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Survivors, Flags Show
'America's Not Dead'
The Associated Press
NEW YORK - As the smoldering
ashes of the World Trade Center slowly
yielded unimaginable carnage, the
remains of the trade center’s south tower
collapsed Wednesday afternoon in yet
another plume of thick smoke.
No injuries were reported, but rescuers
from a portion of
the area where the
Police and fire
officials said there
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were problems with other “mini-collapses”
among some badly damaged buildings
nearby, and when the towers were
destroyed, the Marriott World Trade
Center hotel fell with them.
But the search-and-rescue mission in
New York continued despite the problems
and widespread damage.
The concrete canyons of lower
Manhattan turned into a dust-covered ruin
of girders and boulders of broken con
crete. A Brooks Brothers clothing store
became a morgue, where workers brought
any body parts they could find.
The workers’ grim task was interrupted
by brief epiphanies of life, when a fortu
nate victim was pulled alive from the
wreckage of the steel-and-glass buildings.
Four victims, three of them police offi
cers, had been pulled from the wreckage.
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said the best
estimate is “a few thousand” victims would
be left in each building. There were 55 con
firmed fatalities -a number that was sure to
grow. Another 1,700 injuries were reported.
The four hijacked planes that crashed at
three sites Tuesday - including the
Pentagon - carried 266 people, none of
Military services said about 150 people
in the Pentagon - mostly Army soldiers -
were unaccounted for, along with 64 pas
sengers and crew from the plane that
crashed into the building.
Aaron Strom, 9, participates in a peaceful vigil outside the post office
Wednesday to support non-violent action in response to the attacks.
Muslims, Allies Unite
To Fight Intolerance
By Kathleen Wirth
Assistant City Editor
“Fuck the Arabs. Kill them all.”
Angry words shouted from a Franklin
Street motorist disrupted a peace vigil out
side the post office Wednesday, leaving
participants dumfounded and devastated.
“People are very emotionally volatile,”
said Dawn Peebles, a 1998 UNC graduate
who attended the vigil, which was aimed at
Horror causes men to clench their fists, and in horror men join together.
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Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld
said an earlier estimate by fire officials of
as many as 800 dead was too high.
Some of the sprawling complex’s civil
ian and military employees returned to
work Wednesday even as emergency
crews doused the building’s last flames and
tried to find the missing.
Rescuers worked cautiously, wary of a
repeat of the building collapses that killed
firefighters in the World Trade Center.
Crews working at the Pentagon began
removing victims’ remains Wednesday
afternoon, but there was no word on how
many bodies were recovered.
By evening, crews had started tearing
down unstable parts of the Pentagon to
continue their search. They hoped to have
enough demolition work done by today to
enter the impact area.
A small American flag planted on the
roof spoke to the Pentagon’s determination
to restore its spirit despite the horrendous
breach of its famous walls.
The little flag was replaced late in the
day by a huge one. A dozen firefighters
held the banner aloft on the roof, in a dis
play timed to coincide with a visit from
Then they draped it near the stricken
section, a bold display of red, white and
blue hanging two-thirds of the way down
Workers in New York had a similar idea
- planting a flag in the rubble “just to let
them know that America’s not dead,” fire
fighter Ronald Coyne said.
Pentagon authorities did not rule out find
ing people in adjacent areas after a wrecking
ball could be used to clear unstable debris,
but they did not appear confident of that
“Anyone who might have survived the
initial impact and collapse could not have
survived the fire that followed,” the depart
ment said in a statement
Progress for rescuers in New York also
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curbing retaliations after three terrorist
attacks Tuesday. “There’s a hysteria and it’s
completely irrational. It’s really upsetting
to hear things like that.”
Some Muslims and Arab-Americans say
that although there has been an outpouring
of support from the community, ethnic ten
sions have surfaced because of the attacks.
Although it is unclear who is responsi-
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Firefighters raise an American flag late in the afternoon Tuesday, Sept. 11,2001,
in the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers in New York.
Leaders Encourage Strength, Restraint
By Karey Witkowski
Assistant University Editor
Under the glaring noon sun,
Chancellorjames Moeser’s voice rang
out in Polk Place on Wednesday, silenc
ing a crowd of 10,000 students, faculty
mourn, for they
shall be com
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said, standing erect behind a podium
positioned on the South Building steps.
The booming biblical passage initi
ated a scheduled time of reflection for
which Moeser suspended classes from
noon to 2 p.m.
Moeser instructed the crowd to stand
and gather hands in a moment of con
templation, transforming the quad into
a human chain with only the hushed
clicking of camera shutters disrupting
the somber gesture.
“Our country and our individual
lives will be indelibly changed by the
events of the last 27 hours,” he said,
referring to Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in
New York and Washington, D.C.,
“America has lost its innocence.”
The objective of Wednesday’s gath
ering, Moeser said, was to engage in
reflective meditation. “We are here this
noon ... to offer our support and con
solation for those in grief and distress
and gather strength from one another.”
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A burst of clapping erupted from the
attentive crowd when Moeser said he
hoped the University community
would look to ethnic groups with under
standing. “We must not respond to hate
with more hate; to intolerance with
This sentiment was echoed by the
event’s other speakers, which included
Student Body President Justin Young,
Campus Y Co-President Raj Panjabi,
Curriculum in Peace, War & Defense
Chairman Richard Kohn, Vice
Chancellor for Student Affairs Sue
Kitchen and the Rev. Steve Stanley of
Chapel of the Cross.
When Kohn took his place behind
the podium, he shared a sobering per
spective about the nation’s fragility.
“While we are shocked and deeply
saddened by yesterday’s events, we
should not be surprised,” he said
“We have known for years that our
institutions... are vulnerable.”
And he warned the crowd to not let a
knee-jerk reaction to the attacks domi
nate their emotions. “A great nation does
not lash out in anger or revenge," he said.
“In our sorrow, we should heed voices of
reason and restraint... and not scapegoat
people who are not causes of our pain.”
Stanley also stressed the need for
acceptance by instructing audience mem
bers to look around and realize that broth
ers arid sisters surround them. “Today we
are all family,” Stanley said. “This is not
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Chancellor James Moeser addresses a crowd of 10,000 students,
faculty and administrators gathered in Polk Place on Wednesday.
For 3 Days
Instead of cancelling this
weekend's home football
game, officials have chosen
to reschedule it for Dec. 1.
By Rachel Carter
Balancing the need to stand strong
and continue its scheduled week and
the need to respect the massive loss of
fife, the ACC chose Wednesday to
pause, but not cancel its athletic events
North Carolina’s 1:30 p.m. Saturday
football game against Southern
Methodist has been rescheduled for
Dec. 1. “That game is going to get
played, absolutely,” UNC-Chapel Hill
Director of Athletics Dick Baddour said.
The conference’s nine athletic directors
and Commissioner John Swofford strug
gled to make the decision to postpone the
games, Baddour said. They had multiple
conference calls to discuss their options.
Saturday’s football game would have
been John Bunting’s first at Kenan
Stadium as UNC-CH’s coach.
“It’s a decision that the ACC has
made,” Bunting said. “I’m kind of new
to some of this stuff. I’m a litde sur
prised the NCAA didn’t mandate it, but
the ACC has decided to do it and what
ever they think is best is best”
The NCAA left the decision to the
conferences - the Big East is the only
other league to postpone all of its games
Swofford announced the decision at
5:30 p.m. after seven of the nine football
teams’ games had been postponed
UNC-CH coaches and players had a
myriad of reactions to the decision.
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