World Trade Center’s most congested pedestrian zone widened; high-rise gets new funding

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The most congested pedestrian area by the World Trade Center was expanded on Monday.

And just hours earlier, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said funding had been approved to ensure completion of 3 World Trade Center, an 80-story, $2.3 billion tower on the lower Manhattan site.

A short walk away, World Trade Center construction chief Steven Plate cut the yellow tape to widen the walkway on Vesey Street that flanks the 104-floor 1 World Trade Center, the tallest building in the U.S.

“The World Trade Center is open for business,” announced Plate, standing near the rising skyscrapers built to replace the twin towers that were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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17 Firefighter–Marines honored for sacrifice

By Vanessa Remmers The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg

Raymond Downey’s 8-year-old granddaughter ran her fingers across the engraved name and face of the grandfather she’s never met. Two steel beams that were once part of the World Trade Center towered over her.

The beams, erect yet slightly crumbled at the top, were the last pieces of the World Trade Center possessed by the Fire Department of New York.

On Sunday, they became part of a monument at the National Museum of the Marine Corps honoring 17 New York firefighters who died on September 11, 2001, and who were also Marines. A total of 343 New York firefighters died that day.

Downey was one of the 17.

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Flag, personal items of passengers, crew among things destroyed in fire at 9/11 memorial

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A fire began about 3 p.m. and grew to include both the Flight 93 park office and park headquarters, according to a Somerset County emergency dispatcher. (AP/National Park Foundation)

A fire began about 3 p.m. and grew to include both the Flight 93 park office and park headquarters, according to a Somerset County emergency dispatcher. (AP/National Park Foundation)

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. – A flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on September 11, 2001, was consumed in a fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania, the National Park Service said Saturday.

Friday’s fire in Shanksville destroyed the park’s headquarters complex. State police and the park service are conducting a joint investigation into the blaze, whose cause hasn’t been determined, the park service said.

Park staff completed an initial inventory Saturday and said that, in addition to the flag, the losses included a handful of personal items of passengers and crew, DVD copies of the annual commemoration ceremony and meetings of the Flight 93 National Memorial Federal Advisory Commission, and about 100 tribute items left by visitors since 2001.

Park staff saved hundreds of oral histories and a photo collection.

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