September 20, 2001 |
The seats were far from full and the play was as ragged as expected in an early preseason game. But sports returned to New York City on Wednesday night, as welcome a sight as any in the past 10 days of sadness. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 6-1, but the story was simply that two hockey teams and about 6,000 fans came out to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. It was the first event of any kind in the Garden since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
June 29, 2004 |
For the 138,000 Americans in uniform and thousands of civilians under contract here, it was personal. Troops such as Rick Smith, a Phoenix homicide detective on reserve duty in the Marines, felt their chests tighten Monday as word of the early transfer of authority spread across bases and outposts. They looked across a hazy, sand-swept horizon. Americans shed blood here. And sweat and money. Now they gazed out ... to behold what? In Baghdad, the U.S.
April 10, 2003 |
President Bush bid farewell to the president of Slovakia and left the Oval Office. He walked over to a TV set near his private secretary's desk and watched the images: pieces of a statue of Saddam Hussein dragged through the streets of Baghdad by jubilant Iraqis. "They got it down," the president said. Aides and visitors described the president as upbeat after the scenes of rejoicing in the Iraqi capital. But for the most part, signs of delight in the White House slipped out only in snatches.
April 20, 2006 |
His music has to fit his mood, so when Ahmed Izzedine drives these days through Baghdad, where a road that was safe yesterday might spell death today, he wants music that demands volume. "I'm focusing on hard rock and metal now," said the 32-year-old musician and computer whiz with a taste for Linkin Park, Metallica and Def Leppard. "You put it on in the car and raise the volume way up and you don't care about the bombs or anything else."
April 9, 2003 |
Maybe the fight has gone out of Baghdad. After a ferocious battle Tuesday on the grounds of a presidential compound and around one of the main bridges into the city, there are signs that organized resistance to the U.S. advance in the capital city may be crumbling. Baath Party members are taking off their uniforms, and streets that a few days ago had been filled with activists vowing to fight to the death are suddenly empty.