Origins of Mysterious World Trade Center Ship Revealed

By Megan Gannon Yahoo News

The ship is excavated from the World Trade Center site. Photo courtesy of Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, via Columbia University

The ship is excavated from the World Trade Center site. Photo courtesy of Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, via Columbia University

In July 2010, amid the gargantuan rebuilding effort at the site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, construction workers halted the backhoes when they uncovered something unexpected just south of where the Twin Towers once stood.

At 22 feet (6.7 meters) below today’s street level, in a pit that would become an underground security and parking complex, excavators found the mangled skeleton of a long-forgotten wooden ship. Photos of the Ship and Its Tree Rings

Now, a new report finds that tree rings in those waterlogged ribs show the vessel was likely built in 1773, or soon after, in a small shipyard near Philadelphia. What’s more, the ship was perhaps made from the same kind of white oak trees used to build parts of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence  and  U.S. Constitution were signed, according to the study published this month in the journal Tree-Ring Research.

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Securing the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Plaza and Pavilion

By Amy Canfield Security Systems News

NEW YORK—Cameras, access control, intrusion detectors, magnetometers, radio communication: There’s much involved in designing a new facility’s complete security system. When you’re designing that system for the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Plaza and Pavilion, which opened in May, it’s even more complicated.

Securing a high-risk memorial such as that on the site of the former Twin Towers is challenging in itself. You don’t want it to appear as a fortress, but you want visitors to know and feel that they are safe while they experience its offerings and pay their respects to the 9/11 victims.

When dozens of stakeholders are involved from the very beginning of that security planning, it becomes more challenging, said Ron Ronacher Jr. of Arup, a global, independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, which was responsible for the site’s security design.

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9/11 first responders & families can possibly get tax break

Long Island News 12

Families impacted by the 9/11 terror attacks may be missing out on a major tax break.

A law that was passed just months after the attacks made disability income resulting from terrorism non-taxable.

That means thousands of first responders who contracted illnesses working on the site and the families of those killed can legally claim $10,000 or the last three years of taxes paid.

The problem, though, is that many first responders and their families didn’t know about it.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office is pressing the IRS to be more upfront about the credit.

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