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Brownsville and world react to death of Moammar Gadhafi

Early Thursday morning news began to spread that Moammar Gadhafi, known dictator of Libya, had been either captured, wounded or killed. Eventually it was confirmed that he was, in fact, dead and images of his body being passed around went viral. Here’s a look at local and worldwide reactions to this event.

We asked our readers to answer the following question: What do you think it means for the world now that Osama bin Laden and Moammar Gadhafi have been killed?

Answers are included throughout this presentation.

US official: Libyan gov’t confirms Gadhafi’s death
WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. official says Libya’s new government has told the United States that Moammar Gadhafi is dead. The official said Libya’s Transitional National Council informed U.S. officials in Libya of the development Thursday. The official said TNC chief Mahmoud Jibril was expected to officially announce Gadhafi’s death soon.

Natalia Pedraza-Limas: More will come… never ends…

@BrownsvilleNews I think it means peace in the world for once. Wish I can say the same for the Republican Party.
October 20, 2011
Damaris Murillo: There is someone that is always willing to replace them.
Probably even worse than them.
Celebrations erupt in Libya amid reports of Gadhafi capture, death -
October 20, 2011 — Updated 1340 GMT (2140 HKT) (CNN) — Libyans erupted in jubilation Thursday following unconfirmed reports that ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi may have been captured or killed. A “cacophany of celebration” could be heard in Tripoli, as ships and cars blasted their horns and shots were fired into the air, said CNN’s Dan Rivers.
@BrownsvilleNews TWO WORDS : Power Vacuum
October 20, 2011
Qaddafi’s End, the Mideast’s Future - Room for Debate -
Shortly after the news of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s death, Libyans took to the street to celebrate and the Arab twittersphere lit up with gleeful comments, many of them hinting at a similar fate awaiting other Arab dictators. Still the frustration over the stalled pace of change in other countries swept up in the Arab Spring is growing.

Sep 9

Brownsville, world remembers 9/11

We asked our readers to share their Sept. 11 experiences. Many wrote and talked about where they were that day, what they felt, and how their world has changed since then. We’ve compiled them together in this story, along with links to videos and stories from across the web.

Meri G. Heggie
My husband and I were in Las Vegas on four-day business/fun trip. We’d left our children with our good neighbors across the street to babysit. We were awaken at about 5:30 a.m., and were told frantically to turn on the television. To our dismay, we could not believe what we were watching. We then saw, right before our very own eyes, the striking of the second airplane as it hit the second Twin Tower. I last remembered watching a group of firemen marching down the street into the smoky clouds, as they disappeared never to return again. We were stuck in Vegas for nine days. The airport was shut down, and my husband was grounded from traveling as per his company’s instructions. That day we walked down Vegas Strip, and it felt like a ghost town. Everyone stared at each other, not knowing who to trust or what to believe and yet ironically felt so very patriotic as every marquee on the Strip proudly displayed our American flag. Once we finally were able to board the airplane back home, we sat there quietly. It was dead silent, still in disbelief. As of today, we still owe our neighbors for taking such good care of our children!
Brownsville firefighters to join 9/11 memorial ride
Brownsville fire fighters, Jerry Seay,DeanGutierrez, David Hinojosa, (back) Rudy Gomez,Albert Trevino, and Oscar Garcia will be attending the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 in New York. The fire fighters will leave Brownsville on Sunday and join more fire fighters in San Antonio and begin their trip on motor cycles from that point on.
Erik Arredondo
I was driving to school listening to the Big Al & Charlie radio show when I heard of the attacks. Once I got there, the mood was somber and everyone was in shock. No classwork was given that day, as we listened to the radio and watched the news in select classes.
Arlene Aguirre 
I was in my 8th grade English class when that happened. All we did was watch the news that day.
Fighter Pilots Were Prepared To Die On Sept. 11 : NPR
As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks draws closer, we’re pointing to some of the stories being told about that day and the days since. “We wouldn’t be shooting it down. We’d be ramming the aircraft. … I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot.” That’s what Maj.
Ana Lugo
I was a freshman in high school when it happened and what I remember the most is how much my stomach turned when I saw the buildings begin to collapse on live television.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
National September 11 Memorial & Museum - General Information: The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.
Adrienne Gabbert
I was on vacation in San Diego. We had flown in to LA two days prior. We got a call bright and early that morning saying, “I know you vowed to NOT watch any news while you’re here but you HAVE to turn on the TV now!” My mate at the time was a reporter and he was taking a break. We sat and watched with the rest of the world as our lives became forever changed.
Students, faculty pause to discuss Sept. 11
UTB-TSC students and faculty paused Friday to share how 9/11 impacted them.
Cassandra Marie Bravo
I was a 6th grader going into art class. I remember thinking of seeing a movie but then I saw it was live. I cried… now 10 years later I’m in EMS.
Photographer behind 9/11 “Falling Man” retraces steps, recalls “unknown soldier”
"Although he has not chosen his fate, he appears to have, in his last instants of life, embraced it," wrote Tom Junod in a renowned 2003 Esquire piece that coined the title of the photo, which won a 2001 World Press Photo award and is the subject of a 2006 documentary film.
Jorge Olvera
I had just graduated Navy boot camp and was training at my “A” school in Great Lakes, Ill. The base went into high alert/lockdown right after the planes hit. I quickly realized that my tour of duty had changed the second the first plane hit the tower. Sure enough, Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom followed not long after.
Yesenia Salinas
I was getting ready to go to school… it was my junior year in the university when I saw what happened on the TV and then the second plane hit the Twin Towers. Instead of going to school, I went straight to work which was at the Kansas City Airport Marriott to help out since they said all planes were making emergency landing. Seeing all the dismay happening was scary and unbelievable. That day I stayed at work from about 10 a.m. til midnight; the next day I went to class and explained to my professors why I wasn’t in class. The other thought that went through my mind was “God, please be with my brother because my brother at that time was in the Marines.” That day will never be forgotten…
The Day of the 9/11 Attacks, by the Numbers
Months before Sept. 11 that Mohamed Atta, the lead hijacker, was readmitted to the country after overstaying his visa. Days before Sept. 11 that Zacarias Moussaoui, suspected as the 20th hijacker, was arrested on immigration charges. Ounces of silver recovered from a Bank of Nova Scotia vault below the towers.
Frank D. Garcia
I will always remember that dreadful day in September. That day the school librarian where I work called me over the see the breaking news on CNN. Teachers gathered to see the horrific pictures on TV. Teachers wept in disbelief of the events unfolding in New York. When I got home the news was that gas was going to skyrocket—the gas lines at HEB were long . People were panicking everywhere you went to buy gas. People were also going to church to pray for the people that were dying at the Twin Towers. I will always remember that day in September … God Bless America! 
Sept. 11 Then And Now, In One Word : NPR
No matter where you were, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 made it a day filled with emotions. Many of you have told us what one word best describes how you felt that day, and what one word describes your emotions now. This graphic displays the connections between those words.
Trisha Lee Varela
I was at work when I heard all the noise coming from the patient waiting area. I went to see the problem and on the TV was the Twin Towers surrounded by smoke and fire! It was a horrible feeling just thinking of all the people that died in the seconds it took me to get up from my seat.
Local students recall 2001 terror attacks, pay tribute to victims
September 11, 2004 Adam Tullos still remembers the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. He was 8 years old at the time, and three years later, he can still describe that day. A lot of people were screaming, said the 11-year-old Episcopal Day School sixth-grader.
Nidia Carolina Monteagudo
I was home right outside Chicago and decided to watch some TV and an image of NY was on the channel. Smoke was all over and the image of the second airplane crashing on the building. I thought it was a movie, then I turned the channel to watch something else but the same thing was on… for a second I thought “How weird, same movie is on both channels.” Then the person on TV sounded too real and it hit me! I was in shock—words cannot explain the emotional turmoil. I called my friend to let him know. He couldn’t believe it. And the rest of the day I kept watching the news and worried about what could happen here to in Chicago. I think the world after that day now suffers from post-traumatic stress.
Where I Was: An Interactive Map of 9/11 Memory
Megan Ruth Sidoma-Galli
On that day I was in the hospital with my daughter. She was five months at the time. She had been born two months early. I had a room on the hospital next to my daughter. I got up and turned on the TV at the exact time we had seen the second plane hit. I remember asking the nurse in the room (were) there two planes? It was a long day of disbelief . But when I saw the towers fall down I remember feeling stunned. Three thousand souls had all cried out at once. How could anyone not feel a part… their soul had cried out in pain as well. I remember feeling so very lost. Can’t even begin to understand the grief and pain of all the people of 9/11. All I can do is pray for them all.
Kids with Bush on 9/11 saw change sweep over him
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - The 16 children who shared modern America’s darkest moment with President George W. Bush are high school seniors now - football players, ROTC members, track athletes, wrestlers and singers. They remember going over an eight-paragraph story so it would be perfect when they read it to the president on Sept.


The International Space Station passed over Hurricane Irene at roughly 3:15pm ET Wednesday.


The International Space Station passed over Hurricane Irene at roughly 3:15pm ET Wednesday.

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Feb 1

Go, go, go! We are not leaving until he leaves.

- Chants from the crowd gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after President Mubarak announced he will not run again, but he also will not immediately leave his position.

Feb 1

This blast of arctic air will probably put last year’s cold weather to shame. There ain’t no stopping this one. We need to be prepared for it.

- Barry Goldsmith, coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Brownsville, preparing residents for the upcoming winter conditions.


Video from the arraignment of Javier de la Rosa, the Lopez High School student accused of killing his girlfriend, Tiffany Galvan, by stabbing her 48 times.

Thank you for suing us. Here’s the truth about our seasoned beef.

- Taco Bell’s rebuttal to a lawsuit which said the beef used by the fast food chain contains extenders and binders.

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