“Pre-9/11” film ‘The 11th’ planned

Geoffrey MacNab Screen Daily

The 11th follows eight interwoven stories, which occur in the lead-up to the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center but on the other side of the Atlantic. It is being introduced to buyers in Cannes by sales agent Level K.

The ensemble cast of the $5.7m (€5m) project includes Uma Thurman, Christopher Lee, Connie Nielsen, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Olin, Lars Mikkelsen and Paprika Steen. Read More »

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New York City’s 9/11 Memorial Evacuated Days after One-Year Anniversary of Opening

Kathleen Caulderwood International Business Times

This story has been updated. 

UPDATE: 6:00 p.m. EDT: Michael Frazier, a spokesperson for the 9/11 memorial told International Business Times the site was reopened.

“As a precaution, the FDNY [Fire Department of New York] temporarily suspended operations on the Memorial plaza after a complaint of an odor,” he said. “It was determined by the authorities that what Memorial visitors smelled posed no health or safety risks and operations have resumed. The odor was believed to be decomposing algae.”

Flags line one of the World Trade Centers' National 9/11 Memorial pools during the 12th anniversary of the attacks in 2013. Reuters

Flags line one of the World Trade Centers’ National 9/11 Memorial pools during the 12th anniversary of the attacks in 2013. Reuters

Original article below.

Sightseers were evacuated from New York City’s 9/11 Memorial Sunday afternoon amid reports of too much chlorine in the two large pools built on the spot where the World Trade Center’s twin towers once stood. Hazmat teams responded to reports one of the fountains was emitting a “foul odor” likely due to the chemical agents used to clean them, WPIX-TV, New York, reported. Read More »

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Rain Doesn’t Stop Hundreds from Honoring 9/11 First Responders at Memorial Wall in Nesconset

Lauren R. Harrison Newsday

The pouring rain Saturday morning did not keep more than 400 people from solemnly gathering at 9/11 Responders Remembered Park in Nesconset to honor first responders who died from illnesses related to their heroic efforts at Ground Zero.

Claudette Haughton, who lost her nephew, OJ Ferguson of the New York City DOT, traces his name during a service to mark the addition of new names to the memorial wall in Nesconset (Credit: Ed Betz)

Claudette Haughton, who lost her nephew, OJ Ferguson of the New York City DOT, traces his name during a service to mark the addition of new names to the memorial wall in Nesconset (Credit: Ed Betz)

One hundred names were added to three, 20-foot-long, 6-foot-high walls of granite at the park. Each name was read aloud, followed by the ringing of a bell.

“We should be giving thanks to the 100 names we added and the 500 that are on the wall, because they give us validity,” said John Feal, president of the FealGood Foundation, a nonprofit that helped raise money to build the park. With umbrellas hoisted and a large flag suspended by two fire trucks on Gibbs Pond Road, at the semiannual ceremony in its fifth year, brought out first responders, families who lost loved ones and politicians alike.

Visitors expressed gratitude and shed tears at the event, which included a bagpipe rendition of “God Bless America,” playing of “Taps,” and acoustic performances. Read More »

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