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President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush stand at the North Pool Memorial at the National Sept. 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site Sunday.

The names of the 2,983 victims of Sept. 11, 2001, and 1993 World Trade Center bombing, echoed across Ground Zero on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America. Read more»

Pope Benedict XVI marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States with a message — nothing, not even religion, can justify acts of terrorism. Read more»

The FBI is investigating the NBC News Twitter account hacking incident in which bogus information was posted about the hijacking of a civilian airliner that supposedly crashed into ground zero in New York. Read more»

New documents have emerged showing that federal officials in Washington and New York went further than was previously known to downplay concerns about health risks, misrepresenting or concealing information that ultimately might have protected thousands of people from the contaminated air at ground zero. Read more»

The 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush

In the week after President Obama’s Ground Zero event, George W. Bush made time for three separate speeches to hedge fund executives, a Swiss bank sanctioned for keeping secret bank accounts,and a pro golf event underwritten by the accounting firm involved in the Tyco International financial scandal. Read more»

Tribute in Light, which is organized by the Municipal Arts Society, has shined into the New York sky every year on September 11th since 2002 and serves as a very powerful memorial to the people who lost their lives on that day in 2001. This photos shows a test of the lights from Tuesday, Sept. 7.

The anniversary, again, is upon us. Each year since 2001, I've made a pilgrimage to the site, in part to pay tribute to people I know who died there, in part to gauge how raw the wounds opened that day remain — both personally and nationally. This year, Americans are focused on a trumped-up, hateful debate, while the important things go unmentioned. Read more» 1

A crowd protests a planned Muslim community center in lower Manhattan, near the Ground Zero site, Aug. 22.

A feeling of insecurity is the underlying motive behind the silly rhetoric about the Park 51 Muslim community center in New York City. Opponents are expressing the despair of the defeated. Read more»

A demonstration against a proposed mosque and Islamic community center in lower Manhattan, Aug. 22.

Plans for mosques have run into stiff opposition across the country, not just near Ground Zero. Last week, we noted that the Islamic community center planned near ground zero is safe on legal grounds. Political outcry, nonetheless, has not subsided. Read more» 1

For all the anger, political strategizing and stabs in the heart that the plans to build a Muslim community center near ground zero may have brought about, land-use and zoning experts say opponents of the project have very little legal basis on which to rest their argument. Read more»