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9/12/01: Experts at UI remark on degree of coordination

This story originally appeared on Sept. 12, 2001.

Sept. 11, 2001 may end up being "the bloodiest day in American military history," and it may not be the last such day, John Lynn says.

9/12/01: Current, former residents of area were at scene

This story originally appeared on Sept. 12, 2001.

East Central Illinois isn't as far away from New York and Washington as you might think.

Several current or former residents of the area talked Tuesday about the events in the two cities, where hijacked planes rammed into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in the nation's capital.

9/12/01: Residents keep close watch over day's events

This story originally appeared on Sept. 12, 2001.

DANVILLE — Danville officials and residents kept their eyes on television newscasts and stayed close to the phone Tuesday after commercial jetliners were used as weapons in New York and Washington's terrorist attacks.

Lisa Andrews of Danville said she was at work in Rantoul when she learned of the tragedy.

9/11/01: Prayer services set for tonight

This story originally appeared on Sept. 11, 2001.

The following services have been scheduled in the wake of today's terrorist attacks:

Churches of the Downtown Church Alliance meeting at First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C, 7 tonight.

Episcopalian Church of St. John the Divine, 1011 S. Wright St., C, 6:30 tonight.

9/13/01: Local chapter of Red Cross collects $182,000

This story originally appeared on Sept. 13, 2001.

In just over 24 hours, local residents gave more than $180,000 to relief efforts for the attacks in New York and Washington.

Barbara Payne, executive director of the Illini Prairie Chapter of the Red Cross, said today the agency collected $182,000 from 3 p.m. Tuesday through 7 p.m. Wednesday.

9/13/01: Citizens proud to fly U.S. flag after attack

This story originally appeared on Sept. 13, 2001.

ST. JOSEPH - Deb Sensenbrenner is waging a one-woman campaign to make sure Americans fly their flags.

On Wednesday she talked to the Champaign Wal-Mart manager about restocking the store's supply of flags. She also sent out e-mails to friends urging them to display Old Glory.

9/12/01: Cities join in prayers for peace

This story originally appeared on Sept. 12, 2001.

In Champaign-Urbana as across the land, churches, synagogues and other places of communal sharing filled to overflowing Tuesday night following the worst terrorism attack in U.S. history.

9/12/01: An attack on Jews, too, prof says

This story appeared on Sept. 12, 2001.

CHAMPAIGN — Local Jews felt the pain of an embattled America, but had special worries of their own.

Sinai Temple held a special service Tuesday evening, hours after a threatening phone call made the synagogue concerned about its own security.

9/12/01: Residents turn to churches

This story originally appeared on Sept. 12, 2001.

When Danville resident Vera Schoolcraft learned of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., she found herself overcome with a feeling of utter helplessness.

On Tuesday evening, she found comfort the only way knew how - through prayer.

9/11/01: Flight bound for Seattle told to land at Willard

This story appeared in the final afternoon edition of The News-Gazette on Sept.. 11, 2001. 

SAVOY — The Airbus jet was cruising at 31,000 feet, just outside Champaign-Urbana, when Capt. Bob Smith got the order: land the plane now.