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September 12, 2001 | Matea Gold and Maggie Farley, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
In the worst terrorist attack ever against the United States, hijackers struck at the preeminent symbols of the nation's wealth and might Tuesday, flying airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and killing or injuring thousands of people. As a horrified nation watched on television, the twin towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan collapsed into flaming rubble after two Boeing 767s rammed their upper stories. A third airliner, a Boeing 757, flattened one of the Pentagon's five sides.
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March 29, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Parachute jumpers, a 16-year-old daredevil and a sleeping security guard have made the site of the nation's tallest building -- and the nation's worst terrorist attack -- look dangerously easy to breach. On Friday, the security chief for New York City's World Trade Center complex resigned, his company's spokesman confirmed in an email to the Los Angeles Times. David Velazquez had been working since last August as assistant security director for the real estate firm Durst Organization.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2001
War has just been declared by the enemies of our country. We must exterminate them immediately. We know who they are and where they are. It is time to unleash our terrible might and destroy the enemies of peace, wherever they are, on this Earth. I am, of course, referring to all the terrorist organizations whose insanity continues to plague us all. I'm sure our secret government organizations know where most of these people are. We take them out. Now. Jim Pappas Torrance I watched the World Trade Center towers fall down Tuesday morning while I got ready for school.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
About 8 seconds of free-fall from the top of the World Trade Center mark an amazing stunt, captured on video, which resulted in the arrests of four men. Three men who jumped off the World Trade Center and then gently landed with parachutes on the streets of Manhattan were arraigned late Monday along with a fourth man who helped them get away. The so-called BASE jump, referring to the act of leaping from a building, antenna, span or earth, happened in the early morning in September from what has since become the nation's tallest tower.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
A spire set atop One World Trade Center on Friday was greeted with cheers from workers high in the air and spectators from the street below. The 408-foot spire, draped in an American flag, brought the New York City structure to a height of 1,776 feet, symbolic of the year the country declared independence, and topped off an 11-year effort to restore the city's skyline following the 9/11 terror attacks. The 758-ton silver structure will serve as a broadcast antenna, a signal for aircraft, and for many, a resurrection of the World Trade Center.
NATIONAL
May 2, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
New York showed its colors on Thursday as flag-draped pieces of the silver spire, designed to be the crown of the reconstructed World Trade Center, were hoisted into the sky. The final segments were raised through sunny skies to rest on a construction platform for several weeks awaiting final installation. The spire will be part of the transmission facilities for the region's media outlets and will sit atop what is also known as Freedom Tower. At the tip will be a beacon. When the 408-foot spire is attached, the new One World Trade Center building will soar 1,776 feet above the ground, a patriotic number designed to make the new building the tallest in the Western Hemisphere and the third-tallest in the world.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Parachute jumpers, a 16-year-old daredevil and a sleeping security guard have made the site of the nation's tallest building -- and the nation's worst terrorist attack -- look dangerously easy to breach. On Friday, the security chief for New York City's World Trade Center complex resigned, his company's spokesman confirmed in an email to the Los Angeles Times. David Velazquez had been working since last August as assistant security director for the real estate firm Durst Organization.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2013 | By David Ng
One World Trade Center in New York has been named the tallest building in the U.S., displacing the Willis Tower in Chicago. The ruling was announced on Tuesday by the Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, an international nonprofit organization.  Set to open next year, One World Trade Center stands a symbolic 1,776 feet tall and is helped in the height department by a spire that gives it a decisive advantage over...
NATIONAL
May 10, 2013 | By Michael Mello
New York City can once again claim to be home to the tallest building in the country, and the Western Hemisphere for that matter. On Friday, workers topped off the new One World Trade Center building with a spire making the structure 1,776 feet tall, symbolizing the year the United States was born. The finishing touch, performed by New York construction company Tishman, involved workers securing the final two portions of the spire with 60 bolts at 1,701 feet, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey , which owns the site.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2013 | By David Ng
Banksy has a new calling: architecture critic. The British street artist, who has taken up a residency in New York for the month of October, has criticized the One World Trade Center building as "vanilla" in an op-ed piece that the artist claims was rejected by the New York Times. The article, titled "Shyscraper," was published Monday on the artist's official website. "Today's piece was going to be an op-ed column in the New York Times," wrote Banksy. "But they declined to publish what I supplied.
NEWS
March 25, 2014 | By Luke O'Neil, guest blogger
This week a video emerged online of a man BASE-jumping from the top of New York's 1 World Trade Center. The video is a lot of things: Thrilling and frightening. Extremely stupid also comes to mind. Yet another way of looking at it is as a grave desecration of hallowed ground, a veritable slap in the face to our collective national pain. That's the response the Port Authority, which owns and operates the building, had to the video, and to the news that the four men involved in the jump had turned themselves into police on Monday . “The Port Authority joins the NYPD in condemning this lawless and selfish act that clearly endangered the public,” the agency said in a statement . “One of the jumpers worked construction at the WTC and violated the spirit of respect and reverence for this sacred site that almost all connected with the WTC project feel.” James Brady, Kyle Hartwell, Marco Markovich and Andrew Rossig, three of whom parachuted from the top of the country's tallest tower in September, have been charged with felony burglary, misdemeanor reckless endangerment and misdemeanor jumping from a structure.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A New Jersey teenager managed to wiggle through a security fence then make his way past a guard to the spire atop 1 World Trade Center, the nation's tallest building, where he took pictures before he was apprehended, officials said Thursday. The boy, who authorities said was being treated as an adult, was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass in the Sunday morning stunt and faces up to a year in jail if convicted. Officials identified him as Justin Casquejo, 16, of Weehawken, N.J. "We take security and these types of infractions very seriously and will prosecute violators," Joseph Dunne, chief security officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site, said in a statement.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Weeks after he took office, President Obama met privately with 40 grieving Americans, many clutching photographs of loved ones lost in terrorist attacks. The new president told them he would be closing Guantanamo Bay military prison within the year and putting many of the detainees there on trial in the U.S., where justice would be swifter. Five years later, the first and probably only federal court trial of a Sept. 11-related case will start with jury selection on Monday at a U.S. District courthouse in Lower Manhattan, blocks from ground zero, where the World Trade Center once stood.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- East Coast residents sick of a long, snowy winter reveled in warmer temperatures that reached 45 degrees in some areas -- until they realized the sky was falling. Well, not the sky, precisely, but it may have seemed that way: Chunks of ice that had accumulated during weeks of freezing temperatures melted, thawed, and then crashed to the ground. Streets around One World Trade Center were closed Wednesday because of falling ice from the tallest building in the western hemisphere, and New York's Department of Buildings reminded property owners to remove snow from roofs, overhangs and awnings.
NATIONAL
January 5, 2014 | Alana Semuels
He's seen it as a smoldering, horrifying heap of metal. He's seen it as a growing frame of steel, rising higher and higher. And on a recent weekday, as Phil English returned from picking up his paycheck, passing tourists snapping photos of the new building in front of St. Paul's Chapel, he caught a glimpse of it as it is now -- a massive, sleek tower, 1,776 feet tall. The sight brought tears to his eyes. Before English started working on the tower in 2007, he was at one of the lowest points of his life.
NATIONAL
January 5, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
More than 26,000 people have worked to rebuild the World Trade Center complex, and many will continue working there for years until the five skyscrapers, transportation hub and retail complex on the site have been completed. It's a huge project, spanning 16 acres with an overall cost of about $14.8 billion - up from a 2008 estimate of $11 billion. And it has taken a long time to come to fruition. Although the site cleanup officially ended in May of 2002, construction on One World Trade Center, the 1,776-foot tall centerpiece of the site, didn't begin until 2006.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
About 8 seconds of free-fall from the top of the World Trade Center mark an amazing stunt, captured on video, which resulted in the arrests of four men. Three men who jumped off the World Trade Center and then gently landed with parachutes on the streets of Manhattan were arraigned late Monday along with a fourth man who helped them get away. The so-called BASE jump, referring to the act of leaping from a building, antenna, span or earth, happened in the early morning in September from what has since become the nation's tallest tower.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
The incisive and absorbing "16 Acres" recaps 11 years of scrapped plans and anguished debates over ground zero, the site of Manhattan's fallen World Trade Center. The documentary tells a quintessential New York story of movers and shakers, but it's also a fascinating portrait of municipal and private interests trying to make headway in the charged atmosphere of devastating personal loss and wounded national pride. Through new interviews and archival footage, director-editor Richard Hankin (whose editing credits include "Capturing the Friedmans")
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form: 1) "Building Seagram. " Phyllis Lambert's book on the great Mies tower is a rare attempt to blend memoir with rigorous architectural history. 2) Citi Bike. Among other benefits, New York's bike-share system is great for 2-wheeled architecture tours. Too bad L.A.'s is stalled. 3) Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan. A zoning blueprint without parking requirements?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
NEW YORK - The mess at ground zero has been a collaborative production. The delays, backbiting, design compromises and massive cost overruns that have marked the rebuilding process at the World Trade Center site are the sorry collective work of politicians angling for higher office, architects turning Sept. 11 cynically to their advantage and city, state and federal bureaucrats working at cross purposes for years on end. But if you had to pick a leading villain in this decade-long black comedy, it would probably be developer Larry Silverstein.
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