Recovery: Going to the polls
Some of the regions most affected by the airborne assaults of September 11 are holding key elections for local and statewide offices on Tuesday.
Among them is New York, which will select a new mayor Tuesday. The election will decide who succeeds the current mayor, Rudy Giuliani, who has held the position for eight years and whose popularity is at a high. The role of New York City's next mayor has taken on an importance no one could have imagined before September 11, experts say.
The Federal Reserve cut interest rates Tuesday another half point. The federal funds rate, an overnight bank lending rate, now stands at 2.0 percent, as the central bank extends its attempt to keep consumers spending and fend off a recession in the United States. It's the rate's lowest level in 40 years.
The first national election day since last year's unprecedented, 36-day presidential drama has crept up with barely a notice in most quarters. But some of the regions most affected by the airborne assaults of September 11 are holding key elections for local and statewide offices on Tuesday -- elections that could well determine how each locale continues its recovery efforts and weathers the social and economic storms touched off by the terrorist attacks. (Full story)
The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the 10th time this year, and the third time since September 11, in an effort to keep the U.S. economy from falling into a recession. Fed policy makers cut the central bank's target for the federal funds rate, an overnight bank lending rate already at 40-year lows, to 2.0 percent from 2.5 percent. Markets had been in a holding pattern much of the day as traders waited to see what the Fed would do. (Full story)
The federal government has announced it is hiring more security employees on a temporary basis to improve oversight of screening checkpoints run by private contractors at the nation's airports. (Full story)
Verizon Wireless and the government are in the final stages of a deal that would give some emergency officials priority access to the company's cellular network, according to federal officials. (Full story)
What is a visit to Ground Zero like? The devastation is somewhat hidden. Police barricades and large blue particle boards obstruct the views. Crowds are kept behind chain link fences even farther back. Cranes are visible, as are American flags flapping atop surrounding buildings, but the actual site is somewhat mercifully hidden. And, at almost any time during the day, throngs of people jam the streets nearby. (Full story)
When the collapse of the World Trade Center towers sent 2 million tons of pulverized concrete and ash into the air, some of it landed on the gardens of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy -- 30 acres of lawns, plants and trees at the southern tip of Manhattan. After cleaning up the area, staffers are pleased to see that the park appears to be flourishing. (Full story)
After seven weeks, New York firefighter Terry Farrell's body was found in the wreckage of the World Trade Center. His children had a coffin to salute. And another special person in Farrell's life was able to leave a flower on his grave.
Nevada resident Chantyl Peterson, 14, is alive because of Farrell, her family said. He saved her -- not from a fire but from T-cell lymphoma, a terminal illness. (Full story)
Applications to carry a concealed weapon are on the rise around the country as Americans deal with fears of terrorism. In October, Colorado officials conducted more than triple the number of background checks for concealed-weapons permits than they did a year earlier. Increases have also been reported in states such as Texas, Washington and Oklahoma. (Full story)
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
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
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
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: According to New York City officials, 3,962 are missing, including the 157 people on the two hijacked planes; 490 bodies have been 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.
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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