NEW YORK — Jim Riches pulled his firefighter son's mangled body out of the rubble at the World Trade Center, but the phone calls still filtered in years afterward. The city kept finding more pieces of his son.
"They'll call you and they'll tell you, 'We found a shin bone,'" said Riches, a retired deputy fire chief. "Or: 'We found an arm bone.' We held them all together and then we put them in the cemetery." Read More
Cecelia Kauth’s father encouraged her to seize any opportunity that came along, and that lesson seemed more important than ever after he died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. “After what happened to my dad, I wanted to make a change,” said the upstate New York native. “I’m from a small town and it’s really homogenous, so I wanted something that would open my eyes.” Read More
It was supposed to be the men’s singles final today, but fate and the weather have upset the schedule. On this painful anniversary, on a court in a complex only a few miles from ground zero, it will be the ladies who take the stage at the U.S. Open. Read More
It is impossible for any American of a certain age to think of Sept. 11, 2001, without recalling what they were doing and when they realized that the first airliner crashing into the World Trade Center was not a wayward Cessna. Only later did we learn it was the opening move in the worst terrorist attack ever against the United States. Read More
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Swedish-owned construction giant Skanska USA agreed to pay the U.S. government almost $20 million to avoid prosecution for allegedly setting up a bogus minority-owned firm to win lucrative government contracts. Federal prosecutors said Skanska USA allegedly “helped create the appearance” that Environmental Energy Associates, registered as owned by an Asian-American, was actively subcontracting for it. Read More
So, Jason, you say you weren’t offended by a mosque near the site of the World Trade Center? Ah, reply the skeptics, that’s because either (a) you’re a liberal, east-coast, cosmopolitan, post-American (whatever that means) — or (b) you’re a secret Muslim yourself. So of course you’re not offended. You’re on the other team, so it’s no skin off your nose. Read More
By 2012, our national debt will be larger than the entire U.S. economy, according to the International Monetary Fund. So what's on the front burner in Washington these days? Zoning issues in lower Manhattan!
Is it OK to put a Muslim community center close to Ground Zero? I don't know, but local authorities don't seem to mind.
That should settle it, but what Sarah Palin calls the "9/11 mosque" has somehow become a headline-grabbing controversy. Read More