The San Francisco Zoo has announced a special deal for city police and fire department employees this Sunday.All San Francisco police and fire employees and their families will be admitted to the zoo for free on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, zoo officials said.The zoo is also offering 10 percent off food purchases for the employees and their families. Read More
Unless you heard the record and felt it, deep within your soul, it’s difficult to communicate just how perfectly, how respectfully, Bruce Springsteen tapped into the post-9/11 zeitgeist with his majestic “The Rising” treatise. In just one line, he spoke cathartic volumes, as in the Twin Towers widower in “Nothing Man” struggling against the easy way out: “Pearl and silver/Resting on my night table/It’s just me, Lord/I pray that I’m able.” Read More
Since it was first raised in 1997, the giant rainbow flag in the Castro’s Harvey Milk Plaza has flown at half-staff only five times despite a steady stream of requests. But on Sunday, it will be lowered for the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Read More
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks prompted tens of thousands of Americans to join the U.S. military. For many in the Bay Area, however, it was an opportunity to enlist in the peace movement.
Click on the photo at right to see more on this story or scroll down to see an analysis on the two presidents whose terms have been shaped by the Sept. 11 attacks. Read More
Tony Stefani, a San Francisco native and retired Fire Department captain, founded the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation in 2006 after surviving his own battle with the disease. The 60-year-old shares his thoughts on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and his mission of reducing firefighter exposure to cancer-causing toxins.How big is the concern of firefighters being exposed to toxins before and after combating a blaze? Read More
Ten years after the Sept. 11 attacks, stricter federal screening makes it harder for possible terrorists to enroll in U.S. civilian flight schools. But the system still has loopholes. The TSA only checks fingerprints, criminal backgrounds and terrorist watch list names for foreign students — not for U.S. citizens. And inspectors are supposed to visit FAA-certified flight schools once yearly to ensure students have proper identity documentation and visas. Read More
Alli Chin, 55, who has been a “soldier” in the Salvation Army since she was 16, used her vacation time from December 2001 to January 2002 to serve hot meals 24/7 to workers at ground zero in New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Read More
Very few civilians know the pain of loss of a son or daughter, husband or wife, father or mother or brother or sister to war. The vast majority of those who do not know that pain also struggle to communicate their sympathy and their sorrow for the loss of the loved ones.Almost 10 years after the Afghanistan war began, the country awoke to the awful news of a U.S. helicopter shot down with 30 Americans aboard — 22 of them from SEAL Team 6. Read More
WHAT: Since November 2001 — when extra security measures were established in response to 9/11 — Transportation Security Administration statistics show that more than 25,000 security breaches were tallied at U.S. airports.
HOW: More than 14,000 people found their way into restricted airport areas and about 6,000 travelers got past government screeners without adequate scrutiny. This averages to five security breaches at each of the 457 commercial airports annually. Read More
Surviving family members of passengers on United Airlines Flight 93, which was bound for San Francisco International Airport when it was hijacked and crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2011, were emotional today as they absorbed the news that Osama bin Laden has been killed. Many felt relief and a sense of closure, but others say wounds from the terrorist attacks have been reopened. Read More