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Thursday
Jan192012

Mark Wahlberg: I Could Have Prevented 9/11 Attack

Indigo/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Although he plays an action hero on the big screen, Mark Wahlberg seems to think his heroic chops -- and his pugilistic past -- could have changed one of the darkest days in American history.

In an interview with Men's Journal, the Contraband star says he was booked on one of the flights that was hijacked on 9/11, but his flight was rescheduled.

Although the twist of fate spared him from the terror attacks, Wahlberg seems confident he could have spared a lot of bloodshed that day -- of the civilians, that is.  The hijackers wouldn't have been so lucky, Wahlberg boasts.

"If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did.  There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, 'Okay, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.'"

Wahlberg has since backtracked on his comments, saying in a statement released Wednesday, "To speculate about such a situation is ridiculous to begin with, and to suggest I would have done anything differently than the passengers on that plane was irresponsible.  I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive, it was certainly not my intention."

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Monday
Sep122011

Celebrities Commemorate 9/11 Anniversary on Twitter

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On a day when America remembered the events of 9/11, many celebrities took to Twitter on Sunday to send their thoughts to those affected by the tragedy.

Here's a sample of those tweets:

-- Ellen DeGeneres: "Ten years ago today, the world changed. I hope everyone finds time to remember those we lost...and to tell someone that you love them."

-- Lea Michele: "To all the families and people of New York affected by the tragedies of September 11th my thoughts and prayers go out to you."

-- Kim Kardashian: "My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families affected by the awful tragedy of 9/11."

-- Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of Jersey Shore: "#Iwill shake a firefighter’s hand. What will you do this Sept 11? Join the 9/11 Tribute Movement @911day #IWill."

-- Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino of Jersey Shore: "Please take a moment to remember all of those that lost or sacrificed their lives 10 years ago today! #ProudToBeAnAmerican"

-- Demi Moore: "Today on #9/11 as we take pause to honor and remember the loss let's us also connect and hold the love that heals and unites us!"

-- Olivia Wilde: "10 years ago today, our shocked world marched together for Peace. let's not forget that spirit. my heart goes out to all who have suffered."

-- Kevin Smith: After recalling the moment when he learned the twin towers were under attack, he wrote, "My heart goes out to all the families and friends of the people in both the planes and the buildings who were murdered 10 years ago today."

-- Kirstie Alley: "So many Heros to remember. The ones who died & the ones who fought to save them...& those who fight daily to ensure our freedom. We salute U"

-- Denise Richards: "my thoughts and prayers are with all the families & loved ones affected by the devastating tragedy of 9/11 We will never forget...."

-- The Jonas Brothers: "Remembering and praying for all those who lost loved ones 10 years ago today"

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Sunday
Sep112011

Sunday Comic Strips Turn Serious for 9/11 Anniversary

ALEX FUCHS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The funny pages are getting serious for 9/11.  Nearly every major comic strip in America's newspapers this Sunday will be devoted to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

In Blondie, the Bumpsteds and their neighbors will salute a flag, under the words "Never Forget."  In the strip Archie, the new class president at Riverdale High will unveil the school's own 9/11 memorial.

And Sunday's Dick Tracy will include a tribute to fire marshal Ronald Bucca, one of the 343 firefighters and 72 police officers who died at the World Trade Center.

"These public safety professionals saved 25,000 civilian lives that day," the strip says.

America's cartoonists have banded together before, to deal with issues such as breast cancer and the environment.  Many of them took part in a 9/11 tribute on the first Thanksgiving after the attacks.

But the scope of this 9/11 commemoration is unprecedented: Ninety-three comic strips are taking part, from Archie to Zits.

"The comics come into people's lives every day, usually around the breakfast table.  We are part of the American family.  It is good for us to be part of the discussion about 9/11," said Patrick McDonnell, who draws the strip Mutts.

The cartoonists were given free rein in how to treat the anniversary.  Most of the strips are poignant, a few use humor.  Some of the cartoons might even trigger a reaction unusual for someone reading the funnies: tears.

Planning for the cartoonists' tribute began back in January and included the five major syndicates that provide comic strips to newspapers: King Features, Creators, Tribune Media Services, Universal Press and the Washington Post Writers Group.

All the strips will be posted online, beginning on 9/11, at cartoonistsremember911.com.  They also will be displayed in special exhibits at the Newseum, in Washington, D.C.; the Cartoon Art Museum, in San Francisco; the Toonseum, in Pittsburgh; and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art and the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

And, of course, in newspapers across the country on 9/11.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Sep022011

9/11, Remembrance and Renewal: Celebs Recall Attacks

October 2001: Paul McCartney organized "The Concert for New York" to raise money for the families of victims of 9/11. Dave Hogan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the nation marks 10 years since the attacks of 9/11, three music stars reflect on the tragedies of that day.

On Sept. 11, 2001, New Yorker Stefani Germanotta was a 15-year-old girl with big dreams. "I remember where I was and what I did and exactly...every moment and the smell and everything about it I remember," she says. Ten years after that tragic day, Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, is one of the biggest stars in the world.

"I will always mourn on Sept. 11," she says.

Paul McCartney watched the events unfold from an airplane while on the tarmac at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

"Out of the window on the right side of the airplane you could see the Twin Towers," he recalls.

After witnessing the tragedy firsthand, McCartney stayed in New York and helped organize The Concert for New York City to honor the first responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"There was really great fear and we actually felt like we were doing a bit of good," McCartney says of the concert, which raised more than $30 million to benefit the victims and their families.

Billy Joel also played at that concert with Elton John.  Joel says that while 9/11 was a tragic blow to his hometown, New York City has recovered.

"This city has great resolution.  There's a lot of resolve here, there's a lot of character here.  You're not going to keep this place down," he says.

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