Wednesday, September 12, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 535



Staff Editorial


Tom Carpenter        Ken Fountain 
Nikie Johnson          Keenan Singleton       Audrey Warren

I love this town

It's the town so nice they had to name it twice. It's the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, the city with eight million stories -- the
Capital of the World.

It's New York, New York, home of George Gershwin, the Harlem Renaissance and Talking Heads. It's the location of the best films of
Woody Allen (and some of his worst, too) and some of the best cop dramas ever (Serpico, The French Connection). It's the site of
Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway, the pinnacle of American theater.

Let's face it. With all due respect to former Houston First Lady Elyse Lanier, New York is the world-class city of America.

When hijackers slammed two airliners into the World Trade Towers in the city's financial district, they knew they were aiming at the
most recognizable symbols of the United States' economic preeminence. When the towers collapsed (and nearly 5,000 people were
killed), the terrorists' compatriots no doubt believed that the city's (and the nation's) spirits had been irreparably broken.

But, in less than a New York minute, they were proved wrong. The city's emergency personnel began a Herculean effort to rescue the
victims who could still be saved. Then began the painstaking effort to pick up the pieces, which continues today, nearly two months

Mayor Rudy Giuliani, long known for his take-no-prisoners tough-guy persona, showed a previously unseen compassionate side as he
became the public face of the stricken city's resilience.

The stock markets of Wall Street, whose infrastructure had been decimated, opened the next week.

There was still more to contend with, as many of the nation's major media outlets were targeted by bioterrorism. Still, the city's
teeming masses soldiered on.

On Saturday, one of the city's biggest events of the year, the New York City Marathon, attracted one of the biggest crowds in its
history. Living up to the motto "United We Run," 10 people ran in the place of relatives who had been killed.

And Sunday, the New York Yankees, long the pariahs of non-Gothamite baseball fans, just lost the most emotionally charged World
Series in recent memory. Love 'em or hate 'em, you had to respect them for hoisting their hometown's hopes on their shoulders.

Start spreadin' the news. It's up to you, New York, New York.

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