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The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee · Page 12

Nashville, Tennessee
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Wednesday, September 12, 2001
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3 THE TENNESSEAN Wednesday, September 12, 2001 -13A DAY OF TERROR: TAKING PRECAUTIONS State precautions Some precautions taken around the nation in the wake of the terrorist attacks: The Federal Aviation Administra-tion shut down airports nationwide, Navy installations along the East Coast tightened security, and Major League Baseball postponed its entire schedule of 1 5 games. ALABAMA: Security increased at nuclear power plants and military bases, including Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, site of the Army missile command and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. ALASKA: Military bases were placed on high alert. FBI coordinating with other federal agencies to check major buildings in Anchorage, the state's largest city. Security also heightened along the trans-Alaska pipeline, which supplies the nation with about one-fifth of its oil needs. ARIZONA Security increased at military bases and Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the , largest nuclear plant in the nation. Access to federal buildings restricted to employees. The Emergency Oper-. ations Centers for the state and the , city of Phoenix were activated. State and city offices open, but employees , being allowed to go home if they , wished. Polling places remained open for city elections. , CALIFORNIA Landmarks , closed, including Knott's Berry Farm in Orange County, the Museum of '. Tolerance in Los Angeles and the city's 74-story Library Tower, at 1 ,700 feet the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. State on high alert. State's Emergency Council convened as Gov. Gray Davis requested heightened security at all state buildings. Legislative sessions postponed. ,' COLORADO: City and state officials stepped up security around government buildings. Denver " opened an emergency preparedness ' office in the basement of City Hall. FLORIDA Security heightened at federal courts. Walt Disney World evacuated and closed its four theme parks and shopping and entertainment complex. Space shuttle opera- ' tions halted; 12,000 employees of Kennedy Space Center sent home. Increased surveillance, with helicopter patrols and extra gate checks in place. GEORGIA The CNN Center, world headquarters of Cable News Network, closed to the public, although journalists at CNN and The Associated Press remained. Legislators stopped their session to sing God Bless America. ILLINOIS: Sears Tower shut down; state government buildings in Chicago and Springfield closed. National Guard on state of heightened alert in Illinois. ; INDIANA Federal offices on alert. KENTUCKY: Southern Governors' Association canceled annual , fall meeting so governors of Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia could head back to thsir stcitss LOUISIANA Upper floors of the 34-floor Capitol building closed. Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, which handles supertankers in the Gulf of Mexico, suspends operations. State's 19 oil refinenes on alert. MAINE: Federal courthouses , and state office buildings closed. MARYLAND: Officials tightening security throughout the state. Secu- rity heightened at Andrews Air Force ! Base. Baltimore-Washington Interna-' tional Airport taking arrivals, but no ' departing flights. MASSACHUSETTS: The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency activated and acting ' Gov. Jane Swift is at its bunker in Framingham. Boston police officers ' deployed to high-profile areas in Boston. State and federal buildings closed. Tall buildings in Boston evacuated. Barricades set up around 1 the USS Constitution in Boston 1 Harbor. 1 MICHIGAN: Tunnel between ' Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, J temporarily closed, then reopened for car traffic amid increased ' security along the Canadian border, i Internal Revenue Service closed 18 Michigan offices. Ford Motor Co. r HncoH itc unrlrl hflarlni larters in Dearborn, affecting about 1 ,000. 1 Security heightened for Great Lakes shipping. MINNESOTA MinneaDolis-St. Paul International Airport shut down. . Evacuation of the 51 -story IDS Cen-, ter, the state's tallest building, . located in downtown Minneapolis. TU KJInll Amnri in en 1K1 irHran u I IB IVICUI Ul rJ I ICI KO, II I OUUUI uw I Bloomington, and World Trade Center in St. Paul closed. , 'MISSOURI: Security at govern ment buildings intensified. Some . . courthouses and malls closed and , emergency forces mobilized. Reli-i, gious leaders held special prayer services across the state. Some law-makers did likewise, holding hands , in a circle and bowing their heads in . , the Capitol basement. In St. Louis, the trademark, 630-foot-tall Gateway , Arch closed. . NEBRASKA State employees '. responding to requests for blood donations. Security was heightened at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha. Churches in Norfolk and Fremont " ' areas holding or planning prayer services for victims. 'It's going to be interesting f M crashes in '"" 1 1 j niiiwi.LiMt - i iiiwiii. ,ni , , njw.ww mj.,11.1 i f ' '' , . v."; ) ii r- AP Firefighters and emergency personnel investigate the scene of United Flight 93's crash in Somerset County, Pa. United plane may have been hijacked with Camp SHANKS VILLE, Pa. (AP) -A United Airlines jetliner carrying 45 people crashed into a grassy field yesterday morning, minutes after a man who said he was a passenger told an emergency dispatcher in a cell phone call: "We are being hijacked, we are being hijacked!" A Virginia congressman said the plane's apparent target was Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. United Flight 93 was en route from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when it crashed north of Somerset County airport, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania State Police Maj. Lyle Szupinka said there was no reason to expect any survivors. The Boeing 757 crash was one of four reported yesterday by United and American Airlines. Two jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, and one hit the Pentagon in Washingtoa In Pennsylvania, an emergency dispatcher received a cell phone Air traffic grounded across the nation CHICAGO (AP) - Air traffic around the nation was halted yesterday for the first time in history as stunned travelers watched televised pictures of the smoking wreckage of New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon, both attacked by terrorists. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered all outbound flights grounded after the fiery twin disaster at the World Trade Center around 8 am. CDT. The FAA said the ban would not be lifted until 11 am. CDT today at the earliest j All domestic commercial flights had reached their destinations by early yesterday afternoon, according to the FAA, Some airports also were evacuated. i "Anybody that is planning on going somewhere isn't going anywhere, at least for now," said James Kerr, deputy director at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. Thousands of passengers gathered around TV sets at airports, staring at images of billowing smoke over Manhattan's skyline, Closings and evacuations ordered across the TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration shuts airports nationwide. Greyhound cancels bus service in the Northeast. Bus terminals closed within one mile of federal office buildings. Amtrak temporarily suspends train service between Boston and Washington, D.C. U.S. section of the St. Lawrence Seaway closed. Manhattan subway lines shut down; limited service later restored. Bridges and tunnels leading into Manhattan closed. Louisiana's Offshore Oil Port handling supertankers in the Gulf of Mexico suspends operations. Security for Great Lakes shipping tightened. Coast Guard inspecting ships at St. Mary's River, linking Lakes Huron and Superior. BORDERS Tunnel between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, closed to car traf to see what our country does y call at 8:5 8 am CDT from a man who said he was a passenger locked in a bathroom aboard United Flight 93, said dispatch supervisor Glenn Cramer in neighboring Westmoreland County. The man repeatedly told officials the call was not a hoax. The man told dispatchers the plane "was going down," Cramer said. "He heard some sort of explosion and saw white smoke coming from the plane and we lost contact with him." The 9 am crash of Flight 93 occurred about 85 miles northwest of Camp David near Thur-mont, Md. The radar track of the flight showed it flew from Newark, passed north of Pittsburgh and nearly reached Cleveland before making a sharp left rum. It then flew south and turned southeast before crashing. FBI agent Wells Morrison wouldn't confirm that the plane was hijacked but said the FBI was reviewing the tape of the 911 calL "At this point, we're not prepared to say it was an act of ter flames shooting from Pentagon windows and people covered with soot running in the streets. "I'm sitting here with shivers down my spine," said Dan Wei-land of Lewisville, Texas, an American Airlines passenger at Boston's Logan Airport. Steve Hyatt, 55, of San Antonio, Texas, was stunned when he heard the news at Denver International Airport. "I just felt like I went into a trance and a dream," he said. "If s going to be interesting to see what our country does in light of what took place with Pearl Harbor and comparing this to Pearl Harbor," he added. "But who do you fight, who do you get mad at?" Around the nation, airports were put under high security. Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport were evacuated except for essential personnel, according to officials. Boston's Logan International Airport, the departure point for two of the doomed planes involved in the attacks, under- fic. Security tightened at all U.S.Canada border crossings, including the Ambassador Bridge. Ports of entry along the U.S.Mexico border remain open with officials on high security alert. BRIDGES AND DAMS Grand Coulee Dam and powerhouse in central Washington state locked down, tours canceled and visitor center closed. Hoover Dam on Nevada-Arizona line closed, including highway that crosses it. Heightened security at Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. MILITARYPOLICE Space shuttle operations halted. About 12,000 employees of Kennedy Space Center sent home. Nonessential personnel from the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek, SC., evacuated as are 1 ,700 workers at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center. Montana's Big Sky resort in light of what took place v PemiinisylrainiDai rorism, though it appears to be that," Morrison said. Rep. James Moran, D-Va., said after a Marine Corps briefing in Washington that Flight 93 was apparently intended for Camp David, the presidential retreat in the mountains of Maryland. Pennsylvania's Richland Township police Chief Jim Mock said air-traffic control coordinators reported yesterday morning that a large aircraft was heading toward John Murtha Johnstown Cambria County Municipal Airport in the township, about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh. The air traffic controllers said the craft would not identify itself, according to Mock, who is also the airport's emergency coordinator. Soon after talking to the controllers, Mock said, a plane crashed north of the Somerset County airport about 20 miles away. ' "There's a crater gouged in the earth, the plane is pretty much disintegrated. There's nothing left but scorched trees," said Mark Stahl of Somerset, who went to Dr.Vs ii '. P"J l 6$ AP Passengers wait at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich., after air travel was halted. went a security sweep. At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, passengers were barred from entering the gated areas. Police patrolled with dogs. At Seattle-Tacoma Interna United States locked down, hiahwav blocked and 20 National Guard troops brought in to secure a meeting of the emergency management directors. Oklahoma police created a one-block perimeter around jail where bombing conspirator Terry Nichols housed. MARKETS All U.S. financial markets close, including New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq Stock Market and Chicago Board of Trade. BUILDINGS CLOSED U.N. building evacuated. General Motors Corp. gives 6,000 employees in Detroit day off. Ford Motor Co. closes world headquarters in Dearborn. Michigan's Internal Revenue Service closed its 18 tax offices and sends 1 ,600 employees home. Sears Tower shut down in Chicago. Upper floors of Louisiana's 34-story Capitol building closed. with Pearl Harbor. ... But who do you fight, who do you get mad at?" peve Hyatt of San Antonio, Texas, air traveler Denver International Airport David as target the scene. The plane came down near the tree line, he said. Reporters were taken to the top of a nearby hill, overlooking a V-shaped gouge in the field. The gouge is 8 to 10 feet deep and 15 to 20 feet long, said CapL Frank Monaco of the Pennsylvania State Police. "There's nothing in the ground you can see," Monaco said. "It just looks like tiny pieces of debris." In Chicago, United CEO James Goodwin said the airline is working with authorities including the FBL United said it was sending a team to Pennsylvania to assist in the investigation and to provide assistance to family members. Without citing a death toll, United said yesterday afternoon that it had identified all passengers and crew members on board the two planes and was notifying family members. No names were released immediately. United said Flight 93 left Newark at 7:01 am with 38 passengers, two pilots and five flight attendants. tional Airport, concourses were closed, and flights were canceled until this morning. Denver's airport is closed for 24 hours, according to the media information line. The airport's concourses were evacuated, and major roads to the airport were closed. In New Orleans, passengers were not allowed into the airport, but it was not evacuated. American Airlines initially said the Trade Center was hit by two of its planes, both hijacked, carrying a total of 156 people. But the airline later said that was unconfirmed. Two United airliners with a total of 110 aboard also crashed one outside Pittsburgh. The pilots union said a United plane had hit the Trade Center, but the airline did not confirm that. Northwest, Continental and Delta Airlines said all of their planes had been accounted for. At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, hundreds of people were stranded, and there were long lines at pay phones as families called friends and loved ones. 51 -story IDS Center closed in Minneapolis, as was the Mall of America in suburban Bloomington and World Trade Center in St. Paul. Various state and federal buildings closed nationwide. ENTERTAINMENT In Florida, Walt Disney World evacuates and closes four theme parks and shopping and entertainment complex. Philadelphia Liberty Bell and Independence Hall closed. Seattle's Space Needle evacuated and closed. New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art shut down. New Mexico State Fair closed; horse races canceled. Sunday's Emmy Awards ceremony postponed. Latin Grammy Awards, which were to be broadcast on CBS last night, postponed. - ASSOCIATED PRESS NEVADA Security increased at casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, at federal buildings across the state and Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas. Rights suspended. NEW JERSEY: Alports and river crossings into New York City closed. Traffic reported snarled on the New Jersey Turnpike. At Newark International Alport, officers with shotguns blocked the road leading to Port Authority offices and the air traffic control tower. Security increased at state buildings in Trenton. Liberty State Park closed. Federal buildings and courthouses closed. NEW MEXICO: State Capitol evacuated. Holloman, Kirtland and Cannon Air Force bases go to highest security alert; Department of Energy's Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories close. State Fair closed until noon today. FBI blocks streets around its headquar ters near downtown Albuquerque. NEW YORK: Courts closed; federal offices evacuated. Security increased at border points and other potential targets, ranging from the military academy at West Point to the sprawling electricity distribution system cnsscrossing the state. State Senate canceled today's session. NEW YORK CITY: Subway lines shut down; limited service later restored. Mayoral primary election called off. Alports closed. Trading on Wall Street suspended. United Nations building evacuated. Cellular phone service crippled. Regular phone service congested. Evacuations from Wall Street to the United Nations. Lower Manhattan closed to all but emergency vehicles. Bridges and tunnels into Manhattan closed. NORTH CAROLINA Security heightened at the Marine Corps' Camp LeJeune and its air base at Cherry Point. The old Capitol Building, which houses the governor's office, closed; security tightened at other state government buildings in Raleigh. NORTH DAKOTA Security boosted at federal courthouses in Fargo, Bismarck, Minot and Grand Forks. Shopping malls in Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks closed. Internal Revenue Service offices closed. OHIO: Major airports and some shopping malls closed. House and Senate sessions canceled. All nonessential state employees ordered home. Federal building in Cleveland evacuated; security increased at other federal buildings. OKLAHOMA Gov. Frank Keating ordered all state office buildings closed. Oklahoma City police created a one-block perimeter around the jail, where bombing conspirator Terry Nichols is housed. OREGON: Flights canceled at Portland airport, state's largest; most major buildings in the city evacuated; state federal buildings closed. Capitol to remain open. Army chemical weapons depot 1 60 miles east of Portland on heightened security. PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia International Arport closed. High-profile tourist attractions like Liberty Bell and Independence Hall closed. SOUTH CAROLINA All federal courthouses closed. At Fort Jackson in Columbia, the Army's largest training facility, was closed to anyone without military identification. SOUTH DAKOTA Commercial flights from Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Pierre and other South Dakota cities grounded. TENNESSEE: Department of Energy's nuclear weapons and research complex in Oak Ridge put under heightened security. Flights from Tennessee's major airports were grounded. Planes were allowed to land. TEXAS: Some office buildings evacuated. UTAH: Security tightened at Hill Ar Force Base in Ogden. Deseret Chemical Depot near Tooele at highest alert. Salt Lake International Arport shut down. VERMONT: Security increased in state buildings and around Gov. Howard Dean. Arports shut down. Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant moved to increased security status. Federal buildings in Montpelier and Burlington closed. VIRGINIA Navy installations throughout Hampton Roads, home of the world's largest Navy base, placed under an increased security condition. The 192nd Virginia Ar National Guard 192nd fighter squadron, an attack unit of fully armed F-1 6 fighter jets, put on alert with orders to down any unauthorized aircraft. WASHINGTON: Security heightened at the Army's Fort Lewis and McChord Ar Force Base and at the Navy's Bangor submarine base, one of the nation's largest nuclear arsenals. Hanford nuclear reservation on heightened security. The Space Needle, the Columbia Tower and other prominent buildings in Seattle evacuated as a precaution. WEST VIRGINIA Chemical plant security heightened. Flights out of Charleston's Yeager Arport, West Virginia's largest, suspended. Capitol Complex evacuated, increased security at other state buildings. Federal courthouses closed. WISCONSIN: The National Funeral Directors Association in Milwaukee activated national Demort team, which responds to major disasters as part of a funeral director network. I - ASSOCIATED PRESS

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