- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 11, 2001

NEW YORK — Authorities went on alert from coast to coast this morning, halting all air traffic, evacuating high-profile buildings and tightening security at strategic facilities following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Evacuations were ordered at the United Nations building in New York and at the Sears Tower in Chicago.
"Usually the building is so full of activity, and now there's no one in the hallways. It's creepy," said Cathy Grable, a 31-year-old interior designer who was leaving the Sears Tower.
Security was increased at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., home to the Army's main germ-warfare defense laboratory.
Spokesman Charles Dasey said police at the gates were stopping cars without identification stickers and might search even those with stickers.
In California, Gov. Gray Davis convened a meeting of the State Emergency Council and requested heightened security in all state buildings.
In Virginia, authorities ordered intensified security at the port complex in Hampton Roads and imposed a lockdown of offices at the Capitol.


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