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Kidnapping attempt fails

A student was the victim of an attempted kidnapping Monday night, police said.

The 23-year-old student was riding her bike near North Euclid Avenue and East Elm Street at about 9:30 p.m. when the incident occurred. As she rode her bicycle, a man with blond hair driving a red sport utility vehicle stepped out of his car and tried to grab the student, said University of Arizona Police Department Commander Brain Seastone. [Read article]

Lifeline offers free cab rides

Students, staff and faculty who pick up one of the cards being passed out this week can get a cab ride home, to a hospital, shelter or police station for free this year. Student Lifeline the company that supplied the cards largely by selling advertisements for them provides cardholders with a toll free number to request a taxi ride. The cab fare and a tip is covered by the card, which has no limit. [Read article]

Tucson preps for 9/11

UA, Tucson beef up police presence to handle any possible Sept. 11 emergencies

Security is being increased in Tucson and at the UA due to a heightened national threat level warning that came amidst planned remembrance ceremonies for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Tucson Police Department and University of Arizona Police Departments will put more officers on duty today than had been patrolling in past weeks. [Read article]

Career database bumps CatTracks

Career Services moved to a new system for tracking and posting jobs last month to make career and prospective employee searches less expensive and protect students' private resume information from being sold onto email lists.

Today is the last day CatTracks is available to students and staff who want to copy and paste their resume to the new employment database, said Avi Kamrat, information technology coordinator for Career Services. [Read article]

5 UA alumni killed in attack

Instead of the six alumni UA believed had perished during the Sept. 11 attacks, there were five.

UA alumnus Michael E. Calhoun died on Sept. 11, 2001, at his home in Texas and not during the attacks.

The Dean of Students Office which had been planning to toll a bell recovered from the USS Arizona six times in a remembrance ceremony changed their plans yesterday after an inquiry from the Arizona Daily Wildcat. Now, the bell will ring five times. [Read article]

Museum offers art tribute

Only one year has passed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Time has settled some of the sentiment, but like the seemingly placid waters of an ocean after a storm, there still lies permanent devastation beneath.

Appropriately, the Arizona State Museum has us recall our immediate emotional response in the aftershock. In a commemorative exhibit, "Looking Back: Sept. 11 Across America," they ask us to recall our first statement while watching the second tower get hit, the primary friends or family members we waited through busy circuits to get a hold of, the people we directly looked to for answers. They ask us to remember our initial gasp for a reality we were used to breathing, but could no longer surface for air. In an acoustic compilation from over 500 hours of recording, we can hear a national response from very personal testimonies like our own. [Read article]

On the Spot

Pre-business sophomore won't dress like Uncle Sam, but loves U.S. flag, multi-colored parrots

WILDCAT: Do you think you are a very patriotic person?

THOMPSON: For the most part, yeah.

WILDCAT: What's your favorite patriotic song?

THOMPSON: The national anthem.

WILDCAT: Want to sing it for me?

THOMPSON: No, thanks.

WILDCAT: Do you have an uncle named Sam? [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • People lose more than hair as they grow older. By the age of 70, half of your taste buds will be gone.
  • Most landfilled trash retains its original weight, volume and form for 40 years.
  • "Blackmail," Alfred Hitchcock's 1929 film, was the first British sound film.
  • Frank James after a career of robbery and murder in the company of his brother Jesse James settled down to a peaceful life of 32 years. He sold souvenirs at the James farm, worked as a doorman at a theater, and fired the starter's gun at Missouri races.
  • The oyster is usually ambisexual. It begins life as a male, then becomes a female, then changes back to being a male, then back to being female. It may go back and forth many times.
  • The difference between a nook and a cranny: A nook is a corner and a cranny is a crack.

    On this date:

  • In 1297, The Scots, under William Wallace, defeated a large English force, under the Earl of Surrey, at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
  • In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) by pressing a key in Washington, D.C., to signal the startup of the dam's first hydroelectric generator in Nevada.
  • In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave orders to attack any German or Italian vessels found in United States defensive waters. The United States had not officially entered World War II at the time.
  • In 1973, CIA-backed General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte seized power in Chile in a coup that overthrew the socialist Allende government.
  • In 1998, Independent counsel Kenneth Starr's report on President Clinton was published, listing 11 potentially impeachable offenses.


    "There are no words, really, that anyone can say, that would heal the heart, that would change the moment, so silence is probably best."

    Barbara Minervino, a woman who lost her husband during the Sept. 11 attacks, on observing silence by keeping speeches out of remembrance ceremonies.


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