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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    What ever happened to ... Those patriotic paint jobs?

    The flags on their houses remain, but two men think they're paying a price for loving their country.

    By JEANNE MALMGREN, Times Staff Writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published September 6, 2002


    photo
    [Times photo: Thomas M. Goethe]
    Gary Almond, foreground, and David Moore paint an American flag on the Brandon home of Bill Davenport last year.

    What do you do when you're bursting with such pride over your country, when you're so passionate a patriot, that simply flying a flag isn't enough?

    You paint the Stars and Stripes on your house, that's what you do. Yep, right on the wall, bigger than life, in brilliant red, white and blue. A permanent patriotic statement. Who cares what the neighbors say?

    Last fall, when flag fever was at its peak, Bill Davenport of Brandon and Steve Woodland of St. Petersburg had the same idea: to use their houses as billboards for the war on terrorism.

    Davenport, a sergeant in the Army Reserve who served in the Persian Gulf War and in Bosnia, won his paint job in a radio station promotion. He was the lucky first caller, and a week later a professional crew showed up to paint a huge flag and "God Bless America" on one side of his house. He got red shutters and blue trim, too.

    Woodland, a staunch military supporter who was born on the Fourth of July, painted his flag with exterior latex he bought at Lowe's. People honked and stopped to shake his hand while he and his family worked. In the landscaping bed below the wall, they planted red, white and blue flowers.

    A year later, both men say they're still happy to have an American flag on their houses. Passing cars still honk, with passengers giving thumbs up.

    Both Davenport and Woodland have had trouble, though. It seems patriotism has a price, at least when it's emblazoned on the wall of your house.

    In May, Davenport was fired from his job in the Tampa water department. He filed a complaint with the Civil Service Commission. Maybe his repeated absences as a reservist had something to do with it, he suggests.

    "The sad thing is, I had an employer that does not support (patriotism) as strongly as I do," Davenport says.

    Sarah Lang, Tampa's director of administration, says the city goes beyond what state law requires employers to reimburse workers while they are on reserve training or active duty.

    "Mr. Davenport has some allegations going back three or four years, dealing with his military absences and that he felt that was causing some discrimination. But there were other reasons he was dismissed, and we don't feel we discriminated against him," Lang says.

    Davenport now works as a security screener at Tampa International Airport. He says the flag on his house isn't going anywhere because neither is his love for the United States.

    "I believe in my country deeply," he says.

    Across Tampa Bay, Woodland has been fighting a protracted battle with vandals. They extinguished cigars on his flag wall. They trampled the red, white and blue flower bed. Three times they drove a vehicle into the yard, right up to the wall, and shattered sodium vapor lights Woodland had installed to illuminate the flag at night.

    "I camped out on my roof trying to catch them," he says.

    Woodland suspects his flag wall is a topic of contention at neighborhood association meetings but Ronald Hersch, who has been president of the Greater Pinellas Point Civic Association since May, said he hasn't heard it discussed at any meeting he has attended.

    "It's not an issue that I'm aware of," Hersch said. Woodland, meanwhile, says he has no plans to paint over his flag.

    "As long as I live in this home, it'll be here."

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