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September 20th, 2011
05:35 PM ET

Last wrongful death lawsuit from 9/11 is resolved

As the celebrations memorializing the 10th anniversary of 9/11 became echoes, the last of 85 wrongful-death lawsuits stemming from the attacks were resolved Monday, court records showed.

"This is the first time in 10 years not to be in fighting mode," said Mike Bavis, who lost his 31-year-old twin brother Mark when United Airlines Flight 175 became the second plane to pierce the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

The Bavis family filed a "gross negligence" lawsuit in 2002 against United and Huntleigh USA, the security company for United Airlines at Logan International Airport in Boston, where the flight originated.

Family attorney Donald A. Migliori said the family hoped to get some accountability for the tragedy.

The family originally opted not to accept payment from the Victims Compensation Fund, but had a change of heart after a court decision this month put the burden of proof on the family and not on the airline and security firm.

The resolution of the case involved compensation, but details were not released.

United Airlines issued a statement saying that "the tragic events of 9/11 impacted all of us, and we are pleased to resolve this case."

Huntleigh's attorney didn't respond to CNN's request for comment.

"The family of Mark Bavis feels that achieved many of their goals," Migliori said. "They were able to ask target questions under oath, and got important answers they were looking for."

CNN’s Drew Griffin interviews ordinary Americans who were thrust by fate into history for CNN Presents: “Footnotes of 9/11.”


Filed under: 9/11 • Drew Griffin • Mark Bavis • United Airlines Flight 175
September 9th, 2011
04:01 PM ET

Remembering 9/11

From CNN Presents producer Cliff Hackel:

We have a saying in broadcasting that a show is never really over - even after it airs.

In 2005, I was part of a team for a documentary called CNN Presents – Twists of Fate. These were unusual stories that came out of the 9/11 tragedy. My part of the show was about a Mary Chapin Carpenter song that was inspired by an iron worker. Jim Horch was cleaning out the debris of Ground Zero and, like many other workers there, felt the presence of energy left behind.

When Mary Chapin Carpenter heard Jim Horch’s tale, she was compelled to write a song called “Grand Central Station.” It ended up on her CD, “Between Here and Gone.” When I heard the song, I knew it would make a great story for television.

The trouble was neither Mary Chapin nor Jim wanted to appear on CNN. Jim felt the audience would think he was crazy while Mary Chapin was concerned I would force an awkward meeting between the two with the cameras rolling.

It took some arm twisting. I told Jim I wouldn’t use any answer that he wasn’t happy with. I told Mary Chapin there would be no surprises during her interview. Jim wasn’t going to jump out from behind the curtain in a Jerry Springer moment. They agreed to go on camera.

I was pleased the way the story turned out. I was even able shoot some of it myself. The ghost-like images at Grand Central Station were from a small consumer camera with a setting almost made for this song.

So, with all the recounting of sadness surrounding 9/11, I thought I would resurrect an uplifting piece. It’s one of my all time favorites.

Meet the everyday citizens who went to work on September 11, 2001, and unwittingly became a part of history. Watch CNN Presents "Footnotes of 9/11" on Sunday, September 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET. 

 

 

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September 6th, 2011
04:10 PM ET

The footnotes of September 11

For Tim Duffy, the day started with a postcard-perfect sky over Cape Cod. Within hours, everything changed.

From his jet fighter, Duffy had a ghastly bird's-eye view of lower Manhattan, watching the second tower of the World Trade Center collapse beneath him.

"Anytime I see it's a beautiful day to fly, I kind of think of that morning," recalls Duffy, who was a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts Air National Guard at the time.

Duffy not only witnessed the most horrific day in modern U.S. history - his story is one of the numerous footnotes in The 9/11 Commission Report.

Aided by more than 200,000 FBI interviews, the report is the official accounting of September 11, 2001. It's an exhaustive examination of what happened leading up to and during that day when Muslim extremist hijackers commandeered four planes and flew them into New York's World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon in Washington, and a field in western Pennsylvania.

CNN spoke to eight of the men listed in the commission report's footnotes - the ticket agents, the pilot on alert to shoot down a passenger jet, the maintenance worker who took a phone call from a flight attendant on one of the ill-fated jets.

Meet the everyday citizens who went to work on September 11, 2001, and unwittingly became a part of history. Watch CNN Presents "Footnotes of 9/11" on Tuesday, September 6 at 11:00 p.m. ET, and again on Sunday, September 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET. 

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Filed under: 9/11 • Drew Griffin
September 2nd, 2011
02:36 PM ET

Footnotes of 9/11

During the week leading up to the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, CNN will premiere four one-hour productions.

In investigations led by chief medical correspondent Dr.Sanjay Gupta, investigative correspondent Drew Griffin, and anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien, CNN is reporting new insights into the health consequences experienced by the first responders working at New York’s Ground Zero, examining the events of that day through the eyes of people who were on the front lines of one of America’s most tragic days, and profiling several unsung heroines who saved lives on that day.

On Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 11:00pm (replay on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9:00pm), CNN will debut "Footnotes of 9/11”, featuring interviews with people who went to work on Sept. 11, 2001 – and unexpectedly became part of history. Each of the eight people profiled by Drew Griffin for this documentary is mentioned in The 9/11 Commission Report – their unique experiences are drawn from the 1,742 footnotes of that report and offer critical detail to the tragic events of that day – are literal and figurative footnotes to one of America’s darkest days.


Filed under: 9/11 • Drew Griffin
August 16th, 2011
05:33 PM ET

CNN to debut four original documentaries marking 9/11

During the week leading up to the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, CNN will premiere four one-hour productions. 

In investigations led by chief medical correspondent Dr.Sanjay Gupta, investigative correspondent Drew Griffin, and anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien, CNN is reporting new insights into the health consequences experienced by the first responders working at New York’s Ground Zero, examining the events of that day through the eyes of people who were on the front lines of one of America’s most tragic days, and profiling several unsung heroines who saved lives on that day.    

On Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 11:00pm (replay on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8:00pm), CNN will debut "Footnotes of 9/11”, featuring interviews with people who went to work on Sept. 11, 2001 – and unexpectedly became part of history.  Each of the eight people profiled by Drew Griffin for this documentary is mentioned in The 9/11 Commission Report – their unique experiences are drawn from the 1,742 footnotes of that report and offer critical detail to the tragic events of that day – are literal and figurative footnotes to one of America’s darkest days.   


Filed under: 9/11 • Drew Griffin