Daily Digest: Ramp stabbing, bridge memorial, Sept. 11 coverage

Katherine Lymn

Your Daily Digest for Monday, Sept. 12:

A man was stabbed to death in downtown Minneapolis last night, the Strib reports. A reported fight left one dead and another wounded in the Ramp C parking lot on the 300 block of Second Avenue North. That’s just across the Mississippi from the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. Names have not been released, but police say that witnesses pointed out the stabber and he was arrested.

After being vandalized days after opening, the 35W bridge memorial will get repaired starting today, the Strib reports. A comma, plus the letters u, l, n, t, d, w, a, i, n, y, a, w, g, e, a, s, r, m, m, o, g and e were taken from the memorial. Figure out what they were trying to spell? Many tried, but there were no standout answers. The original message was a quote: “Our lives are not only defined by what happens, but by how we act in the face of it, not only by what life brings us, but by what we bring to life. Selfless actions and compassion create enduring community out of tragic events.” The memorial is made of 13 steel beams, one for each victim of the August 2007 bridge collapse.

For the 10th anniversary of September 11, journalism did what it does best: it made people think.

The New York Times’ “The Reckoning” is a project years in the making that includes everything from obituaries on thousands of victims to a collective diary from that Tuesday. My favorite is “Getting Here from There,” by N.R. Kleinfield.

The Star Tribune’s Curt Brown traveled across America, profiling 9/11’s impacts on different people in different ways, in the six-part series, “The Road from 9/11.”

The Internet Archive features archived footage of morning shows from 9/11, including an eerie clip of the opening sequence of the Today Show, before any of the tragedies occurred.

The Newseum tracks newspapers’ front pages worldwide; here’s its feature on papers from Sept. 12, 2001. And here’s coverage of the 10th anniversary.

Time Magazine ran a full, ad-less issue to commemorate the anniversary. One touching part was its “Portraits of Resilience,” with portraits and words from every type of person affected by Sept. 11.

Amid the due remembrances and obituaries, there are instances where journalists uncovered what officials didn’t want to get out. A ProPublica and Guardian investigation uncovered how federal officials tried to tamp down information about the contaminated air at ground zero. The feds’ misleading messages “undoubtedly” contributed to the sickness among recovery workers in Lower Manhattan, says one doctor.