the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA; and the Northeast Air Defense Sector, or NEADS, of the military's aerospace defense command. Following are excepts of the staff report on the events prepared for the commission investigating the attacks.

Payout to Victims of 9/11 Tops $38 Billion
November 9, 2004 | By Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
Victims of the Sept. 11 attacks received more than $38 billion in compensation -- a figure 30 times the size of the largest previous payout for a terrorism event and one that is unlikely to be matched, a Rand Corp. study released Monday said. Insurance companies and the federal government provided more than 90% of the payments, and some victims were overpaid while others fell through the cracks, according to the Santa Monica-based think tank.


Predecessors Erred on Terrorism, Bush Says
September 23, 2005 | By Warren Vieth, Times Staff Writer
President Bush said Thursday that mistakes made by three of his predecessors, including the Reagan administration's restraint after the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon, had emboldened terrorists and helped set the stage for the Sept. 11 attacks. Bush said he was determined not to repeat the pattern by pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq before the insurgency there is contained and Iraqi forces are able to provide adequate security.


Agent Faults FBI on 9/11
March 21, 2006 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
The FBI agent who arrested Zacarias Moussaoui weeks before Sept. 11 told a federal jury Monday that his own superiors were guilty of "criminal negligence and obstruction" for blocking his attempts to learn whether the terrorist was part of a larger cell about to hijack planes in the United States. During intense cross-examination, Special Agent Harry Samit -- a witness for the prosecution -- accused his bosses of acting only to protect their positions within the FBI.

High Turnout, Emotions for `United 93'
May 1, 2006 | By Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Ever since Hollywood greenlighted the first feature film to dramatize the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the question has been asked: Will Americans be ready to see it? Last weekend, moviegoers indicated that the answer was yes. As "United 93," Universal Pictures' recounting of the passenger uprising aboard one of the hijacked jets, opened last weekend, moviegoers all over the country turned out -- if not in droves -- in strong numbers.

Moussaoui Starts Serving Life Sentence in Colorado
May 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui began serving his life sentence at the nation's most secure prison on Saturday after U.S. marshals flew him overnight to southern Colorado from Virginia. Marshals brought Moussaoui before dawn to the Supermax federal prison, where he is to spend 23 hours a day in his cell and have little to no contact with other criminals at the facility. "He has now begun serving his sentence of life without the possibility of release," the U.S.

Moussaoui Jury Hears the Panic From 9/11
April 11, 2006 | By Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
For more than four years they had waited to walk into a courtroom and hold someone responsible for the wreckage of their lives. In the long days and nights since Sept. 11, 2001, they testified Monday, children have spent more time at counseling than school. Parents, unable to sleep, spent hours in their children's rooms. A young widow gave up her fight against breast cancer. Another threw herself across her husband's grave.

Lost in the Dust of 9/11
October 14, 2006 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
There is no voice left in Manuel Checo's voice. He speaks in a granular rasp that fades, occasionally, to whispery puffs of air. Sometimes, for periods as long as two days, he is unable to speak at all. When that happens, Checo carries a pad of paper with him so he can scribble down notes if he needs something. But for the most part, he will simply disappear into his rented room, ignoring his cellphone when it rings.

More 9/11 remains found in manholes
October 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Workers recovered more human remains from several manholes as New York City began a new search for Sept. 11 victims. The search was ordered after the discovery of dozens of bones in an abandoned manhole last week. Utility and city officials on Saturday hand-removed material from other manholes after tearing into the pavement on a service road along the site's western edge. City officials said that about 15 more pieces of remains had been recovered.


Sept. 11: A day to remember -- with a holiday?
January 25, 2009 | By Nicholas Riccardi
As he always does on Sept. 11, Ed Casso spent much of the day last year in his living room watching the solemn memorials on television. It had been precisely seven years since terrorists hijacked commercial jets and crashed them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Casso, 34, could feel the passage of time taking its toll. "Every year there's a little less coverage," he said. "Every year there's a little less feeling."

Bill honors 9/11 workers who fell ill
January 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The museum planned for ground zero should include a memorial to workers who died after becoming ill during cleanup of World Trade Center debris, two state lawmakers said, adding they would introduce state legislation to ensure those workers are recognized. "We want to tell the story of the 9/11 workers who rushed here to help put the city back on its feet, who got sick because they did that, and now unfortunately many of them have died," said Assemblyman Michael Gianaris.

Search shifts for remains of 9/11 victims
March 12, 2007 | From Associated Press
The search for remains of Sept. 11 victims has moved across the street from the former World Trade Center to the lot of a destroyed church, where important relics, including the bones of three saints, may also be buried. Since October, more than 400 bones have been unearthed from the debris of a service road that construction trucks used to get in and out of the site after the 2001 attacks.

9/11 Planner Confesses To Many Plots
March 15, 2007 | By Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the Kuwaiti national who is thought to be the highest-ranking Al Qaeda operative in U.S. custody, told a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, last weekend that he was responsible for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a transcript of the hearing.

U.S. public may be his target audience
March 16, 2007 | By Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
The most revealing aspect of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's testimony before a military tribunal may not have been the details about the many Al Qaeda plots he claims to have orchestrated but the insight it offered into the suspected Sept. 11 mastermind. In an hourlong written and oral presentation to his military captors Saturday, Mohammed showed himself to be ambitious, boastful and, when given the chance, talkative. He was even thoughtful about his cause and his craft.

New York mayor seeks aid for 9/11 responders
March 22, 2007 | By Louise Radnofsky, Newsday
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Wednesday urged a Senate panel to reopen the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for sick ground zero responders and said the city needed $150 million each year to continue to treat them. Thousands of the 50,000 rescue and recovery workers are being monitored and treated for serious respiratory illnesses at special clinics in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey.

New tribunal system gets its first case
March 26, 2007 | By Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
As the newly reconstituted U.S. military trial system takes up its first case today with the arraignment of Australian terrorism suspect David Hicks, a sense of deja vu prevails in the on-again, off-again effort to prosecute those accused of having a role in the Sept. 11 attacks. A ruling on the legitimacy of the tribunals is pending before the Supreme Court, which in June quashed an earlier system, calling it an abuse of President Bush's wartime powers.

9/11 suspect denies he served as paymaster
March 30, 2007 | By Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
A Saudi suspected of being the senior paymaster for the Sept. 11 attacks, Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, has denied wiring money to the hijackers or knowing specifics of the plot, according to a transcript of his military commission hearing released Thursday. U.S. authorities, as well as the Sept. 11 commission that investigated the attacks, have long alleged that Hawsawi was a top lieutenant of plot mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, an Al Qaeda chieftain.

Investigation fills in blanks on how war groundwork was laid
April 6, 2007 | By Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
Just four months after the Sept. 11 attacks, then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz dashed off a memo to a senior Pentagon colleague, demanding action to identify connections between Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime and Al Qaeda. "We don't seem to be making much progress pulling together intelligence on links between Iraq and Al Qaeda," Wolfowitz wrote in the Jan. 22, 2002, memo to Douglas J. Feith, the department's No. 3 official.

Giuliani foes plan to use 9/11 against him
April 8, 2007 | By Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
Many Americans know Rudolph W. Giuliani only from his performance in the smoke and ashes of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York -- a steely image that has propelled him atop the polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Now, some groups at the center of the 9/11 experience are laying aggressive plans to tarnish that image and undermine the central pillar of his candidacy. Officials from a national firefighters union, along with some relatives of Sept.

9/11 pane in church blessed
April 9, 2007 | From Reuters
A new stained glass window that includes an image of the World Trade Center attacks was blessed by a bishop Sunday in a cathedral here. The window at St. John's Cathedral is constructed of about 20 panes, each with representations of heaven and hell. The World Trade Center pane is at the bottom, with an image of the attack as an illustration of "hell on Earth," said artist Marc Mulders, its maker. It shows an airplane about to crash into one of the twin towers.

All politics aside in PBS series
April 9, 2007 | By Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
"America at a Crossroads" did not get off to an auspicious start. From the beginning, the ambitious $20-million effort to examine the complexities of the post-Sept. 11 world through a series of documentaries -- an initiative of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the private nonprofit that distributes federal funds to public television and radio -- was greeted with skepticism.

2 key detainees deny terrorism
April 13, 2007 | By Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
Two men accused of being top Al Qaeda operatives have denied playing any role in the Sept. 11 attacks or other terrorist plots, and one of them has told U.S. military officials that he deserves leniency for providing "vital information" in the U.S.-led counter-terrorism campaign in the four years since his capture in Pakistan. U.S. authorities accuse Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, also known as Ammar al-Baluchi, of being a close associate of Sept.

Cruise assists 9/11 workers
April 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Tom Cruise's latest effort isn't for the big screen. It's for the New York police officers, firefighters and paramedics of Sept. 11. Cruise was to appear Thursday at a private dinner in Manhattan to raise money for the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, a program he co-founded in 2002. The program, based on principles developed by Scientology founder L.

Ground zero deaths could add to 9/11 toll
May 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Ground zero workers who died after breathing in toxic dust from the collapsed World Trade Center ought to be officially recognized as victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the workers' family members say. The official list of victims grew by one this week after the city agreed to include a New York attorney who died of lung disease months after the attack, confusing Sept. 11 family members about what distinguished this death from the scores of others attributed to the aftermath.

Ill ground zero workers say U.S. failed to help
May 26, 2007 | By Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
Two subjects of a new documentary film joined the chorus of voices determined to focus attention on people who have developed debilitating health problems after breathing toxic dust from the collapsed World Trade Center towers. William Maher and John Graham traveled to Cuba as part of "Sicko," a documentary on the U.S. healthcare system by filmmaker Michael Moore. He brought the men, who had helped clean Lower Manhattan, to Cuba to try to get medical treatment for them at the U.S.

Cancer reported in some Sept. 11 first responders
June 1, 2007 | By Delthia Ricks, Newsday
Some of the first responders who were exposed to the cocktail of toxins produced at the World Trade Center collapse are developing a form of cancer often seen in much older people, in what one doctor calls the "third wave" of disorders to emerge from the Sept. 11 disaster. Dr. Robin Herbert, codirector of the WTC Medical Monitoring Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, said a wide range of medical conditions had been detected since the program began in 2001, after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Accounts of 9/11 air defended
June 26, 2007 | By Claudia Lauer, Times Staff Writer
Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, appearing Monday before a House subcommittee, denounced as "downright falsehoods" criticism of her statements following the Sept. 11 attacks that the air quality in areas around the World Trade Center site was safe for workers and residents.

Hunt still on for 9/11 remains
July 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A goal to end the search for human remains at the World Trade Center site by the fall is not realistic, and the effort will continue "for the foreseeable future," a city official said Tuesday. The city medical examiner's office will maintain a presence at the site indefinitely while construction continues in case excavations unearth more human remains, Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler said in a memo to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

World Trade Center victim's remains identified
July 26, 2007 | From Newsday
The New York City medical examiner has identified the remains of another victim among more than 1,100 people who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, but whose bodies had not been found. The medical examiner Tuesday announced that the remains found in a Con Edison manhole at ground zero in October were those of Edward Ryan, 42, of Scarsdale, N.Y. Ryan was first vice president of Carr Futures Inc.

Bloomberg reaches deal with 9/11 kin
August 10, 2007 | By Karla Shuster, Newsday
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and a coalition of relatives of Sept. 11 victims reached a compromise Thursday that would allow them to briefly descend into a small section of the former World Trade Center site, which the city previously had said was unsafe for the annual memorial.

Manhattan blaze recalls 9/11
August 19, 2007 | By Matthew Chayes, Newsday
Two New York firefighters died Saturday battling a major blaze at the former Deutsche Bank building just south of ground zero, in a haunting scene in Lower Manhattan reminiscent of Sept. 11, officials said. "Our city has worked hard to recover from that awful day in September almost six years ago, and today's sad events extend the sacrifice that this fire department has made," Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said at a news conference at a downtown hospital, where firefighters gathered.

'Systemic breakdown' at CIA before Sept. 11
August 22, 2007 | By Greg Miller and Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writers
The CIA never developed an overall strategy for confronting Al Qaeda and let precious resources and capabilities go unused in the years leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks, according to an internal investigation that the agency had fought to keep secret for the last two years. The report from the agency's inspector general, declassified Tuesday, adds disturbing new details to an already extensive public record of Sept. 11-related failures.

Study sees lingering effects of 9/11
August 30, 2007 | From Newsday
One in eight recovery and rescue workers who helped with the months-long cleanup at the World Trade Center showed signs of post-traumatic stress disorder three years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a study has found. Workers with little or no experience with disasters showed the highest frequency of PTSD, said the study, published Wednesday in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The data come from the World Trade Center Health Registry's survey of 28,000 workers in 2003 and 2004.

Asthma up among 9/11 workers
September 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A new survey of Sept. 11-related illnesses has found an alarming increase in asthma -- 12 times higher than normal -- among those who toiled on the toxic debris piles of ground zero. The study was released Monday by the New York City Department of Health, based on responses gathered by the World Trade Center Health Registry. The data show 3.

He said yes to sacrificing life
September 11, 2007 | By Larry McShane, Associated Press
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Kelly Ann Lynch, like so many others in Father Mychal Judge's vast congregation without walls, was devastated by word of the fire chaplain's death in the shadows of the World Trade Center. "Those first few weeks, it was hard to see anything good," said the Pennsylvania mother of four. "It just felt so dark and so sad and so empty." Time passed, until the darkness gave way to a bright idea.

A mother never forgets
September 12, 2007 | By Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
Sitting in a chair just after 7:30 a.m., beneath the amber glow of a hallway light, Carol Ashley leans over and ties the laces on an old pair of sneakers. She slips her good shoes into her purse. She knows it will be muddy in the pit. Outside, the sky is gray and rain slaps her windows. Six years ago on a Tuesday morning nothing like this one, Ashley's 25-year-old daughter, Janice, stood in this hallway wearing a taupe dress suit, a silver watch and her great-grandmother's pearl earrings.

9/11 hijacker lauded in video
September 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Osama bin Laden praised one of the Sept. 11 suicide hijackers in a video marking the sixth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Al Qaeda usually issues a video on the anniversary. This year's video showed hijacker Waleed Alshehri threatening the U.S.

14 suits over 9/11 attacks settled a week before trial
September 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
The plaintiffs in more than a third of the remaining suits filed by relatives of Sept. 11 victims, seeking compensation from airlines and their security contractors, have agreed to settle a week before the first case was to go to trial. Fourteen of 35 remaining cases were settled, including a case filed by the wife of Patrick Driscoll, who died aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. That was to be the first case to go to trial and was to start Monday.

Trials tested Muslim's faith in America
September 23, 2007 | By H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Managing a furniture store is not what Osama Awadallah had his sights on during college. But selling couches and dressers will do until an offer to develop computer information systems comes along. His job opportunities are limited, he said, because of the notoriety from his friendship with two 9/11 hijackers. He was one of the hundreds of Muslim men jailed as material witnesses in the 9/11 investigation.

Drugs, not 9/11 dust, cited in officer's death
October 26, 2007 | From Newsday
The death of New York police Det. James Zadroga, which was previously linked to his work in the rubble of the World Trade Center, was caused by injections of ground-up pills, the city medical examiner's office said Thursday. "What caused the disease was the injection of the drugs into his bloodstream, as opposed to something he breathed," said Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for Chief Medical Examiner Charles Hirsch. The ruling outraged the family of Zadroga, 34, who became a symbol of post-Sept.

Another ID made from 9/11 remains
November 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A second Sept. 11 victim has been identified from human remains found underneath a service road at the World Trade Center site, officials said Friday. More than 400 human bone pieces have been recovered from beneath the service road that carried cleanup and construction trucks in and out of the site after the 2001 terrorist attacks. The search at the spot began in October 2006 when utility workers found more than 80 bones in a manhole in the service road.

Flip side of 9/11 for Giuliani
November 20, 2007 | From Newsday
Rudolph W. Giuliani's image as 9/11 mayor took a double hit Monday as he lost a key endorsement from the Sept. 11 commission chair to a rival, and New York firefighters and families of victims of the terrorist attacks took their campaign against him to New Hampshire. Adding to the bad news for Giuliani was a new poll showing that his support in New Hampshire dropped from 24% of GOP voters in September to 16% this month as Mitt Romney widened his from 25% to 33%.

Destroyed tapes could put CIA in legal tangles
December 11, 2007 | By Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
In reconstructing the events leading up to Sept. 11, 2001, the blue-ribbon commission investigating the terrorist attacks got a lot of help from the CIA. The agency summarized intelligence reports about interrogations of suspects and even agreed to pose the commission's questions to detainees. But the agency strictly prohibited personal contact with the detainees, even though the panel thought that seeing how they responded would help determine their credibility.

Search for remains ends at 9/11 site
December 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The expanded search for human remains at the former World Trade Center site is over for now. Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler, in a memo to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, said that the city Medical Examiner's Office had finished sifting the last of nearly 15,000 cubic yards of material excavated since the renewed search for remains began in October 2006. As a result, the city will shut down a Brooklyn facility it opened last December to analyze the remains.


The chinks in his 9/11 armor
January 24, 2008 | By Stephen Braun Times Staff Writer
On Sept. 11, 2001, Rudolph W. Giuliani emerged from the ash plumes of the ruined World Trade Center as much an icon as the fallen towers. His drawn face was coated in concrete dust. His painstaking words were freighted with the unimaginable. "There were so many people around, so many problems," Giuliani recalled in his autobiography. The counting of the dead had not begun, and he had to publicly reckon with the disaster's human toll.

Stubborn doubts on 9/11 trials
February 12, 2008 | By Peter Spiegel and David G. Savage, Times Staff Writers
The Defense Department had an eye on history Monday when it announced capital murder and war crimes charges against six detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying the alleged Sept. 11 plotters would be given an "extraordinary set of rights" when they go on trial. They will receive more rights than the top Nazis tried at Nuremberg, military officials pointed out, and far more than the plotters in the assassination of President Lincoln, who were hanged within three months.

9/11 suspects may face death penalty
February 12, 2008 | By Carol J. Williams
The Pentagon announced Monday that it was seeking the death penalty against alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and five other men, in a move that will probably ensure that the controversial military commissions at the Guantanamo Bay prison live on into the next presidential administration.

French museum to revisit Sept. 11 in a big way
April 11, 2008 | By Geraldine Baum, Times Staff Writer
On the shores of Normandy where thousands of Americans died in the cataclysm that was D-day, a museum that aims at being more than a collection of rusting relics is preparing to commemorate another day that changed the world: Sept. 11, 2001. More than 120 mementos, including building keys and a smashed-up vehicle, are being shipped from New York to the French city of Caen for the first exhibition outside the United States, and the largest anywhere on the attack, its roots and aftermath.

Defending 'the most hated man in the world'
May 25, 2008 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
They make an unlikely pair, the world's most notorious captured terrorist and the Navy captain assigned to defend him against war-crimes charges that could lead to his execution. But together, the two men are quietly embarking on a legal odyssey that could last years, and may ultimately help define the constitutional parameters of the United States' role in the global war on terrorism.

A bizarre first day in court
June 6, 2008 | By Carol J. Williams,Times Staff Writer
As Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his four codefendants made their first court appearance to face charges in the Sept. 11 attacks, journalists watched from behind a soundproof glass wall and listened to an audio feed with a 20-second delay. The tribunal's chief judge ordered the delay in the audio to guard against any accidental disclosure of classified information as the terrorism suspects face prosecution. Marine Col. Ralph H.

Judge urges 9/11 suspects to accept legal help
July 10, 2008 | By Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
A military judge Wednesday strongly advised two accused co-conspirators in the Sept. 11 attacks not to represent themselves in their upcoming trial because their defense would suffer from several factors, including a lack of access to the classified evidence that the government plans to use against them. "It would be best for you to accept the assistance of counsel. If it sounds as if I am trying to talk you out of representing yourself, that would be accurate," Judge Ralph H.

Guantanamo jurors shown graphic film on Al Qaeda
July 29, 2008 | By Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Jurors hearing the first war crimes case against a Guantanamo prisoner watched a graphic 90-minute film chronicling the history of Al Qaeda on Monday, which included footage of mangled corpses in the rubble of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Kenya. The disturbing images, including some not previously released by U.S. authorities, were part of a film produced and narrated by a prosecution witness under contract with the tribunal hierarchy, the Office of Military Commissions.

A nation bows its head in silence
September 12, 2008 | By Cynthia Dizikes and Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writers
The nearly 3,000 people who died when hijackers commandeered four passenger jets on Sept. 11, 2001, were remembered Thursday as President Bush dedicated the first national memorial to the victims and the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates came together in a moment of silence. In a ceremony at the Pentagon, where 184 people were killed, Bush recalled how the "doomed airliner plunged from the sky, split the rock and steel of this building and changed our world forever."

Judge gets help of Sept. 11 suspects
September 23, 2008 | By Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
A military judge Monday enlisted the help of self-described Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in coaxing a man accused as a co-conspirator out of his detention cell here so the controversial trial into the attacks on New York and Washington can proceed. After a long day of procedural wrangling, Marine Col. Ralph H. Kohlmann ordered Ramzi Binalshibh to be "extracted" from his cell by force if necessary and brought into the military commission courtroom at the U.S.

Sept. 11 plotter turns tables on judge
September 24, 2008 | By Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
The world's most notorious jailed terrorist calmly stroked a foot-long gray beard as he sat comfortably in a military courtroom and peppered the Marine colonel who serves as his judge with questions. What, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed demanded to know, were Col. Ralph H. Kohlmann's religious affiliations? His views on torture? For a while Tuesday, Mohammed turned the tables on his captors and made the military judge justify his competency to preside over the trial of five accused Sept. 11 plotters.


Ali Saleh Kahlah Marri admits helping 9/11 architects
May 1, 2009 | By Josh Meyer and Joel Hood
Accused Al Qaeda sleeper agent Ali Saleh Kahlah Marri on Thursday pleaded guilty to supporting the architects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In a plea agreement entered before U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm in Peoria, Ill., Marri admitted to one count of conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

Every 9/11 anniversary a reminder of grief, healing
September 11, 2009 | By Faye Fiore
Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell is in Texas now. Army Chaplain Henry A. Haynes is in South Carolina. Eight years ago today, they were inside the Pentagon at 9:39 a.m., when American Airlines Flight 77 hit its mark. The world tends to give its fullest attention to anniversaries that end in zero or five -- not eight. There will be bagpipes and drums in New York. The president will lay a wreath at the Pentagon. Most of the nation will take a collective pause and move on. But for those like Birdwell and Haynes, directly touched by the terrorist attacks on Sept.

Every 9/11 anniversary a reminder of grief, healing
September 11, 2009 | By Faye Fiore
Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell is in Texas now. Army Chaplain Henry A. Haynes is in South Carolina. Eight years ago today, they were inside the Pentagon at 9:39 a.m., when American Airlines Flight 77 hit its mark. The world tends to give its fullest attention to anniversaries that end in zero or five -- not eight. There will be bagpipes and drums in New York. The president will lay a wreath at the Pentagon. Most of the nation will take a collective pause and move on. But for those like Birdwell and Haynes, directly touched by the terrorist attacks on Sept.

Fire damages chapel holding Sept. 11 remains
November 1, 2009 | Associated Press
A small fire at the temporary home for the remains of hundreds of World Trade Center victims was likely arson committed after a break-in Saturday, authorities said. The smoldering flames in a section of the facility's chapel on Manhattan's East Side were quickly extinguished. Firefighters got a call around 9 a.m. to respond to Memorial Park, a weatherproof tent on Manhattan's East Side where the city is storing the remains of Sept. 11 victims who have yet to be identified. The fire damaged a wooden bench, while mementos -- pictures, notes, flowers -- honoring the dead disappeared.

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