• The most popular words that were being used in social media on the 9/11 anniversary. The larger the font, the more it was talked about. -photo from blog.sysomos.com.

    The altering effects of social media after Sept. 11

    by  • October 23, 2011 • 0 Comments

    By LAUREN MENNEN
    Sean Rooney was in his office on the 98th floor of the south tower when the second plane hit his building, as Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn recount in their book 102 Minutes. Rooney thought there was no way down, and was told by operators to stay put or go to the roof.
    What […]

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    New York, New York 9/26/11 Construction workers continue working hard building The Freedom Tower. -photo by Dan O'Leary

    Commentary: The Fatigue and Exploitation of Sept.11

    by  • October 22, 2011 • 0 Comments

    By ELYSE TORIBIO
    Ten years have passed since Sept. 11, 2001, and with it so have all the special memorials, speeches, exclusive interviews and television specials— for now. But the elephant in the room when it comes to talking about the aftermath of the attacks still lingers, in no rush to make an exit: Have we […]

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    Visiting scholars and filmmaker shed light on Afghan women’s issues

    by  • October 17, 2011 • 0 Comments

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    By ELYSE TORIBIO, ERICA BUCHMAN and JEREMY KELLY
    “It’s replacing one set of terrorists with another set of terrorists,” said a Afghani human rights activist in the film “Afghan Women: A History of Struggle” about the presence of the American military in the Middle Eastern country and their efforts to eliminate extremism.
    The 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 saw […]

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    Then and now: A look at how the military has changed this decade

    by  • October 12, 2011 • 0 Comments

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    By MEGAN ANDERLE and DAN O’LEARY
    As soon as Americans were under attack the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Cory Smith, Sgt. 1st class, knew war was imminent.
    “I started to mentally prepare myself for what was to come,” Smith said. “Units started to get plugged into tasks, and force protection was urgent, as you can imagine.”
    Smith, […]

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    Manhattan businesses rise again in the shadow of Ground Zero

    by  • October 10, 2011 • 0 Comments

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    By JOHN CHURCH and DAN O’LEARY
    When Antonio DeJesus closed the Brooks Brothers store on Sept.  11, 2001, located across the street from the World Trade Center complex, two airliners had already crashed into the towers. Within an hour the two tallest buildings in New York City collapsed into a blocks-long heap, changing the physical landscape and the […]

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    Generations apart

    by  • October 10, 2011 • 0 Comments

    My sister, Ariana, and I.

    By  MICHAEL DRURY
    A two year old can barely grasp the concept of language, let alone the events that took place on 9/11. That’s exactly how old my sister, Ariana Drury, was 10 years ago. Now, at the age of 12, she is just beginning to understand what 9/11 is; however, her knowledge and the change […]

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    Sept. 11 First Responders Give Back

    by  • October 10, 2011 • 0 Comments

    First Responder John Feal at Ground Zero (Photo Courtesy of John Feal)

    By COURTNEY LEIVA
    On Sept. 12, 2001, demolition supervisor John Feal was working with his team of Construction Demolition experts on cleanup and recovery efforts of Ground Zero. As Feal was supervising his team in cleaning up the debris, 8,000 pounds of steel came loose from a huge pile and crushed his left foot.
    “I went into […]

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    Ridgewood Football-more than just a game

    by  • October 9, 2011 • 0 Comments

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    By BECKY PENHAKER
    On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Chuck Johnson opened the weight room at Ridgewood High School the same way he had for the past 16 years-opening its doors at 6 am sharp. As the head football coach and physical education teacher, he was used to his routine.
    Johnson’s regimented schedule, however, was put […]

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    Retired Port Authority Pilot Recounts Rescue Efforts

    by  • October 9, 2011 • 0 Comments

    Retired Vietnam and Port Authority pilot, Chuck Howard - photo by Becky

    By BECKY PENHAKER
    Most people can give you the exact time and place of where they were when the attacks on the World Trade Center occurred. They can remember the immediate disbelief and confusion they felt in that moment. For Chuck Howard of Montvale, he can remember that feeling twice.
    Howard, 63, worked for the Port Authority […]

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    The need to serve

    by  • October 9, 2011 • 0 Comments

    Soldiers of the Army National Guard conduct fire team movement techniques during mobilization training at Fort Dix. (U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika)

    By JOHN CHURCH
    Shaking off the shock of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 the people of the United States felt the need to act. That cataclysmic day was similar to other major disasters; Americans rolled up their sleeves to give blood, walked into military recruiting offices to give their time, and possibly their lives, and […]

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