Rebuilding: Latest Developments
o The families and friends of victims of last week's attack, as well as ordinary citizens, will attend a "Prayer for America" at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani described the interfaith prayer service as a way to "give the families of victims and those affected by the tragedy an opportunity to come together, worship together and gain strength," CNN reports. Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders, as well as Giuliani and Gov. George Pataki, are scheduled to address the crowd, which is expected to fill the stadium to capacity. The service originally was planned for Central Park, but it was moved because of security concerns. o The number of missing in last week's attack on the World Trade Center jumped to 6,333 Thursday, and the number of confirmed dead soared to 241. New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani attributed the rise to additional foreign workers being reported missing. o The nationwide total number of missing and dead in the terror attacks at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and the crash of a hijacked plane in Pennsylvania stands at 6,965, reports New York's Daily News. o Despite heavy rainfall, New York on Thursday took its biggest step toward returning to normalcy, with the partial reopening of the historic Brooklyn Bridge and sending thousands of schoolchildren back to class. Fearing harassment, the parents of many Arab and Muslim children in New York requested that their kids be escorted to school, reports New York's Daily News. o Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, whose popularity has soared in light of his stalwart leadership of his city in this time of crisis, said in a CNBC-TV interview on Thursday that it would require "hundreds of billions" of dollars to rebuild New York. That's far more than the $20 billion of federal funds already allotted for the immediate recovery effort. o The U.S. Justice Department expects to have 50 new "sky marshals" trained this week, to provide security on the nation's commercial airlines, officials said Wednesday. The goal is to have 100 more trained every three to four days. The department will be dealing with the 35,000 federal law enforcement agents who travel as part of their job, and possibly stationing them in first class to protect the cockpit. o The FBI investigation continues to expand, with law enforcement agents seeking 190 people for questioning about the hijackings, which they think were carried out by 19 men. Government and law enforcement sources say that additional terrorist actions may have been planned and that some of the 37 people on an FBI "watch list" who have had flight training had airline reservations this weekend.
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