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Tree Rings Solve Mystery of Old World Trade Center Ship

Study shows it got built in Philadelphia about 1773

(Newser) - A mystery ship unearthed during construction of the new World Trade Center site isn't so much of a mystery anymore. A new study based on analysis of tree rings in its wood reveals that the ship likely got built in 1773 in Philadelphia—and with the same white oak... More »

American Flag Flown at WTC After 9/11 Stolen

Flag had been given to family of fallen firefighter

(Newser) - After 29-year-old Jonathan Ielpi was killed while responding to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the fallen firefighter's sister Melissa Brengel was given an American flag that flew over the WTC during the clean-up. "We put it out during certain times of the year just to... More »

What the 9/11 Museum Was Like for One Victim's Brother

Steve Kandell reflects on having your worst day turned into a tourist attraction

(Newser) - After Steve Kandell's sister was killed in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, his family objected to the media referring to her as a hero. Shari "was just a person who happened to have gotten to work a little early on a Tuesday morning, and that... More »

2 CNN Producers Nabbed Sneaking Into WTC Area

They were apparently testing site securit y

(Newser) - A pair of CNN producers quietly tried to make their way into the World Trade Center site in New York yesterday afternoon—but they were caught in the act. Yon Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Boals, 26, were trying to test the security of the area, the New York Post reports.... More »

Men Who Jumped From WTC Turn Themselves In

'Exhilarating' stunt exposed security flaw, they say

(Newser) - A group of daredevils suspected of parachuting from 1 World Trade Center into Manhattan last year have admitted that they did it—and it was great. The group turned themselves into police yesterday after investigators tracked them down, reports the New York Times . One of the men says the stunt... More »

Teen Slips By Sleeping Guard, Climbs WTC Spire

Justin Casquejo says trip to top was 'inspired'

(Newser) - It's the kind of luck people only have in the movies. Just how did 16-year-old Justin Casquejo get past the NYPD, the Port Authority Police Department, and two private security companies to reach the top of 1 World Trade Center, the tallest building in the US , on Sunday? It... More »

After 13 Years, Some WTC Fence to Come Down

As early as May

(Newser) - For 13 years, the World Trade Center site has been ringed by a tall fence. In what the Wall Street Journal is calling a "major milestone," some of the fencing will finally come down this year. Joe Daniels, president of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, says... More »

Adults Will Have to Pay $24 to Enter 9/11 Museum

Making it one of NYC's priciest museums

(Newser) - A somber visit to New York City's planned Sept. 11 museum will also be an expensive one. The board of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum yesterday voted to charge adults a $24 admission. That places it among the city's priciest museums (the Guggenheim is at $22, MoMA... More »

Hidden in World Trade Center Steel: a Face?

Some museum workers apparently call it the 'Angel of 9/11'

(Newser) - You might not believe it, but it's pretty wild all the same: From the wreckage of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers emerged two pieces of "impact steel"—twisted remnants of the exact spot of the North Tower where the plane hit, per experts. One of... More »

Teens Dress as Twin Towers, Win Costume Contest

Brits have since apologized for Halloween choice

(Newser) - And this year's prize for Worst Halloween Costume Idea goes to ... the two British 19-year-olds, who went to a nightclub's costume contest dressed as the Twin Towers on 9/11. That's not the only prize they were awarded: The teens, whose World Trade Center costumes were marked "... More »

First 9/11 Victim Was Internet Genius

Danny Lewin was killed when he fought hijackers

(Newser) - On the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the Internet is remembering one of its own: Danny Lewin, an Internet genius who was also likely the very first victim of the day, and whose story is just now fully coming to light. Slate and Salon are featuring excerpts from... More »

This Is Now the Tallest US Building

Spire installed today brings One World Trade Center to 1,776 feet

(Newser) - The silver spire topping New York City's One World Trade Center has been fully installed on the building's roof. That brings the iconic structure to its full, symbolic height of 1,776 feet. (The US, of course, declared independence on July 4, 1776.) The Port Authority of... More »

World Trade Center Spire Hoisted to Roof

It won't be attached for a few weeks

(Newser) - The spire that will adorn One World Trade Center got hoisted to the building's roof today, though it will be weeks before it's actually installed. Still, today's milestone was treated with the appropriate pomp and circumstance in Manhattan. The 408-foot spire will bring the height of the... More »

Workers Search for Remains Near New 9/11 Plane Debris

Remains of about 1K still not recovered

(Newser) - Workers for the New York City medical examiner's office have begun sifting soil for human remains at a site near the World Trade Center where a plane part was found last week. The part was wedged between an apartment building and a mosque that in 2010 prompted virulent national... More »

Search for Human Remains Among 9/11 Debris Resumes

New York City medical examiner begins 10-week effort

(Newser) - The task of sifting through construction debris from the World Trade Center site in an effort to find any human remains from the 9/11 terrorist attacks resumed today, says the New York City medical examiner. Such sifting last occurred in 2010, and the latest work is expected to continue for... More »

United Airlines Not Liable for 9/11 Tower Collapse

Owner of 7 World Trade Center had sued over alleged security breach

(Newser) - United Airlines is not responsible for the damage done to 7 World Trade Center in the 9/11 attacks, a federal judge ruled today, dismissing a lawsuit from the leaseholder of the property. Larry Silverstein had alleged that lapses in United's security allowed terrorists to board a plane at a... More »

Pols Avoid Ground Zero as Cost Debate Rages

Obama, Romney put negative ads on hold

(Newser) - For the first time, no elected officials will speak at Ground Zero on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the AP reports. While many hailed the change as a separation of 9/11 from any sort of political agenda—"The fact that the politicians will not be involved, to... More »

Beam Signed by Obama Raised at World Trade Center

President's signature among those of workers

(Newser) - A steel beam signed by President Obama was lifted into place today on the 104th floor at One World Trade Center. A crane on top of the building raised the beam from the ground after dozens of people, including construction workers and police officers, added their own signatures near those... More »

No One Wants In on New WTC

Third tower has to halt construction

(Newser) - Construction is finally under way on the new World Trade Center site in New York, but there's one little problem: No one actually wants space in any of the buildings. The third tower, 3 World Trade Center, has had to halt construction at the eighth floor—it's supposed... More »

Antenna Spat May Cost WTC Site 'Highest Tower' Title

Ornamental casing might be scrapped

(Newser) - The owners of the One World Trade Center tower are feuding with the tower's architects over the 408-foot antenna that will protrude from its roof, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Port Authority and developer Douglas Durst want to dispense with an ornamental white shell that was originally supposed... More »

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