Daily Archive : Sunday September 11, 2011


    Carpentersville Firefighter Craig Lauer wipes away a tear during the Carpentersville Fire Department's dedication of their firefighter and 9/11 memorial Sunday, September 11, 2011.

    Images: Suburban 9/11 observances, Sunday
    On the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, our suburban towns took time to remember the day and those lost.

    Schaumburg police officer Marco Alvarez salutes the American flag during the 10th Anniversary Remembrance of Events Sunday at Veterans Gateway Park in Schaumburg.

    Northwest suburbs mourn, reflect and remember

    In the auditorium of Buffalo Grove High School, the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was commemorated with stirring music by Howard Green and the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band. It was one of several ceremonies held across the Northwest suburbs Sunday morning to remember the lives lost and the lessons learned from the terrorist attacks a decade ago.

    Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, right, backed by his Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos talks to the media during a press conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, Sunday.

    Greek default fears slam banking sector

    Fears of a Greek debt default and signs of division among Europe’s policymakers over how to manage the debt crisis sent bank stocks sharply lower on Monday, raising worries about the sector’s health.

    Actor Andy Whitfield, seen here in January 2010, has died at the age of 39. Whitfield was the star of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” until he was forced to leave the show to battle cancer.

    ‘Spartacus' star Andy Whitfield dies at 39

    Andy Whitfield, who played the title role in the hit cable series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” has died at age 39, according to representatives and family. Whitfield died Sunday, 18 months after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. "Our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18 month battle with lymphoma cancer,” Whitfield's wife, Vashti said in a statement.

    In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Matt Damon is shown in a scene from the film “Contagion.”

    'Contagion' cleans up at box office

    The pandemic thriller "Contagion" directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring an A-list cast that includes Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow coughed up $23.1 million in its first weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.


    7-year-old injured in Gurnee motorcycle crash

    A 7-year-old boy who was hurt in a Gurnee motorcycle accident Saturday has been transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge from Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, authorities said Sunday. The boy was the passenger on a motorcycle driven by his mother, who also remained hospitalized Sunday at Advocate Condell Medical Center.The driver who struck their motorcycle...


    Madigan open to discussing ways to avoid layoffs

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said he is open to reallocating state budget money to avoid numerous layoffs and facility closures proposed last week by Gov. Pat Quinn.


    St. Charles tobacco shop can keep indoor lounge

    It's business as usual at the St. Charles Bear & Bull tobacco shop after a judge denied a move by landlord Sho-deen Management to try and shut down the shop's inside smoking lounge.

    Afghanistan war veteran Christoffer Molsing, 19, of Denmark, bows his head during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, outside the World Trade Center site in New York. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

    Images: Sept. 11 marked nationwide

    The names of the Sept. 11 dead, some called out by children barely old enough to remember their fallen mothers and fathers, echoed across ground zero Sunday in a haunting but hopeful tribute on the 10th anniversary of the terror attack. “God is our refuge and strength,” President Barack Obama said, quoting the Bible.

    A girl attends an Orthodox service at St. Catherine in remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, Moscow, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Images: Honoring 9/11 around the world

    A decade after 9/11, the day that changed so much for so many people, the world’s leaders and citizens paused to reflect Sunday. From Sydney to Spain, formal ceremonies paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 who perished from more than 90 countries.


    ‘Suspicious’ package in Arlington only holds stolen papers

    The Cook County bomb squad was brought out to investigate a suspicious bag found in an Arlington Heights street Saturday, but it proved to be harmless. However, it was an item that had been stolen earlier in Inverness, police said Sunday.

    Batallion Chief Joris Lillge salutes the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the Grayslake and Hainesville September 11 10th anniversary memorial ceremony Sunday afternoon.

    Across Lake County, 9/11 remembered

    A piece of the World Trade Center came to its final resting place in Mundelein Sunday during a memorial and dedication service for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.


    U of I law school dean on leave over data

    An assistant dean at the University of Illinois College of Law has been placed on administrative leave after the university received complaints that grade and standardized test data for the incoming class had been inflated on university literature, officials said Sunday.


    Letter from Shanower’s former boss

    A Naperville liquor store owner who was a former employer of Dan Shanower talks about how Dan grew his business fivefold during his time there. He hired Dan as a stock boy when Dan was 20.

    Ret. Rear Admiral Richard Porterfield speaks during a 9/11 ceremony in Naperville about the career of Cmdr. Dan Shanower, who died in the attack on the Pentagon. Shanower served under Porterfield.

    Beamer, Shanower recalled at local memorial events

    Two former DuPage County residents — Todd Beamer and Dan Shanower — were specifically remembered during Sunday's services commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Beamer helped foil the hijacking of United Flight 93, while Shanower worked in the Pentagon with U.S. Navy intelligence.

    Cindy Matuszak of Bensenville bows her head during a moment of silence at the Villa Park September 11th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony Sunday.

    DuPage memorials focus on America's sadness — and strength

    Ceremonies to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were held across DuPage County Sunday morning. They included video presentations, reflections on what transpired, songs and moments of silence.

    A young boy points to a name on the wall at the Sept. 11 memorial during the 0th anniversary observance of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in New York.

    9/11/11 timeline: Scenes, recaps, flashbacks

    NEW YORK — As the nation and the world mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Associated Press journalists are tracking down the most salient details of the day, and capturing the mood, from ground zero to Afghanistan and everywhere in between. Here is a timeline of how the day is unfolded, together with occasional flashbacks to AP reports distributed on Sept. 11, 2001.


    Police arrest two men connected to McHenry County burglaries

    McHenry County sheriff's deputies are investigating a number of residential burglaries that may be connected to two men police said were found with stolen goods in their vehicle.

    Elgin Fire Chief John Fahy, who was one of a team of Elgin firefighters to volunteer at ground zero 10 years ago, speaks during the City of Elgin's Memory Ceremony Sunday at Civic Plaza.

    All around the Fox Valley, 9/11 remembered

    Communities across the Fox Valley stopped Sunday to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. In Elgin, the ceremony marked the latest in annual tributes that have been conducted since 2001. “We never want a year to go by that we don't remember,” said Tricia Dieringer, American Legion Post 57 Americanism chairman, who has coordinated the ceremonies every year for the last decade.

    Canceled last month because of the approach of Hurricane Irene, the dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington has been rescheduled for Oct. 16.

    New date for MLK memorial dedication

    Organizers have set a new date in October to dedicate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial after Hurricane Irene forced them to postpone the event in August, days before 250,000 people were expected to attend.

    Jon Lovitz is seen at the “Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen” on Saturday in Culver City, Calif.

    Charlie Sheen smiles through Comedy Central roast

    Actor Charlie Sheen smiled through a Comedy Central roast as Mike Tyson, William Shatner, actress Kate Walsh and half a dozen comedians riffed on his high-profile year. The 46-year-old actor is the subject of the latest roast, which was taped Saturday night at Sony Studios and will air Sept. 19 on Comedy Central.

    Shirts like this one recall the loss of life on Sept. 11, 2001.

    Time to let go of Sept. 11 observances

    Today, after 10 years of ceremonies and memorials, the annual reading of names, debates about how to honor the dead and sometimes all of it wrapped up in political grandstanding, it is time to let go of the annual 9/11 observances, columnist Chuck Goudie says.


    D211 to hold classes on Lincoln, Pulaski birthdays

    District 211's bord approved a proposal Thursday to hold school on Abraham Lincoln's and Casimir Pulaski's birthdays.

    A sign at the Geneva movie theater announces the Festival of the Vine in Geneva on Friday.

    Images: The Weekend Festival Review
    There were no shortages of festivals in the suburbs over the weekend. The festivals we photographed this weekend were Good Old Days in Winfield, Irish Fest in West Dundee, Heritage Fest in Bartlett, Festival of the Vine in Geneva, the Fine Arts Festival in Mundelein and the Fall Festival in Cary.


    Woodland special ed session

    Woodland Elementary District 50 will hold a meeting on its plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private and parochial schools and home-schooled pupils Sept. 26.


    District 46 breakfast price boost

    Students will have to pay more for breakfast at Grayslake Elementary District 46.


    Warren-Newport library closure:

    Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee will close to the public starting today through Oct. 16 for installation of new lighting, carpeting, wiring and paint.


    SHS runners to volunteer at marathon

    About 60 students and parents affiliated with the Stevenson High School cross country and track and field programs will be helping runners at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon next month.


    Palatine police to check seats

    Most child safety seats are installed into cars incorrectly, so here's your chance to get it right. The Palatine Police Department will host a free child passenger safety seat check 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 24, at the department, 200 E. Wood St.


    Buffalo Grove, Wheeling recycling events on Sept. 24

    Need to recycle some old electronics or destroy sensitive old documents? The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County has two events in Buffalo Grove and Wheeling on Sept. 24 for you.


    BG stormwater meeting Sept. 22

    Interested in how Buffalo Grove manages its stormwater? All village residents are invited to attend a public information and input meeting, at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at Buffalo Grove Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd.


    New Wheeling turf dedicated Sept. 16:

    The new synthetic turf at the Wheeling High School stadium will be dedicated at 7:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. The school is at 900 S. Elmhurst Road, Wheeling.


    RMHS Homecoming Week starts Sept. 19

    Rolling Meadows High School goes Hollywood for Homecoming Week Sept. 19-24, including a costume day, a colro day, a homecoming coronation and a dance and varsity game against Wheeling HS to end the week.


    Prospect High wins band competition

    Prospect High School placed first in this weekend’s 33rd annual Lancer Joust Marching Band competition at Lake Park High School in Roselle. The 12-hour music extravaganza featured 25 bands from Illinois and Wisconsin competing in what, for many, is the kickoff event of the marching band season. Other high school bands finishing in the top 10 include Hersey High School (4th), Wheeling High School...

    A bereaved family member mourns near the Wall of Names near the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. Sunday Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

    A day of reflection across America

    The names of the Sept. 11 dead, some recited by children barely old enough to remember their fallen mothers and fathers, echoed across ground zero Sunday in a haunting but hopeful tribute on the 10th anniversary of the terror attack. "Hope can grow from tragedy," Vice President Joe Biden said at the Pentagon.

    The last time the Federal Reserve came up with a big plan to help the economy, it totaled $600 billion and touched off a 28 percent rally in the stock market. People are wondering now what Chairman Ben Bernanke has up his sleeve.

    Don’t expect a home run from the Fed

    The last time the Federal Reserve came up with a big plan to help the economy, it totaled $600 billion and touched off a 28 percent rally in the stock market. But if the Fed takes any new steps, as many people expect, it won’t look anything like that.

    Cargill Inc. announced a second recall of ground turkey products Sunday after a test showed salmonella in a sample from the same Arkansas plant tied to a recall issued last month. The products were distributed nationwide under Kroger, Fresh HEB and Cargill’s Honeysuckle White brands.

    More ground turkey recalled

    Cargill Inc. announced a second recall of ground turkey products Sunday after a test showed salmonella in a sample from the same Arkansas plant tied to a recall issued last month.

    Celeste Pocher embraces her daughter after finding her brother in law's name, John Pocher at the north pool at the National September 11 Memorial during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks at the World Trade Center, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Family quotes: ‘Thank you ... Todd M. Beamer. Let's roll.'

    Family members who read the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks during the memorial service in New York included personal memories of their loved ones who died.


    Dual Des Plaines’ websites cause grief for some

    Des Plaines switched over to a new website late last week, but the former city website is still online and confusing residents who can't seem to find some information on either site. One of the drawbacks of the new site is that audio recordings of the city council meetings are not available anymore.


    Elgin police reports

    A commercial noise violation was issued at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday and again at 2:15 a.m. Sunday at The Afterset, 160 Symphony Way, according to police reports. The front and back doors of the business were open and sounds of music far exceeded the decibel level allowed by city ordinance, reports said. The Elgin Liquor Commission will be notified for enforcement action.

    A girl holding balloons looks on in front of the U.S. Embassy compound in Macedonia’s capital Skopje, on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. U.S. Embassy community organized Sunday a Memorial Walk to honor the 9/11 victims, survivors and their families, marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

    9/11 marked worldwide with reflection, prayers
    A decade after 9/11, the day that changed so much for so many people, the world's leaders and citizens paused to reflect Sunday. But there were also those [--] including a former Malaysian prime minister who reiterated old claims that the U.S. government itself was behind the attacks.

    Des Plaines Police Cmdr. Nick Treantafeles and Fire Department Deputy Chief Ron Eilken stand behind the 114-pound beam salvaged from ground zero, which they were instrumental in bringing to Des Plaines. About 500 people attended the 9/11 commemoration Sunday.

    Beam from World Trade Center turned into Des Plaines monument

    About 500 people attended the unveiling of a Des Plaines 9/11 memorial, highlighted by a 114-pound beam that was salvaged from the remnants of the World Trade Center. The ceremonies Sunday were held at the Des Plaines Civic Center.


    Chicago firefighters remember 9/11

    Chicago firefighters are taking time to remember the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. They paused for a moment of silence Sunday at 7:46 a.m. corresponding to the moment in 2001 when the first plane struck one of the World Trade Center towers.


    Pause for a minute of silence at noon

    The agency that owns the World Trade Center site is asking all Americans to participate in a moment of silence at noon Central time to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.


    Daniels’ latest of many governors’ tomes

    INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mitch Daniels offers a pretty dim view of the politician author in the introduction to his latest book, even though many of his fellow scribes are his colleagues in statehouses across the nation.


    4 arrested at massage parlor in Lansing

    LANSING, Ill. — Four women have been charged with prostitution after a Cook County vice squad’s investigation of a massage parlor in Lansing.Eun Kyung Clark was charged with keeping a place of prostitution, a felony. Bond for the 42-year-old Indiana resident was set at $20,000.


    Translator costs up for northern Illinois courts

    ROCKFORD — Winnebago County is spending more money this year on courthouse translators to accommodate those who speak Asian, Middle Eastern and European languages and communicate via sign language.

    Alex George, left, and Kevin Weed of Glacier Peak Wildfire, Inc., extinguish hot spots along a fire line near Box Canyon Road on the eastern boundary of the Monastery Complex Fire, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 in Yakima, Wash.

    Crews gain on WA fire, evacuation lifted for some

    GOLDENDALE, Wash. — Residents of many of the 200 homes threatened by a 4,200-acre blaze are being allowed to return to their homes as nearly 650 firefighters gained ground on the fire burning through dry forests near Washington state’s Satus Pass.


    77 Americans wounded in Afghan truck bombing

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Nearly 80 American soldiers were wounded and five Afghans civilians were killed in a Taliban truck bombing targeting an American base in eastern Afghanistan, NATO said Sunday, a stark reminder that the war in Afghanistan still rages 10 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks against the United States.


    Egypt military ruler fails to attend Mubarak trial

    CAIRO — Egypt’s military ruler and one-time confidant of Hosni Mubarak failed Sunday to attend a court session in which he was expected to offer highly anticipated testimony about the former president’s alleged role in the death of protesters. State TV said Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi was requested to return to court later this month.


    Swedish police arrest 4 terror suspects

    STOCKHOLM — Swedish police arrested four people on suspicion of preparing a terror attack and evacuated an arts center in Sweden’s second largest city on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, officials said Sunday.


    Tanzania: Over 200 bodies recovered from ferry

    STONE TOWN, Tanzania — More than 200 bodies have been recovered after a crowded ferry sank off Tanzania’s coast and some 600 have been rescued, an official said Sunday, figures that indicate the boat was filled beyond capacity.

    As an already horrified nation watched the smoke billowing from the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 is about to rip into the south tower.

    Remembering Terkel's wisdom on day of terror11

    Ten years ago today, I was in the newsroom sitting next to Jack Mabley, watching the terror unfold on live TV, wiping away tears as I worried about my sister in Manhattan, wondering how my wife would handle this news with our twins in kindergarten and our toddler at home — and taking column notes as I talked on the phone with Studs Terkel, Burt Constable writes.

    We remember the nearly 3,000 people -- including 10 suburban residents -- who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the thousands of soldiers, including more than 80 from the suburbs, killed in the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Video: Suburban residents open up about 9/11 memories

    Sept. 11, 2001 brought many suburban families to their knees. Now, a decade later, we spoke with some of the suburban residents directly impacted by the tragedy to see what they've learned. Their answers were slightly different, but they all agreed on one thing: Life can turn on a dime. Appreciate what you have.

    Firefighters rest as rescue efforts continue at the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 12, 2001.

    NY firefighter thinks of 9/11 dead ‘every day’

    Every day, Michael Simon is reminded of 11 men he worked alongside as a rookie firefighter, in the lessons of the craft they taught him, by their photos hanging on the walls of his Manhattan firehouse. Ten years ago, all 11 died in the Sept. 11 attacks. In the rain, “we carried them down one by one,” Simon remembers.

    The World Trade Center is aglow in light, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in New York. One World Trade Center is on the left. A decade has passed since the Sept. 11 attacks when terrorists crashed hijacked planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and a fourth plane crashed into a field in rural western Pennsylvania.

    10 years later: What we've learned in the aftermath of 9/11

    Eleven people from the suburbs died on Sept. 11, and more than 60 suburban soldiers died in the subsequent war. Has the sadness and fear we've felt these past 10 years made us different? We talked with some of the suburban residents directly impacted by Sept. 11.

    American Airlines flight attendant Dannye Drake-Ivey, of Vienna, Va., tried to change her schedule to fly not on Monday, Sept. 10, 2001, but the following day. No one swapped with her. That flight was American's Flight 77 — the plane that crashed into the Pentagon.

    After 9/11, flight attendant still most at home in the sky

    American Airlines flight attendant Dannye Drake-Ivey, of Vienna, Va., tried to change her schedule to fly not on Monday, Sept. 10, 2001 and instead, fly on the following day. No one swapped with her. That flight was American's Flight 77 the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. She is still flying, 3,605 days after she should have died. Whenever she is on the flight near the Pentagon, she says...

    Cpl. James Stack of Arlington Heights, who was killed in Afghanistan, left behind his wife, Katie, and their daughter.

    Father: Soldiers past and present are ‘my heroes'says

    James Bray Stack of Arlington Heights was just a child on Sept. 11, 2001, but lost his life in the war that followed. Stack, 20, a lance corporal in the U.S. Marines, was killed in Afghanistan Nov. 10, 2010, leaving behind his wife, 1-year-old daughter, sister, mother and father, who wrote this essay.

    Cmdr. Dan Shanower

    Victim’s mom: ‘Work together for peaceful relationships’

    Pat Shanower’s son, 1979 Naperville Central High School graduate Dan Shanower, died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon. The Naval intelligence officer was 40.

    Mari-Rae Sopper

    Grieving mom says letters inspired her to join Sept. 11 peace group

    The mother of Mari-Rae Sopper writes about her daughter, who was on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001.

    Todd Beamer

    ‘Our enemy is real,’ Beamer’s father says

    Todd Beamer, a 32-year-old Wheaton College graduate, uttered the words “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll,” just before he and other passengers fought for control of United Flight 93, preventing it from becoming another weapon of destruction. His father, David Beamer of Wheaton, wrote this essay.

    Lovinsky holds up his ID cards from the World Trade Center.

    South Tower survivor finds strength in life

    Vadim Lovinsky, a Vernon Hills resident who was in the South Tower when the second plane hit, says we should remember the lives lost and put our differences aside.

    Mike Fagel of Sugar Grove served with the rescue and recovery operations at the World Trade Center site.

    Sugar Grove emergency worker played key role at ground zero

    Sugar Grove resident Mike Fagel, an expert on emergency services, recalls the months he spent working side-by-side with New York City firefighters and federal officials at ground zero.

    Ken and Patty Boyd of Palatine say son CJ Boyd was just 13 on Sept. 11, 2001, but the attack played into his decision to become a U.S. Marine. CJ Boyd was killed Aug. 19, 2010, in Afghanistan.

    Sept. 11 attacks inspired dream of joining military

    U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher J. “CJ” Boyd, 22, of Palatine, a star athlete at Palatine High School, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Aug. 19, 2010. He is survived by his wife, twin boys, and his parents, Ken and Patty Boyd of Palatine. His father, Ken Boyd, writes about the son he calls “my hero.”

    Pedestrians in lower Manhattan watch smoke rise from the World Trade Tower after the early morning terrorist attack on the New York landmark. Television brought the 2001 attacks to the world in real time, and forever linked the thousands who lived through it and the millions who watched.

    Essay: Reliving instead of remembering Sept. 11

    Ten years after it happened, Sept. 11 is everywhere. It’s difficult to move around the country and not experience a sliver of it — the day — in some way. To some extent, the entire nation remains an immersion room.

    Tony Slade of DESIGNfirst, left, worked with Maureen and Jim Lenski to incorporate their wishes in the remodel of their Elk Grove Village home.

    Find ideas for space solutions at Elk Grove Village housewalk

    The Kenneth Young Center's third annual Finding Solutions HouseWalk will be held Sept. 17. This year, multiple homeowners in Elk Grove Village will open their redesigned tract homes to show how they found solutions to problems of space, style, taste, and needs. Some of them remodeled rooms, brave ones took out walls, and even braver ones added a second story or blew out the back and added a huge...


    Book pays tribute to search and rescue dogs from Sept. 11
    The book “DOGNY — America’s Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs” is a collection of photos of the sculptures of life-size German shepherd dogs that were a public art exhibit and fundraiser. The fundraiser was the creation of the American Kennel Club to express appreciation of and pay tribute to the dogs and their handlers who served in the rescue and relief efforts on Sept. 11, 2001.


    DuPage County observes Sept. 11
    It is a day we wish never happened. It is a day we wish we could forget. But it is a day we will always remember. Observances are scheduled across DuPage County today to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


    Surgical technology helps Indiana operating room

    MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — After her surgeon broke her spine in four places as part of an eight-hour surgery to fix her scoliosis, Kayla Akujobi gained 2 inches in height.


    Illinois students learn about citizenship

    CHAMPAIGN — Lindsay Lohan and rapper 50 Cent may not top your good-citizen list, but Christine Adrian at least wants her eighth-graders to think about why.Both celebrities made headlines when they got in trouble with the law, but both also actively support several charities or foundations.Does that good offset the bad?


    Freud’s love letters reveal jealous fits, cocaine experiments

    Sigmund Freud and his fiancee Martha Bernays exchanged more than 1,500 letters during their secret, four-year engagement. They fought, reconciled, described dreams, shared hopes and even compared cocaine experiences by post.

    Italian demonstrators carry a banner saying: “Rome is with the American People, for Peace against Terrorism” the day after the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S.

    After 9/11, global solidarity was short-lived

    Around the world on 9/11 and in the days that followed, there was widespread empathy, and a sense of shared struggle against a new, unseen enemy. Overnight, it seemed, the fight against terrorism might redefine the global order. Old enemies would become new allies. Antagonism would give way to opportunity. But that window proved fleeting, the sense of sympathy and solidarity short-lived.

    Chantal Guerrero, 17, sits in the same classroom at Emma E. Booker Elementary school where she sat on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, with President George W. Bush. The President was listening to Guerrero and her second-grade classmates read aloud, from the same book Guerrero is thumbing though, when then White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card whispered into Bush’s ear that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York City.

    Kids with Bush on 9/11 saw change sweep over him

    The 16 children who shared modern America’s darkest moment with President George W. Bush are high school seniors now football players, ROTC members, track athletes, wrestlers and singers. They remember going over an eight-paragraph story so it would be perfect when they read it to the president on Sept. 11, 2001. They remember how Bush’s face suddenly clouded as his chief of staff, Andrew Card,...


    A new way to remember Sept. 11

    Every year on Sept. 11, Lynne Steuerle Schofield is invited to events aimed at reflection and remembrance of that horrible day. She is grateful to the many people who make these thoughtful and well-organized events happen. But she can’t help but wonder if this is really the best way, now, to remember her mother and the thousands of others who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

    After his brother’s death on Sept. 11, 2001, Art Powell changed the name of Dem Twinzz Productions to Minus 1 Productions. Anything can trigger a thought about his brother. But he no longer dwells on the big what-ifs of that day 10 years ago.

    Twin finds solace in woman who shared his 9/11 pain

    Friends and family mourned Scott Powell when he died at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. They also worried about his twin brother, Art. To see one was to see the other, as it had been nearly every day of every week of every year since they were born 15 minutes apart in 1966, the youngest of five children. If one died, how could the other live?

    Firefighters unfurl an American flag from the roof of the Pentagon on Sept. 12, 2001, as President George W. Bush visits the area.

    Essay: 9/11 brought us together, but was it unity?

    “America is united,” President George W. Bush proclaimed a decade ago after the horror that terrorists wrought. And it felt that way. Not Republicans. Not Democrats. Just Americans clinging to one another as we coped with the attacks on our freedom, on our security, on our way of life. We mourned together, raged together, resolved together. But it wasn’t long before the perception of a united...

    People walk past a memorial for firefighters, right, by the ground zero construction site in New York. Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, New York’s prevailing mood is to resist the city’s natural tides of forgetting, of moving on.

    Essay: New York’s 9/11, and not letting go

    To experience 9/11 as New Yorkers did, and still are, it helps to realize there were really two 9/11s. There was a global event, seen live on television everywhere. America was attacked, as will be repeated endlessly Sunday. But it was New York that suffered the grievous wound


    Buffalo Grove seeking new park board member

    The Buffalo Grove Park District commissioner who took over the post when his wife resigned to take a job with the state has now resigned too. The district is seeking applications to fill the vacancy.


    Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) celebrates his fumble recovery and touchdown with teammate Julius Peppers and head coach Lovie Smith, left, in the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

    Bears' defense showing no sign of age

    The Bears' defense isn't getting older, it's getting better. The 30-something veterans played Sunday as if they were in their primes, and maybe they still are. The Bears beat Atlanta, 30-12. That bodes well for a team that hopes to advance further than last season, when it lost in the NFC title game.

    Cubs starter Matt Garza worked 7 innings against the Mets on Sunday night and got a no-decision.

    Future consideration for Cubs: young players, Garza

    There were a couple of interesting storylines as far as the Cubs were concerned coming out of Sunday night’s game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Both concerned how the team would look moving forward into 2012.

    Samantha Stosur reacts after winning the women’s championship match against Serena Williams at the U.S. Open on Sunday.

    Great day for Stosur

    Sam Stosur beat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-3 Sunday in a surprisingly lopsided upset for her first Grand Slam title.


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

    Adam Dunn gives a pat on the back to pitcher Jake Peavy in the seventh inning in his final start of the season last Tuesday at Minnesota.

    Sox’ Peavy agrees with decision to shut him down

    It is just a matter of time before the red-hot Tigers clinch the AL Central. The White Sox are playing out the string, but starting pitcher Jake Peavy is going to sit out the rest of the season and try to come back 100 percent healthy in 2012.


    White Sox scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Tigers

    Julius Peppers and Henry Melton pop Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter of the Bears’ victory Sunday at Solider Field.

    Bears throttle Falcons’ high-flying attack

    The Bears’ defense held the high-powered Falcons’ offense without a touchdown Sunday at Soldier Field during their 30-12 victory. It was the third time in eight season openers that a Lovie Smith-coached team held an opponent without a TD.

    Jay Cutler was sacked five times Sunday in the Bears’ victory over Atlanta, but he also completed 22 of 32 passes for 312 yards.

    Bears’ tackles do decent job in opener

    It was a learning experience for the Bears' young offensive line in an up-and-down game.

    Jay Cutler fires to receiver Roy Williams during the fourth quarter of the Bears’ victory at Soldier Field on Sunday. While Cutler was generally happy with the offense’s performance, he also said the team should have put more points on the board.

    Cutler wants Bears to finish drives

    Jay Cutler rolled up big numbers in the Bears' convincing season-opening win over Atlanta, but Cutler and his teammates found themselves thinking about the scores that got away.


    Bandits end Cougars’ season

    The Kane County Cougars’ season ended Sunday when they let a 5-0 lead slip away and lost 6-5 to the Quad Cities River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park.


    Red, white and blue day all around

    Football is an escape from the real world, right? Who wants to think about tragedy when the Bears are opening a new, shiny, hopeful season? Well, hardly anybody seemed to mind the ceremonies leading up to the Bears’ 30-12 victory over Atlanta.


    Bears take away much from super win

    One game doesn't make a season, but one win to start the season sure makes everyone feel good about the Bears' 2012 season.

    The Bears Matt Forte gains yardage in the first quarter before he is tackled by the Falcons’ Thomas DeCoud on Sunday at Soldier Field.

    Bears’ Matt Forte flaunts his value

    The Bears and Matt Forte won't negotiate a contract extension during the season, but Forte made his points in Sunday's opener as he rushed, received and coached his way into the end zone


    How they scored: Bears 30, Falcons 12

    How they scored: Bears 30, Falcons 12

    Brian Urlacher gets Lindsey Willhite’s game ball for his performance Sunday.

    Grading the Bears: Week 1

    The Bears clicked in virtually every aspect during their 2011 opener and the grades reflected it. Would you go with Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Julius Peppers or Brian Urlacher as the player of the game?

    Jen Gurschke, right, and husband Scott unfurl a United States flag during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony Sunday before the start of the White Sox/Indians game at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Stewart gives up 3 runs in Sox loss

    White Sox starter Zach Stewart (2-4) yielded three runs and seven hits over five innings Sunday, his first outing since tossing a one-hitter at Minnesota last Monday.

    Bears’ fan Tony Capuani of Elgin honors the victims of 911 with the American flag before the game.

    Images: Bears vs. Falcons
    The Chicago Bears kicked off their 2011 season against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field on Sunday with a 30-12 victory.

    Bears fans show their patriotic spirit before Sunday’s victory at Soldier Field by waving flags and cheering. A moment of silence was also held for the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

    Urlacher, Cutler shine in Bears win

    If there was any doubt the Bears were serious about contending again in the NFC, they took a big step Sunday toward erasing it.


    Wheaton North positioned for DVC run

    Wheaton North's victory over Naperville North has the Falcons well positioned for a run at the DuPage Valley title and the playoffs, plus Week 3 updates on Barrington, Crystal Lake South, Marmion and Crystal Lake South.


    Cougars face must-win

    The Kane County Cougars opened up the Western Division championship series Saturday with a 7-0 loss to the Quad Cities River Bandits at Elfstrom Stadium.The Cougars face a must-win situation Sunday at Quad Cities, looking to force a Game 3 on Monday night in the best-of-three series.The Cougars were outhit 11-4 as Bandits right-hander Trevor Rosenthal tossed a complete-game shutout. The Cougars only had one inning with multiple men on base. Cheslor Cuthbert and Brett Eibner singled to start the second, but the next three Cougars were retired by Rosenthal.Leondy Perez took the loss, giving up a run in the second inning, 2 in the third and 1 in the fourth before leaving. He yielded allowed 6 hits, walked none and struck out one.Santiago Garrido worked a pair of perfect relief innings before giving up 2 runs in the seventh. Edwin Carl allowed a run in the ninth.

    Los Angeles Sparks guard Natasha Lacy (1) goes up for a basket over Chicago Sky center Carolyn Swords (30) during the second half Saturday night. The Sparks won 74-67.

    Sky falls in L.A.

    LOS ANGELES — DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 15 points to lead the short-handed Los Angeles Sparks to a 74-67 victory over the Chicago Sky on Saturday night.Kristi Toliver had 8 of her 11 points in the first half for the Sparks (15-19), who played without leading scorer and rebounder Candace Parker (knee) for the second straight night and closed the season with 2 straight wins.Sylvia Fowles had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Sky (14-19), Dominique Canty scored 16 and Erin Thorn had 12. Fowles, who shot 6-for-12 from the field did not score in the fourth quarter.



    Egypt stocks drop on Israeli Embassy attack

    CAIRO — Egypt’s benchmark stock index fell slightly on Sunday, weighed down by investor unease after the storming of Israel’s embassy and protests in Cairo over the weekend. Inflation, meanwhile, eased in August to 8.5 percent on a slower increase in food prices.The Egyptian Exchange’s EGX30 index was down around 1.1 percent, to 4,696 points, by 12:15 p.m. local time on the first day of the trading week. The index’s year-to-date losses are at about 34 percent.“To be honest, we were expecting a lot worse than this — maybe a fall of 3 to 4 percent,” said Khaled Naga, a senior broker with Mega Investments. “Even so, I’m not recommending anyone buy at this time. ... There could still be a lot of problems cropping up this week.”The storming of the Israeli Embassy over the weekend was the most serious challenge to relations between the two countries since the signing of the Camp David peace accords in 1979. An angry mob, for hours, lay siege to the embassy, trapping six Israeli guards in a safe room before they were rescued by Egyptian commandoes.In addition, the head of Egypt’s current military rulers was slated to testify in the trial of his ousted former boss, President Hosni Mubarak, who is facing charges in connection with the death of hundreds of protesters during the first days of the Jan. 25-Feb. 11 uprising.The court has imposed a gag order on the testimony over the coming week, and beyond, to avoid enflaming protesters who have been clamoring for Mubarak to be found guilty and sentenced to death. But in a surprise move, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi did not appear in court and another date was set for the testimony.The problem in Egypt “is that things go up in flames in a matter of 15 minutes,” said Naga.But in a measure of good news, the government’s statistical arm announced Saturday that annual urban inflation had dropped to 8.5 percent in August, from 10.4 percent in July. The decline came as food inflation, which accounts for over 40 percent of the consumer price index, increased at a slower pace in the month — 12.2 percent compared with 16.7 percent the prior month.Food inflation, in particular, was seen as one of the factors that fueled Egyptians’ frustrations ahead of the Jan. 25 revolution, and a decline in that key figure could help ease some of the economic pressure the country’s more than 80 million citizens feel daily.Analysts warned, however, that Egypt still faced major pressures in trying to retrench and rebuild its economy, even as the country recorded GDP growth of 1.8 percent in the 2010-2011 fiscal year.London-based Capital Economics, which is forecasting that GDP will contract by 1 percent in the current fiscal year, said in a recent research note that given the current global economic climate, “it is too early to expect a rapid recovery.”The incident at the Israeli Embassy spoke not only to the anger over the shooting death of several Egyptian soldiers along the country’s border with Israel several weeks earlier, but also the hostility toward the Jewish state many feel in the country despite the peace agreement. The soldiers had been killed as Israeli troops pursued militants who had launched several attacks in the Jewish nation.It also reflected the pressures and challenges confronting Egypt’s military rulers, who are balancing often opposing ends of placating an irate Egyptian populace after Mubarak’s ouster and pushing the country toward an elected civilian leadership.The 18-day uprising that began in late January opened the floodgates to decades of pent up resentment over a widening income disparity, shoddy salaries, poor social and educational systems and the general sense in the Arab world’s most populous country that opportunities were something that came through nepotism and cronyism versus skills and perseverance.


    Open enrollment cutoff for Medicare plans moves up

    A new deadline for privately run versions of the government’s Medicare program may trip up customers who typically wait until the holidays to settle on their health insurance coverage for the coming year.


    Utilities funds deliver gains in declining market

    There’s plenty to like about utilities companies. Investors looking for stability will find their stock returns aren’t as choppy as the broader market, and they’re a source of reliable dividend income.

    Private security guard Gus Rodriguez stands outside “El Palacio de Oro” jewelry store in downtown Los Angeles. It’s just one aspect of the gold fever now sweeping the country’s criminal world. Law enforcement officials across the nation and beyond say they are seeing an uptick in robberies that correlates with golds record-high prices.

    Gold fever sweeps the criminal underworld

    After a summer of brazen attacks on gold stores, parts of downtown Los Angeles now look more like a militarized zone than a commercial corridor. The gold fever that has driven prices to an all-time high is also fueling a crime spree in the precious metal. Police nationwide are seeing an uptick in robberies and burglaries related to gold prices, which peaked at $1,891 an ounce last month, up more than $600 from a year earlier.

    FILE - This file photo taken Aug. 17, 2011, shows a shopper leaving the Gap store in Freeport, Maine. Shoppers who are just as concerned about quality as price are flocking to factory outlets, where they can snag Gap, Burberry and other designer clothes and accessories for to 25 to 90 percent off. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

    Outlet malls a big hit for back-to-school shoppers

    Parents have a new goal this back-to-school shopping season: Buy their kids the name brands they want without spending like it’s 2007. After the recession began in late 2007, cost-conscious consumers sought out the cheapest shirts and shoes they could find at merchants like Wal-Mart and Target to keep their budget in check. But these days, value is the name of the game.

    As the down economy batters both teens and their parents, teen clothing chains are having mixed success as they try to attract young people back into their stores by offering more of the things they love.

    Back to school is a test for teen retailers

    Teens are heading back to school, but it’s the retailers catering to them that are getting the first test. They’re hoping their expanded selections of funky tee shirts and hip-hugging jeans will attract students like Dale Gibson, 15, who struggles to find trendy clothes in their stores. Ditto for Danielle Martinez, 14, who thinks their merchandise is dull. Same goes for Rochelle Wilson, 19, who stopped shopping them altogether.

    America’s public colleges and universities have burned through nearly $10 billion in government stimulus money and are still facing more tuition hikes, fewer course offerings and larger class sizes. Many college students are already bearing the brunt of the cuts in their wallets as they prepare for their future careers.

    Tuition hikes fail to stop cutbacks in higher ed

    America’s public colleges and universities have burned through nearly $10 billion in government stimulus money and are still facing more tuition hikes, fewer course offerings and larger class sizes.Many college students are already bearing the brunt of the cuts in their wallets as they prepare for their future careers.

    Do you have gift cards languishings in drawers and on shelves until they expire or get tossed? Those cards equate to cold, hard cash — so why waste them? There are a host of websites that specialize in turning unused gift cards into useful currency. Read on for the scoop on three of the best.

    How to ditch, trade your giftcards

    Do you have gift cards languishings in drawers and on shelves until they expire or get tossed? Those cards equate to cold, hard cash — so why waste them? There are a host of websites that specialize in turning unused gift cards into useful currency. Read on for the scoop on three of the best.

    Primary-care doctors in the U.S. made an average of $187,000 in 2008, according to the study in the journal Health Affairs

    U.S. doctors paid more than overseas peers

    U.S. doctors earn more than their European, Canadian and Australian counterparts, with American orthopedic surgeons outpacing their peers by a wider margin than primary-care doctors, a study found. American orthopedic surgeons made $442,000. That rate was more than double what the surgeons in Australia, Canada, France and Germany made.

Life & Entertainment

    Emerald City Theatre presents its children's adaptation of “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake.”

    Pint-size productions geared to children

    Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained as the weather gets cooler? Skip the movies and catch some local productions that range from "Princess and the Pea" to "The Tale of Snow White."

    Create a space for reading or pursuing a hobby. Any quiet alcove or area will do, says designer Brian Patrick Flynn, founder and editor of decordemon.com. Flynn covered the walls in this reading nook with pages from vintage books.

    Homeowners get excited about fresh decorating decisions in the fall

    Spring may be the season of cleaning out clutter and brightening up the home, but fall can be equally inspiring. You can feel it in the air: That back-to-school energy motivates many homeowners to freshen up their space.


    What’s new on stage
    Here's whats happening on the Chicago area theater scene.

    Rebekah Brigham wishes the original limestone showed on the exterior of her house, which is stuccoed. The old washing machine at left holds her garden hose.

    Owners pack a lot of history into stone cottages

    Antique stone cottages have fascinating interiors, histories and residents. And you can step inside five in St. Charles and Geneva on Sunday, Sept. 18, as part of a weekend celebration by Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley.

    Members of the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players perform the concert “9/11 — Spirit of Hope” at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Park Ridge on Sunday.

    Sunday picks: Sept. 11 concerts of remembrance

    Several classical musical ensembles will present concerts of remembrance Sunday to mark the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11. Fulcrum Point New Music Project's concert “9/11: Ten Years & Beyond” features traditional songs and prayers from the Buddhist, Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance. The Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players perform their concert “9/11 — Spirit of Hope” at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Park Ridge. And the City of Elgin brings together the Elgin Choral Union, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and soloists from Elgin Opera for “A Concert of Remembrance.”

    There were 13,238 babies born in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Six of them, all from the Washington area, talked about how being born on such a significant day has affected them. From left: Arkilah Henry, Juliana Bonilla, Julia Pariser, Michael Briscoe, Aidan Shaw and William Faber pose with a steel beam from the World Trade Center.

    Born on Sept. 11, 2001

    It’s hard to forget when you first learned that you were born on the day of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history: Sept. 11, 2001. On that day, 19 hijackers flew planes into two skyscrapers in New York City, hit the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. “I felt a little alone, to be honest,” Julia Pariser, of Washington, said about finding out she was born on such a tragic day.

    Don, left, and Mary Roever with their cat, Mario, at their home in Green Bay, Wis. The Roevers adopted Mario from a shelter in October 2008 when he was 4 or 5 years old. Less than a year later, all of Mario’s teeth had been pulled and the Roevers had dipped into their savings to pay $10,000 for three surgeries.

    Pet’s bad breath may be sign of dental disease

    Dogs have 42 teeth, humans have 32, cats have 30 and Mario has none. The cat was eating poorly, hiding in the closet, and had red, sore gums when he was diagnosed with a mouth infection called stomatitis. Three surgeries and $10,000 later, all his teeth had been pulled.


    Religion in the news: Interfaith activity increases

    America’s houses of worship have increased their interfaith outreach since 9/11, a new survey has found. Still, about three-quarters of U.S. congregations have no interreligious activities.

    Caleb Carter, 26, prays with his son Mahdi, 10 mo., at home in Dearborn, Mich. For Carter, the road to becoming a Muslim took years, but Sept. 11, 2001 was a turning point — specifically a high school teacher’s hostile reaction that day to the terrorist attacks. “I was a junior in high school at the time, taking a class called Nonwestern World Studies,” said Carter, who then lived in Columbia, Mo., but now resides in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, home to one of the nation’s largest Muslim communities. “For him, it was purely, ‘This is what Islam teaches. We shouldn’t be surprised.’ He played the whole ëIslam equals terrorism card.”

    U.S. converts to Islam consider life since 9/11

    Every American who converted to Islam since 9/11 has a different story: Stories of acceptance or rejection, of fear or suspicion about their new faith. A few who spoke to The Associated Press ahead of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 found their personal satisfaction as well as support from family and friends have outweighed the challenges.

    A waitress carries beer steins after the official Oktoberfest opening ceremony in Munich, Germany. Millions enjoy Oktoberfests in Europe and the United States each fall.

    Oktoberfests a toast to beer, German roots

    For dedicated beer lovers, fall conjures up images of Oktoberfest, and that means steins the size of toddlers, boisterous drinking songs and waitresses in dirndl skirts. But if you can't attend Oktoberfest in Germany, there is plenty to do — and drink — in the U.S. during the fall beer festival season. Think of it as Oktoberfest in America.

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    On the road: Celebrate Oktoberfest

    The International Beethoven Project is launching its newest project: Beethoven Festival 2011, a five-day, multidisciplinary celebration of the life, works and spirit of Ludwig van Beethoven through music and art. The marathon festival showcases 120 musicians performing more than 80 works of classical music in addition to contemporary visual artists, filmmakers, actors and a poet. There also will be food and drink vendors.

    This charming porcelain coach is made in Germany, but its manufacturer is unknown.

    Treasures in your attic: Porcelain carriage’s value limited by lack of mark

    Q. I have a porcelain carriage that must be at least 65 to 70 years old. It is 10 inches long by 8 inches tall. It is marked “Germany.” What is its value?

    Preparing for a baby’s arrival can be exciting and overwhelming all at once, especially when it comes to designing the nursery.

    Craet a healthy environment for your newborn

    Preparing for a baby's arrival can be exciting and overwhelming all at once, especially when it comes to designing the nursery.

    The farmhouse sink has become the darling of many contemporary kitchens.

    Ask the plumber: Farmhouse sinks don’t necessarily need custom work

    Q. I have wanted a "farmer style" kitchen sink for years. But my husband insists that installing this type of sink will require custom-built cabinetry. I really want this style of sink. Will we really need custom cabinetwork? Also, what materials are farmer's sinks available in?


    Doug McAllister/Under the Hood: Minor incident can cause major damage

    A couple dropped off their BMW with what seemed to be a minor problem. One of them had run over a rock while dropping a child off at a soccer field and damaged the lower part of the bumper, or so they thought. They did mention that it was making a noise from underneath and it just didn’t feel right.


    Drop your end of the rope with the chronically hurt

    Q. How do I deal with my out-of-state sister-in-law of 20-plus years (and mother of my very beloved, only niece) who is uber-sensitive?



    Still hope for a truly new normal

    Sunday was a day of remembrance; today our challenge is what we do as we move on from those recollections, a Daily Herald editorial says. Let our shared experience to steer us toward a truly new normal, one with less animosity and more fellowship.


    Lost on Sept. 11: A generation without dragons

    What was the lesson of Sept. 11, a Daily Herald editorial asks. Certainly, to be on guard; certainly, to pay attention. But such simplistics, while important, mask a deeper call to action: Choose life, choose love.


    Keep up the patriotism on Election Day
    While these 9/11 observances and standing for the national anthem are good practices and bring us together as a nation, I wonder where all the patriotism will be on Election Day when it’s time to actually participate in governing by expressing your preference for a candidate to govern our nation by voting?


    Freedoms eroded in last 10 years
    Letter to the Editor: What makes the 10th anniversary of 9/11 even sadder is that we have lost so much more of value since then and that we continue to do so with seemingly no end in sight. The majority of respondents to an Internet poll I took recently replied that they felt they had less freedom now, but at the same time weren’t sure that they were any more secure than they were before the attacks took place.


    No Exit From the Realities of Sept. 11

    I remember Sept. 10, too. On that crisp night 10 years ago, friends and I went to hear Les Paul at a basement club in Times Square. The place was packed, and as was my habit in such settings, I quickly noted the fire exits. The father of the modern electric guitar, the 86-year-old Paul reminisced about the early days of rock and roll as he played sets with young guitarists. (He died in 2009.) For me as for many, 9/11 has cracked their personal timelines into a before and after. That nostalgic trip through a century barely over remains the last of my “before” memories. The next morning, I spent the most horrific moments stuck underground on an Amtrak train trying to leave town. The conductor would periodically come on the loudspeaker, telling us: “Please stay on the train. This is the safest place you can be right now.” He said that we would move once the tunnels were inspected (for bombs). The word “exit” had now taken on broader meaning. Passengers with cell phones shared amazing reports from above of an attack on the Pentagon, a plane going down in Pennsylvania, the Towers collapsing. The conductor urged us, “Pray for the people in the World Trade Center,” and then finally said, “Please remain calm, take your bags, and exit the train.” We emerged into an emptied Penn Station and an utterly transformed city, country and world. Could New York recover from an attack that showcased its vulnerability in such spectacular fashion? The greatest military power in the world could not protect the financial center of its greatest metropolis. Is anything defendable? Urbanites across American began planning their personal escape routes should disaster strike nearby. Rolling my bag back to my father’s apartment, I passed elegant Fifth Avenue churches with hastily scribbled signs offering prayer and contemplation inside. This was far from ground zero, but even here, the smell of the gigantic funeral pyre downtown assaulted the lungs, while a rising haze of particles mocked the bright-blue sky. Establishing a sense of normality was a struggle. For a while, every plane that flew overhead gave us the jitters. It took time to convince ourselves that it was the United States Air Force. My father and I tried a familiar Italian restaurant. Emptiness engulfed the usually festive tables, as waiters in their red jackets stood idly by. The next day, I stopped by Bloomingdale’s to see whether anyone was shopping. Only a few women had ventured forth, and they carried their bags without conviction. Ten years have passed, and the people are back. Boy, are they back. Hotel rooms are hard to come by, as jumbo jets disgorge European families hunting for bargains. The Italian restaurant is gone, replaced by another Italian restaurant filled nightly with the overflow from a club across the street. The subways are jammed. Everything looks super -- more super than ever, but ... When I’m on a crowded subway, I think how easy it would be for someone to blow us up. Since that Sept. 11, train passengers have been targeted in Madrid, London and Paris. Such scenarios were imaginable before 9/11 but easier to suppress. The suicidal hijackers who brought down four jetliners and two 107-story towers on a single September morning changed all that. Experts say another major terrorist attack is not only possible but probable. Ten years after 9/11, we seem recovered enough to go about our business. But anyone who was there, in fact or heart, keeps looking for exits. The creepy part is, you can never know from what awful event you may need them. To find out more about Froma Harrop, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.COPYRIGHT 2011 THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL CO.DISTRIBUTED BY CREATORS.COM


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