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Recovery: Stars come out for WTC victims

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SUMMARY:

Whether it's benefit concerts, tribute albums, or cash from concert tours, the sound of music is raising spirits and a whole lot of money for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Three star-studded concerts were on tap for this weekend, beginning Saturday with the "Concert for New York City" at Madison Square Garden.

UPDATE:

Thousands gathered in New York for a mammoth benefit concert Saturday night. Featuring musicians ranging from Macy Gray to Paul McCartney, with appearances featuring everyone from shock jock Howard Stern to U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, the show was at times raucous, at times somber. The concert was broadcast live without commercials on VH1. (Full story)

Airports across the United States have revoked the badges of tens of thousands of people who, although unauthorized, had been able to bypass security checkpoints and gain access to airplanes.

In the past, many former airport workers did not turn in their badges, which investigators warned could compromise security. After last month's terror attacks, the Federal Aviation Administration asked airports to check the badges of all employees, a job completed this week. (Full story)


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Trick-or-treating and Halloween parties are being canceled at shopping malls across the country. At the colossal Mall of America near Minneapolis, incoming shipments are under close scrutiny and monitoring. And many of the largest shopping mall owners are adding security in their corridors, parking lots and storage rooms.

But as the malls try to respond to the threat of more terrorism in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, they're also worried about not scaring their customers. (Full story)

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D.-California, took House Republican leaders to task Saturday for their reluctance to push through an airline security bill passed unanimously in the Senate.

"We need to move forward," Pelosi, elected this week as the House minority whip, said in the Democrats' weekly radio address. "It is unacceptable to hold America's safety in the sky hostage to the political agenda of a handful in the House of Representatives." (Full story)

Like virtually every other retailer, booksellers have seen their business change dramatically since September 11. Americans did not shop for several days after the terrorist attacks. And since they've returned, their interest has turned to serious subjects.

A host of newcomers on the best-seller list cover topics that weigh heavily on the minds of Americans. There are books about biological weapons, fire, war, compassion and the World Trade Center twin towers. (Full story)

Many Americans are thrilled that schools across the country have a heightened emphasis on national pride since the terrorist attacks.

But others are worried that an unchecked wave of patriotism might quash some basic U.S. traditions -- such as the right to question and separation of church and state. (Full story)

For many families of the World Trade Center victims, there is no cemetery to visit, no tidy grave on which to lay flowers, only a smoking pile of rubble in downtown Manhattan.

So to pay respects to their loved ones, many ride a ferry across the Hudson River. Then, wearing hard hats and carrying red, white and blue carnations, they stand for 15 to 20 minutes at a platform at the foot of the ruins. The visits are part of the support offered by New Jersey's Family Assistance Center. (Full story)

The "No Vacancy" sign is flashing again at Las Vegas Strip resorts on Saturday nights, but industry experts say this tourism-dependent city still faces a long road to recovery.

Las Vegas has been suffering from a severe tourism slowdown since the September 11 terrorist attacks. An estimated 15,000 workers have lost their jobs since the attacks, and some experts say the city's economy might continue to struggle for months. (Full story)

KEY QUESTIONS:

What will be the long-range impact on the global airline industry? Click here for more

Are security breaches common at U.S. airports? What is the government doing to improve airport safety? Click here for more

How is Congress helping out in the recovery process? Click here for more

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?

How long will it take to reopen the damaged section of the Pentagon? At what cost? Click here for more

What will happen to the World Trade Center site? Click here for more

What measures will be taken to try to prevent a recurrence of such attacks? Click here for more

WHO'S WHO:

George W. Bush: U.S. president Click here for more.

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 Allbaugh: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

VICTIMS:

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: 4,515 reported missing to the New York Police Department, including the 157 people on the two hijacked planes; 458 confirmed dead, 408 bodies identified

PENTAGON: 64 dead on hijacked plane; another 125 dead or missing

PENNSYLVANIA: 44 confirmed dead on hijacked plane

IMPACT:

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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