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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    Ways of remembering

    [Times photo: Bill Serne]
    Since Sept. 11, 2001, St. Petersburg's Arts Center has been collecting tiles made by people expressing their emotions about the terrorist attacks. The result is part of an exhibit that St. Petersburg's Office of Cultural Affairs plans to display on a tour of police and fire stations.

    By CANDACE RONDEAUX, Times Staff Writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published September 11, 2002


    ST. PETERSBURG -- When Valerie Scott Knaust, an art instructor at St. Petersburg's Arts Center, went to work on Sept. 12, 2001, she wasn't sure what she would say to her young students about the terrorist attacks on the previous day.

    "It was a very tough day to stand up and face 13 children in a classroom," Scott Knaust said.

    On that day, Scott Knaust turned to what she knew best. She asked her students, whose ages ranged from 4 to 16, to set their feelings about the attacks in clay.

    Some of the children splashed their tiles with red, white, and blue stars and stripes or images of New York's famous skyline. Many also bore simple messages of grief and healing. One tile showed a full portrait of a girl crying. Another depicted a woman kneeling in prayer beneath a starry sky.

    The result of their day's work is now part of a colorful exhibit of handcrafted clay tiles that the city's Office of Cultural Affairs plans to display on a tour of police and fire stations in St. Petersburg for the next several weeks.

    Scott Knaust said she was overwhelmed by the positive reactions her one-day project elicited from parents and students. The strong response led center staffers to open their ceramics studio to the public a little more than two weeks after the attacks. Staffers invited students in the center's crafts classes and family day visitors to make their own commemorative tiles.

    Arts Center staffers and city officials hope the exhibit will have a healing affect. In the end, more than 275 people participated in the project and made more than 300 tiles, according to Evelyn Craft, the Arts Center's executive director.

    St. Petersburg residents Don and Dianne Shea were some of the first people to take advantage of the center's invitation. They stumbled on the project after going on the center's monthly art walk in October 2001.

    "For me, it got me more in touch with what I was feeling," Don Shea said. "Everyone was shocked and horrified, but the idea that you could express yourself about it was pretty unique."

    Mayor Rick Baker and City Council Chairwoman Renee Flowers were on hand when the tiles, displayed on five waist-high pedestals, were unveiled at City Hall on Tuesday morning. Flowers said she was impressed by the wide array of emotions demonstrated by the children's work.

    "I think these tiles are an example of how they felt hurt and wounded, but also about how they felt safe," she said.

    The mayor praised Scott Knaust and the center's staff for acting to give children and families a chance to process their feelings about the attacks.

    "A year ago our nation was viciously attacked, and we found ourselves in a different kind of war," Baker said. "What happened at the art center was a spontaneous activity where people, without planning, began to express their feelings with these tiles."

    Craft said staffers and volunteers will help permanently install the tiles on one of the Arts Center's walls once the project's tour of the city is complete.


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