By Karen D’Souza Contra Costa Times
Courtesy photo/2014 Mark Bingham, seen with his mom Alice Hoaglund, was one of the passengers on the ill-fated United Flight 93.
Mark Bingham became an American hero on September 11, 2001. One of the brave souls who stormed the cockpit of United Flight 93, the Los Gatos man helped save countless lives by sacrificing his own.
Now, 13 years later, his story has its homecoming when the documentary The Rugby Player, which traces Bingham’s life from his rowdy frat boy days at UC Berkeley to his harrowing final moments, arrives at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose.
New York-based filmmaker Scott Gracheff pays tribute to Bingham by remembering him not just as a hero but as an athlete, a son and a gay man who always stood his ground.”Gracheff did an amazing job of capturing this person, who we all could be, and all aspire to be,” said Mike Rabehl, director of programming for Cinequest, the South Bay’s major film festival. “Because it’s not a film about the tragedy he became part of but about his spirit as a person.”
By Dean Meminger NY1
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith praised the September 11th attacks and warned that the storm of airplanes would continue. Federal prosecutors say that he was al-Qaida’s spokesman and that Osama bin Laden turned to him to help recruit people to attack the United States.
During opening arguments Wednesday, prosecutors said that’s exactly what he did in a video recording the day after September 11, 2001, saying, “He encouraged Muslims across the world to pick up arms and fight with al-Qaida.”
Abu Ghaith is bin Laden’s son-in-law. The Department of Justice has charged him with conspiring to kill Americans and providing support to terrorists, but he is not charged with participating in the September 11th attacks, and his defense team says that’s a key point.
By David W. Dunlap New York Times
Platform A at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. In front is “Iridescent Lighting,” from Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Italy.Credit Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times
How can a $3.94 billion building be made to look cheap?
Clunky fixtures and some rough workmanship in the underground mezzanine of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, a small part of which opened last week, detract from what is meant to be breathtaking grandeur.
Ten years ago, the architect Santiago Calatrava and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey seduced a large audience, this reporter included, with a vision of a dazzling new PATH train station rising at the trade center site. Where ground zero was dark, misshapen, jagged and sorrowful, the transit hub was to be brilliant, smooth, pristine and promising.
That vision may yet materialize. Some flaws that are now visible can and probably will be fixed. And when the station fully opens in 2015, the whole of it may be so spectacular that little shortcomings are easy to overlook.