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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    Congress, N.Y. reaffirm solidarity

    Lawmakers convene here to remind New Yorkers the country is behind them as they rebuild.

    [AP photo]
    Members of Congress sing God Bless America after meeting Friday at New York's Federal Hall. More than 300 of the 535 lawmakers came here in honor of Sept. 11.

    ©Los Angeles Times
    September 7, 2002

    NEW YORK -- In a pilgrimage to the scene of the nation's deadliest terrorist assault, Congress paid homage Friday to this stricken metropolis and returned to its own roots with an extraordinary meeting in lower Manhattan to mark the approaching anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    The House and Senate held a solemn joint meeting in New York's Federal Hall -- 360 days after terrorist hijackers smashed two jets into the World Trade Center and 212 years after Congress last convened here.

    More than 300 of the 535 lawmakers trekked here, many by chartered train, for only the second meeting of Congress outside Washington in the past two centuries.

    Congressional leaders and Vice President Dick Cheney, in his duties as president of the Senate, used the occasion to mourn the more than 2,800 people who died in the collapse of the twin towers, just a few blocks away, and to promote the war against terrorists.

    "As a nation born in revolution, we know that freedom comes at a very high price, and we have no intention of letting it slip away," Cheney told the lawmakers, reminding them that the war on terror began the hour New York and the nation fell under attack.

    He and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., presided from a dais with gavels brought from Washington. Behind them hung a giant U.S. flag. Before them, senators, representatives and other dignitaries were packed into a circular chamber decorated with artifacts from the first presidential inaugural, including a wrought-iron balustrade and stone platform from the balcony where George Washington took his oath of office.

    The large turnout on a day lawmakers ordinarily would be scattered across the country, campaigning or working in their home states, underscored how New York's recovery and the war on terror are potent national causes.

    Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., said the Sept. 11 terrorists had failed. "They sought to destroy America by attacking what they thought were our greatest strengths," Daschle said. "But they did not understand. The true strength of America is not steel or concrete. It is our belief in the ideals enshrined in our Constitution."

    For New Yorkers, the leaders had a direct message.

    "We are with you," said Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss. "We will continue our efforts to help you rebuild, physically and spiritually."

    Lott added: "From this city's one day of horror, out of all the loss and sorrow, has come a strength, a resolve, a determination which -- from Manhattan to Mississippi -- now binds us together for the mighty work that lies ahead."

    With support from President Bush, Congress has appropriated more than $20-billion in disaster aid since the Sept. 11 attacks, in which hijackers struck New York and the Pentagon and crashed another airplane in rural Pennsylvania. Most of the relief is bound for this city, which suffered the worst damage. More is likely to flow from Washington in coming years.

    During their one-hour meeting, lawmakers reaffirmed a congressional resolution of solidarity with the city and heard speeches, prayers and poetry.

    They then stood, held hands, and loudly sang "God Bless America" with a high school choir. It was an emotional repeat performance of an anthem that many House members had sung the evening of Sept. 11 from the Capitol steps.

    Afterward, lawmakers ate lunch at the nearby Regent Hotel in an event hosted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is counting on Washington's largess. He noted that the Annenberg Foundation had paid $1-million to underwrite the ceremonial meeting. And Bloomberg did not forget to thank the keepers of the federal purse.

    "We know you were there for us when we needed you," Bloomberg said. "And we will be there for you if you ever need us."

    In a final event, the lawmakers journeyed to the south ledge of the cavernous pit at ground zero. At the void where the World Trade Center stood, congressional leaders gave New Yorkers a white floral wreath and members bowed their heads in prayer. Many had been there before, seeing the hulking, smoking ruins soon after the attack and subsequently inspecting the excavation of rubble.

    While the day focused on a modern national calamity, for the 107th Congress, history echoed here from a more distant past.

    The First Congress met at Nassau and Wall streets, in an earlier Federal Hall. There, it adopted the Bill of Rights and passed seminal legislation to put the new federal government in motion.

    Since 1800, Congress has met continuously in Washington, through one foreign invasion, one Civil War and two World Wars. The only exception, until now, was a meeting in 1987 in Philadelphia to mark the bicentennial of the Constitutional Convention.

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