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The headline an item referred to the "Last Column" from the World Trade Center as the "Lost Column."
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

NEW YORK

'Lost Column' Returned To World Trade Center Site

The massive "Last Column" from the World Trade Center has been returned to Ground Zero as a symbol of rebirth.

The 58-ton, 36-foot-tall steel beam, nicknamed because it was the final standing steel column removed from the Lower Manhattan site, became a canvas for tributes from recovery workers and victims' families.

After spending seven years in storage, it was hoisted by a crane Monday and placed gently into its final resting place on the west side of the site, where a museum dedicated to the Sept. 11 attacks is being built. The column is to be the centerpiece of the museum.

"It's a proud day," said retired firefighter Lee Ielpi, who watched. His son, Jonathan, also a firefighter, died in the attack. "I also lost 80 to 100 good friends. I'm proud of all of them," said Ielpi, wiping away a tear.

OKLAHOMA

Town Puzzled by Slaying Of Pastor Inside Church

A pastor who came alone to a small church in southwestern Oklahoma every Sunday in hope that someone would join her to pray was found slain inside the weathered building, police said Monday, but who would want to kill her was a mystery.

Police in Anadarko found 61-year-old Carol Daniels of Oklahoma City dead about noon Sunday inside the Christ Holy Sanctified Church, just a block from the police station in the town of about 6,600 people.

Trauma to Daniels's body indicated foul play, said Jessica Brown, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Brown would not disclose details.

"From the little bit I know about her, she was very dedicated to her calling," Brown said. But few may have sought her guidance. Daniels's car was usually the only vehicle at the church, which did not have a regular congregation, said Mitchell Pendarvis, who lives next door.

R.I. Plans Cost-Cutting Shutdown: Rhode Island will shut down its state government for 12 days and trim millions of dollars in funding for local governments under a plan Gov. Donald Carcieri (R) proposed Monday to balance a budget hammered by surging unemployment and plummeting tax revenue. The shutdown would force 81 percent of the roughly 13,550-member state workforce, excluding the state college system, to stay home a dozen days without pay before the start of the new fiscal year in July. Furloughs or shutdowns have been proposed in at least 19 states, according to a survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Vets Mistakenly Told They Have Fatal Disease: At least 1,200 veterans across the country have been mistakenly told by the Department of Veterans Affairs that they suffer from Lou Gehrig's disease, a fatal neurological disorder. One of the leaders of a Gulf War veterans group says panicked veterans from Alabama, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming have contacted the group about the error. Denise Nichols, the vice president of the National Gulf War Resource Center, says VA is blaming a coding error for the mistake.

-- From News Services


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