Recovery: In New York, jobs and jitters
Even as New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced a job fair intended to help workers displaced by the September 11 attacks get back on their feet, the city was in an uneasy mood Monday.
Fear of bioterrorism prompted several questions at an afternoon Giuliani press conference. The financial markets were also somewhat jittery going into Monday -- partly because of anthrax threats, and partly because of several earnings reports due this week.
However, Wall Street finished the day about even, according to major indexes. And Giuliani received a pleasant surprise -- he was told he would receive an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
Americans should be on the lookout for suspicious letters and packages amid growing concerns about anthrax exposure, President Bush warned Monday.
"The key thing for the American people is to be cautious about letters that come from somebody you may not know, unmarked letters, letters that look suspicious," Bush said after Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's office received a suspicious package that tested positive twice for the deadly bacteria anthrax in preliminary field tests. Authorities emphasized that neither the letter received by Daschle's office, nor any of the other letters that have shown traces of anthrax, has been connected to terrorists. (Full story)
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani received the news that he is to receive an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, with the words: "Just call me Rudy!"
Giuliani received the honor on Monday for his "outstanding help and support to the bereaved British families in New York" in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Giuliani said he was "humbled and gratified" by the honor but added: "I feel it is for everyone." (Full story)
Also, the City of New York has scheduled a job fair to assist those displaced by the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Giuliani announced Monday. The fair is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, at Madison Square Garden.
U.S. equity indexes finished little changed Monday, bouncing off earlier lows, as the bio-terrorism fears and chip-led tech selling that had plagued stocks most of the day eased up by the close.
Semiconductor weakness had marked trading for most of the day after J.P. Morgan and Lehman Brothers both downgraded a number of specialty chip and chipmaker names in a pair of pessimistic notes, but gains in select Internet, networking, and telecommunications issues offset some of this pressure. The Nasdaq composite fell about 7 points to end the day just below 1,700. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up about 3 points, and the the Standard & Poor's 500 slipped about 2 points. (Full story)
The lure of millions of dollars in benefits paid to those affected by the World Trade Center attacks has attracted a few scam artists, and many more are expected.
"We think that frauds are being committed -- the question is when the claims will be presented," said Bernie Bourdeau, president of the New York Insurance Association. "If it doesn't happen we'll be pleased, but astounded." (Full story)
With fears of terrorist attacks -- particularly bioterrorism -- in the wake of last week's FBI alert, Americans are stocking up on supplies, from water, canned foods and toilet paper to duct tape and latex gloves. (Full story)
Last summer, producers of a syndicated reality TV show harnessed cameras to several firemen to document their exploits. In the end, "The Bravest" would capture images of some of the last blazes the men battled, and some final reflections about their professions. (Full story)
What will be the long-range impact on the global airline industry? Click here for more
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Are children able to grasp the severity of the September 11 attacks? How are they coping?
Will firefighters take greater precautions in rushing into burning buildings in the aftermath of the attacks?
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What will happen to the World Trade Center site? Click here for more
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George W. Bush: U.S. president
Laura Bush: First lady of the United States, she has become more visible since the terrorist attacks, making public appearances urging parents and teachers to help reassure children that everything is being done to try to keep them safe. Click here for more
Tom Ridge: Director of the U.S. Office of Homeland Security, a new Cabinet-level position Click here for more
Richard Clarke: Head of efforts to safeguard information systems for the Office of Homeland Security Click here for more
Wayne Downing: Retired Army general tapped as deputy national security adviser Click here for more
Joe Albaugh:The chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Click here for more
Rudy Giuliani: Mayor of New York Click here for more
Paul O'Neill: Treasury secretary
Norman Y. Mineta:Transportation secretary
Jane Garvey: FAA administrator
The latest figures provided by federal and local officials give the following totals for the number of people dead or missing from the September 11 attacks.
WORLD TRADE CENTER: 4,688 reported missing to the New York Police Department, including the 157 people on the two hijacked planes; 450 confirmed dead, 395 bodies identified
PENTAGON: 64 dead on hijacked plane; another 125 dead or missing
PENNSYLVANIA: 44 confirmed dead on hijacked plane
The events of September 11 exposed the vulnerability of the world's greatest superpower, presenting the United States with the challenge of recovering emotionally and physically.
Several industries -- particularly the airline industry and the insurance industry -- have been hit hard by the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, and their progress will be watched closely as a guide to the overall U.S. economic and psychological recovery.
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