]] and other 9/11 Works (Part 3: Google News Search: dead OR died OR killed, 9/11/01 – 9/11/01)
Google News Search: dead OR died OR killed, 9/11/01 – 9/11/01
Thousands feared dead as World Trade Center is toppled.Thousands are feared to have died inside the buildings when hijacked airliners slammed into them. About 260 more are presumed to have perished on board the planes. || United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Johnstown, Pennsylvania, shortly after three other planes were flown into buildings in terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Flight 93 was carrying 38 passengers, two pilots and five flight attendants, the airline said. || In Washington, the Pentagon – the heart of the US military establishment – suffered a direct hit from another hijacked passenger jet. Pentagon spokesman Glenn Flood said there were “extensive casualties and an unknown number of fatalities”. [184 people died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon.] || At least 165 people have been killed and more than 900 others wounded in the Christian-Muslim clashes which erupted last weekend in Jos, the capital of Nigeria’ s central Plateau State, the Nigerian Red Cross confirmed Monday in Lagos. More than 6,000 people have died in religious and ethnic clashes in Nigeria as a direct result of the confrontations over Sharia since the return to civilian rule after two decades of military dictatorship. || Two Palestinian youths were killed on Tuesday in the “ferocious” artillery shelling of the Jenin camp, the West Bank, while a third was killed in Gaza, Palestinian radio reported. || Iraq said Monday that eight civilians were killed in a weekend airstrike by U.S. and British warplanes in southern Iraq. || A suicide bomber set off an explosive in front of a police post in Istanbul, killing two officers, injuring 20 other people and creating panic in nearby Taksim Square, a popular destination for visitors to Turkey. An Australian visitor is believed to have lost an arm in the explosion. || The day after a suicide bombing aimed at Ahmed Shah Massoud, the leader of the last remaining opposition to the ruling Taliban, conflicting reports persisted today over whether he had survived. United States intelligence officials said today that they strongly believed that Mr. Massoud had been killed in the attack. Massoud’s official spokesman and close aide, Assem Suhail, was killed in the explosion, and the Afghan ambassador to India, Masood Khalili, who was visiting Massoud, was injured. One of the attackers died in the blast and Massoud’s guards shot and killed the other, according to Massoud’s associates. || At least two people were killed as powerful typhoon Danas bore down on Japan on Monday, whipping up violent waves and battering a wide swathe of the main island with torrential rains in the second such storm in less than a month. || Two workers died in Gumma prefecture when they were buried under an embankment that collapsed during a highway inspection. A mudslide buried an elderly couple in their home in Nagano, 110 miles northwest of Tokyo, and a man died after he was blown off a rooftop while he was fixing an antenna. || Dead birds are being spotted throughout Cook and DuPage counties – a clear indication that the West Nile virus is indeed here. || Liquor tainted with highly toxic methanol has killed 22 people and sickened at least 36 others in one of Estonia’s worst cases of alcohol poisoning. || Janice Greenburg, devoted and loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend died Sunday, September 9, 2001 after a courageous battle against cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Greenburg and her sister, Annette Evins.|| Police are investigated the weekend shooting deaths of two adults and two girls in a San Francisco home as a murder, though they have not ruled out murder-suicide.|| A tow-truck driver was severely beaten by a crowd after he accidentally ran over and killed a 4-year-old boy, authorities said. The driver, Candelario Flores, 38, was in guarded condition after running over Fred Allen, who died instantly of head trauma. Cops said they are seeking two suspects in the brutal beating in south Los Angeles over the weekend. || A child died after suffering internal injuries when a roller coaster stopped too suddenly, an official at a county fair said. || Martin J. Bressler, Attorney, 53, died on September 8, of cancer at home in New York, surrounded by his beloved family. || After vowing in a video suicide message to put on “a hell of a show,” a young security guard who had shot dead five people and wounded two others killed himself after a fierce gunbattle with police. “Angry and distressed” Joseph Ferguson, 20, left behind a videotape – made by a hostage who became the fifth and final murder victim – in which he ranted at an ex-girlfriend, work colleagues and his mother, who was jailed for 14 years for molesting her sons and who divorced his father last week. || Greg Ludwig, the Rochester man who is accused of selling the Ecstasy that killed a 16-year-old Ambridge Area High School student in May, was freed on $25,000 bond yesterday while he fight charges of third-degree murder and drug delivery. The dead girl, Brandy French, became ill after taking an Ecstasy pill during the May 18 X-Fest rock concert at the Post-Gazette Pavilion in Washington County.|| An alleged stalker forced his way into the workplace of a psychiatric nurse on Sunday and fatally shot her before committing suicide, police said. || The northbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike were closed Monday after a cable hoisting a 150,000-pound support beam snapped, fatally crushing two construction workers and covering the road with debris. The workers were identified as David Knight, 32, of Pasco County, and Enrique Aguilar, 22, of Mount Dora. They were helping build a pedestrian walkway over the highway when the cable snapped. || U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell is set to make his first official visit today and tomorrow to Colombia, where he will find this country of about 40 million people embroiled in a guerrilla war now financed by illegal drugs. The 37-year-old conflict, which has killed up to 40,000 people over the past decade, threatens to destabilize its Latin American neighbors and raises serious national security issues for the United States. Drug surveillance cooperation with Peru and Colombia has been suspended since April 20, when a plane carrying American missionaries was misidentified as a possible drug flight and shot down by the Peruvian air force. || A 63-year-old Baltimore County woman with West Nile died of unrelated causes Saturday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The frist victim, a 72-year-old man, remains in serious but stable condition at Sinai Hospital, a spokeswoman said Monday.|| Jill A. Bilodeau died Sunday afternoon at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, according to staff there. She was taken to the hospital after being injured on a motorcycle driven by Clinton J. Allard, 21, of Grafton. They were going eastbound on Route 9 near Home Depot about 2 a.m. when Mr. Allard lost control of the motorcycle.|| Newborn deaths remain high in poor countries. Every year, 4 million babies worldwide die before they are a month old, the international relief organization Save the Children reported Monday, one week before world leaders gather for a special United Nations summit on children. || Sixteen children under age 12 died from toy-related injuries in 1999, the most recent federal statistics show. || Fred Sager, 85, died Sunday. He was the retired owner and operator of Sager Pharmacy. Frederick Peck Sr., 84, died Monday. || Monarch butterflies living in farm fields have virtually nothing to fear from genetically engineered corn that produces its own insect killer, according to studies begun after research raised worldwide concern. || A Fijian soldier was killed and 11 others were injured yesterday when the truck in which they were traveling overturned in East Timor’s Suai district. The soldier killed, who was serving alongside the New Zealand Battalion, has been identified as Staff Sergeant Rakabu. One of the injured soldiers suffered a serious spinal injury and has been evacuated to Adelaide, Australia for specialist treatment. Other casualties were evacuated to the Slovakian Field Surgical Team facility in Suai for further treatment. || Mother gores baby elephant in latest Oakland Zoo death. The mother killed him, delivering one fatal blow to his chest with her short tusk. No one at the zoo could fathom that Lisa might have attacked the calf purposefully – as she did six years ago when she trampled her first-born and injured him within minutes of his birth. || ON THIS DATE IN: ► 1971, former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77. ► 1973, Chilean President Salvador Allende died in a violent military coup. || A Texas jury could be the first to decide whether Ford Motor Co. is liable for any of the Explorer rollover accidents that have killed and injured hundreds of passengers. Jury selection was scheduled for today in a state district court, although lawyers and analysts still expected Ford Motor Co. to settle with the family of a woman killed last year. Margarita Gonzalez, 59, died when the Explorer she was in crashed near Kerrville. Her husband, five children and mother are seeking unspecified damages for wrongful death, malice and gross negligence.|| Carrie K.G. Lake Died at age 85 on September 10, 2001 after a lengthy and brave battle with cancer. || Igor Buketoff, an American conductor who specialized in Russian music and contemporary opera, died Friday. He was 87. Buketoff was best known for his orchestration of the first act of Rachmaninoff’s unfinished opera, “Monna Vanna.”|| A pet shop worker died of a severe heart ailment caused by rat bite fever, a rare infection that he contracted by cutting his finger on a rat cage, doctors said. || A public memorial service for Cawood Ledford, the longtime radio voice of the Kentucky Wildcats, was postponed in the wake of terrorist attacks that struck New York and Washington. Ledford died last Wednesday after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 75. A private funeral was held Sunday. || An inquiry into the gun battles that killed 27 people in July began yesterday with investigators pledging to interview witnesses and cops and to find ways to prevent future outbreaks. || The plane that crashed and killed singer/actress Aaliyah and eight other people in the Bahamas last month was grossly overloaded and out of balance. || William “Bill” S. Stults, age 78, of Toledo, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 9, 2001, at his home. || A Swiss nurse who confessed to the “mercy” killing of nine elderly women in July has admitted responsibility for 18 more deaths of old people in nursing homes and hospitals, officials said on Tuesday. The original nine deaths came to light at the end of May after 10 people died in a special unit for the senile in a home for the elderly in the central city of Lucerne, where the man had worked since December 2000. || A lawsuit has been filed against the former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger over his alleged role in the death of the former Chilean army commander, General Rene Schneider, in 1970. || Funeral services are today for Miller Farr Sr., the father of two former NFL players, who died Wednesday in his Southfield, Mich., home of complications from prostate cancer. He was 88. Son Mel Farr, a running back, played seven seasons with the Lions. Miller Farr Jr., a defensive back, played from 1965-73 for five teams.|| Oklahoma court postpones execution f Mexican. Gerardo Valdez, 41, was sentenced to die by injection for killing Juan Barron after Barron made sexual advances. Prosecutors said Valdez tried to persuade Barron that Christianity condemned homosexuality, then shot him twice in the head, cut his throat and burned the body in a barbecue pit. || Mrs. Rose Bianco Paszul, 66, of Seneca Court, Schonowe Village, died Monday at Mercy Life Center in Guilderland. || Elmer DeWitt “Dee” Armel, 77, of Columbia City and formerly of Fort Wayne, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2001, at Parkview Whitley Memorial Hospital. || Aaron Wake was a 24-year-old graphic arts student in Door County when he died this summer, a butane container near his body. Wake breathed in cigarette lighter vapors to get high but it turned out to be a lethal dose. || Milwaukee lost its most generous philanthropist in history with the passing of Jane Pettit, who died after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. She donated more than $250 million in the last 16 years in support of sports, arts, education and social services. || A Canadian woman died during testing of the abortion pill, and enrollment in the study has been temporarily suspended, the Population Council reported. || Mr Stone, 41, denies carrying out the attack in a country lane which left Lin Russell, 45, and her daughter Megan Russell, six, dead and Josie, nine, clinging to life, near Chillenden, Kent, on July 9, 1996. || The coroner’s office identified a woman killed in an automobile crash Sunday as a Huber Heights woman. Colodinia Nabors, 51, had been northbound on Philadelphia Drive about 8 p.m. when her car hit a metal utility pole near Hornwood Drive, according to sheriff’s deputies.She died at Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center. || Former Mattaponi Indian Chief Curtis L. “War Horse” Custalow, Sr., who led the tribe to an era of greater political autonomy, died Thursday. He was 85. || John Gavin Hurd, a Texas oilman and former U.S. ambassador to South Africa, died at home Thursday of heart failure. || Dennis M. Day is accused of shooting Randall Wayne McDaniel, 3700 Trail On Road, in the chest in front of 57 N. Main St., where Day lived. Day surrendered to police after the shooting, the first homicide in Moraine in a decade. || ‘Psychotic,’ but is Andrea Yates legally insane? Houston mom who drowned her 5 kids will find it tough to prove. || On the day five years ago that Ryan Tait Eslinger bought a gun from Kmart — which he later used to kill himself — his face was expressionless and he spoke in a monotone. He also was drooling, Eslinger’s mother, Sandra Eslinger, told jurors in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court. || Shooting range is ‘menace,’ but legal. The U.S. Forest Service routinely directs gun enthusiasts to the unofficial shooting range where a 10-year-old Auburn-area boy was shot dead by his father Sunday — even handing out maps to the popular target-practice site. || Robert Nathan, an economist who helped lead the nation’s industrial mobilization in World War II, died Sept 4 at a group home in Bethesda, Md. He was 92. || As Ohio prepares to execute John W. Byrd Jr. next week, Reginald A. Wilkinson is worried that something could go terribly wrong. Convicted in the 1983 murder of a convenience store clerk, Byrd has chosen electrocution over what many consider the more humane and less painful option of injection. Byrd, 37, maintains his innocence in the killing and says he wants his death to illustrate the brutality of capital punishment. || Jim Drake, 63, who worked with farmworker rights activist Cesar Chavez and helped organize the grape boycott of the 1960s died Sept. 3 of lung cancer in New York. || Auglaize County Coroner Thomas Fretag released autopsy results Monday for Brent E. Anderson, 37, who died after he was shot Sept. 2 on Ohio 67 in Wapakoneta. Preliminary autopsy results conducted by the Lucas County coroner’s office indicate Anderson died of multiple gunshot wounds. The death was ruled a homicide, Fretag said. || The health bureau is asking Mainers to continue to report any dead birds they find to the toll-free Dead Bird Reporting Line at 1-888-697-5846. || A man accused of killing seven people, including his girlfriend and her five children, was charged Monday with seven counts of first-degree murder. Adrian Moss, 24, is also accused of killing Ronald Fish, a man who lived across town from the other victims. Authorities said all seven were bludgeoned with a hammer and that Fish and Moss’ girlfriend, Leticia Aguilar, also had knife wounds. || Lucille F Schwarzbauer (nee Isabelle), 83. Of Tuxedo Park, NY, died Saturday, September 8, 2001, in Suffern, NY. || A former security guard at Heathrow airport says he discovered a break-in at a Pan Am baggage facility early on the day that 270 people died in the bombing of a New York-bound jumbo jet, a newspaper reported Tuesday. || At least 22 people were killed and 27 others wounded after an anti-aircraft missile accidentally exploded at an abandoned military garrison in south Mogadishu on Monday. One witness said the explosion was triggered by a man named Said Moalin Farah, who was trying to extract some copper metal from the old weapon. He was among those killed, the witness added. || Dorothy Dalsimer. Loving widow of Philip, active and devoted mother, caring and supportive grandmother, adoring great grandmother, a sister and good friend of many, died September 9, 2001 at a youthful 88. She was a cherished part of our lives. || Soraya Ali-Omar was found dead at her apartment on West Fifth Street at approximately 4:09 p.m., according to a Chico Police Department news release. Chico Police Detective Stan Duitsman said Ali-Omar died after voluntarily taking GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) and drinking alcohol with several people during a social gathering at a private residence on Friday night. ||And now at the Philadelphia Zoo, they’re dying – struck down by a disease unknown on their native coast. A second Humboldt penguin – a toddling and tuxedoed species beloved by children – has died at the zoo, apparently of the deadly West Nile virus, bird curator John Ffinch said. ||
A Note on Composing Part 3:
I wrote this text by working through the Google News results for the search mentioned in the title (and a few searches with variations) over the span of four days, from September 8, 2001 to September 11, 2001. I spent four hours finishing it on the 11th. A screenshot of the advanced search screen is included here to the right for those interested in conducting your own DDK (dead OR died OR killed) searches or using Google News in other more interesting ways. It’s pretty simple.
This DDK for 9/11/01 is the second that I have written, the first being for March 23, 2008. The impulse originated as a practical attempt to clarify some conflicting reports I had heard earlier that day about an incident in China where a number of Tibetans were reported killed. The morbid possibilities of the search fascinated me at the time, and I was soon looking though the complete record of deaths that Google News could provide for an isolated 24 hour period. I felt a record of my search and subsequent discoveries may be of equal interest and fascination to others.
While composing this text, the experience of reading about deaths for the first time mingled with memories of those which I had heard of or read about ten years ago. All of this mixed in too with my own memories of September 11, 2001, which by and large had not included any thought of these various events, erased as they were by the terrorist attacks. There is the sense with each story of its own singular importance, of how the numbers of deaths do not build, do not really accumulate like I had assumed: each one stands out as its own event, and each calls up the abyss of death—violent, peaceful or accidental—that I find terrible regardless of what brought death on. In spite of this, interesting and surprising themes emerged from the text: the West Nile virus deaths, the deaths of zoo animals, the brutality of some of the events, the various kinds of fatal accidents that occurred, and especially the numerous deaths linked to various drugs and alcohol.
What surprised me most, though, was how ordinary it all became after a few hours, and how I almost felt like not including some deaths in the text because they were too normal, too ordinary. But then this text is not about shocking readers. It is in part about the truth that death, terrifying and horrible as it can be, is something that becomes an ordinary thing through distance and repetition. And what are the deaths that we allow to become ordinary? The deaths of the elderly, yes, are not so unexpected, but what of the deaths to violent mobs in Africa, or of Palestinians, or Iraqis? These foreign deaths seem to become part of the background violence that are read as nothing unusual, nothing special, just more of the white-noise of death. The deaths caused by war, economics, poverty, disease, famine, etc. They also feed into the ignorant misrepresentation that these countries and peoples are “just like that over there.” Nobody is just like anything. There is always much more to people’s circumstances and live.
I place all of these deaths on an equal level in my mind, consider the living that are affected by these deaths, and think also about what may have led to the deaths. I then think about the deaths of those close to me and raise all of those in this text to that same emotional level. This is a contemplation on death that can build empathy and compassion in my heart.
I have a question I want to answer which I think is very important: How can I discover the greatest possible tenderness? Perhaps this can be one way, a good way to start.