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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels WEDNESDAY September 12, 2001 14 pages in 2 sectionsHerald-Zeitung iii!!!* Vol. 150, No. 261Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Freedom under siege AP Photo Firemen wo* in the rubble at the base of the World Trade Center in New York Tuesday. Mounting an audacious attack aaainst th* dentsand^parlflrc11st!.crash?J^V0 h,ia^ked airliners into the World Trade Center. Right inset: President George W. Bush leads students and teachers of Emma E. Booker Elementary School in a moment of silence Tuesday morning. Inside Chronology of events ■ Nation’s airports, including San Antonio International Airport and New Braunfels Municipal Airport, grounded all flights/4A ■ U.S. must take decisive action against acts of ter-ror/6A ■ President Bush’s address to the nation/6A ■ How residents can help victims, show their support/Special Report, Page 4 ■ Community rallies together in prayer, reverence/Special Report, Page 4 ■ What local, state officials said about Tuesday’s events/Special Report, Page ■ S.A. military bases go to highest levels of security /Special Report, Page 3 In the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., were attacked Tuesday morning. Four airplanes were hijacked and crashed during the attacks. 7:59 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767, departs Boston for Los Angeles with 92 people on board. 8:01 a.m. United Flight 93 departs Newark International Airport for San Francisco with 45 people on board. 8:14 a.m. United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767, departs Boston from Logan International Airport for Los Angeles with 65 people on board. 8:45 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. 9:03 ami. United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center. 9:31 a.m. President Bush calls the crashes an “apparent terrorist attack.” 9:40 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757, crashes into the north side of tho Pentagon in Washington, D.C., collapsing a side of the building. It was en route from Dulles Airport to Los Angeles with 64 people. 9:50 a.m. Two World Trade Center — the second tower hit — collapses. 10:29 a.m. One World Trade Center collapses. 10:37 a.m. United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco crashes 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, in Shanksville, Pa. 10-11:30 a.m. Government buildings around the country are evacuated, including the Capitol and the White House. The Federal Aviation Administration shuts down airports nationwide. The United Nations closes down. The Securities and Exchange Commission closes all U.S. financial markets for the day. 2:51 p.m. The U.S. Navy sends missile destroyers and other equipment to New York and Washington, D.C. 5:25 p.m. A third building, 7 World Trade Center, collapses, damaged from the morning's crashes. ‘All times are Eastern. SOURCE: Compiled (rom AP wire reports AP Children, adults cope with news ‘Today, our nation saw evil’ By David Crary and Jerry Schwartz AP National Writers NEW YORK — In the most devastating terrorist onslaught ever waged against the United States, knife-wielding hijackers crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center on Tuesday, toppling its twin 110-story towers. The deadly calamity was witnessed on televisions across the world as another plane slammed into the Pentagon, and a fourth crashed outside Pittsburgh. “Today, our nation saw evil,” President Bush said in an address to the nation Tuesday night. He said thousands of lives were “suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.” Said Adm. Robert J. Natter, commander of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet: “We have been attacked like we haven’t since Pearl Harbor.” Establishing the U.S. death toll could take weeks. The four airliners alone had 266 people aboard and there were no known survivors. In addition, a firefighters union official said he feared an estimated 200 firefighters had died in rescue efforts. Dozens of police officers were believed missing. No one took responsibility for the attacks that rocked the seats of finance and government, but federal authorities identified Osama bin Laden — who has been given asylum by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers — as the prime suspect. Aided by an intercept of communications between his supporters and harrowing cell phone calls from at least one flight attendant and two passengers aboard the jetliners before they crashed, U.S. officials began assembling a case Unking bin Laden to the devastation. U.S. inteUigence intercepted communications between bin Laden supporters discussing the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, according to Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the top Repubhcan on the Senate Judiciary Committee. The people aboard planes who managed to make cell phone calls each described similar circumstances: They indicated the hijackers were armed with knives, in some cases stabbing flight attendants. They then took control of the planes. At the World Trade Center, the dead and the doomed plummeted from the skyscrapers, among them a man and woman holding hands. “Freedom itself was attacked this morning, and I assure you freedom will be defended,” said Bush, who was in Florida at the time of the catastrophe. As a security measure, he was shuttled to a Strategic Air Command bunker in Nebraska before leaving for Washington. “Make no mistake,” he said. “The United States will hunt down and pursue those responsible for these cowardly actions.” More than nine hours after the U.S. attacks began, explosions could be heard north of the See SIEGE/5A AP Photo By Amy Clarkson and Betty Taylor Staff Writers Comal County school officials gently broke the news to students after two separate terrorist events aimed at the nation’s financial and military symbols. School counselors conducted group and individual therapy sessions for students, and area professionals remained available at their offices to help those personally touched by the events. At Memorial Primary School, Principal Dan Bolen went to each classroom in person and explained events to students, some as young as 5 years old. “I wanted them to get one consistent message,” he said. “And I told them that we live in a great country, a good country. It’s a marvelous place to live. But people from other countries, who live far away, don’t like us for those very reasons. Tbday, they did a great harm to people and buildings.” Bolen said he emphasized that See COPE/4AInside Abby...............................5A Classifieds.......................4-6B Comics..............................2B Crossword........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................SA Obituaries  ............3A Sports...........................7-8A Key Code 76 NYC tragedy hits home in Seguin Special to the Herald-Zeitung SEGUIN — Though it feels as if New York City is a world away from Seguin, many Seguinites have friends or relatives who live or work in New York City. One of those Seguinites is Judy Gardner of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority. Gardner’s daughter, Lauren, sent an e-mail to the Gazette-Enterprise describing what she saw and heard when she went to Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn and watched the twin towers collapse and disappear from the Manhattan skyline. “When I got to the top of the hill there were about 40-50 people all just standing there watching the smoke come out of the towers; the two planes had already hit,” she wrote. "We were all talking about what we heard on the news — some people had radios and they would tell us the latest. “Then the first building fell; I couldn't believe it. Some people next to me were saying how that wouldn’t happen, those buildings were built toSee SEGUIN/3A ;