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The Day Before the Day Everything Changed

Headlines from Sept. 11, 2001

The headlines on Sept. 12, 2001, were all about death, terror, mayhem, and violence. Which made looking back at the headlines of Sept. 11, 2001, feel like getting a last glimpse of a more innocent time. Here’s what was in the news ten years ago Sunday.

Washington City Paper, Sept. 7-13, 2001

Cover: “Punching In,” by Elissa Silverman, a lengthy feature on the D.C. summer jobs program.

Page 3 photo: Kid wearing Honduras flag as cape at Stadium-Armory Metro station after Honduras beat the U.S. in a World Cup qualifier at RFK on Sept. 2

Other stories: Gary Condit stakeout watch; can D.C. make money with public pay toilets?; Cheap Seats profile of Maryland Terrapins announcer Johnny Holliday; movie reviews of Diamond Men and Wet Hot American Summer; picks for Sept. 11 included George Mason University professor Andrew Ryan lecture, “Tupac Shakur: Keeping It Real vs. Keeping It Wrong”

NBC4 morning broadcast, Sept. 11, 2001

  • Reaction to then-Wizards executive Michael Jordan’s impending announcement that he might suit up to play.
  • School bus problems in Prince George’s County, with footage of a bus stop where kids were waiting and waiting for a bus that hadn’t arrived.
  • At Eastern Avenue and Riggs Road NE, neighbors were complaining that a gas station was leaking gas. Authorities were to take samples to figure out what was going on.
  • A primary election for the mayor of Frederick, Md.
  • Blockbuster announces it would phase out videocassettes in favor of DVDs.

Washington Post front page, Sept. 11, 2001

U.S. Navy Photo by Journalist 1st Class Mark D. Faram, via Wikimedia Commons

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