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Publication: Altoona Mirror September 13, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 13, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania ATTACK America LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ■ Credible evidence that the White House and Air Force One were targets • Final floors of World Trade Center and some of the surrounding buildings collapse Congress, President Bush strongly condemn attacks, stop short of war declaration ■ Empire State Building and Pennsylvania Station evacuated because of bomb threats A total of 82 are confirmed dead in WTC attack; New York requests 6,000 body bags ■ U.S. Rep. John Murtha believes “something heroic" happened on Flight 93, skeptical that black box can be found ■ Markets to reopen by Monday; FAA allows diverted planes to complete their journeysAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2001 500 newsstand Burnett By Martha Raffaele The Associated Press SHANKSVILLE — 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 ft*om 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 telephoned relatives from the plane and said they had resolved to wrest control of the flight back from their captors. Passenger Jeremy Glick, 31, telephoned his wife, Liz, after terrorists took over, Glick’s uncle Tom Crowley said Wednesday. She conferenced the caU to a 911 dispatcher, who told Glick 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 fight,” 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 caUs, Burnett had his wife, Deena, conference in the FBI and calmly gathered information about the other hijacked flights. Burnett said “a group of us are going to do something,” his wife said, and he gave every indication that sacrificing the passengers wasn’t part of their plan. “He was coming home. He wasn’t leaving. He was going to solve this problem and come back to us,” she said at her home in San Ramon, Calif. Please see Lives/Page AIQ The Associated Press Firefighters raise a flag Wednesday at the World Trade Center in New York. Work at the site continues after hijackers crashed two airliners into the center Tuesday morning. By Larry McShane The Associated Press NEW 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 toU, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was asked about a report that the city has requested 6,000 body bags from federal officials. “Yes, I believe that’s correct,” the mayor said. In another, 2,500 people visited a grief counseling center handling questions about missing 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 1,350-foot titans stood. Police and fire officials said there were problems 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 victim 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 disclosed 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 barreled into the 110-story towers, a third dove into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in western Pennsylvania. Please see Task/Page 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 Staff Writers Less than three weeks ago, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster celebrated his first IOO days on Capitol Hill. During his second IOO days in office, Shuster, R-9th District, along with other federal lawmakers, will be part of a Congress faced with the challenge of finding the appropriate response to the worst act of terrorism 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 war,” Shuster said. “But this is an act of war carried out by terrorists, and when the perpetrators 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 Response/Page AIQ 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 AU their tanks. Gasoline price gouging spreads across nation The Associated Press By Mark Leberfinger Staff Writer Blair County motorists haven’t seen the rise in prices — or tempers — 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 is prepared to take legal action if any gasoline price gouging occurs in the state. Sheetz Inc. said Wednesday that it has “no plans or reason” at this time to raise prices. Sheetz has 268 convenience/gasoline outlets in Pennsylvania and four other states. “There is no reason to panic. Supply is plentiful,” Sheetz President Stan Sheetz said in a written statement. 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  • Bill Shuster
  • Jeremy Glick
  • John Murtha
  • Mike Fisher
  • Rudolph Giuliani
  • Stan Sheetz
  • Thomas Burnett
  • Tom Crowley

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Issue Date: September 13, 2001

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