Happiness still shines through a framed picture of Ben Ehmen, 83, and wife Jeannette Davis, 77, during their first joint trip to New York City. Ehmen scoops his wife off her feet in the photo edited to look like he’s balancing on a tight rope between the two towers of the World Trade Center. The pretend peril livens their certain smiles because, there, enveloped in a symbol of American prosperity, they assumed they couldn’t be safer. Handwritten on the back of the photograph is the date — Sept. 10, 2001.
When Becky Bush looks out the windows of the living room in the new home where she and husband Perry plan to retire, the dominant view is of her neighbor's solar panels. If someone didn't know better, they would think the panels were in her backyard, rather than her neighbor's. But because of the properties' irregular configuration, the land belongs to the neighbor. The group of panels - totaling about 10 feet by 16 feet, and approximately 30 feet behind the Bush house - is ugly and spoils their scenic view, Becky Bush says.
Lauren Goff was in middle school on Sept. 11, 2001. Now, 10 years later, she has to teach today’s middle schoolers about that day, a day of which they have no memory. Goff, a history teacher at South Warren Middle School, said she struggled with how to explain the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to her seventh-graders, who were just 2 years old when they happened. “To them, it seems just as ancient as ancient Rome,” Goff said.
A truck bombing at an American base in eastern Afghanistan late Saturday killed two Afghan civilians — one of them a 3-year-old girl — and wounded nearly 80 U.S. military personnel, The Associated Press reports.
Although thousands of miles from ground zero, the Muslim community in San Diego, Calif., drew attention after Sept. 11, 2001. Two of the hijackers lived there. They also prayed at a local mosque, where noted radical Imam Anwar al-Awlaki preached. Recently, several men from the Somali Muslim community were arrested. They've been charged with aiding a Somali terrorist group.
A local imam has been working to open dialogue between Muslims and the larger community in San Diego in part to combat the suspicion that arose after the local ties came to light.
The Department of Homeland Security and state governments spend billions of dollars every year on domestic security, helping cities and counties buy up-to-date equipment and strategies for defeating terrorists.
Established in November 2002, the new department absorbed 22 different federal agencies, with the idea of unifying homeland security efforts. But after all this time, have those efforts made us safer?