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Organizers were expecting hundreds to attend Sunday’s dedication of a Sept. 11 memorial in Belleville that includes a steel beam from the World Trade Center.

The ceremony is at 2 p.m. and will mark the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Linda Lockhart | St. Louis Public Radio

On Sunday, as Americans remember the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, 93-year-old Warren Nelson of St. Louis will avoid looking at the photographs.

Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III
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Robert S. Mueller III became director of the FBI in 2001, just one week before the Sept. 11 attacks. He then had the enormous responsibility of leading the agency through a transformation into the threat-based, intelligence-led organization it is today.

Mueller spoke to St. Louis Public Radio's Katie Cook about the changes the FBI underwent post 9/11, and the many efforts its agents made to better serve the country’s changing needs.

Debbie Sobeck and her fifth grade class at Kennerly Elementary School discussing the events of Sept. 11.
Julie Bierach / St. Louis Public Radio

How do educators teach about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, especially with students too young to remember the tragedy?  

March to the Arch via Facebook

The annual Sept. 11 March to the Arch started in 2002 when Bo Drochelman took the American flag from the front porch of his Kirkwood home and walked to the Gateway Arch.

“It wasn’t well planned, I can tell you that,” Drochelman said. He wanted to do something that would honor those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, and was a personal sacrifice. So he left a note for his wife, and started walking.

Christine Brewer
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Soprano Christine Brewer, jazz pianist Peter Martin and jazz vocalist Denise Thimes will perform Sunday with ensembles from various faith communities in an annual 9/11 commemoration concert. 

Related story: Sept. 11 Concert Focuses On Uniting Community

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Saint Louis University is launching a study to explore whether two cancer medications could also help protect U.S. troops from bioterrorism attacks.

SLU is part of a consortium of institutions participating in the project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

It's back to work for some 200 ex-TWA flight attendants. American Airlines will recall the workers in November, according to U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.

They were laid off back in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks hit the airline industry hard. American had cut 2,500 flight attendants in all during the slowdown, many of them were former TWA employees. The airline had bought out TWA earlier in 2001. 

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Updated at 8:35 p.m. with statement from city.

A federal appeals court has ruled that a St. Louis city ordinance regulating street-side protests "excessively chills free speech" because it does not make clear exactly when those protests become a traffic hazard.

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Anti-smoking advocates want more smoking bans

Groups against smoking are urging the St. Louis County Council to make changes to the smoking ban that went into effect last year.

Currently, businesses whose food sales result in 25 percent of gross sales including food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are eligible for an exemption from the smoking ban. There are 145 businesses that currently allow smoking in the county.

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A Missouri House committee has wrapped up a series of hearings on improving 911 communications systems used by emergency responders.  Supporters of proposed upgrades admit, though, that they have a hard case to sell to both politicians and the public.

Lawmakers and local-level officials at today's meeting stressed the need to use 911 systems that can integrate text messaging and even video communications.  “Doc” Kritzer is a county commissioner from Callaway County.

Members of Missouri Task Force 1 along with members of the New York City Fire Department and other first responders search through rubble at Ground Zero.
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Firefighter Steve Mossotti deployed to New York City with Missouri Task Force 1 to assist in search and rescue at the World Trade Center.

Even 10 years later, firefighter Steve Mossotti's pictures of ground zero are difficult to look at — and impossible not to.

300 pixels only Beacon's summer interns, 2011. Front, from left: Claudia Rechtien, Connie McCollom, Abby Spudich. Back: Ryan Schuessler, Allison Prang, Ray Carter and Jonathan Ernst.
Nicole Hollway | St. Louis Beacon file photo

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: For college student Ryan Schuessler who was a fourth-grader on Sept. 11, 2001, that day is a collection of odd memories with few specific recollections about the historic event itself.

Schuessler, then a student at Keysor Elementary School in Kirkwood, remembers his teacher playing the song "I'm Proud to Be An American" and handing out American flag cookies. He recalls a woman he didn't know hugging him and his mother.

"God bless you," the woman told them.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Time has turned out to be the best therapy for many who were traumatized by the sight of jetliners crashing into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York during a terrorist attack a decade ago, mental health experts say.

While post-traumatic stress disorder was common among eyewitnesses in New York's Manhattan to the horrors of Sept. 11, 2011, many experts say there has been no long-term emotional effect on those who watched the events unfold on television.

Kevin and Linda Boyer with their grandson Trenton.
Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Beacon | 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Ten years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Kevin Boyer of Maryland Heights still remembers vividly the moment he thought he was going to die.

Boyer and a co-worker had stood staring up at the raging fires and black smoke billowing from the top floors of the 110-story twin towers of the World Trade Center, about two blocks away. They had made it down safely from the 70th floor of the north tower -- a slow but orderly ordeal down a stairwell jammed with tense office workers on one side and anxious emergency workers in full gear dutifully trudging up the other.

"You would stand in one section for what seemed forever," he said.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: When the Department of Homeland Security released a list in May of cities that qualified for the Urban Area Security Initiative program, Kansas City didn't make the cut -- even though it's been receiving funds since 2003.

This year, St. Louis was the only city in Missouri to receive part of the $662.6 million allocated toward preventing or responding to terrorism, and it will likely receive a smaller slice -- about $5.97 million -- than in the 2010 budget year.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: For Mike Eads, a federal grant program to help local fire departments forestall layoffs provided some extra firepower in a crisis situation.

Eads is the fire chief at the Neosho Fire Department in southwest Missouri. In February, it received $780,643 from a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant. SAFER is one of many grant programs under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's grant programs directorate -- part of the Department of Homeland Security -- that provides funds to local agencies.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: "Hooray! And good riddance."

Those were the reactions Monday of Betty Nelson of Kirkwood, after hearing of the death of Osama bin Laden. Her son, David, was among those killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

When the cabinet of the Interfaith Partnership of St. Louis held a retreat last week, the main item on the agenda was to discuss faith as a bridge over the area's racial divide.

But Batya Abramson-Goldstein, chair of the cabinet, said she realized another topic cried out for the group to discuss and take a stand -- the controversy over a Muslim center planned for a few blocks from Ground Zero in New York.