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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    Future of site still beset by debate

    Compiled from Times wires
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published September 5, 2002

    NEW YORK -- It's late afternoon, and tourists are swarming around the "hallowed ground" where the World Trade Center once stood as if tickets just went on sale for a hit Broadway show.

    In their midst, Lee Ielpi makes a terrific tour guide in the grimmest of ways.

    [AP photo/Mark Lennihan]
    Retired New York City firefighter Lee Ielpi pauses at the site of the World Trade Center. He volunteered in recovery efforts and carried his son's body from the wreckage.
    "See where those men are working? That is where my son's body was," he said, pointing to a spot inside the fence-encircled pit near where the north tower once stood.

    Ielpi, 58, a retired fire captain who in December carried the body of his firefighter son Jonathan, 29, from the wreckage, has been an almost daily presence at ground zero since Sept. 11.

    In the beginning, Ielpi's work here was physical. His determination to find his son's remains made him a symbol of strength to those who lost loved ones.

    More recently, Ielpi has emerged as a voice for many of the family members in the debate on what should become of the World Trade Center site.

    He and other family members have pushed for the protection of the twin towers' "footprints" from bedrock to the air over the site. The footprint is "sacred ground," he says.

    Others disagree. The planning for a memorial has laid bare a tangle of unending grief, cultural chasms, distrust of government and pure and simple rage among a host of disparate groups.

    The question of how much acreage the memorial will cover, what it will look like and what elements it will include will fall to the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York Gov. George E. Pataki and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

    But precisely who will make which decisions, and how, remains to be determined.

    Some victims' relatives want the memorial to be centered on the footprints. Others are clamoring for the entire 16-acre site.

    A memorial drafted by a families' advisory council includes an eternal flame, a tomb for unidentified remains, the damaged sculpture formerly in the trade center plaza and a wall bearing the names of the victims of the trade center attacks of 1993 and Sept. 11, as well as those killed in Washington and Pennsylvania.

    However, nearby residents have not been shy about voicing their largest fear: that constant references to "hallowed ground" means that a memorial will most of all resemble a cemetery.

    "The people who live down here are pioneers," said Liz Berger. Many moved in long before the area had decent services or decent apartments, she said, adding: "We are going to be living in the memorial. We want to figure out how to remain in a living place."

    While most victims' families want open space dedicated as a memorial, residents want land used for parks, where children can play without people fearing that the feelings of the bereaved are being trampled upon.

    Many people, from the mayor to community advocates, also want housing at the site, and many of those want it to be for low- or middle-income residents.

    But many business owners and developers have shown little interest in anything but high-price housing. Wealthier residents lead to a higher scale of retail stores and higher rents.

    As the debate rages on, Ielpi remains a fixture at ground zero.

    He passes out bookmarks bearing his son's photograph and the Fireman's Prayer.

    "This is what we are all left to do now," he said wearily. "We pass out pictures so no one forgets."

    -- Compiled from reports by Cox News Service and the New York Times.

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