9/11 -- St. Petersburg Times Special Report

Sunday, Sept. 1
  • Florida: Terror's launching pad
  • The 19 plotters and their day of terror
  • Remembering

    Monday, Sept. 2
  • When tragedy meets capitalism
  • '9/11 fatigue' is natural, mental health experts say

    Tuesday, Sept. 3
  • Coping as a kid
  • Eric Deggans: 9/11 documentary asks troubling questions about religion
  • Sept. 11 photograph exhibit opens

    Wednesday, Sept. 4
  • Millions in new funding don't guarantee security
  • Donations to local charities slow in months after attacks
  • Sept. 11 donations swamp charities
  • Bush to visit three attack sites on 9/11

    Thursday, Sept. 5
  • Attack anniversary is living history lesson
  • Trading fallback system improved
  • Future of site still beset by debate

    Friday, Sept. 6
  • Senate approves plan to allow armed pilots
  • Dream job becoming demoralizing
  • New plane doors would withstand gunfire
  • What ever happened to ... Those patriotic paint jobs?
  • The other 911
  • Consolidated for the cause

    Saturday, Sept. 7
  • In chaos, TIA tower controlled 9/11 skies
  • Congress, N.Y. reaffirm solidarity
  • Traveling can be nicer in rougher countries
  • For TIA workers, 'normal' not what it used to be
  • Airlines don't see relief over horizon
  • Terror only one blow to tourism
  • A year later, it's the home fires that burn brightly
  • Flying the flag

    Sunday, Sept. 8
  • 125 Cedar Street
  • The drama in Sarasota
  • Cautious, yes, but still traveling
  • As security increases, fervor fades
  • Rising risks
  • Finding lessons in rubble of tragedy
  • Public loss, private grief
  • Duty calls; he goes; they wait
  • Riled residents show true colors
  • Keeping her distance
  • Which way leads up?
  • For the record
  • 45 Questions
  • A lexicon of terror, post-9/11
  • Before attacks, this was the news
  • Other events on Sept. 11
  • Voice mail delivers, retains final words
  • Keeping us rolling
  • 9.11
  • How we'll view it

    Monday, Sept. 9
  • The residue of terror
  • Patriotism is more than emotion
  • What ever happened to . . .: Our religious fervor?
  • The nightmares return
  • Life has the right-of-way
  • Free to disagree
  • 'Time has not healed the pain'
  • Deputies to step up patrol for anniversary
  • Security upgrade since 9/11 slow, steady
  • Enthusiasm for PHCC's security classes dissipates
  • Teachers untangle Sept. 11 lessons
  • A bumpy year for business
  • The man who would have led Afghanistan
  • People who made the headlines

    Tuesday, Sept. 10
  • Multitude to gather to wave U.S. flags
  • Pictures evoke profound feelings
  • Attacks haven't boosted sales of cell phones
  • Schools discover ways to reflect on attacks
  • Flags still wave, but sales fall from peak
  • Three fathers lost
  • Telemarketers easing up on 9/11
  • Nuclear plant adds security layers to prevent terrorism
  • Cough, stress hinder emergency workers
  • Families of missing sit in limbo
  • Places of importance after the attacks

    Wednesday, Sept. 11
  • Remembrance and renewal
  • Flags Along the Bayshore: Tampa Remembers 9/11
  • Ways of remembering
  • A piece of paper . a blue and white truck
  • Is America ready for another attack?
  • Nation to honor victims in silence
  • Poll: Compassion remains
  • The war so far
  • Terror update
  • Attack on Iraq would test headquarters at MacDill
  • 09-11-01 Perspectives
  • Those who died in the attacks
  • Myriad rescue agencies trust their link won't fail
  • Photo gallery
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    Thursday, Sept. 12
  • Emotional service honors those who died selflessly
  • Elements of pride
  • Echo of 9/11 empties airport
  • A day full of tributes, flags and questions
  • Prayer, fellowship pull many through agonizing anniversary
  • Tributes great and small
  • Children in a changed world pause to reflect
  • Citrus recalls 9/11 with its heart
  • Marking the imponderable
  • Ministers assure that God was there that sorrowful day
  • Chime recalls a nation's losses
  • For law officers, day passes quietly
  • Residents gather to heal, remember
  • In big and small ways, our community pays tribute
  • Cities somberly mark Sept. 11
  • Patriotic display greets drivers
  • Day of grief, resolve
  • At county schools, remembrance resounds
  • Travel lags on attacks' anniversary
  • They were us
  • Americans worldwide cautious on anniversary
  • Radical Muslims discuss 'positive outcomes' of Sept. 11
  • Amid grief, Bush gives warning

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    Donations to local charities slow in months after attacks

    [Times photo (2001): Douglas R. Clifford]
    Pasco County firefighters used boots to collect contributions for the families of firefighters who died in last year's terrorist attacks.

    By CURTIS KRUEGER, Times Staff Writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published September 4, 2002


    When terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, the Tampa Bay area struck back with blood and money.

    Hundreds of people lined up at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on the theory they should donate blood for survivors.

    Hillsborough County firefighters posted themselves on the streets to collect for the families of their New York counterparts. They held out open boots, which filled with green. At a single intersection they collected $25,000 in a matter of days.

    In Pasco County, someone reached out to a firefighter's boot and dropped in a diamond ring, leaving the chief to wonder if it fell in by mistake.

    But there was no mistaking American generosity after Sept. 11. More than $2-billion poured into coffers of the nation's top 10 charities for victims and family members affected by the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.

    Tampa Bay residents pulled out their credit cards and checkbooks readily.

    "It was absolutely astounding. . . . I've never seen that kind of incredibly generous giving to a cause that wasn't even here," said Linda Osmundson, longtime executive director of the nonprofit Center Against Spouse Abuse in St. Petersburg.

    But for some local charities, the giving had a flip side. Although national statistics suggest that Sept. 11 giving did not lessen charitable donations to other causes, contributions to many Tampa Bay area nonprofits slowed to a trickle immediately after the attacks.

    "Immediately after Sept. 11, the funds just sort of dried up for about six weeks. So we estimated that we came up about $300,000 short during that time," said Karleen Kos, executive vice president of Metropolitan Ministries, which provides many services for the homeless and poor in Tampa.

    "You could hardly tell people not to do it, because your heart just wanted something to do about that," Kos said. "Meanwhile, the needs just exploded."

    Three months later, the Center Against Spouse Abuse held its Peace Breakfast, an annual fundraiser that has become so successful that some supporters have actually complained it has grown too large. But this breakfast brought in roughly $200,000 for CASA, compared with about $300,000 the year before, Osmundson said.

    Religious Community Services, which operates a food pantry, a spouse abuse shelter and other social services in northern Pinellas County, sent out a "special appeal" letter for the first time this summer because contributions were lagging.

    "There is so much generosity it's just mind-boggling," said Cynthia Fox, executive director of Pinellas Cares, which operates 211, a social service help line. Nonetheless, she said, "it always occurs to me that there are still children in this community who live on the street, sleep on the street."

    She said she can't help wondering what would happen "if you could just bring that same compassion to people who live two blocks away."

    Several executives of nonprofit organizations pointed out that an economic downturn also was to blame for lower contributions. The economy was faltering even before Sept. 11, but the attacks damaged Florida's tourism industry, so determining which came first is a chicken-and-egg question.

    The United Way of Tampa Bay, which covers Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, was one of the few agencies that said local contributions did not suffer. Nonetheless, president Doug Weber said the nation's outpouring has made officials reflect. He said he wants to find a way to let people know about the local victims of rapes, drive-by shootings and smaller events that are less newsworthy but just as traumatic.

    Local charities help those people every day, Weber said. And their pain and suffering "are not unsimilar to what people experienced in the tragedy of Sept. 11."

    -- Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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