Woman from ‘Dust Lady’ 9/11 photograph dies of stomach cancer

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The U.S. woman featured in the iconic “Dust Lady” photo, taken as she fled the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, has died from cancer aged 42.

Marcy Borders, from New Jersey, had been working for a month at Bank of America in the north tower. On Sept. 11 at 8:46 a.m., the 28-year-old was standing next to the photocopier on the 81st floor when a plane smashed into the building a few stories above. Despite a manager’s direction to wait for fire wardens, Borders ran for the stairs and began to make her way down.

As Borders arrived on street level, a second plane hit the south tower. As it collapsed, a cloud of smoke and debris surrounded Borders Read more…

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A sobering look at 9/11 from inside the White House

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Almost 14 years later, memories of the terrorist attacks on September 11 — where we were, what we were doing when the news first broke — still linger for all of us. But what was the scene like for the decision-makers in America’s capital?

The U.S. National Archives posted a new collection of images from the Vice Presidential Records of the Photography Office that offer a rare look chief executive staff in the hours after the attacks first started. In the more than 350 photos posted to Flickr, you can see former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and other key members of the U.S. government at work on one of the most difficult days in the nation’s history. Read more…

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Post-9/11 security reforms may have enabled Germanwings crash

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There’s an axiom in national security circles that if you prepare only for the last attack, you will likely be ill-prepared for the next one. The apparently deliberate crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 at the hands of a co-pilot may prove this true once again, as it appears to have been enabled in part by post-9/11 security reforms that made it harder for intruders to gain access to the cockpit

Except in this case it wasn’t an intruder trying to enter the flight deck, but a pilot who was presumably trying to stop a deadly, intentional descent into the French Alps

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Woman Still Searching for Owner of Wedding Photo Found at Ground Zero 13 Years Ago

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Thirteen years after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, one woman is still searching for the owner of a wedding photo discovered at Ground Zero.

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe tweeted a scan of the weathered photo out to her Twitter followers on Thursday night and called for others to retweet it. Since then, the photo has been retweeted more than 27,000 times (and counting)

Every year on #911 I post this photo hoping 2 return 2 owner. Found at #groundzero #WTC in 2001. Pls RT pic.twitter.com/mZ9LdQqE7x

— E. Stringer Keefe (@ProfKeefe) September 12, 2014 Read more…

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#Brands Couldn’t Resist Being #Brands, Even on 9/11

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Social media managers need to learn when to sit out on the sidelines. The 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 might be a time when less — or, you know, nothing — is more.

But brands will be brands, and they did what brands do. Big thanks to Joe Mande, who surfaced most of the brands’ social media posts below.

Today is 13th anniversary of 9/11. We remember those lost, & honor those still fighting for freedom#911NeverForget pic.twitter.com/W0yFU73L7V

— Official Fleshlight (@Fleshlight) September 11, 2014

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(CVS has since deleted this post on Facebook and Twitter.) Read more…

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Bush’s Press Secretary Is Live-Tweeting 9/11 From His Perspective

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Former President George W. Bush’s press secretary Ari Fleischer is live-tweeting his experiences from Sept. 11, 2001, on the 13th anniversary of the day planes taken over by al-Qaeda terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, ending thousands of lives and igniting America’s “war on terror.”

Fleischer, who served as Bush’s press secretary from January 2001 to July 2003, was in a motorcade with the president on the way to an elementary school at about 8:40 a.m. when the first plane smashed into one of the New York City towers Read more…

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13 Years Later, Not Forgotten: The World Trade Center Today

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“We can’t erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm. That was the case before 9/11, and that remains true today.”

On the eve of Sept. 11, President Obama gave a prime-time address to lay out his strategy on fighting the Islamic State, a new enemy in what has become an era of terrorism. The wounds are still fresh for many Americans, but especially those in New York City, where two tranquil pools fill the holes in the ground where the World Trade Center towers once stood. Like every year, we’ll hear a solemn reading of the names. Moments of silence to mark the precise times of tragedy and stifled sobs of those still mourning. Read more…

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13 Years Later, Not Forgotten

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“We can’t erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm. That was the case before 9/11, and that remains true today.”

On the eve of Sept. 11, President Obama gave a prime-time address to lay out his strategy on fighting the Islamic State, a new enemy in what has become an era of terrorism. The wounds are still fresh for many Americans, but especially those in New York City, where two tranquil pools fill the holes in the ground where the World Trade Center towers once stood. Like every year, we’ll hear a solemn reading of the names. Moments of silence to mark the precise times of tragedy and stifled sobs of those still mourning. Read more…

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As 9/11 Museum Opens, Visitors Reflect and Pay Respects

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Visitors came from New York, Michigan, Tennessee, Chile, England and France, to see the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on the first day the facility opened to the general public.

Attendees arrived to pay respects to those who died and to reflect on what happened on Sept. 11, 2001. The memorial is free of charge to all comers, as was the museum on its opening day — at least for the first 7,000 to get tickets. Starting Thursday, it will cost $24 to get in, and officials will try to allow 5,000 to 8,000 visitors in per day. Family members of Sept. 11 victims and anyone who helped in the recovery efforts after the towers fell will always be able to get in for free. Read more…

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Stunning 10-Year Time-Lapse Shows Construction of 9/11 Memorial Museum

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Within days of the 9/11 attacks in New York City, Brian Cury installed a webcam at the site. He wanted the families of victims — and the world, he says — to witness the brave determination of first responders working at what became known as Ground Zero.

In the weeks, months and years that followed, Cury, the founder and CEO of EarthCam, added more cameras that documented the rebuilding of the site and construction of the National 9/11 Memorial Museum.

Ten years and one million images later, Cury’s team released a video on Thursday that shows a stunning time-lapse of the site’s construction. Read more…

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