Start spreading the news
I'm leaving today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York
These vagabond shoes
Are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it
New York, New York
I wanna wake up in a city
That doesn't sleep
And find I'm king of the hill
Top of the heap
These little town blues
Are melting a way
I'll make a brand-new start of it
In old New York
If I can make it there
I'll make it anywhere
It's up to you
New York, New York
New York, New York
I want to wake up
In a city that never sleeps
And find I'm a number one, top of the list
King of the hill, a number one
These little town blues
Are melting a way
I'm gonna make a brand-new start of it
In old New York
And... if I can make it there
I'm gonna make it anywhere
It's up to you
New York, New York"
(Sal) went to the "Big Apple" back around 1990 (can't remember the exact date/year) with my mom and sister. We went there to visit long-distance relatives (mom's side) in Bronx, New York and attended a relative's high school graduation (big graduation). The only rememberance is through a home-made ("old-school" VHS tape) video we made to document our trip. Just watching it make me laugh and cry to see how fast time fly.
My first day there, we landed at La Guardia Int'l Airport. Our relatives picked us up and I remember driving by the famous "Yankee Stadium" that I heard/read/seen so much through my fascination of baseball.
I remember looking it with "awe" as my dream came true (wished I had a chance to actually get closer and see inside). I then remember getting close to where we were going to stay at-Bronx (see I Love the Bronx) neighborhood! Wow, it was actually a cultural shock for me coming from small-city of St. Paul. I look back at this today (Wednesday, February 28th 2007-2nd wave of the Winter Storm 07") and feel St. Paul is like Morris compared to this big city! Getting back to my first perspective of this neighborhood, I was in "awe". I remember going under a train-subway bridge and entering the neighborhood of my relatives. It was just like a scene from the "movies" you see of N.Y.C. It was so packed on the streets that we had to double park-never seen this in my life! We got into the apartment and was anxious to see our "long-distance" relatives. They started speaking Filipino and felt like I was in another country! In the video, I was playing with this toy steering wheel that made noises. As I watched the video, I look at myself and couldn't imagine my shyness growing-up. I guess I got more social as I grew in my personal relationship with God, which has grown through prayer and perseverance.
I don't exactly remember the chronological time-line of what we did; however, I remember visiting many popular landmarks:
"...The song celebrates how the Statue of Liberty represents American democracy and the unique historic friendship between France and the USA. It was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States and was designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924...."
Famous for many immigrants that stopped here back in the days before coming to "America"! This was probably the highlight of our trip. I remember going on a liner/boat from downtown and looking back at the skyline-it was a "kodax moment"! I still get fascinated watching this part on the homemade video-especially how big the WTC is!
Related Sites: New York City - Statue of Liberty, from youtube.com " This is my home video of my New York vacation. Music is Don Henley: New York Minute" Statue of Liberty New York-Symbol of Democracy
*has my video linked here! "..There had already been a long tradition of cooperation between the French and America at that time. Many felt that those two countries were the twin sisters of liberty after they both had sucked off the yoke of oppressive monarchic rule, and opted for a more democratic form of government.
In fact, few people know this, but the French were actually crucial players in Americaï¿½s victory in their revolutionary war against the British. The French supplied ships, men, food, guns and ammo, as well as leadership. Most notably in the form of the General Lafayette, who was a close friend of George Washington.
The statue was built to commemorate Americaï¿½s centennial anniversary, and shortly there after waves of immigrants fleeing violence and economic strife in their own countries came to America and quickly realized that this giant lady welcoming them was their pass to a new and better life." Statue of Liberty-USA Tourist "The Statue of Liberty stands on a small island in the middle of the New York City harbor. Designed by Sculptor Frederick Auguste Bertholdi, it was a gift of international friendship from the people of France in commemoration of the USA centennial anniversary in 1876. The 151-feet (46-meters) tall monument stands atop a granite pedestal above the walls of a star shaped abutment. It was not completed and dedicated until October 28 1886. It was designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924. The Statue of Liberty has become one of the most universal symbols of Freedom and Democracy. "
Visiting the Statue of Liberty in New York City 90'
"Taking the ferry to this historical landmark and symbol of freedom in the USA. This was during the summer of 1990 with my family (sister and mom) and relatives. We didn't try climbing to the top because of the large crowd visiting. What does democracy mean to you?"
-World Trade Center:
Building the World Trade Center and Twin Towers - 1 of 2
" This documentary was made in 1983 by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Part 1 of 2).
It contains footage of when the twin towers were constructed from the mid 60's through early 70's.
20 World Trade Center Facts at 01-Apr-2002 - Courtesy of Carl Taylor, more at...
World Trade Center Lobby 90' Visit
"This is the long line in the lobby I waited with my sister, mom, and relatives while we visited the World Trade Center. This was taken back in 1990. Eleven years later, all this disappears (Matthew 6:19) in the "9/11 Tragedy". What can-did we learn from this?..www.goodnewseverybody.com"
I watched this homemade video right after "9/11, which I can't believe I was in one of the WTC Towers. Wow! Sad time!... Firemen Hearing People Falling Through Glass - Jumping 9/11, youtube.com "This is a clip taken inside the World Trade Center by a Frenchman. You can hear people falling through the glass in the lobby after jumping from the towers."
"This the Movie Trailer to the Movie "World Trade Center" in German. With Nicolas Cage. "
Related Sites: World Trade Center (film)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "Factual inaccuracies
Commentators have pointed out a number of factual inaccuracies in the film, particularly concerning the rescue effort. The film has been accused of not providing a fair portrayal of the character and motives of rescuer Dave Karnes, a pivotal character in the film who did not cooperate in the making of the film. The film also inaccurately portrayed Jason Thomas, who joined Dave Karnes in the rescue, as white when he was really black. The film's producers realized the mistake only after production began, and apologized to Thomas, whose identity had not been widely known for years after September 11. Also, on the DVD commentary, Oliver Stone refers to Jason Thomas as Mike Thomas... Dave Karnes
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "During the 9/11 attacks
...an accountant by profession, left his office at Deloitte and Touche in Wilton, Connecticut on September 11, 2001 immediately after witnessing the attacks on television.
Karnes later was quoted as saying: ï¿½I told people at my office ï¿½you guys may not realize it, but we're at war right now.' After staying at my desk for a few hours praying and asking God what I should do, I left the office to go to the WTC site.ï¿½..
Having spent 23 years in the Marine Corps infantry, he got a regulation hair cut, put on his Marine Corps camouflage utility uniform and obtained equipment that included rappelling gear. He drove from Connecticut to the World Trade Center to assist with the disaster. At the site he ran into another Marine, Jason Thomas, and walked with him into the rubble. At the time he only knew his fellow Marine as "Sgt. Thomas," and his full identity was not revealed until years later.
According to a Defense Department profile of Karnes:
"As we were walking we were yelling at the top of our lungs 'United States Marines, can anyone hear us?'" Karnes described. ï¿½As we approached the depression of the south tower I thought I heard something. Indeed it was some muffled call for help, I ensured them that Thomas and I were both looking for them so keep yelling so we can find you.ï¿½ Karnes instructed Thomas to position himself on some high rubble for visibility and to guide any responding rescuers to the trapped men. After calling his wife and sister on his cell phone with instructions to relay to the authorities his whereabouts, Karnes and Thomas were able to find two survivors.ï¿½
The two men found Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin, a pair of police officers buried in the rubble." An Unlikely HeroThe Marine who found two WTC survivors.
By Rebecca LissUpdated Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at 6:13 PM ET "...Karnes hadn't been near the World Trade Center. He wasn't even in New York when the planes hit the towers. He was in Wilton, Conn., working in his job as a senior accountant with Deloitte Touche. When the second plane hit, Karnes told his colleagues, "We're at war." He had spent 23 years in the Marine Corps infantry and felt it was his duty to help. Karnes told his boss he might not see him for a while....
...Karnes left the site that night when Jimeno was rescued and went with him to the hospital. While doctors treated the injured cop, Karnes grabbed a few hours sleep on an empty bed in the hospital psychiatric ward. While he slept, the hospital cleaned and pressed his uniform. Oliver Stone's World Trade Center FictionHow the rescue really happened.
By Rebecca LissPosted Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006, at 4:31 PM ET (slate.com) "..Rather than work on a picture in Hollywood, Karnes re-enlisted in the Marines at age 45 "to go after the people who did this so it never happens again," as he told me. (When his first tour of duty didn't take him to Iraq, he re-upped for a second tour and made it to the combat zone, serving 17 months there.)..
In the movie, many of Karnes' lines are cryptic religious references that make him seem like a robotic soldier of Christï¿½a little wacky and simplistic. This may be why test audiences didn't believe he existed, according a report in Newsweek. The man I interviewed, while he embodied extraordinary inner conviction, was a real human being who took risks that most of us didn't."
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "...After hours of firefighting, assisting survivors and in some cases, praying over the dead, Thomas ran into another former Marine, Staff Sgt. Dave Karnes. Thomas presented a plan for a search and rescue mission of the area and he and Karnes tried to enlist other soldiers on site to help. When they were told the mission was too dangerous, they decided to go by themselves.
I found a couple guys, but it wasnï¿½t enough, to them, to start a search and rescue,ï¿½ he said. ï¿½I remember myself and Karnes saying, ï¿½Weï¿½re going to start the search and rescue with or without you, because someone needs us.ï¿½ï¿½...
Thomas and Karnes found Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin, a pair of police officers buried in the rubble....
On February 11, 2007, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition aired a special two-hour episode of their show about Thomas and his family. From TV Guide: "The team rebuilds the home of Jason Thomas, who saved two police officers' lives during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, then Ty travels to Ground Zero to meet the two officers.". Will Jimeno
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..officer of Colombian origin who survived the World Trade Center attack on September 11. He was buried under the rubble for a total of 13 hours, but survived, along with fellow Port Authority officer John McLoughlin...
On Wednesday, January 2, 2008, Jimeno appeared on the television game show Deal or No Deal and won $271,000."
*mentioned during the commentary (special features of the DVD) that he actually did had a vision (see dreams) of seeing Jesus, which was show in the film! John McLoughlin (World Trade Center attack survivor)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..was gravely injured. Doctors kept him in an induced coma for six weeks. He underwent 27 surgeries and spent nearly three months in the hospital and rehabilitation.... Oliver Stone's World Trade Center FictionHow the rescue really happened.
By Rebecca LissPosted Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006, at 4:31 PM ET (slate.com) "On Sept. 11, 2001, Chuck Sereika crawled into a burning black hole in the unstable pile of debris that was once the World Trade Center, and was the first man to reach trapped Port Authority officer Will Jimeno....
a man with no training in collapsed-building rescue and extrication, risked his life that day for men he had never met. Sereika said he was sure he would die when he crawled in. Unlike the police and firefighters who without hesitation sacrificed everythingï¿½and I in no way discount their selfless actsï¿½Sereika was not called to duty by his unit. He arrived on his own accord. He was a paramedic, but his license had expired and he had left that life behind as he sought treatment for addiction problems. But he grabbed his medic sweatshirt and his cell phone and headed down to Ground Zero to see if he could apply a few splints or perform minor triage. He never imagined that he would be involved in one of the few and most memorable rescues of Sept. 11...
It took three hours to extricate Jimeno and another eight to 10 to get to McLaughlin. The space was so confined that the rescuers had to begin digging with their hands, breathing in smoke and dust, as their air packs wouldn't fit...
It started to creak, it started to groan. The mortar started to split on the cinder block walls. And it wasn't enough. The tool reached its limit," Strauss said in a 2001 interview. To make the tool extend farther, it was Sereika, according to Strauss' recollection at the time, who suggested they place rocks underneath for more leverage. Strauss said he couldn't get down there, so Sereika crawled in and positioned the rocks. It was this maneuver that finally freed Jimeno...
The filmmakers, of course, couldn't include the heroic deeds of every man who played a part in those grueling 12 hours, but other noteworthy men were completely or mostly left out: Tommy Asher, the firefighter who first controlled the raging fires; officer Richard Doerler of the Nassau County Police Department; and John Busching, a former detective and paramedic with the NYPD Emergency Service Unit. They were all vital to the rescue effort."
Reviews: World Trade Center (2006) , from imdb.com "...Through impeccably detailed sets and flawless special effects, director Oliver Stone and his film-making team recreate these hectic moments in all-too-realistic detail. You're right there, on the street, looking up and watching the chaos unfold in 35mm and THX surround sound. If you didn't know any better, you'd think Stone had a crew shooting in Lower Manhattan that day. You have to struggle to remind yourself everything you're seeing was recreated on a sound stage on inside a computer..."
"ELMONT, NEW YORK (ANS) -- The 911 Commission credits Stanley Praimnath as the only known survivor from the impact zone at the World Trade Center towers on September 11.
"The Lord saw fit for me to live," says Praimnath, who works in the
banking industry in New York. His riveting tale of survival is chronicled in “Plucked from the Fire” (Rosedog Books), coauthored with William Hennessey.
Praimnath, born in Guyana, came to America with little money in his pockets in 1981. When he arrived, Praimnath landed a job in the garment industry in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he earned $125 a week. Then he got a job as a file clerk for a bank in downtown Manhattan.
Growing up in Guyana, his mother insisted he attend church, but he rebelled and drifted away during high school. “I woke up one day in America and decided I wanted to be a good guy, whatever ‘good’ means,” he recalls. Then a friend called and invited him to church. “The more I went, the more I liked what I saw," Praimnath says. He was born-again in 1983.
A few years later he married a pastor's daughter and started a new career with Fuji Bank. On the side, he helped his father-in-law plant a church in a rough neighborhood of Queens, New York.
Within five years Praimnath advanced to Asst. Vice-President, running all of Fuji Bank’s operations on the 81st floor of the World Trade Center, Tower 2. That floor was immense—approximately one acre square, and almost completely soundproof from the outside.
Praimnath thought he was on top of the world – even planes flew at the same level. When he looked down, everything looked small. Praimnath says most of the people he worked with at Fuji Bank were Buddhists or Shinto; there were only a handful of Christians.
When most people went to lunch, Praimnath sat at his desk with a salad or soup, reading his Bible. He tried to share about Christ when he had opportunities, but most didn’t want to hear.
Critical events transpire
On the morning of Sept. 11, he was riding up the elevator to his office at 8:45 a.m. when Tower One was hit by the first plane. Riding in the elevator, Praimnath didn’t see or hear a thing.
As soon as he laid his briefcase down he began to receive a barrage of phone calls, first from his mother, then his wife and brothers. “Stan, are you OK?” they asked. He said, "Yes, yes, I’m fine," but none of them told him what happened. He wondered why his family was checking up on him.
When he hung up he glanced out his window for the first time. He was stunned to see huge chunks of fiery debris—“fireballs”—falling from Tower One. The other half of Fuji Bank’s operations were in that tower, so he called there to try to reach his boss. There was no answer.
Praimnath decided it was time to get out, so he jumped in an elevator and headed down to the lobby. He was about to go through the turnstile exit when a security guard stopped him. “Where are you going?” the man asked.
"I'm going home," Stanley said.
The security guard said: “No, the building is safe and secure, go back to your office.” Soon an intercom was piping in the same message: “Your attention please, ladies and gentlemen, Building 2 is secure. There is no need to evacuate Building 2.”
Praimnath got into the express elevator and in less than a minute was back up to the 81st floor. Several of his co-workers rode in the same elevator. They were laughing and exchanging pleasantries. When he got off that elevator, it was the last time he would see them again.
He walked into his office and the phone rang immediately. It was a woman from Chicago. “Stan, Stan, get out, get out of the building.” He assured the woman he was fine. “But you’re not logged on to the computer,” she said. Stanley still didn’t know a plane hit the first building.
At eye-level with United flight 175
As he assured the woman he was safe, he stood up near his desk, while he held the phone in his hand, and just happened to look toward the Statue of Liberty. Suddenly he saw a huge plane, gray in color, that flew straight at him. “It was coming at me at eye-level contact,” he notes. Praimnath could make out the letter ‘U’ on the tail. It was United flight 175.
"As the plane was getting nearer I could hear a revving sound the engine was making, like the sound a plane makes when it’s about to take off,” Praimnath says. "Quadruple that sound, and that’s the sound I could hear, even in this soundproof building. I can still hear that sound in my head,” he says. “That sound will never go away."
"I’m standing up looking at this plane getting bigger and nearer,” Praimnath says. “You don’t know how fast your mind is reacting.”
In desperation he cried out to God: “Lord, I can’t do this—you take over,” and he dove under his desk. Praimnath’s Bible still sat on top of the desk. The plane slammed into the building with immense force. The bottom of the wing sliced through his office and stuck in his office door 20 feet away from where he was huddled....more
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'Tuesday Morning in September', is an over 130 minute experience of the 9/11 attacks. It is the most complete eyewitness video account, from a single source, vantage, and in REAL TIME experience of that day, that has ever surfaced. It was not released for nine years after that day.
There is not another 9/11 audio visual account that can give you the feeling of being there that day like this one. It is available on dvd in its entirety.
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The Truth Behind 9-11 Attack [Part 5 of 9]
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DID THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION covertly blow-up the World Trade Center, ignite the Pentagon, and shoot down United Flight 93 to pave the way for a new American empire? The answer is "YES!"
Hollywood movie PREDICTS 9-11 WTC terrorrist attack (The Long kiss goodnight 1996)
"Is this a coincidence ? WATCH AND LISTEN EVERY WORD"
*kill 4K people to get Congress for budget funding and blame it on the Muslims
""A South Carolina man who told his fellow firefighters he was one of the first responders on 9/11 has admitted it was a lie.
Jordan Lifander, a former Cedarhurst, Long Island volunteer firefighter, said this week that he was sorry for telling firefighters in the Palmetto State that he was a captain of FDNY's Ladder 133, which lost 12 men on Sept. 11.
"You know, once you tell one lie, you gotta keep up that lie," Lifander told CBSNewYork.com on Wednesday. "I got all caught up in the whole 9/11 anniversary and just lied. I was not a member of the FDNY, was not a captain in Ladder 133."
Lifander "did not survive the disaster any more than those of us who watched it on television," CBS 2's Lou Young wrote.
Dressed in a uniform with an FDNY patch, Lifander spoke at a 9/11 memorial service in Spartanburg, S.C., last year, telling the crowd he attended "47 funerals in three weeks for brothers who died that day." He received a standing ovation.
According to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, current and former New York City firefighters contacted the paper on Monday saying Liflander's story was a "sham."
When contacted by the paper, he said he had been "trying to get out of the situation" and "got caught up in the moment."
"I wanted to represent what everybody was honoring that day," he said. "I told it from a New Yorker's point of view."
"It was that whole thing about portraying something I wasn't," Lifander told CBS 2. "The ego, the lie, keeping up with it, a very big mistake ... It just snowballed into something that was out of my control. I'm truly sorry for misleading and lying."
"I'm outraged," Bill Youngson, former captain of Ladder 133, told BlueRidgeNow.com. "I'm sick and tired of people standing up and telling people these stories for a little bit of glory. People have cancer, I have asthma and we paid our dues. In six months, we buried more people than you've ever seen and to read this story — this lie — it has to stop. Put that guy on the wall of shame."
Firefighters at Lifander's former Long Island firehouse are, understandably, livid.
"It's a terrible situation," Cedarhurst FD capt. John McHugh told CBS. "I feel bad for the people of South Carolina and I feel bad for the people in the whole 9/11 system."
"It happens a lot because they want to get that hero worship, people telling them 'thank you,'" former FDNY deputy chief Jim Riches added. "It's a sick mind, but he's not the only one doing it. It's out there and I think people should verify who's actually speaking to them."
It's not clear if Lifander is currently a firefighter in South Carolina. A call to Lifander's home was not immediately returned.
The only positive news to come out of this--if there is some--is that it does not appear Lifander used his faux FDNY status for financial gain.
"We've seen 9/11 imposters before, but usually in connection with attempts to defraud the 9/11 victims' compensation fund," Young wrote. "It appears that [he] was interested in glory and not money."
(2012 EVIDENCE) The Demolition of the WTC Towers - what was used? (MUST SEE)
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The video was made by me, contains extremely rare footage and information, it looks at details that many in the "truth movement" have missed or not mentioned.
CIA Insider Tells 911 truth. Time to re-examine your World-view, America!
"Published on Mar 28, 2012
The evidence has grown. It would be nearly impossible for "stock" Boeing 767s, to be flown by guys that could barely fly Cessna, so precisely over hundreds of miles from 30,000 feet.
Previous Flight Data Recorder data confirms, The Boeing 767 starts to come apart at 560MPH near sea level. Skilled, Multi-1000 hour 767 Pilots, have trouble replicating these flights, let alone the Pentagon, in state-of-the-art 757-767 flight simulators.
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The Mainstream Media, has been providing us with a false 9/11 NARRATIVE.
Let's take the "myth" of 911 that has been made so public by the powers that be.
Get informed for the greater good. The financial elite, who control the military-industrial complex, used 911 to create "the war on terror" and revoke our rights under the Constitution.
They have built a machine, and turned it on us. To enslave us. The "facts" of the official government conspiracy theory, are underwhelming. There has never been a proper investigation, of the crime of the century.
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The Original Films...WTC's Massive Center Core Columns:
Recently Aired On PBS- AE911Truth.org presents "9/11 Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out":
NYFD On Scene! Recently resolved F.O.I.A. lawsuits, and newly released videos from them:
Bush-Cheney and the Cabal..EXCELLENT by Kevin Ryan "INSIDER" CONNECTIONS:
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The World Trade Center Bombing (Feb 26 1993)
"A terrorist bomb exploded in a parking garage under the World Trade Center, killing six, on February 26, 1993. Followers of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, a radical Islamic cleric, were charged in the attack. "
Related Sites: World Trade Center Bombing - 1993, from youtube.com "A huge bomb explodes in the garage below New York's World Trade Center, killing five people and forcing a hectic evacuation of some 50,000 people from the massive twin tower complex. More than 1,000 people are treated for injuries, most from smoke inhalation. Mohammed A. Salameh is later arrested in connection with the bombing as he tries to claim a refund on a rented van believed to have carried the explosion. " "...Altogether, six people were killed and 1,042 others were injured, most during the evacuation that followed the blast. The towers did not collapse, according to Yousef's plan, but the explosion did damage the garage badly. Nevertheless, had the car been parked closer to the WTC's poured concrete foundations, Yousef's plan might have succeeded. Yousef escaped to Pakistan several hours later after the bombing....
"..Yousef was assisted by Iraqi bomb maker Abdul Rahman Yasin, who helped assemble the complex 1310 lb (600 kg) bomb, which was made of a urea nitrate main charge with aluminum, magnesium and ferric oxide particles surrounding the explosive. ..
Allegations of Iraqi involvement
..The study "found no 'smoking gun' (i.e., direct connection) between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda.".... Saddam said that he did not trust the bomber Yasin, who was in Iraqi custody, because his testimony was too "organized." The Pentagon study found that Yasin "was a prisoner, and not a guest, in Iraq." Mylroie denied that this was proof of Saddam's non-involvement, claiming that "one common purpose of such meetings was to develop cover stories for whatever Iraq sought to conceal.""
"NEW YORK (CNN) -- Three 60-foot steel beams fell 40 stories at the World Trade Center construction site Thursday after a crane cable snapped.
Authorities said no one was injured when the beams -- each weighing several tons -- came hurtling down from one of the new towers being built at the site of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"The cable of a crane broke, causing the steel it was lifting to fall approximately 40 stories back onto the flatbed truck that had transported the steel into the World Trade Center site," said a statement from John Gallagher, spokesman for Tishman Construction, which manages the site. "The incident occurred within an enclosed section of the site, which is not accessible to the public."
The 72-story building, which will face the World Trade Center memorial park honoring the victims of 9/11, is scheduled to officially open in the fall of 2013, according to the World Trade Center website.
"Fortunately... nobody was hurt," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference Thursday.
Gallagher said in his statement that the construction company was "investigating the matter in full cooperation" with authorities including the New York fire department, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the city's Department of Buildings.
"The job is partially shut down pending the investigation," Gallagher said.
Freedom Tower Tour
"Have you ever seen Rockefeller Center more empty during the holidays? This is from early December 2005, when I inadvertently spent the night wandering the streets of Manhattan (I missed the last train and my host had already left). It was roughly 5 in the morning and I had the lights and the tree and the fountains and the snow all to myself. It was glorious. They say the city nevers sleeps, but I beg to differ. In less than an hour, the streets started to fill with traffic and pedestrians once more. But for a glorious half hour or so, I had New York to myself."
Related Sites: Rockefeller Center New York, from youtube.com
Famous for the Christmas Tree in front of the ice skating rink during the Christmas Holidays. I remember we chatted with this tourist (Caucasian-American man) who was very interested in us because we were Filipino!
-Empire State Building: Famous for King Kong hanging on the top. I remember going on the elevator to the top and it just cruised fast up (not as fast at the WTC).
Wonders of the Modern World - Empire State Building
"http://www.watchmojo.com/ - This series of clips looks at the Wonders of the Modern World including buildings, dams, bridges and tunnels. For more content check out"
Related Sites: Empire State Building - Overview NYC, from youtube.com Wikipedia "In 1964, floodlights were added to illuminate the top of the building at night, in colors chosen to match seasonal and other events, such as Christmas. After the eightieth birthday and subsequent death of Frank Sinatra, for example, the building was bathed in blue light to represent the singer's nickname "Ol' Blue Eyes." After the death of actress Fay Wray (King Kong) in late 2004, the building stood in complete darkness for 15 minutes."
Then outside of the city, we went to White Plains (Wikipedia), where we went to a strawberry farm. My relatives had a friend up here and there were many other Filipinos when we visited. We stayed there pretty much most of the day. I was glad that I came up to this part of New York because it gave me a different perspective outside of the "big city".
We also had the opportunity to get out of the state. Our relatives took 2 cars on a road-trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Snowfall tops 100 inches in New York village
POSTED: 1:33 p.m. EST, February 10, 2007 (CNN) "PARISH, New York (AP) -- Sunshine greeted residents of this snowbound village on Saturday, giving crews a chance to haul away some of the 8 feet of snow that has fallen during the past week.
"The sun's out, but it isn't going to last," Mike Avery said as he took a brief break from loading dump trucks with snow to be taken to a pile outside town.
The National Weather Service said the bands of lake-effect snow fed by moisture from Lake Ontario would continue weaving up and down the lake's eastern shore during the weekend, dropping 2 to 4 more feet of snow with wind of up to 25 mph.
"It's all we need," Avery said, his tractor dwarfed by the snowbank he was trying to dismantle. "It's getting monotonous."
Parish -- about 25 miles northeast of Syracuse -- reached a milestone early Saturday with 100 inches of snow over the past seven days, the National Weather Service said. Unofficial reports pegged totals at 123 inches in Orwell and 122 in Redfield, but the weather service said those numbers include snow from another storm a couple of days before the current weather system arrived last Sunday. All three towns are in Oswego County.
More than a week of bitter cold and slippery roads have contributed to at least 20 deaths across the northeastern quarter of the nation -- five in Ohio, four in Illinois, four in Indiana, two in Kentucky, two in Michigan, and one each in Wisconsin, New York and Maryland, authorities said. No deaths were reported in Oswego County.
It's been an exhausting week in Oswego County.
"This is right up there with the best of them, almost as bad as the Blizzard of '66. But there ain't nothing good about this much snow," Ray DeLong grumbled as his snow blower clogged and stalled on Friday in nearby Mexico.
Shoveling all day long
Mexico residents see 5- to 6-foot snowfalls every two or three years, but even hardened locals are amazed at the scenes before them now: parked SUVs noticeable only because their antennas or roof racks stand above the snow's surface; front doors buried, with footprints leading to second-story windows; 6-foot-thick slabs of snow that have slid off roofs, forming colossal arches as they stretch intact to the ground.
Sidewalks look like miniature canyons.
Mark Kelcinski's son spent two hours Friday with a shovel and snow blower in front of the family's graphics design shop, carving a path through the snowbank to the street. They have done the same thing each day for five days.
"That's all we do is shovel and snowblow all day long," said Kelcinski. "You go home and then come in and do the same thing again the next day."
The state transportation department said 125 workers from elsewhere in the state had been sent in with snow equipment to help.
The region is located along the Tug Hill Plateau, the snowiest region this side of the Rocky Mountains. It's a 50-mile wedge of land that rises 2,100 feet from the eastern shore of Lake Ontario and catches the snow-laden winter wind blowing off the lake. It usually gets about 300 inches -- roughly 25 feet -- of snow a year.
The hamlet of Hooker, near the boundaries of Jefferson, Lewis, and Oswego counties, holds the state record for snowfall in a year -- 466.9 inches, about 39 feet, in the winter of 1976-77. It sits right next to the hamlet of Montague, which got 77 inches in a 24-hour period in January 1997.
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Met a friend today (Friday, July 27th of 2007) from this small town of 9,000+ in Ontario County-(where the state capitol is located-Albany)-
NY's Dumbest; NYC sanitation workers destroy a Ford Explorer
"City workers destroy a Ford Explorer trying to free a snowbound front-loader in Brooklyn Heights, New York after the storm of 2010. The crazy thing here....the vehicle WAS....wait for it....A NYC Dept of Buildings city owned vehicle. I went down, I know the owner, they are aware of the video and no police ever came. Hope that answers a lot of questions. Obviously some comments here in response are from the driver himself....read-on."
US Airways plane crashes into Hudson River 1-15-08
"US Airways plane crashes into Hudson River 1-15-08 " Plane crashes in New York's Hudson River - All Passengers are OK, from youtube.com "...A passenger said he was "pretty sure" everybody on the plane got out.
"Somehow, the plane stayed afloat and we were all able to get on a raft," said the passenger, Alberto Panero. "It's just incredible now that everyone's still alive."..." Airplane crash-lands into Hudson River; all aboard reported safe, from CNN.com (Thursday,Jan 15th of 09') "..."I think a lot of people started praying and just collecting themselves," said passenger Fred Berretta. "It was quite stunning."...
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com: Prayer-needs, reports, requests, testimonies, etc.. " New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said later Thursday that the plane was tied to a pier at Battery Park City in lower Manhattan. As night fell, Coast Guard and FDNY boats remained at the scene.
President Bush commended those involved in the rescue. "Laura and I are inspired by the skill and heroism of the flight crew as well as the dedication and selflessness of the emergency responders and volunteers who rescued passengers from the icy waters of the Hudson," he said.
Bloomberg also commended the pilot for not leaving the plane until he had checked to make sure everyone had been been evacuated.
"It would appear that the pilot did a masterful job of landing the plane in the river and then making sure that everybody got out," Bloomberg said.
"I had a long conversation with the pilot," Bloomberg said. "He walked the plane twice after everybody else was off, and tried to verify that there was nobody else on board, and assures us there were not."
"There is a heroic pilot," said Gov. David Paterson. "We have had a miracle on 34th Street, I believe we now have a miracle on the Hudson."..." Miracle on Hudson, from youtube.com "A longer version of how they dragged it out.
THANK GOD, THE ILOT DID AN AMAZING JOB!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU, SIR
LOOKING OUT OF THE WINDOW AND SEEING THIS MAKES YOU THINK TWICE ABOUT ALL YOUR WORRIES. "
Pastor Cymbala wrote the famous Fresh Wind Fresh Fire, which I read with my church's (Morris Community Church) homegroup back in 2001 or so.. It was a very good book! I even bought 2 cd's from this church's choir. It has some awesome testimonies/shares/stories of how God has touched certain individual's lives.
In the autumn of 1971, my wife Carol and I took over the leadership of The Brooklyn Tabernacle on Atlantic Avenue in downtown Brooklyn. The small, struggling congregation online sermon logonumbered less than 30 people and met in a small run-down building surrounded by the physical and moral blight of the inner-city.
But this was where God had placed us and we very soon realized that it was a unique opportunity to see the power of the Gospel in action by loving and ministering to all colors and kinds of people. Most were poor and many struggled with the typical inner-city problems of drug and alcohol abuse or the pain of disintegrating families. No money was available for salaries during most weeks so we took second jobs and struggled to make ends meet both in the church and at home.
Right away, we realized the necessity of real prayer to secure God's grace and power in our work. The Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting, though very small at the start, became a central feature in the life of our church and has remained so to this day.
Although geographically located in America, the interracial makeup of the New York City area, along with the challenging social problems and urban decay, make it a kind of "forgotten mission field." Most church buildings were nearly vacant on Sundays since their once-strong congregations (and their denominations) had long before fled to suburbia. But we knew that this was the very spot where God's love could meet the most desperate of human needs." The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
The Light of That City
"Performance of Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir"
*I have a couple of their CD's The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir - I'm Amazed, from youtube.com "Linda musica do Brooklyn, com legendas. Solo de Jason Crabb do The Crabb Family. "I'm Amazed". Esta mï¿½sica fala da Graï¿½a maravilhosa que o Senhor nos oferece e do Seu grande amor por nï¿½s!" My Life is in Your Hands- Coral True Vine, from youtube.com "Mï¿½sica My Life is in Your Hands do Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir cantada pelo coral TRUE VINE da Igreja Jerusalem Celestial de Niterï¿½i-RJ, gravado ao vivo no Teatro Abel. dia 17/07/2007 www.ijc.com.br"
"A sixty foot Garfield and other larger-than-life classic characters took flight at the 78th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York. Over 40,000 cubic feet of helium help keep classic characters like Garfield, Big Bird and Kermit the Frog in the air.
The parade has successively grown into one of the most popular events in New York, attracting over 2 million attendees and another 40 million viewers on television.
Related Sites: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, from youtube.com " This is a video of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2005 with Aly and Aj performing." N.Y.C. Tourists Parade Info
"CNN) -- The flood-engorged Susquehanna River was beginning to crest late Thursday in some Pennsylvania and New York cities, while other communities braced for still higher water levels.
Thousands evacuated their homes as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee moved across already sodden portions of the Northeast, triggering near-historic flooding and leaving at least three people dead.
In Luzerne County, in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania, between 65,000 and 70,000 people were ordered to leave their homes as the Susquehanna rose above flood stage, according to Emergency Management Coordinator Stephen Bekanich.
The levee system was holding late Thursday in Wilkes-Barre, the county seat, a few hours before the river was to crest.
As of 9:45 p.m. ET Thursday, the Susquehanna was at 38.83 feet at Wilkes-Barre. Flood stage is 22 feet, according to the National Weather Service.The valley has a levee system that tops out at 41 feet, and the river was projected to crest just shy of that Friday morning, near 40.7 feet, according to Drew McLaughlin, a spokesman for the Wilkes-Barre mayor's office.
McLaughlin and other officials were examining the levees. "We're closely monitoring, and it seems they are holding steady," he said.
A river gate near the Market Street Bridge was leaking late Thursday, but sandbags and other repairs were keeping it in check, with some minor street flooding in the area, according to McLaughlin.
"It's pretty much a ghost town," McLaughlin said from south downtown, adding that residents appeared to heed the call to leave.
Other Luzerne County communities not protected by the system were not so fortunate.
The area from Ithaca to Syracuse to Utica, in New York, and from Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, to Monticello, in Pennsylvania, continued to experience major to record flooding, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
A 71-year-old man died Wednesday night in Derry Township, Pennsylvania, as he was bailing water out of the basement of his home and the walls of the structure caved in, said Chief Patrick O'Rourke of Derry Township Police.
A second person drowned early Thursday near Brickerville in Lancaster County, CNN affiliate WGAL-TV reported.
A third person died about 4:30 a.m. Thursday in North Lebanon Township, Pennsylvania, police said. A motorist became stranded in high water and was outside the vehicle when struck by another vehicle, which then left the scene. The suspect and that vehicle were found, authorities said.
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, had received an incredible 15.37 inches of rainfall associated with Lee.
P&J Pizza, which escaped flooding, did a brisk business Thursday because so many residents couldn't use their kitchens, said employee Sarah Bellia.
Many recalled the flooding caused by Hurricane Agnes in 1972. That storm dumped as much as 18 inches of rain on the area in two days, destroying more than 68,000 homes and 3,000 businesses and leaving 220,000 Pennsylvanians homeless.
In Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, CNN iReporter Nick Bohacz said flooded roads prevented him from getting to work. Bohacz, who sent in several photos of the flooding, said he saw a line of people outside a hardware store waiting for supplies.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and other towns won't see a river crest until later Friday.
Lee's Remnants Flood Upstate New York
'Binghamton, New York, residents are ordered to evacuate after remnants from tropical storm Lee caused massive flooding. Sep 8, 2011 | 00:46
The rising Susquehanna and Chenango rivers were also triggering evacuations in upstate New York, where evacuation orders were issued for portions of Binghamton and the towns of Conklin, Endicott, Johnson City, Union and Vestal, according to CNN affiliate YNN-TV. Numerous cities and counties declared a state of emergency.
Video from Johnson City showed a flooded shopping mall and a football field with water nearly up to its goalposts.
"This is a major flooding situation," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference. "This is nothing to trifle with." He said he believes flooding will reach historic levels. "By the time it looks that bad, you won't be able to leave," he said.
Water was coming over the floodwalls in Binghamton, county spokeswoman Colleen Wagner said. About 15,000 people were ordered to evacuate, and about 1,400 were in shelters, she said. State officials sent in food and water.
A number of boat rescues have taken place, she said, but she did not know how many. The Susquehanna later Thursday crested at 25.71 feet.
Broome County Emergency Services Director Brett Chellis urged people in the evacuation areas to leave and not return for now. Water was topping flood walls in Union and Vestal as well as Binghamton, he said.
In Otego, New York, about 50 miles northeast of Binghamton, CNN iReporter Don Wyckoff captured footage of water cascading down a road. Wyckoff said he was stunned after watching neighbors and family members lose their homes to the floodwaters.
"You are seeing the tiny mill creek rip out culvert pipes and tearing away roads," he said. "We never thought we would see this again. It happened in 2006, but it is worse now."
In Oneonta, on the Susquehanna upstream of Binghamton, Police Chief Gary O'Neill said some roads were washed out and parks flooded, but the water appeared to be receding. On the down side, water was flooding the chief's home in Binghamton.
Mandatory evacuations were also in place for low-lying areas near Schenectady, New York, YNN said. In neighboring Montgomery County, authorities closed all roads and county buildings until further notice, saying only emergency vehicles would be allowed to travel. The New York State Thruway Authority opened and closed several roads and ramps....
"..is a street in lower Manhattan, New York City, New York United States. It runs east from Broadway to South Street on the East River, through the historical center of the Financial District. Wall Street was the first permanent home of the New York Stock Exchange; over time Wall Street became the name of the surrounding geographic neighborhood. "
History "The name of the street derives from the fact that during the 17th century, Wall Street formed the northern boundary of the New Amsterdam settlement. In the 1640s basic picket and plank fences denoted plots and residences in the colony. Later, on behalf of the Dutch West India Company, Peter Stuyvesant, in part using African slaves, led the Dutch in the construction of a stronger stockade. A strengthened 12-foot (4 m) wall of timber and earth was created by 1653 fortified by palisades. The wall was created, and strengthened over time, as a defense against attack from various Native American tribes, New England colonists, and the British. In 1685 surveyors laid out Wall Street along the lines of the original stockade. The wall was dismantled by the British in 1699. And while the original name referred to the Walloons, the French speaking Belgians that helped populate this settlement in the beginning, the name was now easily taken to refer to the wall that once was here...."
Decline & Revitalization "...The construction of the World Trade Center was one of the few major projects undertaken during the last three quarters of the 20th century and, financially, it was not originally as successful as planned. Some point to the fact that it was actually a government-funded project, constructed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with the intention of spurring economic development in downtown. All the tools necessary to international trade were to be housed in the complex. However, at the beginning much of the space remained vacant.
Nonetheless, some large and powerful firms did purchase space in the World Trade Center. Further, it attracted other powerful businesses to the immediate neighborhood. In some ways, it could be argued that the World Trade Center changed the nexus of the Financial District from Wall Street to the Trade Center complex. When the World Trade Center was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks, it left somewhat of an architectural void as new developments since the 1970s had played off the complex aesthetically. The attacks, however, contributed to the loss of business on Wall Street, due to temporary-to-permanent relocation to New Jersey and further decentralization with establishments transferred to cities like Chicago and Boston..."
"..How Christians respond to the crisis will be a test of their wisdom, courage, integrity, and compassion for the mighty as well as for the humble. One executive told CT, "Our response will answer the question, 'Who is Jesus on Wall Street?' "
Bishop Roderick Caesar of New York City's Bethel Gospel Tabernacle, which has a number of members from Wall Street, says that the crisis is so fundamental to our world that "the church has to be poised for the moment and be prepared to work together."
Last Sunday night many Wall Streeters could not get to sleep. After midnight, an executive at one of Wall Street's leading investment banks, who requested that his name and his company's not be used, lay in bed watching CNBC report that his competitors were going by the wayside. "I was surprised how quickly it had come. By 8 P.M. we knew how Monday would open. I prayed, very selfishly, that my company would not be on the list." He worried "about my family, the economic environment, my church, and community."
His wife rolled over and asked, "Are you really worried?"
"No," he told her. "I am just interested in the news. I work for a really good company."
She asked again, "Are you stressed?"
He weighed what was important to them and answered, "Even if the worst happens, we will still be together as a family and have Christ who loves and cares for us." Reassured, his wife turned back over; 30 minutes later her husband turned off the television. He needed to be at work very early the next morning.
On Monday, Christians on Wall Street set up special prayer meetings for the week. First came the special prayer conference calls on Monday and Tuesday nights. Then, starting Wednesday, extraordinary prayer meetings were scheduled at Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, and elsewhere. Pastors began planning to gather for a sidewalk prayer meeting outside of the stock exchange.
Mac Pier of the New York Leadership Center started getting calls from friends who were losing their jobs. "Of course, I prayed with them that God would give them the spiritual and financial resources they need." Pier says that the Wall Streeters who called him were stunned. "It was unnerving to them because of the speed [at which] it happened."..."
*see GoodnewsEverybody: Liberal Arts-Economics
22nd District Congressional Candidate (R)
The Great Empire State
New York State
Geographic Info: 22nd Congressional District of New York, from Wikipedia "The site of the 1969 and 1994 Woodstock Festival, Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Binghamton University are located within the district.." Owego, New York "The most dramatic growth in the Town of Owego occurred in the 1950s when International Business Machines (IBM) built a military facility on route 17C and employed about five thousand people. Everything was needed (in a hurry) to accommodate these families, including new and larger schools, homes, apartments, hotels/motels, banks, shopping facilities, new roads, sewage treatment, emergency services, and more. The population in the town went from 4,591 in 1950 to 9,293 by 1960. Today, the plant is owned by Lockheed Martin. The town population from the 2000 census is 16,454. "
Bio: The Star Group, Chairman "For my life now is about clear and present danger. It's about fighting for what is right. Power is corruption and corruption is power. Our Children and you as parents need to be Empowered by the Grace of God and that means vote, it's your God given gift. Vote for leaders who want to lead. For over 50 years the beltway has stolen the American dream to line their own pockets, they won't fix what they have broken and stolen. "-letter forwarded to me (Feb 08')
Elections: New York
Elections & Elected Officials, from US Elections
Press: Bruce Layman for Congress, Story Updated: Jan 21, 2008 at 6:17 PM EDT
By Julianne Sweeney (WBNG Ch. 12 Action News) "A Tioga County native announces he's seeking a spot in Congress...
Bruce Layman is running for the 22nd Congressional District on the Republican ticket.
He held his first press conference here at the Kalurah Shrine Banquet Hall in Endicott.
Layman says his business experience in New York State has prepared him to serve in Washington.
"I'll ask critical questions, I'm a critical thinker. And at the end of the day I'll help the value propositions and really right what's really gone awry in this country," says Layman.
If elected, Layman says gun control, healthcare and the war in Iraq top his agenda.
George Phillips and David Grate are also campaigning to run on the Republican ticket against Democrat Maurice Hinchey."
"..Police interviewed the owner of the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder that had carried the explosives, but determined that he was not involved in the crime. According to ABC News, the Connecticut man whom police spoke with said he sold the vehicle last month to an "Arabic- or Latino-looking man" who was in his 20s or 30s...
The Nissan Pathfinder was discovered Saturday holding a gasoline-and-propane bomb that failed to detonate. Street vendors alerted police at 6:34 p.m. after noticing the SUV parked and idling with its hazard lights flashing and smoke coming out...
Inside the SUV, authorities found three propane tanks, two 5-gallon gasoline containers, fireworks, two inexpensive-looking alarm clocks, electrical wire and fertilizer in a metal cabinet. New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that although the fertilizer was not the explosive kind, he said he believed it was intended to cause shrapnel.
The device, Kelly said, could have caused casualties and shattered windows. "I think we would have seen a significant fireball" had the bomb gone off, he said....
And reports speculated about a possible connection to the Times Square-based Viacom, which owns Comedy Central. The network received threats after it aired a "South Park" episode that satirized the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit. Islam forbids images of its holiest prophet.
Napolitano wouldn't say whether she thought the bomb was intended to harm regular Americans or a specific target like Viacom...
"...I had hoped and prayed that I would never have to experience another terrorist attack in my lifetime. In fact I have dedicated my life mission to try and prevent terrorism by building bridges of reconciliation with other cultures. ..
On the evening of May 1st, I had just finished a long week of meetings with members of the media at the National Publicity Summit, promoting my book “Life In Death: A Journey From Terrorism To Triumph."
I was looking forward to a relaxing evening watching the Tony Award winning play “Billy Elliot” on Broadway. It was a beautiful spring night and the streets were packed many tourists and locals enjoying all that New York City has to offer. So, I decided to walk to the theater.
As I got closer to the intersection of 45th Street and 8th Avenue, the heart of Times Square, the sidewalk began to get backed up with hundreds of people. It seemed odd to see that many people standing on the sidewalk, but having waited a longtime to see that play, I didn’t want to miss it...
In that moment, I began to pray. Should I wait it out to see if this gets cleared up or should I leave? ..
But still, I was happy to be alive and also that the bomb did not explode, and no one was hurt. Considering the explosive materials contained in that vehicle, serious damage could have been done. I am so thankful that God was protecting us. Many said it was “luck” that the bomb didn’t explode. But I know it truly was a miracle. And I am more committed than ever to be involved in preventing future acts of terror. Times Square Attempted Bombing Suspect Arrested, May 3, 2010 11:43 pm US/Central wcco.com
"KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistani investigators have been unable to find evidence linking Faisal Shahzad , the Times Square bombing suspect, with the Pakistani Taliban or other extremist groups, Pakistani security officials said Tuesday. Investigators also have been unable to substantiate Shahzad's reported confession that he received bomb-making training in the country's wild Waziristan region, officials said....
However, the interrogation of Rehan didn't provide any link to the Pakistani Taliban or another militant group, officials said.
"We have not found any involvement of Rehan (in the New York attempted bombing). He didn't introduce Faisal Shahzad to the Pakistani Taliban," said a security official with knowledge of the investigation, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the issue with journalists. "No Taliban link has come to the fore."
An FBI team that flew into Pakistan after Shahzad was arrested also was allowed to question Rehan on Sunday. More than a dozen other suspects taken into custody in Karachi have been released. The Pakistani investigation continues, and new leads yet could emerge.
"The great metropolis of New York City is the nerve center of the nation. It is a leader in manufacturing, foreign trade, commerce and banking, book and magazine publishing, and theatrical production. A leading seaport, its John F. Kennedy International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. New York is also home to the New York Stock Exchange, the largest in the world. The printing and publishing industry is the city's largest manufacturing employer, with the apparel industry second."
"n the 1840's New York is a mess of gangs all fighting over small areas of turf. The main rivalry is between the immigrant Irish and those who see themselves as Natives of their New York. A battle rages between them and the leader of the Irish (Priest Vallon) falls to the blade of Bill "The Butcher" Cutting ï¿½ witnessed by Vallon's young son. Sixteen years later and things are different but no better. Cutting is now the head of the Five Corners and all the gangs answer to him. It is into this situation that an unknown man called Amsterdam returns ï¿½ none other than the grown son of Priest Vallon. Seeking a fitting revenge for the death of his father, Amsterdam makes sure he catches Cutting's sole eye and gradually is taken into his trust." "Gangs of New York": Fact vs. Fiction, from national geographic.com "Anbinder also faults the movie for its emphasis on Catholic-Protestant conflict. Most fighting was among gangs of Irish-Catholic Five Pointers. And it was rarely as bloody or deadly as in the movie. "Rioters did not go about with swords and broadaxes. Every once in a while one person would have one, but never whole mobs armed like that."
David Crowder Band's "O Praise Him"
A guy walking the streets of New York just can't stop himself from praising in the streets!"
"Twenty-three years ago, a spate of random murders paralyzed New York City. The killer left police a note, which read, "I am a monster. I am the Son of Sam." When the police finally captured the killer, David Berkowitz, he stretched his face into a macabre smile."
""This is a movie about the prophetic meaning around 9/11. The sounding of the ancient Hebrew shofar that morning. The Mystery of Yom Hadin and the end of days. The woman who prophside 2 years to the day before this happened and it was cought on film""
"NEW YORK (CBS 2/WCBS 880/1010 WINS/AP) – The sudden blast of Mother Nature’s fury on Thursday lasted just minutes, but left a path of destruction across the tri-state area.
The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that two tornadoes and a microburst struck the New York City area on Thursday evening.
The weaker of the two, with gusts up to 80 miles per hour, was in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The other tornado touched down about two miles south of Flushing, Queens, north of Bayside with winds of 100 miles per hour.
But most of the damage in Queens was caused by a microburst. It packed winds of 125 mph, hitting Middle Village and Forest Hills.
The NWS said the microburst was a mile wide.
The city estimates more than 1,000 trees were destroyed and dozens of buildings damaged. The fury of wind and rain that pummeled the area was New York City’s ninth and tenth tornado since 1950, the National Weather Service said Friday night.
Kyle Struckmann, a meteorologist with the agency, said it was amazing that only one person died.
"It’s practically a miracle considering the population that was affected by this,” he said.
On Friday, Gov. David Paterson asked Federal Emergency Management Agency to send crews to assess the extent of the damage.
Whipping winds snapped trees like twigs, toppling them onto cars, homes, power lines, and anything else in the way.
Thursday’s fast-moving storm tore through Queens, where three neighborhoods seemed to have been hit particularly hard – Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, and Kew Gardens Hills.
365 DAYS OF MARCHING - THE AMADOU DIALLO STORY - TRAILER
"THE AMADOU DIALLO STORY The streets of New York City have certainly witnessed its share of acts of civil disobedience, violence and rebellion. Dating back as far as the Draft Riots of 1863, very often, the disenfranchised would take to the streets when opposing the government�s unfair policies and practices. Eight years ago when an unarmed African immigrant by the name of Amadou Diallo was shot at 41 times (hit 19 times) by 4 New York City Police Officers, the people took to the streets charging the NYPD with police brutality. Over the next two years that followed, a series of marches and protests was set into motion that would forever change the lives of New Yorkers. At its conceptual root�spearheaded by Rev Al Sharpton and the National Action Network, was the march for justice for Diallo. However, in the midst of the struggles a new breed of protestor began to emerge. Along the side of the activist stood politicians, students & professors, unions, and laborers. The shout of �No Justice No Peace!�What do we want? JUSTICE!� Now became �What do we want?�BOOKS! HOUSING! JOBS! Diallo�s death became a symbol for justice on all fronts. 360 Media recounts this bitter and yet compelling part of New York City history in the upcoming documentary entitled �365 Days of Marching�AMADOU� DIRECTED, WRITTEN & PRODUCED by Veronica Keitt CO-PRODUCED BY Michael Drake, Ozzie Thompson, Nat Woods, Darryl Stith SPECIAL APPEARANCES by Rev Al Sharpton, Seiko & Kadiatou Diallo, the parents of Amadou Diallo, David N. Dinkins, former NYC Mayor, Charles Rangel, US Congressmen, Rev. Jessie Jackson, Charles Barron, Councilman, Norman Siegel, ACLU Community Leaders, Activists and others ... http://365daysofmarching.wordpress.com http://www.365daysofmarchingmovie.comhttp://www.myspace.com/365daysofmarching"
"ALBANY - Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who gained national prominence relentlessly pursuing Wall Street wrongdoing, has been caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel last month, according to a law enforcement official and a person briefed on the investigation...
"In 2006, Spitzer was elected governor of New York after defeating Republican John Faso in the November election. During his time in office, he has proposed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in New York and issued an executive order allowing illegal aliens to be issued driver's licenses, which have both attracted controversy. In July 2007, he was admonished for his administration's involvement in ordering the State Police to record the whereabouts of State Senate majority leader Joseph L. Bruno.
In March 2008, The New York Times reported that he was a customer of a prostitution ring under investigation by the federal government. On March 12, 2008, Spitzer announced his resignation as governor of New York, effective March 17, citing "private failings."
*did this after watching "The Babe" (starring John Goodman in 2002/3) this evening (Thursday, June 21st of 2007) " Estrangement from his parents led George, Jr. to find a father figure in Brother Matthias, the Prefect of Discipline at St. Mary's (Catholic) school. Brother Mathias would have a very positive influence on George's life, despite his reputation for unruliness. Brother Matthias, a very large, muscular man, became an inspiration to George in baseball as well as in other aspects of his life. The time spent with Brother Matthias not only helped hone George's swing, but the guidance and encouragement gave him much needed support that would translate into George's unfettering love of children.
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George's talent was apparent at an early age. During his years at St. Mary's, he continued to play a variety of positions on the school baseball teams. He played catcher most often during those years, until he started pitching around the age of 15. His pitching prowess was immediately noticeable, and he alternated at both catcher and pitcher on St. Mary's varsity team.
When George was 19, Jack Dunn, owner and manager of the Baltimore Orioles (a Boston Red Sox minor league team at the time), recognized the young man's talent and signed him to a contract. Jack was widely known as one of the best scouts in baseball. When the other players saw the strapping young Ruth, they referred to him as "Jack's newest babe." George Herman Ruth, Jr. was known as the "Babe" ever since.
After only five months with the Baltimore Orioles, The Boston Red Sox purchased Babe's contract, and he became a Major Leaguer at the tender age of 19. He pitched and played outfield for the Red Sox for the next six years. Ruth made an immediate impact both on and off the field. Stories of his off-the-field eating and drinking escapades have become as legendary as his baseball accomplishments.
He will always be remembered as one of the greatest hitters of all time, but he was an equally adept pitcher. In his first World Series game for Boston in 1916, Babe set a record that still stands today. Ruth took the mound in Game 4 against the National League Champion Brooklyn Robins. He got off to a rocky start in the first inning by giving up a quick run, but settled down to pitch 13 scoreless innings for the 2-1 win. The 14-inning gem stands as the longest complete game in World Series history.
Two years later, now the ace of the Boston staff, the Babeorchestrated another pitching masterpiece in Game 1 by pitching a complete game 1-0 shutout. He was called to the mound again in Game 4 against the Chicago Cubs. Once again, it seemed like Ruth was untouchable. He went eight strong innings, until giving up two runs in the top of the 8th. However, The Red Sox stormed back in their half of the inning with one run to put them up 3-2, and give Ruth his 3rd win in 3 World Series games. Most importantly, combined with his shutout innings in 1916, the nine scoreless innings in Game 1 of the 1918 World Series, and the eight scoreless innings in Game 4, Ruth notched a total of 29 2/3 scoreless World Series innings, breaking Christy Mathewson's record. This amazing record stood for 43 years. A dubious streak also began after that World Series win: It would be the last World Series title the Red Sox would win until 2004.
The next season the Red Sox finished with a dismal 66-71 record, 6th place in the American League. Not only did Babe win nine of his 17 starts but he smashed 29 home runs, dismantling Buck Freeman's single season home run record by four long balls. However, new ownership took hold for the Boston ball club, and Ruth's career was about to take an historic turn. In December 1919, new owner Harry Frazee sold the emerging superstar to the Yankees for $100,000 and a $350,000 loan to finance Frazee's Broadway production interests. Many consider this the most lopsided deal in the history of professional sports." Wikipedia "Ruth was born at 216 Emory Street in southern Baltimore, Maryland. His maternal grandfather, German immigrant, Pius Schamberger was an upholsterer; he rented a house located only a block from where Oriole Park at Camden Yards now stands. Ruth's parents, Kate Schamberger-Ruth and George Herman Ruth, Sr., eventually owned saloons on Lombard and Camden Street in Baltimore. Only one of Ruth's seven siblings, his sister Mamie, survived past infancy."
*went to visit his childhood home last year (2006) in Baltimore, Maryland. I was't able to get into the Babe Ruth Museum
1935 with the Braves "On May 25, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Ruth went 4-for-4, drove in 6 runs and hit 3 home runs in an 11-7 loss to the Pirates. These were the last three home runs of his career. His last home run cleared the roof at the old Forbes Fieldâ€”he became the first player to accomplish that feat." "Legacy
Six decades after his death, Ruth's impact on the game still commands attention. His name comes up anytime home runs are discussed, including Barry Bonds' passing Ruth's career number in 2006. Films have been made featuring Ruth, or a Ruth-like figure ("The Whammer" in The Natural, for example). TV commercials are still made which feature caricatures of Ruth.
In addition to the Yankees dynasty itself, the living monument to Ruth is Yankee Stadium. That part of the legacy will be revised in a few years: Groundbreaking for a new Yankee Stadium, replacing the adjacent structure known as "The House That Ruth Built", took place on August 16, 2006, the 58th anniversary of Ruth's death" Baseball Hall of Fame Babe Ruth Scored Homeruns in RP-Philippine Sports Trivia "
Babe Ruth, the American baseball legend who had over 200 homeruns in his professional career, once played in the baseball field of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex. In 1934, Ruth and another baseball great, Lou Gehrig, selected an All-Star team that toured Asia where they played 18 games. The All-Star selection stopped in the Philippines and played at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex from December 2 to December 9. Gehrig beat Ruth when he scored the first recorded homerun at the Rizal complex on December 2. Ruth scored the 2nd homerun on the same day and 4th homerun on December 9. The other players of the same selection who also scored homeruns at the Rizal complex were Earl Averill and C. Gehringer.
*decided to do a site on this guy after watching a really good movie about part of his life called "Yankee Pride" (1942)
Reviews: Wikipedia "is a 1942 biographical film directed by Sam Wood about the New York Yankees' star baseball player, first baseman Lou Gehrig, who had his Hall-of-Fame career tragically cut short at 36 years of age when he was stricken with the fatal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, more commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease"). The movie was released one year after Gehrig's death."
Speech: " Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.
Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career to associate with them for even one day?
Sure, I'm lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert - also the builder of baseball's greatest empire, Ed Barrow - to have spent the next nine years with that wonderful little fellow Miller Huggins - then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology - the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy!
Sure, I'm lucky. When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift, that's something! When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies, that's something.
When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles against her own daughter, that's something. When you have a father and mother who work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body, it's a blessing! When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed, that's the finest I know.
So I close in saying that I might have had a tough break - but I have an awful lot to live for!"
Lou Gehrig - July 4, 1939 (from Farewell to Yankee Fans [The History Place-Great Speeches])
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By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com "The Pride of the Yankees died at his home in Riverdale, N.Y., on June 2, 1941, exactly 16 years to the day after he replaced Pipp at first base."
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The 700 Club "It is at Dayspring Ministries where Wendy and her family learned the healing promises of the Bible. It gave them the strength to press on.
"We all went together to the Bible class," Wendy recalls. "I learned things like Godï¿½s Word is life to whoever finds it and health to all their flesh." As a result, Wendy threw away all her pamphlets on ALS and everything else that she determined she didn't need to hear. In place of all her ALS information, she placed Bible verses everywhere...
"We had scriptures posted all over the our house," she says. "That was my daily dose of medication."
Wendyï¿½s mother also knew they were going to need the support of other believers to fight this battle...
Wendyï¿½s doctors at the University of Michigan couldnï¿½t understand why her condition wasnï¿½t getting worse. So they asked her to go through more testing.
"And we walked into the room and Wendy was sobbing," her dad says. "She was literally sobbing with her head in her hands. She said, 'I no longer have ALS.' Thatï¿½s exactly what we had been praying for."
The doctors told Wendy that there was no nerve death. Something happened because they could see some nerve damage. The final doctorsï¿½ report declared Wendy Moore free of Lou Gehrigï¿½s Disease.
"It is just an overwhelming feeling to have been told that someday you will die and now the doctors say this is gone," Wendy says. "Yet I knew in my spirit the whole time that would be the outcome."
Wendyï¿½s aunt knows that God listens and answers the prayers of believers.
"I just see how much He loved us," Jan says. "He died on the cross, and He took our sickness and our diseases. I am just so thankful that He is God."
"NEW YORK, NY (ANS) -- The quiet, unassuming future Hall-of-Famer Yankees closer, Mariano Rivera (originally from Panama) reached a milestone in Major League Baseball history when on Monday, he broke the all-time “saves” record, getting his 602nd.
For those not familiar with baseball speak, saves are when the game is turned over to the closing pitcher, from either the starting pitcher or the set-up, and the team is out in front. The closer is essentially brought in to finish the last inning or two without allowing the opposing team to go ahead. The closer is supposed to “seal the deal,” as they say and get the "save."
You might think only pitching for usually one—sometimes two—innings wouldn't be that difficult, but in baseball, when it comes down to your last three outs; every pitch counts and could be a potential run. Adrenaline seems to increase in that 9th inning, making the art of closing a game a tricky one.
Mariano, however, makes his milestone even more unique with the fact that he usually only uses one particular pitch; the cut fastball, or “cutter.” Batters know what's coming—and they still can't hit it!
Rivera, affectionately known as “Mo” by loyal fans and teammates, has a reputation of being self-effacing and thoughtful. In fact, after being congratulated by his team on the field after Monday's record save, he had to be coaxed back onto the mound so the more than 40,000 fans filling Yankee Stadium could applaud him.
During a post-game interview, when asked if he felt he was the greatest closer in MLB history, Mo replied, "I would never say that. You know me better than that, I would never talk about myself.”
Not to be trite, but the best part is that Rivera knows the One who truly saves. The One Whose record for saves could never be broken!
Mo is a born-again Christian; his pitching glove is reportedly inscribed: “Phil. 4:13.” (“I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me”)
In a post-game interview, Mo was asked about the impact of what he's achieved in light of how he grew up; a poor child in Panama.
He said, “I couldn't dream about this. It's a tremendous journey. I have to thank God. "
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"With a career-high 134 pitches Friday night, Johan Santana did what no other pitcher in the New York Mets’ 50-year history was able to do: He tossed a no-hitter.
And he earned it. The St. Louis Cardinals, who entered the game ranked first in the National League in runs, home runs, batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage, were the victims in the 8-0 win. Santana struck out World Series hero David Freese to put the exclamation point on the night.
"That's the greatest feeling ever," Santana told reporters.
Given the fact that the Mets were one of only two major league franchises never to have had a no-hitter—the San Diego Padres still are on the clock—it is tough to decide whether the accomplishment is bigger for Santana or the franchise.
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The Mets have featured such aces as Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and David Cone, all of whom threw no-hitters elsewhere but never did so in a Mets uniform. In all, seven former Mets had thrown no-hitters. And the team waited 8,019 games to make history.
Santana, meanwhile, just took another huge step toward NL Comeback Player of the Year honors. It is easy to forget that the two-time Cy Young Award winner’s career was in serious jeopardy following shoulder surgery in September of 2010. He didn’t throw a pitch in the majors last season and pitched only five innings at Class A during a rehab assignment. Neither Santana nor the Mets knew what to expect as he reported to spring training in February.
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"Wow—amazing," Santana told reporters afterward, according to MLB.com. "Coming into this season, I was just hoping to come back and stay healthy and help this team. And now I'm in this situation in the greatest city in baseball. I'm very happy, and I'm happy for (fans), finally—the first one.”
In 11 starts this season, Santana is now 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA. Earlier this season, he had an 11-strikeout outing, and he tossed a complete-game shutout against the San Diego Padres in his previous start. This is the first time in his career that Santana has tossed back-to-back shutouts.
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What surgery was that again?
As is the case with most no-hitters, there was a spectacular defensive play that will be remembered. Mets left fielder Mike Baxter slammed into the outfield wall while making a fine catch on a Yadier Molina drive in the seventh inning, preserving the no-no but forcing Baxter to exit the game. The Mets said Baxter suffered a bruise to his left shoulder.
Johan Santana is the center of the Mets' universe after throwing the first no-hitter in franchise history. (AP Photo)
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"When I saw him running back onto the warning track and he made that play, it was amazing. An outstanding play and he saved the game," Santana told reporters.
"What a night for the Mets," Baxter, who grew up in Queens, told ESPNNewYork.com. "As a Met fan as a kid, it is a huge night for the Mets. We have been waiting a long time for a no-hitter."
But the defining moment in Friday’s no-hitter came in the eighth inning after Santana issued a two-out walk to Rafael Furcal. Mets manager Terry Collins raced to the mound, and the crowd wondered if he really would do it. Would Collins remove Santana from the game, thereby putting more importance on the remaining four months of the regular season (and the team’s postseason chances) than on the opportunity to make history?
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Collins stuck with Santana, who induced a weak infield popup to retire former Met teammate Carlos Beltran, who, incidentally, instant replay showed actually had a hit earlier in the game (his liner was ruled foul by third base umpire Adrian Johnson).
In a season already with filled with unexpected stress—the Mets were supposed to finish a distant fifth in the NL East, after all—this might have been the toughest call Collins has made. The team was up 8-0 and Santana was well over 100 pitches. He hadn’t thrown more than 108 pitches this season, and his previous career high was just 125 pitches in 2008.
"I just couldn't take him out," an emotional Collins told reporters afterward.
Santana shook off his manager, kept the ball and ran with it.
"The Giants may have won the Superbowl, but both teams are winning in faith. For most of the season we have been hearing about Tim Tebow and his faith . So much so, that it started a craze called “tebowing”.
Here is what some of the players said yesterday:
Devin Thomas, a wide receiver for the New York Giants who was a decisive player in the NFC Championship Game that sent the Giants to the Super Bowl says, “Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and I put Him first. He’s given me this opportunity to showcase on a large scale about the work He has done in my life.”
Danny Woodhead, running back for the New England Patriots and two time Harlon Hill Trophy Winner, says “Without my relationship with Christ nothing else really matters. This is obviously the greatest situation to be in in football and in my athletic career but my faith comes first.”
Prince A-mu-ka-ma-ra, cornerback for the New York Giants, says “My faith has helped me because I know it’s an audience of one and that I’m just performing for Jesus.”
Matthew Slater, wide receiver and special teams captain for the New England Patriots, says, “I’m a true believer that God is in control. You know, Romans 8:28 says that God is going to work everything together for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. So, you have to at the end of the day just trust the plan. And trust that we don’t always know what the plan is but it’s not up to us to know what the plan is. It’s God’s plan.”
Hakeem Nix, wide receiver for the New York Giants and one time NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month, says “I’m all in. I’m all in with Christ … He put me here to exalt Him and humble myself.”
Deion Branch, wide receiver for the New England Patriots, two time Super Bowl Champion, and one-time Super Bowl MVP, says “Life is bigger than football. You can’t do this forever. What I’m going to be is a God-fearing Christian.”
Congratulations To The new Giants on Their Win!"
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"(CNN) - After being all football in his last press conference following his trade to the New York Jets, Tim Tebow on Sunday was all about his faith, which he discussed at length with a Texas pastor during an Easter event.
The New York Jets quarterback was greeted by shrieks and cheers as he took the stage on the sprawling Celebration Church campus in Georgetown, about 25 miles north of the state capital of Austin.
After some playful banter with senior pastor Joe Champion - who asked the former Florida Gator to don a football helmet from his alma mater, Louisiana State University - Tebow began answering questions about his faith and how his openness about it has become a frequently dissected topic in sports and society at large.
The Heisman Trophy winner and outspoken evangelical Christian said that he wasn't sure why he has become such a focal point for his faith. Nor did he have an easy explanation as to why Tebowing, the act of getting down on one knee and praying, went viral - with people doing it on mountaintops, under the sea and most anywhere in between.
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"I really don't think that I was the first athlete to get down on one knee and pray," said Tebow, who is known to do so on the football field. "I've actually had the same routine the last several years and, just this year, they started calling it Tebowing. ... I have no idea why."
The quarterback recalled how, during one game last season, a Detroit Lions defensive player stood over him and began Tebowing after tackling him. He said he wasn't sure if the act was meant to mock him, but still called it "flattering" because the opposing player, whether he realized it or not, was praying - something that Tebow believes is a good thing, wherever it's done.
Beyond his exploits at the University of Florida and more recently in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, nowadays Tebow is known as much for his outward expression of faith as for his football.
It began in Gainesville, where he led the Gators to two national championships while etching Bible verses into the eyeblack he wore on game days. In Denver, his jersey was one of the league's hottest sellers, even before he started regularly for the team, in large part due to his immense popularity among Christians.
"I'm just so blessed to have a platform so when cameras are rolling, they can't just turn it off," he told Champion. "They have to hear me say, 'I have to thank my lord and savior, Jesus Christ.'"
But it's also made Tebow a lightning rod of sorts, with some questioning whether he should be talking more about football and less about his faith, as well as a fixture in popular culture. In one "Saturday Night Live" skit, a character portraying Jesus goes into the Broncos' locker room saying he doesn't want to have to "bail out" the team every week and praising their upcoming foe, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, as a "miracle worker."
Tebow said Sunday that he takes the attention in stride, saying that anything that gets people thinking about faith is a positive.
"When it's being talked about, that means it's being contemplated by people," he said. "And that's a good thing."
And believing personally that his fate is in God's hands gives Tebow comfort and joy, he said, and helps him remain optimistic and energized while tackling most any challenge.
As important as football is to him, Tebow said he feels wholeheartedly that following God's path is more so.
"Whatever happens in life - good or bad, whether you're the hero or the goat, whether you like it or not - you know that someone has a plan for your life, and it's a special plan," Tebow said. "When you trust that and you have hope in that, then you have peace in all decisions and everything you do. And it brings a lot of joy to your life."
Eric Marrapodi - CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor"
"E! tonight will present a 30-minute special on New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow called "Tim Tebow's Wild Rise." The profile, at 8 p.m. ET, focuses on the athlete's success on and off the field by speaking to friends, former high school and college football coaches."
"Jeremy Lanphier had hoped for more. But six people were six people. And did not scripture say, "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of you"? So on this day, September 23, 1857, at lunchtime, he did not moan about the small number who turned out in response to his advertisement. Instead, he knelt with the others in the rented hall in Fulton Street, New York.
America sure needed prayer. The United States was in spiritual, political, and economic decline. Many people were disillusioned with spiritual things because of preachers who had repeatedly predicted the end of the world in the 1840's. Agitation over slavery was breeding political unrest, and civil war seemed near. Just this year, financial panic had hit. Banks failed, railroads went bankrupt, factories closed, unemployment increased.
In lower Manhattan, a Dutch Reformed church had been steadily losing members, largely because of population changes owing to immigration; they hired the layman Jeremy to reverse the trend with an active visitation program. Despite his visits, church members were listless. So he rented the hall on Fulton street and advertised prayer meetings. He himself enjoyed close fellowship with the Lord and thought others might, too. Conditions in the United States got worse; maybe that was a good thing. Sometimes trouble makes people turn to God. The Bank of Philadelphia failed. The third week of Jeremy's program, forty participated and they asked for daily meetings.
On October 10, the stock market crashed. Suddenly people were flocking to the prayer meetings. Within six months 10,000 people were gathering daily for prayer in New York City alone....
In February, 1858, Gordon Bennett of the New York Herald gave extensive coverage to the prayer revival. Not to be outdone, the New York Tribune devoted an entire issue in April, 1858 to news of the revival. News of the revival traveled west by telegraph. This was the first revival which the media played an important role in spreading...
Thus the small prayer meeting of Jeremy Lanphier on this day led to the Third Great Awakening. This was the first revival beginning in America with a worldwide impact. The revival spread to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Europe, South Africa, India, Australia, and the Pacific islands."
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"New York (CNN) -- While Superstorm Sandy's punch has weakened, its wrath is still being felt.
Walloped by severe storm damage and flooding, the New York City area's extensive transportation system is struggling to come back online.
Most city and commuter transit remained nearly at a standstill on Tuesday, while some area airports are expecting to start offering service on Wednesday. Other Northeast and mid-Atlantic airport and ground transportation systems were slowly coming back to life.
Here's what's happening in many of the affected areas:
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New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey will open Wednesday morning for limited service, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Tuesday night. In preparation for JFK's opening, some airlines were to land aircraft at the airport late Tuesday night.
New York City's LaGuardia International Airport is expected to remain closed through Wednesday because of significant damage. Newark Liberty International Airport is also expected to be closed through Wednesday as engineers assess storm damage, Port Authority spokesman Anthony Hayes said Tuesday afternoon.
Hayes strongly advised travelers to contact their airlines before heading to any of the airports, even if they are open.
Delta Air Lines expects to resume limited domestic service to JFK International Wednesday afternoon.
Thousands of flights canceled
More than 18,100 flight have been canceled as a result of the storm, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com.
More than 8,000 Tuesday flights were canceled as of 4 p.m., FlightAware figures show. LaGuardia and Newark led the way with 1,200 cancellations each.
On Tuesday morning, airlines had already canceled 1,875 flights for Wednesday. More cancellations are expected as airport staffs assess damage and airlines reconfigure their flight schedules.
More signs of optimism
Some of the Northeast's other airports are coming back to life. The Boston and Philadelphia airports and the three airports serving the Washington/Baltimore area are open and operational with some airlines already resuming limited flight service.
Southwest Airlines (and subsidiary AirTran Airways) is planning to resume normal operations by midday Wednesday across most of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, with the exception of the New York City-area and Philadelphia airports, according to a statement. United previously announced that it hoped to resume service at the major Washington area airports and Cleveland on Tuesday evening, weather permitting.
Most carriers will allow affected passengers to change their itineraries without penalty. You can check advisories from the major airlines -- American Airlines, Delta, United, US Airways, AirTran, JetBlue and Southwest -- on their websites.
Public transportation upheaval
New York City's critical massive public transit network was still crippled overnight.
"The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night," Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph J. Lhota said in an online statement.
Seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded in the course of the storm, and two Long Island Rail Road tubes and two vehicular tunnels were inundated. One subway bridge, three subway yards and six bus facilities also were flooded, according to MTA's website.
By noon Tuesday, five of the transportation authority's seven bridges were reopened. Bus service was expected to have a full schedule on Wednesday. The MTA said it's too early to estimate how long restoring systemwide service will take.
In New Jersey, all NJ Transit services remain suspended until further notice, with the exception of limited service in Camden. Commuter bus and train service will be running Wednesday in Maryland, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.
Some service in Philadelphia was restored at noon on Tuesday, and Southeastern Pennsylvania's regional rail commuter lines are scheduled to resume service Wednesday morning, according to a SEPTA statement.
In Boston, most transit service resumed Tuesday, with some delays, according to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
Amtrak extended Northeast Corridor cancellations through Tuesday. Bus routes connected to those trains were also canceled. Trains coming to and from Canada or to and from the South are still operating, but they are stopping short of the storm-affected states. Consult Amtrak's website for more details.
CNN's Joshua Levs, Aaron Smith and Greg Botelho contributed to this report.
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"NEW YORK (Reuters) - Northeast residents lucky enough to have a roof after Hurricane Sandy struck now face a new problem: a heating oil shortage and widespread power outages mean some homes may go cold as the weather turns wintry.
A cold snap in the New York City area - with daily low temperatures set to drop into the upper 30s Fahrenheit (2-4 degrees Celsius) early next week - is raising concerns that residents of the storm-stricken areas of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut could be left without heat as they recover from one of the worst storms in U.S. history.
Some New York area heating oil distributors have already been forced to ration supplies. The fuel is used in nearly 5.8 million homes in the Northeast, the world's largest heating oil market. In some storm hit areas, distribution has nearly collapsed.
Heating oil is usually dispatched in fleets of tanker trucks to boiler rooms in thousands of residential buildings and businesses. But on Friday, supplies were dwindling at many distribution centers in New York City and parts of New Jersey.
In addition, nearly 3.5 million homes and business were without power on Friday along the East Coast. While that number will likely diminish by next week, those without power that use heating oil will have limited options to stave off the cold.
Government attempts to alleviate the shortage by releasing strategic reserves of heating oil are unlikely to provide much relief, given the scope of the problem facing distributors.
Concerns are compounded by forecasts for unseasonably cold weather. In New York City, temperatures are expected to dip to between 3 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit below average for early November, said Bradley Harvey, meteorologist at MDA Information Systems in Maryland.
In the industrial Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn on Friday, heating oil distributors who typically supply buildings across the city said they were nearly out of fuel and had no idea when new supplies would arrive.
Some of the region's fuel terminals which offload products from tankers and barges have no power, and at least two important oil refineries in New Jersey remain idled after the storm flooded the plants this week.
"This is the last of it," said Nick DeMaria, a manager at Bayside Fuel Oil Depot in Brooklyn, whose fuel supply was dwindling. "I've got a line of trucks down the block and they're not getting anything. When it gets cold, people are going to need their heat."
News that the U.S. government will release about 48,000 barrels of ultra low sulfur diesel from its Northeast emergency heating oil reserve in an effort will likely help compensate for increased diesel demand due to emergency response efforts.
But it is only equivalent to 8 hours of New York State's peak winter heating oil consumption, according to Reuters calculations.
To be sure, there were signs that a heating crunch could be short-lived. New York Harbor, the region's fuel importing hub, received its first gasoline barge on Friday morning, and the federal government issued a temporary waiver of the shipping Jones Act, to allow foreign-flagged tankers take fuel from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the harbor.
Meanwhile, electric utilities made inroads to restore power to residents in some areas, and a mild October has likely left many buildings with stores of heating fuel as they wait for normal distribution to resume.
But while activities have restarted in New York Harbor - which has a tank capacity to store up to 75 million barrels of oil products - logistical hurdles still plague the region.
In Brooklyn, Bayside has not been able to schedule new deliveries of heating fuel to its depot, due to storm-related damages to the bridges over small waterways that connect New York Harbor to Brooklyn, DeMaria said.
A few blocks away, at the offices of fuel distributor Statewide Oil and Heating, a small crew of workers were attending to phones that were ringing off the hook. Statewide was informing customers it would have to ration heating oil deliveries to 100 gallons per building.
"There's no heating oil around," said Vincent Savino, the president of Statewide, which usually supplies some 2,000 buildings across New York City.
"I don't know how much fuel we have left: maybe a day or two," Savino said.
Even before Sandy, heating oil supplies in the East Coast region were unseasonably low. Distillate stocks, which include heating oil and diesel fuel, stood at 45 percent below their 5-year average along the East Coast in the week to October 12, according to U.S. government figures. That was the lowest level since mid-2008.
In addition, it was unclear when two New Jersey refineries shuttered by Sandy, Phillips 66's 238,000 barrel per day Bayway plant and Hess Corp's 70,000 barrel per day facility, would resume operations.
But in the more immediate term, the biggest problem could finding fuel for delivery trucks, as many gasoline stations have been left dry or without power.
Joan Clune, who helps to run the Sprague Oil Service distribution center in Matawan, New Jersey, said it was already running low on truck fuel and wasn't sure when new supplies would become available. Sprague said she was still able to deliver to customers, including supplying kerosene for lamps portable stoves and some home heating devices, for now.
"We can't even get heating oil supplies right now beyond what we still have in our trucks," Clune said.
(Reporting by Edward McAllister and Joshua Schneyer; Editing by Richard Chang)
(CNN) -- As if dealing with the impact of devastating storm surges, drenching rains and potent winds weren't hard enough, hundreds of thousands in New York and northern New Jersey battled a new adversary Saturday night: the cold.
The National Weather Service forecast temperatures would dip into the 30s in Belle Harbor, New York, and Cape May, New Jersey. And even after the sun rises Sunday, residents may be lucky if the thermostat tops 50 degrees.
For many, keeping warm isn't simply a matter of turning on the heat, after Superstorm Sandy knocked out gas lines and electricity. Some 2.4 million people had no power for a fifth straight day Saturday, their patience running low, along with the temperatures.
Several residents in the Rockaways, in Queens, vented their frustrations at New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he toured the area Saturday. One woman yelled, "When are we going to get some help!" while a man talked about "old ladies in my building who have got nothing."
Supplementing and, in some cases, dissatisfied with the government response, neighbors and volunteers from afar to hard-hit areas Saturday to offer food, clothing and whatever else to those who are still cold and hungry.
"We covered two children with a blanket freezing and shivering here trying to get food last night," Rockaway resident Lauren O'Connor told CNN affiliate NY1. "We said we had to do something."
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At a Saturday news conference, Bloomberg admitted he'd encountered many who were "worried and frustrated and cold" and urged those without electricity to go to a shelter or find another "warm place" to stay.
"Please, I know sometimes people are reticent to take advantage of services -- the cold really is something that is dangerous," he said.
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For all the continued problems, however, many residents and officials also could point to progress Saturday. More public transit services were back running, fewer people were out of power, and even the days-long gas shortage showed signs of abating.
"We need to continue to focus now on the next phase -- returning to normalcy," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said restoring electricity is the top priority, reiterating Saturday that his state will hold utilities accountable if they weren't prepared for Sandy. More than 835,000 customers were in the dark statewide by mid-afternoon.
One of New York's top utilities, Con Edison, has restored power to all but 270,000 of its initially 940,000 customers affected by the storm, Senior Vice President John Miksad said. Bloomberg praised that company, while blasting the Long Island Power Authority -- which services the Rockaway peninsula -- for not having "acted aggressively enough."
"We realize that LIPA has outages throughout Long Island, but the Rockaways were the hardest hit by the storm," he said, adding that the utility indicated it could take two weeks to restore power there. "When it comes to prioritizing resources, we think they should be first in line. So far that has not appeared to be the case, and that is certainly not acceptable."
LIPA did not immediately respond Saturday night to CNN requests for comment on the mayor's criticism. But the utility's official Twitter feed was active, with promises of extra crews and that 90% of its customers should have power by late Wednesday.
Both Bloomberg and Cuomo praised the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for restoring 80% of subway services in New York City. The mayor said it should be up to 90% by Sunday.
"Not only did they try hard, but they got it done," Cuomo said.
Powering cars and trucks is another issue, as evidenced by long lines at gas stations around the region.
Long gas lines test patience
Christie noted that about 70% of gas stations from Interstate 195 and points north weren't operating Saturday -- not necessarily because they did not have gas, but because they couldn't pump it due to power outages. (By comparison, about 95% of stations south of Interstate 195 were working, he said.)
In Suffolk County on New York's Long Island, Leah Cepeda-Winfield said people were sleeping in their cars around 3 a.m. Saturday, trying to be first in line once the pumps reopened. About eight hours later, lines were still about a quarter-mile long.
"It seems that these long lines are everywhere you go," said Cepeda-Winfield, a CNN iReporter.
Still, a concerted effort in recent days to address the gas shortage appears to have yielded some positive results. Whereas the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported no gas in 67% of metropolitan New York stations on Friday, the federal agency estimated that figure plummeted to 38% on Saturday.
In addition to other sources again flowing into the region, the federal government announced Friday night it would deliver 12 million gallons of unleaded gas and 10 million gallons of diesel to dispense around the hard-hit region. Such fuel had already arrived at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and was being shipped out to stations, Christie said Saturday.
Powerless in New Jersey
The governor also singled out Hess, based in Woodbridge, New Jersey, for distributing gas to rival companies whose stations had run dry.
"That's what New Jersey is all about," he said.
Drivers in New York City and Long Island, meanwhile, were able beginning Saturday to fill up directly from 5,000-gallon fuel trucks moving around the area.
Plus, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a temporary waiver of the Jones Act, allowing oil tankers from the Gulf of Mexico to enter northeastern ports.
On Saturday, officials cheered developments on several fronts. With one small exception, the Port of New York and New Jersey is now open to all vessels, the Coast Guard said. All water has been removed from the once-flooded World Trade Center work site, said Cuomo. Nearly $28 million in federal disaster emergency grants have been allocated across nine counties, the governor added.
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Still, as millions can attest, headaches and heartache from Sandy persist.
The 900-mile-wide superstorm left a huge swath of damage when it hit the Northeast this week, claiming at least 106 lives in the United States and two in Canada after earlier killing 67 around the Caribbean.
Worst-hit New York state suffered 48 deaths, including 41 in New York City, authorities said. Twenty of those were in Staten Island.
As communities grapple with the human toll, the price of the damage is stunning: between $30 billion and $50 billion, according to disaster modeling firm Eqecat. That far exceeds the firm's pre-storm estimate of $20 billion.
The region may be in for more bad weather, with a weaker storm predicted for next week. But Christie, for one, isn't ready for that quite yet.
"I know there are some forecasts of a Nor'easter next week," the governor said. "I can't believe it."
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"New York (CNN) -- River waters began began flooding into Manhattan's streets as Irene lashed New York City with wind gusts and torrential rains Sunday morning.
Even as Irene weakened to a tropical storm, authorities warned that its impact would not wane.
Authorities said the storm had knocked out power to more than 3 million people and was responsible for at least 10 deaths as it pummeled some of the biggest cities in the Northeast.
In lower Manhattan, the Hudson River overflowed, sending massive amounts of water spilling over jogging paths and pouring into at least one nearby apartment building. Water also lapped over the banks of New York City's East River.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey closed the north tube of the Holland Tunnel due to flooding, and CNN affiliate WCBS reported serious flooding in Brooklyn. ...
In New York -- where the city ordered the unprecedented evacuation of 370,000 people from low-lying areas on Friday-- even residents who aren't being ordered to leave could face an arduous few days following Irene's tour of the city.
New York's transit system might not be fully running again until at least Monday, high-rise buildings are being instructed to turn off elevators and utility ConEd may have to cut power to Manhattan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
"This is a storm where, if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time, it can be fatal," he warned.
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"Tropical storm Irene swept through the New York City area on Sunday morning lacking anywhere near the force that had been feared, but still cutting power to more than a million people, toppling trees and causing sporadic flooding in some parts of the city.
Though the storm packed strong winds and heavy rain, it never dealt the kind of punch that forecasters had feared. There were no reports of major damage to skyscrapers, for instance, and officials said the flooding appeared to be limited. People awoke anxious that they would see destruction out their windows, only to find a scene more typical after a major summer storm.
Still, even after the storm was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved up the Eastern Seaboard, it tossed floodwater onto the coastline of New Jersey and New York. The National Hurricane Center said the storm made landfall near Little Egg Inlet, north of Atlantic City, shortly after 5:30 a.m., and made it to New York City by about 9 a.m.
Flooding was reported around the five boroughs, with the storm surge overcoming sea walls in several places around the city. In Staten Island, several dozen people had to be rescued from homes that had filled with water.
The hurricane first came ashore Saturday morning near Cape Lookout, N.C., then slipped back over water farther north near Virginia and Maryland, before hitting land again in New Jersey and continuing northward. Officials in the city and on Long Island warned that a big problem could be flooding at high tide, around 8 a.m. on Sunday morning — before the storm has moved on and the wind has abated. The storm is expected to pass through the New York City area by Sunday afternoon before moving into southern New England.
The full extent of the flooding was not immediately clear on Sunday, but from daybreak onward, forecasts offered some encouragement. City officials said it appeared that the hurricane moved more quickly than they expected, meaning less damage as the storm passed through the metropolitan area.
A storm surge at high tide predicted to be between four and eight feet had caused flooding across the city. In the Battery breached the seawall in several spots, including near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan. Flooding was more serious in low-lying neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island with water, in some places, reaching people’s thighs and residents using kayaks to navigate inundated streets.
Flooding was also causing problems on roadways across the city, including the Henry Hudson Parkway and the West Side Highway in Manhattan and the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn.
For much of the night, the metropolitan area was pounded with heavy rain and wind, causing power failures and flooding. But with the city all but closed down in anticipation of what forecasters warned could be violent winds with the force to drive a wall of water over the beaches on the Rockaway Peninsula and between the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan, officials reported relative calm as daybreak approached.
Mass transit shut down on Saturday, and three bridges over Jamaica Bay were shut between 1 and 2 a.m. Sunday and remained closed: the Cross Bay Bridge, the Marine Parkway Bridge and the Broad Channel bridge. The lower level of the George Washington Bridge remained closed, while flooding forced the closing of one of the tubes of the Holland Tunnel.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expecting a lengthy and protracted recovery from the storm, transit officials said on Sunday morning, although many parts of the system had yet to be inspected by repair workers who are waiting out the final hours of Hurricane Irene. Officials said many of the system’s low-lying train yards and bus depots were underwater, while flooding and downed power lines had damaged parts of the Metro-North Railroad. ....
But elsewhere, the storm barely left a trace — or at least nothing that matched the nearly apocalyptic buildup to the storm, which spurred New Yorkers to raid grocery stores for bottled water and D batteries, and prompted city officials to reassure residents that they had learned lessons from Hurricane Katrina.
In Midtown Manhattan, a small army of construction workers boarded up Bloomingdale’s on Saturday, and Times Square was virtually deserted by late Saturday night. But 12 hours later, the sun had begun to poke through the clouds. Tourists returned to the theater district, some not even carrying umbrellas. And a large video screen on the Port Authority Bus Terminal that carried an ominous warning about the storm switched back to flashing advertisements for Tropicana orange juice and Fidelity retirement planning. "
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