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9/11 through bin Laden’s death: How tech has changed over the years

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Osama Bin Laden's death is a clear victory in the war on terror for the U.S., but as someone who was working in New York City on September 11, 2001, this event also highlights just how much has changed in the world of technology, communication and news dissemination in the last 10 years.

Nearly a decade ago, I marveled at how technology allowed us to not only learn about the attack on the World Trade Center, but experience it as it unfolded. Back then,  I relied heavily on AOL's Instant Messenger to communicate with my team in the office and those scattered around the country. As a result, AIM was a constant presence on my desktop and it's through that platform that I learned of the first jet hitting one of the towers. With that distressing information in hand, our staff gathered in a conference room to watch TV news on a larger projection TV. As a result, we all witnessed the second plane hit the other tower and knew we were under attack.

I used AIM throughout the day to stay in touch with family, friends, and co-workers. Most of my news updates, however, were delivered via TV and radio. There was no Google News, no Facebook, no Twitter, or YouTube for anyone to post eyewitness accounts.

Last night, much of the world learned of Osama bin Laden's death hours before President Barack Obama announced it in a televised news conference at roughly 11:35pm Eastern. Back in 2001, those sharing news about the airplane hitting one of the World Trade Center towers were simply repeating what they had seen on local television networks. Real news was rarely traded on the point-to-point instant messaging service. In fact, there was no concept of a viral network or participants simply sharing what they were experiencing to a wider group without thought of import or impact.

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President Obama Addresses Nation: Osama bin Ladin is Dead

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Specials, ABC, Cable, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, Announcements, News,

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Around 10:45 pm EST, nearly every network and cable news network preempted regular programming to pre-announce an announcement made by the President of the United States: Osama bin Ladin is dead.

About an hour later, Barack Obama walked down the long red carpet in the wide main corridor of the White House, and stood at a podium alone to address the nation.

“It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened…” He went on the heart-wrenchingly, poetically describe the horrors of September 11, 2001, an event masterminded by Osama bin Ladin.

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Alec Baldwin Subject of Daughter’s 911 Call

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Movies, Television,

Alec Baldwin and Ireland Baldwin + Ireland Baldwin + phones = Do Not Mix.

Early this morning, the 30 Rock star was rushed to the hospital after what is being called a “misunderstanding” by Alex’s rep Matthew Hiltzik. Police and aid arrived at his Central Park West home shortly after receiving a 911 call reportedly made by Baldwin’s 14-year-old daughter.

According to sources, Ireland - who is pictured with her father at the 2009 Screen Actor’s Guild Awards - claimed her father had threatened to take sleeping pills after they had gotten into a horrible fight. At the time of her call, Alec was reportedly “unresponsive.”

Although the 51-year-old was transported to Lenox Hill Hospital, he was quickly released. A friend of Alec’s says this proves the Emmy winner was in no way under the influence of anything.

“If there was a real problem, he wouldn’t have been released within an hour,” Matthew added.

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Rescue Me to End in 2011

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, FX, Cancellations, News, Renewals,

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Some good news and bad news for followers of . The FX series about New York City firefighters has just been granted a 7th season. Unfortunately, that will also be the program’s last.

The timing of the show’s end has been carefully thought out. The final hours will air in 2011—the year we


commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

“Within the next couple of weeks, we’re going to begin shooting the last 19 episodes, which will be the final two seasons of the show,” co-creator and executive producer Peter Tolan said.

Rescue Me‘s current season will wrap on up on September 1.

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Thieves Alert Cops During Crime

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones,

911 SignIf you are up to no good, remember to put your cell phone on lock. Three men in Middleton, NY, were in the midst of stealing some tires when they accidentally turned themselves in. Andre Price, Fabian Corley and Xavier Jenkins were stripping the car when apparently one of them leaned on the car, inadvertently pushing 9 for several seconds. This resulted in a connection to 911 where the police heard then traced the call. All three were caught and will be arraigned soon.

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This Week on TV (9/8-9/14)

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(You can view TV Envy’s Fall Television Programming Schedule here.)


MONDAY (9/8)
  • The Oprah Winfrey Show (Syndicated, check local listings:  Season 23 premiere. Oprah kicks off her new year with over 150 Olympians. Medals, schmedals. I’m sure they’re all hoping for free cars.
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX, 8pm):  Season 2 premiere. “Agent Ellison handles the aftermath of Cromartie’s massacre.” Now if a pool full of dead bodies doesn’t spell things out for Ellison, nothing will.
  • Take Home Nanny (TLC, 8pm):  “Parents of aggressive twins need help from Emma to get the kids to behave well for a dinner with a teacher at the new school they want the boys to attend next year.” After they’re accepted, the twins then become the teacher’s problem.
  • Prison Break (FOX, 9pm):  “Michael and his crew have one day to find the other five cardholders or they’ll go back to prison.” Yeah, yeah, yeah - been there, done that.

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Red Dawn Scheduled for Remake

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: MGM, Action, Drama, Upcoming Releases,

Red Dawn

Almost 25 years after it was originally released, it’s been announced that is now up for the inevitable remake. Wolverines!

In 1984, the Cold War era movie - the first movie to be rated PG-13 - saw a group of high schoolers head for the woods after the Soviets and Cubans invaded America. With the weapons they had stockpiled, the teens did their best to wreak havoc on the foreign troops. (You can read my review of the Red Dawn Collector’s Edition here.)

Believing there’s no better time to revisit a story about an invasion on U.S. soil, MGM has greenlighted an update of its cult classic.

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This Week on DVD: October 9, 2007

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  • 28 Weeks Later:  starring Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne
  • Evan Almighty:  starring Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman
  • Poltergeist (25th Anniversary Edition):  starring Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams
  • Reign Over Me:  starring Don Cheadle, Adam Sandler
  • Rise: Blood Hunter:  starring Lucy Liu, Robert Forster
  • Surf’s Up:  starring Shia LeBeouf, Jeff Bridges
  • Twilight Zone: The Movie:  starring Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow
  • You Kill Me:  starring Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni

Click here to see the TV-On-DVD options for this week.
Click here to see the new titles released on HD DVD and Blu-Ray.


Police Log Confirms Attempted Suicide at Wilson Home

A police log obtained by the National Enquirer backs up their earlier claim on the situation.  The report from the Santa Monica Police Department confirms that they did respond to an ‘attempted suicide’ call after 12pm Sunday.  The TV show is also adding that it was , Owen’s brother, who found him.

You can click below to see a copy of the police log.

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Owen Wilson Condition Update

Owen WilsonAs reported earlier, was transported to the hospital Sunday afternoon.  Although we still do not know what he is being treated for, a statement released today by the actor hints that he had more than just an accident. 

“I respectfully ask that the media allow me to receive care and heal in private during this difficult time.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center reports that Wilson is currently in good condition.

NOTE:  You can see a copy of the recently obtained police log here.

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