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Recovery: Remembrance at Ground Zero

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New York is pondering the future of the World Trade Center site as it clears the rubble.  


SUMMARY:

Thousands of people -- apparently much larger than the 2,000 expected -- attended a special memorial service at the World Trade Center site in Manhattan. The service, for families of victims of the September 11 attacks, included addresses from religious dignitaries, and performances by Renee Fleming of the Metropolitan Opera and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Aviation security is expected to be the topic of House discussion next week as Congress votes on an aviation security bill. The legislation proposes strengthening standards for airport screeners, who will be under control of the federal government.

UPDATE:

Many relatives of people killed in the World Trade Center attacks received their first closeup look at the site Sunday during a memorial service near the wreckage.

New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani hoped the memorial would provide comfort for family members of the thousands who died on September 11. (Full story)


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President George W. Bush would prefer not to make airport security screeners employees of the federal government but he would sign such a bill if Congress passed it, an administration official said on Sunday.

The House is set to vote next week on an airline security bill President Bush calls "the quickest, most effective way to increase aviation security" by strengthening standards for airport screeners, who will be under control of the federal government. (Full story)

Praising the spirit of bipartisanship in Congress since the September 11 terror attacks, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle stressed the importance for Democrats and Republicans to work together to combat the threat of bioterrorism and the economic downturn.

"It's hard to express how angry I am about these attacks, how proud I am of the brave response on the part of my staff ... and so many others, " Daschle said in the weekly Democratic radio address. (Full story)

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on the steps of the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, to protest the U.S. military response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. Saturday's rally was among similar events in a number of cities across the nation, including Los Angeles and New York. (Full story)

Toxic chemicals have been detected at levels exceeding federal safety standards in the soil and air around the still-burning rubble of the World Trade Center, according to documents compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Officials were quick to caution people not to apply the measurements taken near the trade center wreckage to other areas of the city. "The debris pile is different from the rest of Manhattan," said Nina Habib, an EPA spokeswoman. (Full story)

Joe Temeczko appeared to be a pauper scavenging the streets. But when the 86-year-old Polish immigrant died earlier this month, he left behind an estate estimated at $1 million for New York City to honor those who died September 11. (Full story)

U.S. leaders are telling Americans things have changed for a very long time. They want people to stay on guard for years to come and be understanding of the security precautions that may become permanent in public places.

But are Americans really consigned forever to a different way of life? (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 people going to celebrate Halloween this year? (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

Dr. David Satcher: Surgeon General of the United States

Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan: Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Click here for more

Rudy Giuliani: Mayor of New York Click here for more

Michael Bloomberg: Republican candidate for mayor of New York
Mark Green: Democratic candidate for mayor of New York
The New York mayoral election is November 6, and the winner of the election will begin a four-year term at the beginning of 2002.

Anthony A. Williams: Mayor of Washington

Dr. Ivan Walks: Director of the Department of Health for the District of Columbia

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: 4,167 reported missing to the New York Police Department, including the 157 people on the two hijacked planes. Of the 506 people whose remains have been recovered, 454 have been 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.

The U.S. economy, threatened by recession before September 11, has suffered a number of blows in the weeks since. Several industries -- particularly the airline industry -- were hit hard by the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, and leading economic indicators dropped in September. Yet the nation's financial markets have thus far weathered the uncertainty, making up losses experienced in the days after reopening.

Incidents of anthrax found in mail have frightened many, and the notable increase of security at offices and public places indicates America to be a warier, more cautious place. But daily life has not been put on hold: People are still attending entertainment events, going to ballgames, and getting out. Psychologically, the country appears to be finding its way.



 
 
 
 



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