Removed facade changes look of Ground Zero
The last standing section of the World Trade Center's facade fell to the ground Saturday and was taken from Ground Zero soon thereafter. Officials had expected to remove the 50-foot tall piece of steel much earlier, but structural difficulties slowed the process.
There was little movement, meanwhile, in Washington where Democrats and Republicans continued to wrestle over the elements of an economic stimulus bill. The GOP has backed speeding up income tax rate cuts, with Democrats pushing for more aid to the unemployed.
Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell, 40 yards away from American Airlines Flight 77 when it slammed into the Pentagon on September, has returned home from the hospital after several months of intensive therapy. The Army officer suffered burns to more than half his body during the attack and must wear special compression gloves to reduce scarring and protect his hands. (Full story)
President Bush stepped up pressure on Senate Democrats to pass a long-delayed economic stimulus bill, saying in his Saturday radio address that not doing so could mean the loss of 300,000 jobs. Democrats responded by saying Republican proposals do not provide enough aid for laid-off workers. (Full story)
Workers spent much of Saturday morning cutting away at the north tower's remaining 50-foot-tall steel facade before the section finally fell that afternoon. The piece was removed from Ground Zero and will likely become part of a future September 11 memorial. (Full story)
A majority of Americans support giving government agents the power to assassinate terrorists despite a U.S. policy forbidding such actions, according to a Newsweek poll released Saturday. But only 28 percent of respondents said such targeted killings would decrease the likelihood of future terrorist attacks. (Full story)
Construction to restore commuter rail service between Lower Manhattan and New Jersey should be complete in two years. Before September 11, about 65,000 people entered and exited the PATH commuter train -- which links Manhattan and New Jersey -- at the World Trade Center stop. Since terrorist attacks destroyed that stop, commuters have used one north of the Trade Center.
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The latest figures provided by federal and local officials give the following numbers of people dead or missing from the September 11 attacks.
WORLD TRADE CENTER: According to New York City officials, the death toll is 3,040. That figure includes 2,545 people who are missing and presumed dead, including the 157 on the two hijacked planes; 487 bodies have been identified.
PENTAGON: 64 dead on hijacked plane; another 125 missing and presumed dead
PENNSYLVANIA: 44 confirmed dead on hijacked plane
The attacks of September 11 have sparked new debate about balancing the protection of U.S. citizens with the protection of the civil rights of those suspected of terrorism.
While the United States is proud of the freedoms and the legal rights guaranteed by the Constitution, authorities and many citizens have argued those people who seek to destroy America do not deserve such protections while they represent an ongoing threat to the country.
While those arguments continue, so do the threats against U.S. interests. Security remains high at airports, certain industries and many government facilities.
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