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A 9/11 Tradition Endures, Thanks to Determined Florist

His stores are closed, but 'Mikey Flowers' still donates birthday roses for victims at memorial

(Newser) - After the pandemic hit, New York City florist Michael Collarone was forced to close all three of his retail stores and lay off every one of his employees. "We're lucky if we make enough money to keep our electricity on," the merchant known as "Mikey Flowers"... More »

Man Who Found Brother's Body in 9/11 Rubble Has Died

Daniel Foley was with the NYFD for 21 years

(Newser) - It's a statement that brings chills even 18 years after the fact: "On the 11th day, Danny miraculously found his brother Tommy in the rubble at the World Trade Center." That's what an official with Rescue Co. 3 in the Bronx had to say of Daniel... More »

18 Years Later, 'Life Won't Let Us Forget'

Commemorations for 9/11 are being held Wednesday in NYC, DC, and Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Americans are commemorating 9/11 with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to "never forget," and rising attention to the terror attacks' extended toll on responders. A crowd of victims' relatives is expected at Ground Zero on Wednesday, while President Trump is scheduled to join an observance at the Pentagon, per... More »

Men Share Garage Sale Find: 'It's Right for Humanity'

Jason Scott discovered 2.4K unseen photos from Ground Zero in aftermath of 9/11 attacks

(Newser) - Jason Scott has a new Flickr album , and what's contained therein is a jaw-dropping find he made at a garage sale: 2,400 never-before-seen photos of Ground Zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Based on the various perspectives taken from up high and on ground level, the... More »

Trump Pays Tribute to Victims, Heroes of 9/11

Ceremonies in New York City, Washington, Pennsylvania

(Newser) - President Trump marked the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Tuesday with a speech at the memorial where one of the planes went down in Shanksville, Pa. "America's future is not written by our enemies," said Trump, per CBS News . "America's future is written... More »

Man Who Evacuated Hundreds After 9/11 Is Dead at 45

Thomas Phelan was a ferry captain turned firefighter

(Newser) - Thomas Phelan's life followed a different trajectory to that of many other 9/11 heroes: He was a hero who became a firefighter. On the day of the attacks, Phelan, who has died of cancer at age 45, was working as a ferry captain for Circle Line-Statue of Liberty ferry... More »

Bells Tolled at 8:46am at Ground Zero

Ceremonies remember 9/11 victims at 3 locations

(Newser) - Victims' relatives, survivors, and rescuers are observing the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at Ground Zero. Monday's commemoration began with a moment of silence and tolling bells at 8:46am, the moment a plane slammed into the World Trade Center's north tower, per the AP . Victims'... More »

Father and Son, Both 9/11 Responders, Have Died

FDNY's Raymond and Robert Alexander passed away within a year of each other

(Newser) - They were healthy, with no history of cancer in the family, but within a year of each other, a father and son have died—the 76-year-old dad last year after fighting seven different cancers over 13 years. The common link: Both Raymond Alexander and his son, Robert, who died Monday... More »

Giuliani: Sorry About False Clinton 9/11 Claim

Clinton never actually claimed to be in New York on 9/11

(Newser) - While campaigning for Donald Trump on Wednesday, Rudy Giuliani let loose on something he thought he heard Hillary Clinton say during the last presidential debate. "Don't tell me, if you said that, that you remember Sept. 11, 2001," he said. "I remember Sept. 11, 2001. Yes,... More »

15 Years Later, Bells Toll at Ground Zero

Somber anniversary is being marked in New York, DC, Shanksville

(Newser) - The commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11 began at ground zero Sunday with a moment of silence and tolling bells at 8:46am, the time when a terrorist-piloted plane slammed into the World Trade Center's north tower, reports the AP . After the silence, victims' relatives began reading the... More »

How a US Murder Suspect Became a 9/11 Truther Abroad

'GQ' examines the convoluted case of Kurt Sonnenfeld

(Newser) - On its own, the suspicious death of Kurt Sonnenfeld's wife would be worthy of a magazine article. On Jan. 1, 2002, his 36-year-old spouse was found shot to death in their upscale Denver home. Sonnenfeld insisted she killed herself, but prosecutors filed murder charges against him—only to drop... More »

Pope Francis Prays at Ground Zero

Leads multi-faith service at 9/11 Memorial

(Newser) - At a reflecting pool at the 9/11 Memorial, Pope Francis prayed and laid a white rose before leading a multi-faith service for peace today. "Francisco, Francisco," the crowd chanted after he placed the rose on the pool's edge, according to AFP . The pontiff met with 9/11 families... More »

Time's Almost Up for 9/11 Survivors Fund

WTC Health Program will run out of money next year, leaving 70K without coverage

(Newser) - Marcy Borders, the 9/11 survivor known as the "Dust Lady" for the iconic photo of her emerging from a devastated World Trade Center, died Tuesday at the age of 42 from stomach cancer, reports CNN . Illnesses like hers, and dozens of other chronic diseases and afflictions suffered by survivors... More »

Mystery of Ground Zero Wedding Photo Solved

It turns out everyone in it is alive

(Newser) - Every year on 9/11, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe has tweeted out an image of a tattered wedding photo that a friend of hers found at Ground Zero, in the hopes that this time, the right person would see it. And now, after 13 years of trying, the right person has. On... More »

Remains of 9/11 Victims to Be Moved

Families complain they were only given a week's notice

(Newser) - The unidentified remains of 9/11 victims will be moved from the medical examiner's office to a new repository at Ground Zero this Saturday, New York City has announced. Authorities say the remains will be moved to the specially built repository at bedrock level in a "solemn, somber, respectful... 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 »

9/11 Debris Not Part of Plane's Landing Gear

It's actually from a portion of the wing

(Newser) - Boeing today expressed its confidence that a piece of aircraft found sandwiched between two Lower Manhattan buildings did indeed come from one of the 9/11 planes, though a rep for the company told the NYPD that Boeing could not determine which one. The 5-foot by 3-foot piece is not part... More »

Was New 9/11 Debris Hidden on Purpose?

Officials mull possibility landing gear was placed using rope

(Newser) - After surveyors discovered what appears to be plane landing gear from the 9/11 attacks, authorities are wondering how it got sandwiched between two buildings—one of them housing a much-debated Islamic community center. "The odds of it entering that space at exactly that angle that would permit it to... More »

Plane Debris Apparently From 9/11 Found in NYC

NYPD says part of landing gear was wedged between two buildings

(Newser) - Surveyors in lower Manhattan have found what appears to be one more piece of plane debris from the 9/11 attacks, reports DNA Info and AP . The NYPD thinks it's a piece of landing gear from one of the two hijacked planes—it even has a Boeing identification number. It... More »

9/11 Responders Finally Get Health Payouts

Rewards range from $10K to $1.5M

(Newser) - The federal government's 9/11 health care fund finally gave its first payouts yesterday, bestowing awards ranging from $10,000 to $1.5 million on a group of 15 first responders. The recipients are being kept anonymous, but 14 are firefighters, with the other being a corrections officer. Most were... More »

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