- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 20, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) As rescue crews at the World Trade Center found more shattered concrete and twisted steel but no survivors New York's mayor said yesterday that a weekend memorial for the fallen will be held at Yankee Stadium.
Although the last survivor pulled from the wreckage emerged one week ago, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said it was still a search-and-rescue mission.
He said the bodies of 233 persons have been recovered from the debris that was once the trade center. Of those, 170 have been identified by the medical examiner and their families notified. Another 5,422 were missing.
Officials yesterday credited Port Authority staffers with saving thousands of lives by almost immediately rerouting underground trains that would have deposited commuters under the collapsing Trade Center towers.
As many as 5,000 commuters would normally have been left at the station if the trains from New Jersey hadn't been rerouted.
There is no total for the massive costs incurred by the terrorists' strike. Officials said the federal government had agreed to reimburse the state for all costs, including debris removal, emergency protection and repairs to public facilities.
Mr. Giuliani also said at an afternoon news conference there would be a memorial at the stadium in the Bronx at 3 p.m. Sunday. Security concerns shelved a memorial planned in Central Park, which was expected to draw a million mourners, the mayor said.
Admission will be by ticket only; there should be room for around 60,000 mourners in a city of 8 million that is entirely in mourning.
Tomorrow the city will receive a gift from Japan: $10 million in relief aid, said City Council President Peter Vallone.
A new statue was on view in Manhattan a bronze work that depicts a praying firefighter, down on one knee. It originally was cast to honor fallen firefighters in Missouri, but its maker and the foundation that commissioned it decided to donate it to New York.
Many stopped yesterday to gaze at the statue, perched temporarily on a flatbed truck. Some lighted a candle or placed flowers around the statue's base as others, visibly moved, bowed their heads.
"It touches you," said Hakeem Adesanya of Teaneck, N.J. "It makes you reflect."
New Yorkers settled into a somewhat nervous routine on the third day of the work week. Wall Street workers glanced over their shoulders at the gap in the downtown skyline.
"People are definitely on edge," said Jess Spota, who walks to work through lower Manhattan to Wall Street. "I don't have a chance to forget about it. I look out my window at where the towers are supposed to be."
The New York Port Authority, which later became the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, built the World Trade Center in the 1970s as part of an urban renewal project.
Larry Silverstein in July took over a $3.2 billion, 99-year lease to operate the twin towers, along with two nine-story office buildings and the 400,000-square-foot shopping mall as part of a move toward private management. It was the richest real-estate deal in the city's history.

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