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... for survivors

NEW-YORK (AP) - As the smol-
dering ashes of the World Trade Center
slowly yielded unimaginable carnage,
rescuers scoured the area that has
become known as "Ground Zero" for
anyone trapped under the rubble who
may have survived the collapse of the
twin towers.
In one indication of the potential
death toll, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was
asked about a report that the city has
requested 6,000 body bags from federal
officials. "Yes, I believe that's correct,"
said the mayor.
In another, 2,500 people visited a
grief counseling center handling ques-
tions about missing family members
The last few floors that remainedof
the trade center's south tower collapsed
yesterday afternoon in yet another cloud
of thick smoke. No injuries were report-
ed, but rescuers were evacuated from
part of the area where the 1,350-foot
titans stood.

Police and fire officials said there
were problems with other "mini-col-
lapses" among some badly damaged
buildings nearby, and when the towers
were destroyed, the Marriott World
Trade Center hotel fell with them.
The search and rescue mission con-
tinued despite the problems.
The devastation turned the concrete
canyons of lower Manhattan into a dust-
covered ruin of girders and boulders of
broken concrete. A Brooks Brothers
clothing store became a morgue, where
workers brought any body parts they
could find.
The workers' grim task was interrupt-
ed by brief epiphanies of life, when a
fortunate victim was pulled alive from
-tewreckage of the steel-and-glass
buildings. In all, five victims, three of
them police officers, have been pulled
from the wreckage alive.
In Washington, the Bush administra-
tion disclosed that the White House and
Air Force One may have been among

... for answers

authorities have identified more than a
dozen hijackers of Middle Eastern
descent in Tuesday's bombings and
gathered evidence linking them to
Osama bin Laden and other terrorist
networks, law enforcement officials
The massive investigation stretched
from the Canadian border, where offi-
cials suspect some of the hijackers
entered the country, to Florida, where
some of the participants are believed to
have learned how to fly commercial jet-
liners before the attacks. Locations in,
Massachusetts and Florida were
searched for evidence.
The names of two men being sought
by authorities emerged in Florida.
There, the FBI interviewed a family
that gave them temporary shelter a year
The officials, speaking on condition
of anonymity, told The Associated
Press that multiple cells of terrorist
groups participated and that hijackers

had possible ties to countries that
included Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
The identities of more than a dozen
of the men who hijacked four planes
with knives and threats of bombs has
been ascertained, the officials said. Sev-
eral hijackers had pilot's licenses.
At least one hijacker on each of the
four planes was trained at a U.S. flight
school, said Justice Department spokes-
woman Mindy Tucker. The flight
schools were in Florida and at least one
other state. The hijackers used both
cash and credit cards to purchase their
plane tickets and hotel rooms..
Authorities detained at least a half
dozen people in Massachusetts and
Florida on unrelated local warrants and
immigration charges and were ques-
tioning them about their possible ties to
the hijackers. No charges related to the
attacks had been filed.
Search warrants were executed in
Florida, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
Sealed warrants went out in several
See ANSWERS, Page 7A

ABOVE: Firemen
are deployed
*yesterday near
the site where
the 110-story
World Trade
Center used to
stand in lower
known as Ground
RIGHT: Smoke
continues to
billow from the
site in this
satellite image
taken from space

Students overseas look home

By Yhel Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France - After
filling bars to watch repeated footage of Tues-
day's terrorist attacks, Americans students
studying abroad remained stunned yesterday
from reports that seemed more like an action
movie than actual events. Meanwhile, French
government heightened security around
American institutions.
"I'm so far removed from it but yet it still
feels like this innate anger, I mean, it's my
home," said LSA junior Ian Burkow, who is
studying abroad for a semester with Northern
Illinois University.
News of the massive relief efforts and
blood donations left students here feeling far
away and unable to help.
Part of the difficulty for the students abroad
is that they feel helpless during this profound-
ly difficult time, said Laird Boswell, the Uni-

versity's Aix-en-Provence study abroad pro-
gram director.
The attack that has so profoundly shocked
Americans has stunned France as well.
Throughout the day, French citizens
approached random Americans to express
their sympathy and hope that that their fami-
lies were not harmed.
But the French peoples' condolences have
hardly been enough to console the students
who wish they were home with their families.
Because of telephone service interruptions,
Kerry Leisher, a junior at Gettysburg College,
was unable to call the United States while she
worried about her father, who was scheduled
to fly into New York the day of the attack
"I just want to be with my family," she said,
adding that her father fortunately not been
Burkow said that he feels emotionally
alienated in a foreign country.
"I was so irritable yesterday being around

French people; I just wanted to be around
Americans," he said.
Aix-en-Provence, a college town that has
between 500 and 600 Americans studying
here each year, has opened up crisis centers
offering phone services for U.S. students,
tourists, and residents with ties to New York
and Washington. Psychologists are also avail-
able to make phone calls to the United States.
Aix-en-Provence has the largest population
of Americans in southern France, said Yves
Lerouge, public relations director for the
About 100 people have used the facilities
since the crisis center opened Tuesday, Ler-
ouge said. The center also has a television
where Americans can come listen to the latest
Flags hanging at the Hotel de Ville, or City
Hall, were tied with black ribbon to symbol-
ize the city and country's support and com-
See ABROAD, Page 7A

'U' aids victims with money, blood

By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
A day after waking up to find the nation under attack by terrorists,
members of the University community yesterday were no less stead-
fast in their solidarity and support for a nation bruised but not broken.
As a response to the Red Cross' plea for blood donors, a five-hour
long drive at the Veteran Affairs Hospital on North Campus collected
more than 180 units of blood, twice the average intake for a blood
drive, organizers said.
VA Hospital Associate Director Paul Scheel said that while the
drive was a big success, donors are still needed.
"We had folks from the University who came over, we had folks
from the community who came over, we had people who had called
the Red Cross who had rare blood types that were desperately needed
so they referred them to us," Scheel said. "This was probably one of
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blood that some were even turned away.
The University's chapter of Zeta Beta Tau lent its support by taking
to the Diag with buckets, asking passers-by to donate whatever they
"We drove out to the American Red Cross (to donate blood) and
they gave us buckets and told us the one thing they needed more than
blood was money," said ZBT President Ben Pomerantz. "There are a
lot of guys in our house from New York, and everyone in our house
has been affected."
By mid-afternoon, ZBT members said they had collected nearly
$1,500 in donations, and by evening, that figure had risen to $4,000.
In English Prof. Ralph Williams' class, Williams said students'
decisions to unite in the face of tragedy was apparent by the response
to an e-mail he read aloud.
The letter, sent to Williams by a former student, who is of Arab
nationality, urged others to promote peace.
"The class is to me. a wonderful group of students and fellow

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