On Sept. 11, 2001, America had no strategy for homeland security. That changed quickly after the attacks. The Bush White House issued the first homeland security strategy in July 2002.
In putting together that strategy, the toughest choices were deciding first, what was essential to include, and second, who should be responsible for each element. Read More
Across San Francisco and the Bay Area, people gathered to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and to remember those who lost their lives that day.
Click on the photo to the right for a picture slideshow of Sunday's events.
Commemorations include San Francisco Fire Department memorial services at each of The City's 43 fire stations and the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb -- a noncompetitive memorial climb up and down the Transamerica Building. Read More
"Heart of a Soldier" is a mighty effort to do the impossible.The new San Francisco Opera production has been dubbed the "9/11 opera," but the team creating it did its best to focus on characters against the background of the destruction of the World Trade Center instead of producing a musical documentary or homage.Circumstances surrounding Saturday's world premiere at the War Memorial Opera House, on the eve of the event's tenth anniversary, didn’t mitigate difficulties arisin Read More
The significance of Sept. 11 cannot be accurately measured. The events of that day 10 years ago impacted us in so many ways, through so many thousands of lives — lost and saved — that its meaning defies explanation.
Yet as much as 9/11 changed us, the decade since has revealed us. If we can take anything from that day, it’s that our country is resilient, resurgent and, in a way, rejuvenated. Read More
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Under a beautiful sky Saturday morning, The City’s Civic Center turned somber as officials joined police and firefighters to commemorate the eve of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks’ 10th anniversary.
Click on the photo at right to see a slideshow of SFPD and SFFD commemorating the 9/11 anniversary. Read More
With a population of 245, the town has fewer people than any given building in downtown D.C.There are a dozen roads, tops, in Shanksville; a smattering of houses, log cabins and red barns. And not far away from the town center is a rolling field of yellow and white wildflowers.Because of what happened in this field, Washington still has the Capitol. It still has the White House, and it has the confidence to fight. Read More
Does Lady Gaga have a hot new beau? According to Radar Online, the envelope-pushing pop diva has been seeing someone since July: her “You and I” video co-star Taylor Kinney, who appeared on “The Vampire Diaries.”“It was just casual at first, but things are getting pretty hot and heavy,” a source told the site.Evidently they were sighted together at a beach bar in Mission Viejo where they downed whiskey shots on Sept. 4. Read More
The period after 9/11 was frightening for most Americans, but for Muslims — and members of groups commonly mistaken for them, such as Sikhs — the fear was more complicated. Shohda Morsy was in elementary school when terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. “I was confused,” recalled Morsy, now 18, who grew up in Burlingame but was born in Egypt. “I asked my parents, why did Muslims attack the twin towers?” Read More
When a suicidal man drowned in shallow waters off Alameda in May, a nation wondered why firefighters stood by and watched it happen. Hamstrung by an alleged lack of training, the Alameda Fire Department called on four other agencies for assistance. But none was able to help Raymond Zack during the two hours that the frigid waters slowly killed him. Read More