The Bangor Daily News from Bangor, Maine on September 12, 2001 · 3
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I O d O . J - Machias native flees burning skyscraper By Mary Anne Clancy Of the NEWS Staff Moments after the first plane crashed Tuesday, 22-year-old Lisle Leonard called her mom in Machias from her 34th -floor office in New York Citys World Trade Center. She said it happened two minutes ago and she could see the shrapnel and glass flying by her window, said her mothei; Sissy Leonard. Her daughter thought a bomb had exploded. I told her to get out of there. But Lisle, a 2000 graduate of Bow-doin College, said the stock market hadnt opened and that she and her coworkers with a Japanese securities firm were going to stay put. So the mother and daughter hung up, and Sissy turned on the TV set in Machias. She also called her other daughter, Sarah, who lives in Brooklyn Heights, just one subway stop away from the World Trade Center. As Sissy was telling 25-year-old Sarah that shed spoken to Lisle and she was all right, her daughter interrupted: Mummy, I just heard another explosion. Michael and Sissy Leonard were counting their blessings Tuesday after learning later in the day that Lisle had escaped from the World Trade Center just moments before the building collapsed. The couple spent a harrowing half-hour Tuesday morning after seeing television video of a plane crashing into the towelr where their daughter worked as a bond analyst for the securities firm Nomura. Michael Leonard, who is a lawyer, was just returning to the family home from the Washington County Courthouse, where he had heard about the World Trade Center attack. I called Lisles cell phone, but there See Sisters, Page A12 Two women (above) hold each other as they watch the World Trade Center bum after a terrorist attack on the twin skyscrapers in New York City on Tuesday. In a series of television images (top, from left), a second hijacked aircraft approaches and strikes the other tower. Hijackers use passenger jets as weapons against U.S. By David Crary And Jerry Schwartz The Associated Press 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 havent 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. Sources said that about 100 people were believed dead at the Pentagon, but NBC News, quoting other Pentagon sources, listed the casualties there at more than 800. In addition, a firefighters union official said he feared 300 firefighters who first reached the scene had died in rescue efforts at the World Trade Center where 55,000 people worked and dozens of police officers were believed missing. The number of casualties will be more than most of us can bear, a visibly distraught Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said. We have entire companies that are just missing, See Terror, Page A2 Edition CityPenobscot I -ItHIH: 1 CO O 2001 Bangor Publishing Co Periodicals postage paid at Bangor. Maine 04401 Publication number USPS 041000 Gov. King shuts down government as precaution By A.J. Higgins Of the NEWS Staff AUGUSTA As sentries stood watch outside Maine National Guard headquarters in Augusta, a stony-faced Gov. Angus S. King arrived Tuesday morning to brief reporters on how a terrorist attack hundreds of miles away had shut down state government Id like to take a moment to reflect on the families of those who were the unfortunate and unwitting targets of this cowardly attack, King said before a brief prayer and a moment of silence. A little more than a half-hour after the Federal Aviation Administrations 9:50 a.m. decision to shut down the Portland International Jetport and Bangor International i f Airport, the governor and legislative leaders closed the State House and Cross State Office Building. More than 5,000 state workers streamed out of the two office complexes toward their cars in the nearby parking lots, quickly choking the capitals major arteries with home-bound traffic. From the basement of the National Guard headquarters, which also houses the control center for the Maine Emergency Management Agency, King downplayed a possible terrorist threat here, at the same time he was assembling his emergency response team. We have heard from the FBI that there is no intelligence whatsoever that there is any threat to Maine, King said. Of course there were See Maine, Page A8 L I i I ,

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