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Wednesday, September 12, 2001
A new Day of Infamyphoto of Manhattan skyline
With the Statue of Liberty standing in New York Harbor, smoke rises from lower Manhattan following the destruction of buildings at the World Trade Center. [AP photo]
Timeline of Tragedy, a Flash presentation

Latest news
Train stopped in Providence, R.I.; four suspects sought
White House, Air Force One were terrorist targets
FAA allows flights diverted Tuesday to resume; all other planes remain grounded
Investigators turn to Boston airport, hotel
Midway Airlines halts operations
Feds investigating possible terrorist links in Florida
N.Y., Washington begin digging out
Bush says nation will fight back
Text of Bush's Wednesday remarks
Search for survivors continues with some small successes
Attorney General Ashcroft says government has several leads in attacks
FAA allows Tuesday's diverted flights to resume; all other flights remain grounded
Rattled from afar, residents wonder: Are we safe?

Updates from the wire:
  • Bush Challenges Allies to Defend Turkey
  • Iraq Approves U-2 Surveillance Flights
  • NASA IDs Debris As Part of Left Wing
  • Ill. Islamic Charity Leader Pleads Guilty
  • Energy Costs Soar With Cold, Iraq Threat
  • Dow Closes Up 56, Nasdaq Gains 14
  • Penguins Trade Kovalev Back to Rangers

  • Times columnists
    Howard Troxler
    A country gasps, waits for answers

    Mary Jo Melone
    The three words that really matter

    Ernest Hooper
    Despite the distance, attack hits home for many in Tampa Bay area

    Gary Shelton
    'This is no time for games'

    Bill Maxwell
    Attack on our twin towers is personal

    Martin Dyckman
    Preser-vation of our soul

    Eric Deggans
    On TV, mayhem unfolded in waves
    Today's Times coverage
    Military put on highest alert; Navy ships sent to N.Y., D.C.
    NORFOLK, Va. -- The Navy dispatched aircraft carriers and guided missile destroyers to New York and Washington after Tuesday's terrorist attacks as the president put the military on its highest level of alert.
    Terror from the air shatters confidence of a nation
    Reports say FBI searching locations in Broward County and Daytona Beach.

    U.S. spying ability questioned anew
    WASHINGTON -- American intelligence officials put the terrorist Osama bin Laden at the top of the list of suspects in Tuesday's attacks, but cautioned it was too early to determine responsibility.
    Plane slams into Pentagon
    Personnel at the U.S. military's headquarters were stunned by the first terrorist assault on the building in its 58 years.
    President, leaders govern in shadow of day's chaos
    WASHINGTON -- In the minutes and hours after hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the president's whereabouts were kept secret, his words short, and his movements seemingly erratic.
    Amid his anguish, Bush vows retaliation
    The president says the United States will track down those responsible for deaths in the "thousands."
    Show of faith rises amid fear
    Angry and afraid, many seek spiritual comfort as the nation's vulnerability to terrorism is harshly exposed.
    30 questions
    Who and why?
  • Hijackers penetrated security with apparent ease
  • Report: Victims alive in rubble
  • Experts: Impact, fire too much for twin towers
  • 50,000 worked in towers each day
  • Shaken survivors tell tales of luck and bravery
  • Workers flee in panic, only to sit in gridlock.
  • Solicitor General's wife was aboard jet
  • Jet that crashed in Pa. had turned toward Washington
  • UA Flight 93: Blur in the sky, then a firestorm
  • AA Flight 11: Terror, minute by minute
  • State-by-state precautions
  • Airline numbers
  • At World Trade Center, a thud, then a sprint to safety
  • Flight stoppage has widespread repercussions
  • Internet, phone use cripple system
  • Attack may nudge U.S. economy into recession
  • As many in bay area close, some bustle
  • Attacks in Afghanistan fuel rumors
  • Pained world condemns acts, but some cheer
  • Some of the major attacks on U.S. targets
  • Attack's aftershock felt across Florida
  • MacDill on heightened security
  • How to help
  • Most institutions closed after attack plan to open today
  • After shocks of disbelief, anger shake Tampa Bay area
  • Show of faith rises amid fear
  • Radio sticks with disaster
  • Where to call to check travel plans
  • Attacks shut skies over Tampa Bay
  • Tampa's Muslims brace for backlash
  • Area officials tighten security, wait anxiously after strike
  • Donors line up with blood, compassion
  • Memories of Pearl Harbor rush back
  • Educators, students, parents cope
  • Classic delayed one day
  • Cancellations
  • Baseball season is on hold
  • News from N.Y. brings loss and relief to Bucs
  • Call from mom puts Rays' Guillen at ease
  • What they're saying
  • Lightning in shock, disbelief
  • All but Pinellas call off high school sports events
  • Miami joins a growing list, cancels games
  • College cancellations

    For reaction from the rest of the Tampa Bay region, click on area below:
    North Pinellas Pasco Hernando Citrus

  • photoTimes TV critic Eric Deggans is the special guest on TimesChat at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. He will answer your questions and share his opinions on TV coverage following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, along with any other TV questions you have. If you can't attend this live event, send us your question for Eric now by mailing it to

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    Tampa International Airport will remain closed as are other airports across nation, except those accommodating diverted flights from Tuesday. There has been no time set for normalization of air travel
    U.S. financial markets
    Janet Jackson's Ice Palace performance, which had been rescheduled from Tuesday to Wednesday. The new date and time is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Keep your tickets; more information will be available later.
    The Southern Fried Music Festival (Molly Hatchet, Black Oak Arkansas, others), Friday, Ice Palace. Rescheduled for Nov. 2; Pat Travers will not perform then.
    El Gran Combo, Friday, Sun Dome. Rescheduled for Sept. 28.
    Acoustic Alchemy, Saturday, Mahaffey Theatre. No new date set.
    Ty Herndon, Saturday, Round Up. No new date set.
    Rockin' Under the Stars, featuring The Streetlites, The Impacs, others, Saturday, England Brothers Bandshell. Rescheduled to Sept. 29.
    Jim Breuer Heavy Metal Comedy Tour, Sunday, Sun Dome. No new date set.
    Cellist Lowell Adams with pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera, Sunday, Museum of Fine Arts. Rescheduled for Jan. 13.
    All Major League Baseball games
    WMNF 88.5-FM Birthday Bash, Saturday, Coliseum. Tickets charged on credit cards have not been processed; tickets purchased with cash or checks should be sent, along with your address, for a refund: WMNF 88.5-FM, 1210 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33603-4449. Call (813) 238-1802.
    Legends of Rock and Roll, featuring Johnny Rivers, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Saturday, Manatee Civic Center.
    Lowry Olafson, Sunday, Woodlawn Church.
    Report a closing or cancellation
    What's open
    Area public schools
    Most universities and colleges statewide
    The media

    Coverage continues on all major TV news channels. including local network affiliates, and locally on most AM and FM stations
    To express your opinion of the events of Tuesday, Sept. 11, please email the Times Opinion page by clicking here. Your letters will be considered for publication in the next issue of the St. Petersburg Times.

    Florida Blood Services will collect blood at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday.
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