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    Where do Ground Zero planners go to shape the future of lower Manhattan?
    Sunny California.

    The two designers of the winning entry for the World Trade Center memorial are to meet today with Ground Zero master planner Daniel Libeskind in Berkeley, Calif., to begin the prickly task of making their disparate schemes fit together, sources said.
    Libeskind and memorial creator Michael Arad left New York yesterday to work with Arad's new collaborator, world-renowned landscape artist Peter Walker.
    Arad, a $50,000-a-year assistant architect for the city's Housing Authority and son of a former Israeli ambassador to the United States, already has made major changes to his initial design, "Reflecting Absence," including removing a wall intended for cultural use along West St.
    He and Walker likely will make several more changes before their design is publicly unveiled next week, sources said.
    But architectural experts said its incompatibility with Libeskind's master plan makes it so that feuds - like the one between Libeskind and architect David Childs over the 1,776-foot Ground Zero Freedom Tower - seem inevitable.
    "The Freedom Tower was not a pretty process," said Mark Ginsberg, president of the American Institute of Architects' New York chapter. "I would expect that it will be as painful and drawn out and as bitter as that."
    A source close to the memorial selection said Libeskind was surprised that the jury picked Arad's scheme, which features two reflecting pools in the void where the towers once stood.
    Of the eight memorial finalists, Arad's went the furthest in dismissing three key elements of Libeskind's site plan - a 30-foot exposed pit, a bare slurry wall and a museum over the north tower footprint.
    But Libeskind may continue to push his own plan, putting him at odds with the message from rebuilding officials that the memorial comes before everything else at the 16-acre site.
    As though heading off opposition to Arad's plan, Gov. Pataki struck a conciliatory tone in his State of the State speech yesterday.
    "In the end, we know that there is no right way to remember, only that it is right that we do remember," Pataki said.
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    NEW YORK (AP) - The newest incarnation of the ground zero
    memorial, forged after weeks of negotiations and compromise,
    features lush greenery, a descent to the bedrock of the World Trade
    Center site, and a subtle tribute to rescue workers.
    More surprising than the design unveiled Wednesday was the
    positive response prompted by the revisions, a welcome change in
    the often contentious process of remembering the nearly 3,000
    victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
    "These revisions show that the Sept. 11 families and the
    general public have finally been given a voice in this process,"
    said Coalition of 9/11 Families executive board member Patricia
    Reilly, whose sister died in the attack.
    The changes unveiled by architects Michael Arad and Peter Walker
    before a lower Manhattan crowd of politicians and power brokers
    were worked out in emotional meetings with family members and in
    sessions with the 13-member memorial jury.
    The revised design of Arad's "Reflecting Absence" surrounds
    what was once open space and a few pine trees with a forest of
    deciduous trees, benches and grass. It includes an underground
    museum displaying twisted steel beams, a crushed fire truck and
    other artifacts from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. It also features a
    cultural center at the northeast corner of the site.
    Arad, a 34-year-old assistant architect with the city Housing
    Authority who lives in the East Village, said his "personal sense
    of grief and loss" following the attacks prompted him to create
    the idea of two reflecting pools, which he said symbolizes the lost
    towers at their footprints.

    One of the more controversial changes to Arad's design addressed
    the prickly problem of how to list victims' names. Arad chose to
    list the names at random around the reflecting pools, a visual
    reminder of the "haphazard brutality of the attacks," but
    designate rescue workers by placing their agency's insignia
    alongside names.
    Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Fire Commissioner Nicholas
    Scoppetta said they were satisfied with the tribute.
    "This is a simple, elegant, quite dignified way to remember,"
    said Scoppetta, whose department lost 343 members when the twin
    110-story towers collapsed.
    Others representing the firefighters were disappointed in the
    decision to list names randomly.
    "We don't go for that," said John Finucane, a retired
    firefighter who heads a group that sought separate recognition.
    "It's a very poor way to say thank you."
    Arad, speaking about how to name the victims, touched on the
    emotions triggered by his work.
    "Every way you find to do this satisfies some, but causes pain
    and anguish to another," said Arad, whose voice cracked several
    times during his presentation.
    In a nod toward the family groups, the new memorial features a
    ramp leading down to the museum that passes exposed parts of the
    slurry wall, the last remnant of the towers' complex. Family groups
    had pressed for the wall and the bedrock at the heart of the
    towers' foundations to be visible in the final design.
    A stone container at the bottom of one of the buildings'
    foundations will contain remains of unidentified victims of the
    attacks. The memorial will also pay tribute to the six people
    killed in the Feb. 26, 1993, bombing of the trade center.
    In Arad's original design, its twin reflecting pools were
    interspersed with a scattering of pine trees intended to reflect
    the height of the towers. But the groves of trees that replaced
    them will symbolize life and rebirth, jury foreman Vartan Gregorian
    said.
    Jurors, speaking after the new proposal was made public, said
    they had negotiated for the landscaping and other changes with Arad
    after his design was selected from 5,201 submissions sent in from
    63 countries and 49 states.
    "It's going to help people come to terms," said juror Maya
    Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. "It's going to
    bring us all hope."
    Arad asked Walker, a renowned landscape architect, to join him
    after jurors said the plaza surrounding the pools was too stark,
    "which I thought was very dramatic. But I probably went a little
    too far with that."
    The Nov. 19 selection of the memorial finalists was generally
    greeted negatively, with critics describing the designs as generic
    and failing to evoke the emotions of Sept. 11.
    But Lin and other jurors said they chose Arad's design because
    it represented the towers' collapse.
    Fund-raising for the site will begin by the end of the month,
    with construction expected to begin by the end of this year,
    officials said.
    The jury also recommended that the "Tribute in Light," the
    twin towers of light stretching above the Manhattan skyline to mark
    the anniversary, be retained.

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    In order to find out how the majority of families and supporters would like to see the heroes of Sept. 11 recognized at the World Trade Center Memorial, the Coalition of 9/11 Families, Bill Doyle, and the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund are sponsoring a poll to gather their input. Once we have received your feedback we will submit the results to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and to Governor Pataki.

    Please take a minute to lend your voice to this process. Visit World Trade Center Poll and take our short online poll(s).
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    July 4th, 2004 -- A mottled-gray granite slab dedicated to the victims of the terror attacks was laid at Ground Zero yesterday, providing the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower that one day will reclaim the downtown skyline.Inscribed with a tribute to "the enduring spirit of freedom," the 20-ton hunk of garnet-flecked Adirondack mountain stone was hoisted by crane into a hole in the World Trade Center bedrock at an emotional ceremony that linked the rebuilding to Independence Day.

    It was the first step toward construction on the site since the destruction of Sept. 11, 2001 - and the first ceremony to take place on the sacred, bare bedrock that was not limited to victims' relatives."How badly our enemies underestimated the resiliency of this city and the resolve of these United States," said Gov. Pataki, who holds the greatest sway over the rebuilding process and set the timetable for the world's tallest tower, which is to soar a symbolic 1,776 feet."Today, we, the heirs of that revolutionary spirit of defiance, lay this cornerstone and unmistakably signal to the world the unwavering strength of this nation, and our resolve to fight for freedom," he added.

    Pataki shared the dais with New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, with whom he shares control of the Port Authority, Mayor Bloomberg and twin towers' leaseholder Larry Silverstein."I cannot imagine a more appropriate day to stand on this sacred ground and lay a cornerstone dedicated to freedom, the defining principle of our nation and the reason that we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001," Bloomberg said.

    He noted that it's the 10th time Manhattan will be home to the world's tallest structure. The Freedom Tower will have 70 stories of office space and a 276-foot spire reminiscent of the Statue of Liberty's torch.A brutal sun bore down on the dusty patch of bedrock amid a ceremony replete with solemn and uplifting moments.Julian Davis, 12, whose father, PA Police Officer Clinton Davis, was killed in the attacks, read from the Declaration of Independence.

    Bagpipers skirled patriotic melodies, from "God Bless America" to "Yankee Doodle Dandy." The Young People's Chorus of New York City sang the national anthem and "My Country, 'Tis of Thee."

    Some in the crowd of hundreds said they felt like a part of history."It's a step forward; it's a commitment to move on with life," said Charles Wolf, who lost his wife in the attacks.But a group of victims' relatives known as the Coalition of 9/11 Families stood at street level in protest, saying the construction was rushed.

    "They should be committing to preserving the maximum amount of the remains of both footprints [of the twin towers] first before they proceed with nonstop construction," said Anthony Gardner, who lost his brother. "It shouldn't be the other way around."While the building is set for completion in 2009, the next year will see mostly infrastructure work, such as removing several stories of a now-shattered parking garage and shoring up the retaining walls holding back the Hudson River.

    The cornerstone soon will disappear from view, as the steel skeleton takes its place on the horizon in 2006.The torqued tower's design was the subject of a battle last year between Silverstein's architect, David Childs, and Daniel Libeskind, who devised the site plan. The two men sat on opposite ends of the dais yesterday.

    Silverstein, who has lost a string of court battles in his fight for more insurance proceeds, has said he has enough for the roughly $1.2 billion cost of the Freedom Tower.He plans to erect four other buildings, although questions remain about how he will finance the full project.

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    NEW YORK -- Development officials said they would spend up to $3.5 million to ensure that "Tribute in Light," the twin beams of light memorializing the World Trade Center, can be seen on the anniversary of Sept. 11 for the next five years. The board of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. voted Thursday to authorize the money to help the Municipal Art Society, the group which produces the display, to buy and maintain the 88 special searchlights needed to create the two beams. The display first ran in 2002 from March 11 to April 14 and was erected again for one night on Sept. 11, 2003. The searchlights needed to create the twin beams, which cost $700,000 per night, were previously borrowed from companies around the country.
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    July 11, 2004 -- The latest World Trade Center victim to be identified is Daniel Lewin, an Massachusetts computer tycoon.
    The married father of two kids was reportedly the first 9/11 casualty. A passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 11 — the first of two hijacked planes to crash into the Twin Towers — Lewin is believed to have been the businessman stabbed to death by terrorists.
    And friends believe the 31-year-old Lewin — on his way from Boston to Los Angeles for an Internet conference — died while fighting back against the terrorists. Reached at their Jerusalem home last night, Lewin's parents confirmed their son's remains have been identified. "A couple of days ago we were informed about it," said his mom, Peggy. Lewin was born in Denver, but his family moved to Israel when he was a teen. Lewin went on to become a captain in the Israeli Defense Forces and an anti-terrorism expert. After the military, Lewin attended the Technion, Israel's top technology university. In 1996 the devout Jew returned to the United States to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
    Two years later, Lewin co-founded Akamai Technologies Inc., which produces technology designed to facilitate online content delivery. At age 29, he had a net worth of more than $3.2 billion.
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    October 5, 2005 -- The design of a cultural center intended for a freedom museum and drawing museum at the World Trade Center site must be altered to accommodate its new purpose — telling the story of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, development officials say. The building designed by the Norway-based Snohetta firm will still look "substantially similar" to drawings unveiled nearly five months ago of the cultural center, said John Gallagher, spokesman for the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.
    "The building was being designed with specific tenants in mind, and now obviously that tenant and that programming have changed, so there will be some modifications required," said Gallagher. The Snohetta building was created to house the International Freedom Center, removed from the building last week by Gov. Pataki, and the Drawing Center, which is looking elsewhere. Pataki, under pressure from an organized campaign led by 9/11 families who said the museum would distract from the trade center memorial, said Sept. 28 that the freedom center had generated "too much controversy" to keep its reserved spot at the Snohetta building. He said the building would contain only exhibits related to Sept. 11, as the museum's opponents requested. The LMDC met with the architects of the Snohetta building last week and will work together to make changes to the design that will "reflect the requirements of its new programming" ordered by the governor, Gallagher said. He said the location of the building, meant to act as a buffer between the six-acre memorial site and office, arts and retail space, will not change.
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    Ray, are the Reflecting Pools going to be maintained in the final design? I think they are integral to the whole memorial idea, a place where we can all pause and reflect on what happened that day, and the Brothers that we lost. The pools will also help promote the idea of peace and tranquility at the memorial site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stillPSFB
    Ray, are the Reflecting Pools going to be maintained in the final design?......
    The pools are still in the design….But who knows until there in. Remember this is New York.
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    I tried to find the article, but the Daily News said some 10 pieces of bone fragments were found in the Dueche (sp?) Bank building that is being torn down. They are being tested to see if they are human.

    Sad that after this long they are still finding possible remains.

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    They have already rebuilt building 7, a building that fell on 9-11 due entirely to fire(it was not hit with an airplane, just set on fire.) I think it has some kind of concrete core construction to prevent a similar collapse.

    Lots of people don't like the freedom tower design but I think it looks good - simple and elegant.

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    October 14, 2005 -- The heart-wrenching story of 9/11/01 will be told at Ground Zero's memorial museum with artifacts ranging from monumental chunks of the Twin Towers down to a re-creation of a neighborhood eatery that fed thousands of rescue workers. New plans for the memorial museum, which are now being circulated, give a detailed look at how the nation will revisit the deadliest terror strike on American soil, with an intimate and admittedly unnerving account of the momentous event. Planners, who have been working with 9/11/01 family members, rescue workers, survivors and neighborhood residents, have come up with a list of artifacts that will fill the museum slated for the World Trade Center Memorial site. A tangled swath of the north tower's steel exterior just below the spot where a hijacked airliner crashed will be part of the exhibit that promises to pull no punches. "It just looks like sea kelp in the water. It's an amazing thing," Jeff Howard, a consultant hired to design the exhibits, said of the twisted metal.
    Crushed rescue fire engines, taxis and police scooters along with twisted steel beams will punctuate the massive nature of the attack. A 6-ton chunk of melted steel, pulverized concrete and smashed furniture that has been dubbed "the Meteorite" will be trucked from storage at Hangar 17 at JFK Airport, where many of the artifacts are now stored.
    Two steel columns will symbolize the rise and fall of the towers — a 5-foot-tall dedication pedestal erected on April 4, 1973, when the complex was completed and a 58-ton beam that was the last removed from the devastation in 2002. The anguish of the human tragedy will be seen in the reconstruction of the so-called Bellevue Wall, where suffering relatives posted desperate appeals for information about missing loved ones. And the devoted efforts of rescue workers will be illustrated with a recreation of Nino's, the neighborhood Italian restaurant that fed thousands of the firefighters, paramedics, rescue workers and volunteers who descended on Ground Zero after the attack. Howard said enough of the restaurant, including its bar and outdoor signs, are in storage at the New York State Museum and can be reassembled. The aftermath and national reaction to the attacks will feature some of the 150 sections of plywood that were used to build a temporary viewing stand overlooking Ground Zero. The boards are covered with signatures of visitors from around the world and inscriptions of their reaction. "One of our crucial messages to impart to visitors is that this is a defining moment in history," Howard told about 50 downtown residents, family members and planners at a meeting of the Civic Alliance to Rebuild New York this week.
    The forums are part of an ongoing attempt to get public input into the project, with ground-breaking on the memorial and museum slated for next year and completion in 2009.
    Lower Manhattan Development Corp. President Stefan Pryor said the museum plan will continue to evolve over time.
    "All of the content remains malleable, and it will evolve over time based on these kind of public sessions," Pryor said. "These are complex ideas and profound and moving elements to this project, and it takes time to properly present those pieces." The preliminary plan for the 110,000-square-foot museum that will descend to bedrock around the footprints of the Twin Towers is based on recommendations of a panel of 9/11/ families, firefighters, rescue workers, survivors, neighbors and historians.
    One message from family members was not to pull any punches in telling the story of Sept. 11, 2001 and the 1993 attack on the Twin Towers in order to convey the full impact of the loss and suffering. Following that advice, Howard said, means that some of the exhibit will be too difficult for kids and family members to view. They will be able to ride an elevator past the mangled artifacts directly to memorial areas on bedrock, he said. The museum will also include contemplative areas, including the truncated box-beams that mark each base of the Twin Towers and the slurry wall that rises 60 feet to street level, where an entry pavilion will be located. Howard said the entry pavilion would have a "touchstone artifact," possibly a section of the trade center concourse exterior that included the signature "trident" shape as the steel columns at the base divided into three vertical columns.
    The memorial and museum will be overseen by the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, which has to raise $500 million for the project.
    Plans laid out this week do not include possible uses of an above-ground museum building that was going to house the controversial International Freedom Center, which was yanked from Ground Zero last month by Gov. Pataki.
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    I am planning on going over for the 5th anniversary next September... I had two college friends who worked for Morgan Stanley in the South Tower... still classed as 'missing'... one of the guy's parents will be accompanying me... hope to see anyone (particularly FDNY ff's) who are going when I get there.
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    Thanks for the update Ray. Finally some good news.

    Next, the issue of how the names will be displayed!
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    Carol Coakley rings bell in honor of her son Steven and other 9/11 victims during service at Ground Zero. Families of unidentified 9/11 victims begin their battle in court today to get the city to move half a million tons of debris they say contains their loved ones' remains to a proper burial site.
    "I don't have a cemetery to go to," said Patricia Kiefer, 53, of Franklin, L.I., who lost her son, Firefighter Michael Kiefer of Ladder 132 in Brooklyn.
    She was at a rally at Ground Zero yesterday, along with family members of some of the other 1,200 victims whose remains could be at Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island."That's not garbage," added Kiefer's daughter Lauren, 26, pointing to her brother's picture. "That's not something you throw in the garbage dump." Originally, families had pushed for the return of the debris to the WTC site, but they have since offered a list of alternatives, including Conference House Park on Staten Island, Ellis Island, and the Liberty State Park in New Jersey."We're still trying to amicably resolve the issue," said Norman Siegal, the attorney representing WTC Families for a Proper Burial. Kenneth Becker, of the city's Law Department, said the city still hopes to find "a solution that will appropriately honor those who tragically lost their lives as well as those who partook in the recovery effort."
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    Default Bone fragments found near WTC site are human

    October 29, 2005 -- Ten bone fragments discovered more than four years after the World Trade Center attacks on the rooftop of a nearby skyscraper are human, officials said Friday. The pieces of bone, ranging in size from half an inch to two inches, were found on three days last month by construction workers sifting through gravel on top of the former Deutsche Bank building, officials said. Parts of the trade center's south tower carved a huge gash in the 41-story building's facade when it collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001. Deconstruction of the building, which is known to be contaminated with asbestos, lead, and trade center dust, began in September. The city medical examiner will try to identify the remains by extracting DNA and checking it against a database of World Trade Center victims, said medical examiner's spokeswoman Ellen Borakove.
    "We're hoping to be able to create some profiles," she said. Borakove said test results returned last week indicated the fragments were human. She said it was too soon too tell whether the remains came from one person or more than one. The city has recovered 19,964 pieces of human remains from the trade center attack and identified 9,100 of them, Borakove said. Of the 2,749 people who died at the trade center, 1,152 victims have no identifiable remains. The medical examiner's office has said that more sophisticated DNA technology may someday develop to help identify the remains. Until then, they will remain in city custody and will eventually be encased at the trade center memorial.
    Mary Fetchet, whose son, Brad, died at the south tower of the trade center, said Friday the discovery reopens old wounds. "It's just a reminder of the horrific nature of the event," said Fetchet. "When you talk about identification of bone fragments, it just brings you back to what really happened that day." The former Deutsche Bank building was purchased by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. last year and is scheduled to be completely dismantled in 2007.
    LMDC president Stefan Pryor said that after construction workers found the fragments, "our rigorous protocols automatically assume findings of this nature to be human remains and therefore require that they be treated with the utmost care, dignity, and respect." The city inspected the entire building in the months following the attacks before turning it over to the building's owners, the LMDC said.
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    Ray, could we possibly see some pictures of the current progress? Or is there a link to the current construction?
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    Ray, could we possibly see some pictures of the current progress? Or is there a link to the current construction?
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    This is a crucial time. It now appears that the desires of New York's cultural elite may be competing head-to-head with the 9/11 Memorial & Memorial Museum for a very limited amount of funds.
    While the LMDC has repeatedly said that the Memorial will take fund raising precedence, it is hard to believe that is what will happen when they are handing out $35 million federal dollars (your money) in the form of grants "to existing and new cultural institutions downtown."
    We invite you to vote in our on-line poll which asks the question: "If given a choice between building a "cultural arts center" OR building the 9/11 Memorial and 9/11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center site, which would you choose?"

    It is important to make your voice heard now so there is no question as to where we stand on this issue. To vote, please visit www.takebackthememorial.org/

    Please help fight the GOOD fight......

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    So far it is 99%, some mutts (22 of them) voted for the cultural center

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    VOTED...and I wasn't one of the minority.

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    November 28, 2005 -- The biggest change in lower Manhattan's skyline next year — deconstruction of the 9/11- scarred Deutsche Bank building — will begin in earnest in February when the first pieces of the 40-story structure come down. But New Yorkers can now get a preview of how the project will unfold, thanks to a computer-generated video that illustrates the project from beginning to end. It's posted on the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.'s Web site (renewnyc.com).
    The Deutsche Bank building, damaged and empty since the World Trade Center attacks, will be detoxified and disassembled in a yearlong project to clear the site for a new tower and a half-acre park south of Liberty Street. The video depicts the complex process involved in sheathing the building with an air-tight container, cleaning it and then taking it apart piece by piece. "The deconstruction plan for the Deutsche Bank will assure the building is taken down safely," said LMDC President Stefan Pryor. "A number of controls are in place to ensure the safety of the surrounding community."
    Over the next two months, scaffolding and netting will continue to rise around a building that is riddled with a noxious stew including asbestos, dioxin and heavy metals that blew in from the collapsing Twin Towers. Using its federal funds, the LMDC paid $90 million to buy the tower from its owner. The final tab for removing the building will be roughly $200 million.
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    December 15, 2005 -- PENUELAS, Puerto Rico — Four years, three months and three days after she died in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center, Lourdes Galletti Diaz was buried yesterday. Her mother, Milagros Diaz Perez, received her daughter's partial remains, identified using DNA samples. Mourners walked through the main streets of Penuelas bearing yellow flowers in honor of Galleti, 33. "It's a relief to know that part of her remains are going to be buried here," said her mother.

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    Default Pictures of twin towers on sale to aid memorial

    December 20, 2005 -- Striking photos of the twin towers taken before 9/11 went on sale yesterday, starting at $49.95 for an 8-by-10-inch print, as part of a fund-raiser for the World Trade Center Memorial.
    The memorial foundation opened a gallery on its Web site, at www.buildthememorial.org, that also offers views of Philippe Petit's tightrope walk between the towers in 1974 and pricier posters of the memorial design.

    According to the foundation, 60% of each sale, on average, will go toward the memorial building effort.

    "Finally someone is trying to sell images of the World Trade Center for a worthwhile purpose," said Charles Wolf, who lost his wife, Katherine, in the terror attacks.

    Foundation Vice President Lynn Rasic said the sale "is just one of the ways we're looking to involve the public in helping to build the memorial and remember the enormous power of the buildings."

    Jack Lynch, of the Coalition of 9/11 Families, whose firefighter son, Michael of Engine 40, died at Ground Zero, said of the images, "They're history and they can do what they want with them. It would be another matter if someone wanted to exploit pictures of 9/11 and its aftermath."

    In a recent update, the foundation said it has raised $102 million toward a goal of $500 million to build the memorial and memorial museum.

    The foundation began its search for a construction manager two weeks ago. Groundbreaking is set for the spring, with an opening planned for 2009.

    California-based online vendor pictopia.com is processing photo and framing orders.
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