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Remembering 9/11

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As the United States nears closer to the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the media has embarked on a collective national memorial in print, broadcast, and online. The coverage in the papers has been so extensive that some are questioning whether so much of it is really good for us. Much of the coverage, however, has been a fitting and beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives and a nation that won’t ever be the same again.

Many outlets approaching the anniversary as a time to look back, remember the day, and recognize how the events changed individual lives. Stories of those who survived filled the pages of the Boston Globe, and the New York Times has an interactive feature with descriptions and photos of the dead categorized by name. The Washington Post remembers the accidental heroes on Flight 93. Time’s Portraits of Resilience project interviews first responders, survivors, and others who were directly affected by the attacks.

A new element is also entering the conversation that didn’t exist ten years ago: Twitter. Hashtags like WBUR’s #911flashbulb allow users to share their most potent memories with each other in a 140 character Tweet.

Other projects are attempting to catalog and archive the events in detail. The Internet Archive allows the user to view a timeline of video clips from cable networks around the world who covered the events as they happened. The New York Times released new audio from American Airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration and NORAD in an attempt to better understand what went on in the air on 9/11.

Still other projects are going beyond recollection and re-airing of videos and images. The Globe takes an extensive look at the challenges Afghanistan still faces. And CNN last night aired a special bringing attention the very current health plight of 9/11 first responders, an issue that has only recently been addressed by Congress. The message of these projects reminds us all that the tragedy hasn’t ended; it is a living, breathing event whose repercussions remain with the country. 

                                                                                                                                                       --CHRISTINA PRIGNANO    

9/11 ANNIVERSARY

In the fifth installment of its eight-part series on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the Globe looks at life for Muslims in America since the attacks.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy details the work of nonprofits following the terrorist attacks 10 years ago and how that changed the world of charity.

Flight instructors are skeptical about new rules designed to prevent foreign nationals from enrolling in flight instruction schools.

BEACON HILL

The Globe editorial page declares the casino bill “deeply flawed,” and urges lawmakers to kill it. The paper, which has angered liberals by its broad embrace of launching casinos in the Commonwealth, faults the bill hashed out by Gov. Deval Patrick, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Senate President Therese Murray for including provisions for a slot machine facility and for directing a share of gambling proceeds to shore up flagging horse tracks.

Globe columnist Joan Vennochi declares Mayor Tom Menino’s approach to the looming US Senate race deeply flawed, and says HIzzoner’s posturing -- and cozying up to Scott Brown -- is driven by ego, not concern for what’s best for the city.

Amazon strikes a deal with state lawmakers in California that could pave the way for a national online sales tax law, the Sacramento Bee reports. Massachusetts lawmakers are considering legislation that would seek to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases.

Attorney General Martha Coakley gives the green light to 17 ballot initiative topics, including questions on medical marijuana, teacher evaluations, bottle deposits, and health care. She rejected as improper a question that would have allowed a Milford developer to build a casino, one targeting Cape Wind, and one that would have mandated showing an ID at polling places in order to vote.

State officials gather in Senate President Therese Murray’s office to pitch the three credit rating agencies for a higher bond rating, the Lowell Sun reports (via State House News).

Will Steve Tolman’s jump to the AFL-CIO cost Boston a Senate seat?

Sentencing in the sentencing of former House Speaker Sal DiMasi could take two days.

MUNICIPAL MATTERS

Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan vowed his fundraising efforts would “shock and awe” his opponents and he was good to his boast, reporting and spending nearly four times the amount of cash as the other five candidates combined.

Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua brings aboard Mark Ianello as the city’s budget and finance director. Ianello was formerly director of internal audits in Springfield, the Eagle-Tribune reports.

Communities eyeing the idea of launching their own municipal power company in the wake of the much-criticized response by NStar and National Grid to Tropical Storm Irene are finding it may be next to impossible because state law effectively gives private utilities veto power over such a move.

Cambridge’s mayor blocks a public records request seeking documents connected to a $10 million wrongful-termination case.

In an editorial, the Eagle-Tribune says the current recession is the wrong time to raise the salary of the mayor of Methuen from $80,000 to $100,000.

Northampton prepares to say good-bye to long-time Mayor Clare Higgins.

NATIONAL POLITICS/WASHINGTON

The Weekly Standard, which has continually railed against government (read: Democratic) spending, has an ode to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the $385 billion defense project plagued by delays and cost overruns and that some say could cost $1 trillion over the next 50 years.

The New York Times previews Congress’s fall session.

ELECTION 2012

All eyes were on Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, as the GOP frontrunners went at it in last night’s GOP presidential debate.

The National Review offers a wrap of the GOP debate from its stable of conservative commentators including this from Hadley Arkes, an Amherst College professor of jurisprudence: “Jon Huntsman is a sanctimonious, nasty little man.” The Washington Post’s account is here.  Dan Kennedy aggregates his real-time debate blog for those who missed it. The Atlantic presents nine lessons from the debate, only one of which concerns Galileo.  

Daily Beast contributors weigh in on which candidates came out in front at the Republican debate. Commenters include Howard Kurtz, Michael Tomasky, Kirsten Powers, and Matt Latimer.  Looking for a succinct round-up of last night’s gab-fest? You won’t do much better than this Andrew Sullivan synopsis.

FISHING

Despite slipping in total volume of fish landed because of restrictions, New Bedford still hauled in in the most money of any fishing port in the country in 2010 thanks to the spiraling cost of sea scallops, according to figures released yesterday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

The odds of a double-dip recession now stand at 50 percent. That has Ben Bernanke thinking treason.

The unemployment rate for African Americans hits 16.7 percent in August, the highest since 1984.

Target eyes Downtown Crossing, again.

EDUCATION

Officials from New Bedford and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth have come to an agreement that allows the school to raze the former Naval Reserve station in the city’s South End and build a $45 million marine science center.

Adam Gray was named the 2012 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year in June, but lost his job two weeks later at South Boston’s Monument High School. He was the victim of a seniority shakeout amid consolidation in the Boston Public Schools. But Gray did land a new job; he starts teaching today at Boston Latin School, WBUR’s Radio Boston reports.

In yet another installment of her wobbly habit of pulling back from big initiatives she’s announced, Boston School Superintendent Carol Johnson says she’s now reconsidering the plan to move Boston Latin Academy to Hyde Park in the face of strong opposition from staff and families.

HEALTH CARE

Steward Health Care, which got the green light from the attorney general to purchase Quincy Medical Center and Morton Hospital in Taunton, agreed to invest an additional $10 million to $20 million in upgrades at the Quincy hospital as part of the deal.

Hospital CEOs warn of big changes coming in health care, the Lynn Item reports.

Drug firm payments to doctors in Massachusetts for speaking fees are down in the wake of new restrictions on the practice.

PHILANTHROPY

The Boston Foundation is $31 million richer after a court decision in a squabble between two wealthy brothers over a promised donation to the Boston charity.

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

A new report commissioned by New York state indicates natural gas drilling could create lots of jobs and tax revenue but local communities would face heavy truck traffic, large-scale industrial activity, and higher housing prices, The New York Times reports.

There’s a fright flick here somewhere. A UMass scientist has developed and test-released a fly that preys on the larvae of that seasonal pest, the winter moth, which spawns those nasty green caterpillars that eat leaves and destroy trees -- and car finishes -- come spring.

Offshore wind developers discuss the engineering behind getting “steel in the water.”

MEDIA

Brian Cathcart, writing for The Daily Beast, asks: Is James Murdoch toast?

The new CEO of MediaNews Group (which owns The Sun, The Sentinel & Enterprise, and other Massachusetts newspapers) and the head of Digital First Media (a digital combination of MediaNews and Journal Register Co.) says the company’s dailies are on track to earning enough digital revenue to cover the expenses of their newsrooms, the Lowell Sun reports. The Nieman Media Lab looks at Alden Global Capital, the hedge fund behind the MediaNews/Journal Register consolidation. Ken Doctor, writing for the Nieman Journalism Lab, speculates that the NewsMedia/Journal Register combination may result in the first truly national local news company.

 

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