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THEN AND NOW



Published: Wed, September 11, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



THEN AND NOW

Fast facts

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.

LET ME HELP

Monthly volunteer referrals through VolunteerMatch.org.

Pre-Sept. 11: 20,000 month; after Sept. 11: 36,000 Currently: 30,000

BOMB SHELTERS SOLD

Yearly revenue of a New Hampshire firm that specializes in bomb shelters

Before Sept. 11: $2 million

Since Sept. 11: $4 million

Source: Radius Engineering, N.H.

NEW SEPT. 11-RELATED PRODUCTS

*WorldPrep Personal Evacuation Kit Survival tools for office workers. Includes respirator, glow stick, 8 ounces of water and thermal blanket

*Triumph Frequent Flyer Bra Metal-free to avoid detection

*BioSafe Sealed glass tank with rubber gloves to open mail

*Osama Pin Laden Voodoo Doll

*Tweezerman Airline Security Carry-On Toiletry bag stripped of forbidden items; guaranteed to pass security

AFGHAN ORPHANS SPONSORED

Through the Children of War, a nonprofit group in New York:

Before Sept. 11: 55; Dec. 2001: 65; July 2002: 6

BOOK SALES

America's largest publisher of Korans sold 1,300 copies each week before Sept. 11, and saw an 800 percent increase in sales in the weeks following. The largest Bible publisher sold 140,000 copies a week before the attacks, and saw a 30 percent increase shortly after.

Sources: Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an, Zondervan Corp.

READ ALL ABOUT IT

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks generated over 300 books.

By contrast, some 100 books were written on the O.J. Simpson trial.

Source: Staff research

FROM BLACK TO RED

2001 ended with a federal surplus of $127.2 billion.

Projected deficit for 2002: $106 billion.

Source: Office of Management and Budget

Unemployment in U.S.

Sept. 11, 2001: 4.9 percent; Oct. 11, 2001: 5.4 percent; now: 5.7percent

Source: AP

ALL SORTS OF SORTIES

The US has flown more than 60,000 sorties in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Source: Central Command

CALLED TO DUTY

Average number of mobilized Army National Guard before Sept. 11, 2001: 1,500-2,500/month

As of Dec. 11, 2001: 8,221

As of Aug. 13, 2002: 21,384

Source: National Guard

ON HIGH ALERT

The military sent fighter jets to chase suspicious aircraft 462 times from Sept. 11, 2001, to June 2002; 67 chases were made in the same period a year earlier.

Source: AP

GROUND ZERO EFFECT

Visitors to New York City

2000: 37.4 million; 2001: 32 million; 2002: 32.3 million (est.)

Source: NYC and Company

Visitors to the Empire State Building

Typical year: 3.5 million

Post-Sept. 11: 10 percent increase

Source: Empire State Building

WORKING HARD ...

Overtime paid to New York City firefighters and police officers

Firefighters 2001: $81.6 million; Firefighters 2002: $195 million ($56.3 million World Trade Center-related)

Police 2001: $317 million; Police 2002: $581.3 million ($250 million World Trade Center-related)

Source: NYC Independent Budget Office; fiscal year ends June 30

...AND HARDLY WORKING

Jobs lost in New York City in first three months after Sept. 11: 83,000

Source: NYC Comptroller

AN EXPANDING WORLD

The number of people who say they follow overseas developments very closely:

April 2000 -- 14 percent

April 2002 -- 21 percent

Source: Pew Research Center

KEY LEGISLATION SINCE SEPT. 11

1. The Homeland Security Act

Would create a Cabinet-level department designed to reduce the threat of terrorist attacks on the U.S. Would combine 30 agencies at an estimated cost of $4.5 billion.

2. Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act

Allows the secretary of education to waive or modify financial-aid requirements for students who experienced direct economic hardship because of the attacks.

3. Afghan Women and Children Relief Act of 2001

Requires the president to report to Congress on the status of women and children in Afghanistan and may also give them health-care and educational assistance.

4. Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act

Authorizes $15 billion in federal credit and funding for U.S. airlines hit by post-Sept.11 losses.

5. Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal 2002

Increases the number of INS investigators and inspectors by at least 600 by 2006.

Source: Library of Congress

TALKING THE TALK

In the 2002 fiscal year, the FBI hired 233 contract interpreters and-or translators. Over the previous five years, it hired 445.

Source: FBI

ON ICE

Number of people whose assets have been frozen

Jan. 1995 to Sept. 10, 2001: 68

Sept. 11, 2001 to Sept. 4, 2002: 234

Source: U.S. Treasury

HOT AND COLD

Top three Google Internet search queries ...

... gaining Sept. 13, 2001 1. Nostradamus 2. CNN 3. World Trade Center

... declining Sept. 13, 2001 1. U.S. Open 2. Pop-singer Aaliyah 3. Hank the Angry Dwarf

....gaining Sept. 2, 2002 1. U.S. Open tennis 2. Real Madrid 3. MTV

OSAMA BIN MENTIONED

Number of times Osama bin Laden was mentioned in the press

Sept. 11, 2000 to Sept. 10, 2001: 11,576

Sept. 11, 2001 to Sept. 9, 2002: 201,933

Source: Dow Jones Interactive. Sample of 6,000 publications worldwide

CHECKUP BEFORE CHECK-IN

Before Sept. 11

*Knives smaller than 4 inches allowed on planes

*Two carry-on bags, limit set by airlines

*Anyone was allowed through security to gates

*Airport security was handled by private companies

*Baggage-matching on all international flights and some domestic flights

*Approximately 50 U.S. air marshals flew primarily on international flights

Since Sept. 11

*No cutting instruments allowed on board

*Federal limit of one carry-on bag

*Only ticketed passengers may proceed to gates (with exceptions)

*Security screeners are federal employees

*All baggage is to be matched to a passenger on every flight

*Approximately 6,000 air marshals have been added and now fly on many domestic flights

Source: AAA and USA Today

PEACE CORPS APPLICATIONS

Sept. 2000-Aug. 2001: 8,658

Sept. 2001-Aug. 2002: 10,190

Source: Peace Corps

Compiled by The Christian Science Monitor




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