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Opening your morning newspaper a year ago Wednesday, you may have been greeted by headlines on the



Published: Tue, September 10, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Opening your morning newspaper a year ago Wednesday, you may have been greeted by headlines on the controversy over drilling for oil in Alaska, the latest on Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif., or speculation that the Dow had reached rock bottom after closing at 9605.50 the previous Friday.

If you're a typical American, you likely did not attend a religious service that week, you weren't worried that the government would open the letter you sent overseas, and if "nine-eleven" meant anything, it was the number you called for help.

But the next morning, all this, and more, would begin to change.

SAY WHAT?

New words in the lexicon: "...nine-eleven, ground zero, weaponize, homeland security, so September 10, evildoers, shoe bomber, axis of evil, let's roll!..."

PRAYING TOGETHER

Zogby International asked 1,000 registered voters, "Have you attended a church, synagogue or mosque in the past seven days?"

Answered "yes" on: July 2, 2001: 42 percent; Oct. 14, 2001: 60 percent; Jan. 31, 2002: 50 percent (Margin of error: 3.2 percent)

HEADLINES FROM SEPT. 10, 2001

Mayoral candidates crisscross city seeking last few votes -- New York Times

In Yukon, fears US drilling could upset delicate balance -- Washington Post

No longer intifada, not quite war

-- The Christian Science Monitor

Bears insist the bottom's yet to come

-- Los Angeles Times

US pulls the plug on Muslim Web sites

-- The [London] Guardian

BIGGER BROTHER

Five things the government can do now that it couldn't before:

U The FBI can spy on groups without any evidence of wrongdoing.

U The FBI can spy on individuals for a year without evidence of wrongdoing, up from 30 days previously.

U The Customs Service can open outbound international mail without a warrant.

U The attorney general can incarcerate noncitizens indefinitely purely on the basis of suspicion.

U 'Nonlawful combatants' are denied most of the trial rights granted soldiers and civilians.

Source: ACLU

YOU'LL HAVE TO CHECK THAT

Ten things added to the list of forbidden airline carry-on items by the Transportation Security Administration since Sept. 11: baseball bats, golf clubs, pool cues, ski poles, corkscrews, hockey sticks, toy weapons, portable power drills, hammers, toy transformer robots (which form a toy gun).

Where airport lines are shrinking most

Percentage of people waiting 60 minutes or more (Nov. 2001/March 2002)

Denver Int. 53 percent/24 percent; Fort Myers, Fla. 35 percent/13 percent; Chicago, Midway 29 percent/8 percent; Portland, Ore. 37 percent/18 percent

Source: travelocity.com

Number of U.S .travelers who want to ...

... visit historic sites: 48 percent in 2002 vs. 42 percent in 2001

... attend a family reunion: 37 percent in 2002 vs. 25 percent in 2001

... travel by air: 19 percent in 2002 vs. 22 percent 2001

Source: Travel Industry Association of America

WIZARD OF ID

Before Sept. 11, seven U.S. airports used Identix fingerprint biometrics, a system which recognizes the identity of people by their fingerprints.

Today, more than 110 airports use the system.

Source: Identix

DON'T GIVE US YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR. ...

Immigration visas issued at Middle Eastern embassies

Sept. 11, 2000 to July 31, 2001: 23,561; Sept. 11, 2001 to July 31, 2002: 17,807

Temporary visas issued at Middle Eastern embassies

Sept. 11, 2000 to Aug. 22, 2001: 409,850; Sept. 11, 2001 to Aug. 22, 2002: 213,697

Source: State Department

PATRIOTISM UNFURLED

Flags sold by Wal-Mart in first seven months after Sept. 11: 4.96 million

In same period the previous year: 1.18 million

BIG OUTPOURING, BUT OVERALL DROP

Money given to private organizations (in 2001 dollars) *

2000: $215.95 billion

2001: $212 billion (est.)

Sept. 11-related giving: $2.25 billion * *

* Given to 200 organizations

* * The top 4 -- American Red Cross, Sept. 11th Fund, New York Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund, and Twin Towers Fund -- received $1.4 billion

Source: American Association of Fundraising Counsel, Chronicle of Philanthropy

2000: 172

Compiled by: Christian Science Monitor




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