“Pages of History” features excerpts from the News Journal archives, including the Wilmington Morning News, The Morning News and The Evening Journal.
September 12, 2001, The News Journal
Bush vows retaliation after hijacked planes destroy World Trade Center and burn down Pentagon
In the most devastating terrorist attack ever against the United States, knife-wielding hijackers crashed two jetliners into the World Trade Center on Tuesday, toppling its 110-story twin towers.
The deadly calamity was seen on televisions around the world as another plane slammed into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed outside Pittsburgh.
“Today our nation has seen evil,” President Bush said in an address to the nation Tuesday night. He said thousands of lives had been “suddenly interrupted by evil and despicable acts of terror”.
Admiral Robert J. Nater, Commander of the US Atlantic Fleet: “We have been attacked like never before since Pearl Harbor.
Establishing a death toll could take weeks….
No one took responsibility for the attacks that rocked the seats of finance and government. But federal authorities have identified Osama bin Laden, who was granted asylum by Afghan Taliban leaders, as the prime suspect….
For the first time, the country’s aviation system has come to a complete halt as officials examine the chilling flaws that have been revealed in safety procedures. Financial markets were also closed.
Senior congressional leaders were taken to an undisclosed location, as were top Bush administration officials….
Evacuations have been ordered at the tallest skyscrapers in several cities and top tourist attractions have been closed: Walt Disney World, Mount Rushmore, Space Needle in Seattle and Gateway Arch in St. Louis….
After:2,977 church bells and other ways Delawares marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11
September 13, 1922, The Evening Journal
Men admit to blowing up 14th Street Bridge
Four men are locked up at the Wilmington Police Station, guarded by additional officers, and will be arraigned in City Court tomorrow morning for blowing up the Pennsylvania Railroad Company’s 14th Street Bridge on August 31.
The men, who allegedly made full confessions of the crime under oath before a notary public, are former employees of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company’s Todd’s Cut stores and went on strike July 1….
Within half an hour of the explosion, all available detectives from the local office were assigned to solve the crime along with the best detectives the Pennsylvania Railroad had on staff and trained Pinkerton’s men… .
The first man to get definitive evidence was Detective Sutton of the local detective office. Keeping his own advice, he worked quietly for the past week, some of the time disguised in such a way that even his best friends wouldn’t have recognized him….
On Sunday morning, Sutton led Captain Benson near the 11th Street bridge and, after hiding, the officers watched for the expected men. They didn’t wait long to hear the full story of the explosion and a man’s admission that he placed the dynamite under the track and lit the fuse that caused the explosion….
Recent rail newsCar hit by CSX train on tracks near UD leaves 2 injured ‘life threatening’: Police
September 15, 1994, The News Journal
Baseball falls looking; The owners cancel the rest of the season, Series
Acting commissioner Bud Selig on Wednesday canceled the remainder of Major League Baseball’s 1994 season, including the playoffs and the World Series, because the ongoing labor dispute is likely to jeopardize the 1995 season as well.
This is the first time since 1904 that the World Series will not be played.
Selig, owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, told a press conference at Milwaukee County Stadium that the failure to reach a labor agreement and the 34-day strike by the MLB Players Association had made it impossible to resume play. without substantial conditioning time for the players.
“We ran out of ground,” Selig said. “It’s tragic, but I wasn’t going to let the most important games of the season become a farce.”
Donald Fehr, executive director of the players’ union, said it was all part of the owners’ plan to break up the union through the unilateral implementation of their salary cap proposal….
Wilmington Trust continues to expand
Delaware will remain a banking center under a new federal banking law. And its dominant bank will continue to spread to other states, its top executives said Wednesday.
The Interstate Banking Act, which was approved by Congress on Tuesday and awaits President Clinton’s signature, is expected to help big lenders cut costs and expand into new markets by merging local banks into multistate megabanks.
But the law won’t have “much impact” locally, Wilmington Trust Corp. Chairman Leonard W. Quill told a luncheon of 50 investment analysts and bank officers at the Grand Opera House.
Liberal state laws allow Delaware lenders to run lucrative investment, insurance, incorporation, and credit card businesses restricted or denied in other states.
Since 1981, companies outside the state have purchased at least six Delaware retail banks with these special powers. And they opened more than 20 credit card and business service banks, creating 15,000 new jobs….
For all its competitors, Wilmington Trust holds approximately 40% of Delaware’s retail bank deposits – a dominance unmatched by any other bank in the continental United States….
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