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NIST WTC 7 Investigation Finds Building Fires Caused Collapse

August 21, 2008Related DocumentsCONTACT: Ben Stein, NIST
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ben.stein@nist.govMichael Newman , NIST
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mnewman@nist.govGAITHERSBURG, Md.—The fall of the 47-story World Trade Center building 7 (WTC 7) in New York City late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, was primarily due to fires, the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today following an extensive, three-year scientific and technical building and fire safety investigation. This was the first known instance of fire causing the total collapse of a tall building, the agency stated as it released for public comment its WTC investigation report and 13 recommendations for improving building and fire safety.“Our study found that the fires in WTC 7, which were uncontrolled but otherwise similar to fires experienced in other tall buildings, caused an extraordinary event,” said NIST WTC Lead Investigator Shyam Sunder. “Heating of floor beams and girders cause…

My Two Cents on Sarah Palin

She should not even be in the running. This is akin to Clarence Thomas: I couldn't care less (and didn't at the time) that he was black. He sucked: a C rating by the ABA. Shouldn't have even been nominated, and the Anita Hill thing was a typically spineless Democratic gambit to find "another reason" not to approve of the choice, whether she was telling the truth or not. I can't stand Alito, Roberts, and Scalia, but they have brains and the right to be on the court, objectively speaking. Of course they are dangerous, but they're not unqualified, from a certain perspective. Thomas was and is; ditto Palin.

The GOP is very good at catching liberals in their own silly, narcissistic identity politics, and when they squirm, they show how spineless they are. All the Demz have been doing is touting how "historic" the Hillobama run has been. As if there has never been a female ruler in the history of the world. Margaret Thatcher was female (presumably). Go…

Call to Action on Behalf of DN! Journalists Facing Charges for Reporting on the Republican National Convention

Today it is critical that you make your voice heard in the Ramsey County Attorney and St. Paul City Attorney offices. Demand that they drop all pending and current charges against journalists arrested while reporting on protests outside the Republican National Conventions.The Ramsey County Attorney’s office is in the process of deciding whether or not to press felony P.C. (probable cause) riot charges against Democracy Now! Producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Please contact Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner by all means possible to demand that her office not press charges against Kouddous and Salazar.Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner
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(612)804-6156The St. Paul City Attorney’s office has already charged Amy Goodman with misdemeanor obstruction of a legal process and interference with a…

Free Press Petition to Release Journalists Arrested at RNC

Dear Doug, Reports of journalists, bloggers and videomakers being arrested keep rolling in. The St. Paul police department's targeting of journalists, including Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! and the I-Witness videomakers, is having a chilling effect on free speech as the city hosts the Republican National Convention. Many in the mainstream media are ignoring these attacks on journalism -- and some independent media makers are still in jail. But in less than 24 hours, more than 35,000 people have signed our letter demanding that press intimidation cease immediately and that all charges against journalists be dropped.This is an incredible response. Help deliver the message that a free press will not be intimidated!Help Us Reach 50,000 Letters: Take Action NowThanks, Josh P.S. Below is yesterday's e-mail with detailed information about the arrests. Dear Friend, Police in St. Paul arrested several journalists yesterday, including Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman. Stand Up fo…

Amy Goodman & Two Democracy Now! Producers Arrested at RNC Protest

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Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) Condemns Police Intimidation of Journalists As the RNC Opens in St. Paul, Twin Cities Police Arrest Nearly 300; Journalists Targeted Amy Goodman Grills St. Paul Police Chief About Her Arrest and Two Democracy Now! ProducersPolice Fire Flash Grenades, Tear Gas at RNC ProtestersOutside the convention Tuesday, police fired flash bang grenades and tear gas at peaceful protesters after the end of a march led by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. The grenades are designed to produce a deafening bang and a blinding flash. Twin Cities police arrested at least 10 people on Tuesday bringing the total number this week to over three hundred. Dozens of activists jailed on Monday were still being slowly released last night. Democracy Now caught up with a medic shortly after he was freed after more than twenty-hours behind bars.Medic: “There are still a whole lot of people in jail waiting to get out and a lot of people are really uncertain about …

St. Paul Police Bring Iraq Home for the RNC