That's Jason D. Oswald in a picture taken in May of this year. Jason was the boyfriend of a friend of friend, and he moved to NY in June to start a job at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 101st floor of the WTC.
When did a shave seem significant? In Fallen Taliban City, a Busy, Busy Barber
In this town just taken from the Taliban by Northern Alliance troops, the busiest spot was Amon's Barbershop, where men lined up to have their beards shaved off.
One after another they came and one after the other the beards fell to the floor. At the end of the day, Amonullah, the proprietor, stood exhausted in a pile of beard cuttings.
To hear of the celebrations of the people freed from the oppressions of the Taliban just makes me want to cry with joy, to know that the war we are fighting is doing someone good.
In the 12 hours since the Taliban soldiers left this town, a joyous mood has spread. The people of Taliqan, who lived for two years under the Taliban's oppressive Islamic rule, burst onto the streets to toss off the restrictions that had burrowed into the most intimate aspects of their lives. Men tossed their turbans into the gutters. Families dug up their long-hidden television sets. Restaurants blared music. Cigarettes flared, and young men talked of growing their hair long.
Since CNN is so slow to respond when it responds at all, here's an article reproduced in full: CNN.com - American Airlines jet crashes in New York - November 12, 2001
November 12, 2001 Posted: 10:06 AM EST (1506 GMT).
NEW YORK (CNN) -- An American Airlines jet with 255 people on board crashed Monday on takeoff from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The plane went down at 9:17 a.m. EST in the Rockways section of the New York City borough of Queens, about five miles from Kennedy Airport.
CNN confirmed the plane was American Airlines Flight 587 from New York to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The plane was a Boeing Airbus A300. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said the plane was carrying 246 passengers and nine crew members.
Asked if terrorism was suspected, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Bill Schumann said, "All options are open at this time. We have very limited information."
The Pentagon said surveillance fights were going on in the area and nothing unusual had been spotted.
At least four houses were on fire, and a huge plume of smoke could be seen rising from the site. The New York Fire Department dispatched 44 firetrucks and 200 firefighters to the scene.
All three New York City-area airports -- Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark -- closed after the crash, along with all the city's bridges and tunnels. Mayor Rudy Giuliani declared a Level One emergency, mobilizing all available police, fire and emergency personnel.
But of course it should be said that there is no evidence of a bomb or terrorism.
We're ok. But now living close to an airport (La Guardia), which once seemed a great convenience, doesn't feel very safe. Reports say that a large part of the plane that just crashed near JFK fell off in the air, which suggests an explosion of some sort. I think.