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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    Riled residents show true colors

    Displays of patriotism were breaking out all over, and apparently a few association bigwigs didn't like it. Too bad.

    By BRADY DENNIS, Times Staff Writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published September 8, 2002

    LAND O'LAKES -- Joan and Louis Hofmann have a 25-foot-tall reminder of their stubborn patriotism.

    The Hofmanns, who moved from New Jersey to Land O'Lakes last August, erected a 15-foot-tall flagpole at the corner of their driveway in the Grand Oaks subdivision shortly after the terrorist attacks.

    Soon came a letter from Sentry Management Inc., which managed the homeowners association, telling the Hofmanns they would have to move the pole.

    "I think it's unpatriotic and uncalled for," Joan Hofmann said at the time. "We refuse to take it down."

    The Hofmanns got calls from state Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite and County Commissioner Pat Mulieri. Neighbors brought Joan Hofmann flowers -- "They were very sorry this happened to us," she said.

    Then came a letter the Hofmanns had hoped for. It was from Lennar Corp., who had since taken over the neighborhood association, and it apologized to the Hofmanns for the earlier request to take down the flagpole.

    The company also gave the Hofmanns a new, 25-foot-tall pole and an American flag to go with it.

    "We were very happy," Joan Hofmann said. "My husband goes out every day to put it (the flag) up and take it down. I'm going to fly it half staff on Sept. 11."

    To the west, in New Port Richey, Don Taggart also found a happy ending to his flag troubles.

    He stapled a 5-by-9-foot American flag onto his roof in the Arborwood at Summertree subdivision on Sept. 12, a day after the attacks. He already had tacked one measuring 4-by-7 feet onto the front of his home.

    He promptly received a letter from the community president, asking him to take the flags off his home and instead put them on flagpoles in the yard.

    Taggart was irate. He wrote letters to newspapers. He called Bay News 9. And he, too, refused to move the flags.

    "The more they pushed it, the more it p----- me off," Taggart said.

    Taggart said the issue eventually died down, and he heard little else about it. Then he saw the community president one day at the recreation center.

    "He said, 'When do you plan on taking the flag down?' " Taggart recalled. "I said, 'When it fades.' He said, 'Fair enough.' "

    Taggart kept his word, and when the flag wore out roughly six weeks later, he took it down and asked the community board for permission to put a 10-foot-tall flagpole in his yard. They agreed.

    The flagpole is still out front, still adorned with an American flag.

    "It had a good ending," Taggart said. "There are still people here that don't talk to us . . . If you're that small-minded, go jump in the lake."

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