Altoona Mirror, September 13, 2001

Altoona Mirror

September 13, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 13, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania ATTACK LATEST DEVELOPMENTS H Credible evidence that the White House and Air Force Ore were Final floors' of World Trade Center and some of trie surrounding buildings Congress, President Bush strongly condemn attacks, stop short of war declaration Empire State Building and Pennsylvania Station evacuated because of bomb A total of 82 are confirmed dead in WTC attack; New York requests body bags H U.S. Rep. John Murtha believes "something heroic" happened on Flight 93, skeptical that black box can be fdund Markets to reopen by Monday; FAA allows diverted planes to complete their journeys Mtmma Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2001 newsstand RECOVERY, RESILIENCE Passengers may have helped save lives By MARTHA RAFFAELE The Associated I'l-ess SHANKS VILLE Just before United Flight 93 crashed, some passengers learned of the attacks on the World Trade Center and may have tried to overpower their hijackers and keep the jetliner from hitting another landmark. Authorities have not disclosed whether there was a struggle aboard the plane, and they have not said what caused the airliner carrying 45 people to plunge into a Pennsylvania field. .But some of the victims tele- phoned relatives I from the plane I and said they had I resolved to wrest I control of the i flight back from j their captors. 1 Passenger J Jeremy Click, 31, j (telephoned his Burnett wife. Liz, after ter- Burnett toristslookoyer, Click's uncle Tom Crowley said Wednesday. She conferenced the call to a 911 dispatcher, who told Click about the New York attacks. "Jeremy and the people around them found out about the flights into the World Trade Center and decided that if their fate was to die, they should Crowley said. "At some point, Jeremy put the phone down and simply went and did what he could do" with the help of an unknown number of other passengers. Among them was Thomas Burnett, a 38-year-old business executive'from California. In a series of four cell phone calls, Burnett had his wife, Deena, con- ference m the FBI and calmly gathered information about the other hijacked flights. Burnett said "a group of us are going to do his wife said, and he gave every indication that sacrificing the passengei's wasn't part of then- plan. "He was coming home. HG wasn't leaving. He was going to solve this problem and come back to she said at her home in San Ramon, Calif. Please see A10 Task now turns to retrieving victims' bodies, finding culprits s N t Tho Associated Press Firefighters raise a flag Wednesday at the World Trade Center in New York. Work at the site continues after hijackers crashed two ail-liners into the center Tuesday morning. BY LAHRY MCSHANE The Associated Press EW YORK As the smoldering ashes of the World Trade Center slowly yielded unimaginable carnage, investigators fanned out across the country Wednesday to track the conspirators who orchestrated an unprecedented day of terror from the air. In one indication of the potential death toll, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was asked about a report that the city has requested body bags from federal officials. "Yes, I believe that's the mayor said. In another, people visited a grief coun- seling center handling questions about miss- ing family members Wednesday. The last few floors that remained of the trade center's south tower collapsed Wednesday afternoon in yet another cloud of thick smoke. No injuries were reported, but rescuers were evacuated from part of the area where the titans stood. Police and fire officials said there were prob- lems with other "minicollapses" among some badly damaged buildings nearby, and when the towers were destroyed, the Marriott World Trade Center hotel fell with them. The search and rescue mission continued despite the problems. The devastation turned the concrete canyons of lower Manhattan into a dust-covered ruin of girders and boulders of broken concrete. 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 fortunate vic- tim was pulled alive from the wreckage of the steel-and-glass buildings. In all, five victims, three of them police officers, have been pulled from the wreckage alive. In Washington, the Bush administration dis- closed that the White House and Air Force One may have been among the targets of Tuesday's devastation. The investigation swept from a Boston hotel to Florida and points beyond all in an attempt to determine who was behind the attacks in which two hijacked airliners bar- reled into the 110-story towers, a third dove into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in western Pennsylvania. Please see All MORE COVERAGE INSIDE Pages A4, A6, A7, A8, A10, A11, B1.B2, C1.C3 Area lawmakers strengthen resolve for harsh response BY MICHAEL V. EMERY AND ROBERT IGOE Writers Less than three weeks ago, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster celebrated his first 100 days on Capitol Hill. During his second 100 days in office, Shuster, R-9th District, along with other fed- eral lamnakers, will be part of a Congress faced with the challenge of finding the appropriate response to the worst act of ter- rorism to hit American soil. Shuster made it clear that he favors a strong military response if the terrorists are identified. "We have not reached a declaration of Shuster said. "But this is an act of war carried outhy terrorists, and when the per- petrators of this act are discovered, I am willing to support a declaration of war against these terrorists. "Just as I am more than willing to support a declaration of war against all terrorists and any nation harboring terrorists." Please see AID A panic over the fear of gas prices increasing in reaction to Tuesday's terrorist attacks caused motorists to swamp gas stations around Topeka, Kan., to fill their tanks. Gasoline price gouging spreads across nation Subscription or home delivery questions: or (800) 287-4480 Bid FOUR BY MASK LRBBHJ'INGKR Staff Writer Blair County motorists haven't seen the rise in prices or tem- pers at the gas pumps as others have experienced in parts of the nation after Tuesday's attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher said he Associated Press he is prepared to take legal action HSZaSaSSBiaKSEZSSSSSe] if any gasoline price gouging occurs in the state. Shcctz Inc. said Wednesday that it has "no plans or reason" at this time to raise prices. Sheetz has 268 line outlets in Pennsylvania and four other states. "There is no reason to panic. Supply is Sheetz President Stan Sheetz said in a written statement. 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