TO REBUILD OR NOT?
Donald Trump thinks the World Trade Center should be rebuilt "stronger," "tougher" and "more beautiful."
"You absolutely have to rebuild something as substantial as before, and that can be done. Otherwise, the terrorists have won," Trump told Barbara Walters in a discussion of how commerce and commemoration will either collide or cooperate during the rebuilding of lower Manhattan on Wednesday's "20/20" on ABC-TV.
Trump thinks different materials and better fireproofing would be needed -- and more concrete. "Concrete doesn't burn to the same extent, obviously, as steel. I was not at all satisfied with the way those buildings came down," he said. "You can blame heat, you can blame whatever you want to do. But we can build a lot tougher buildings than that, that frankly are more beautiful than the World Trade Center."
"The World Trade Center was never considered great architecture until Sept. 11," Trump said.
THINGS WE DON'T UNDERSTAND
American Movie Classics recently featured "Myra Breckinridge" in its half-hour "Backstory" series. The 1970 film --- starring Raquel Welch and including columnist Rex Reed in his film debut, actor/director John Houston, Mae West, Andy Devine and then-newcomers Farrah Fawcett and Tom Selleck --- is among the worst movies ever made.
NEWS OF OTHER LIFE FORMS
Satellite TV dishes have suddenly sprouted in the Afghan cities of Kabul and Kandahar.
Having long banned television as "a source of moral corruption," and punished offenders, Taliban leaders have now installed their own TV sets to stay in touch with the news -- via CNN. They no longer make do with the BBC's. World Service on radio, listened to daily by 72 percent of Pashto speakers and 62 percent of Dari (the Afghan dialect of Farsi), according to a BBC survey conducted before the crisis broke. Apparently, the BBC does not broadcast U.S. government statements and news briefings in full -- and CNN does.
(From UPI Hears)
TODAY'S SIGN THE WORLD IS ENDING
An Islamic leader in Houston said radio talk shows are partly to blame for the anti-Muslim rhetoric that has surfaced since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
Sayeed Siddiqui, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, called on talk radio hosts to tone down the rhetoric on their shows.
"What we're hearing is that our talk show hosts are basically riling up the people," he said at a Tuesday news conference. "In a way, they are responsible."
Siddiqui did not name any specific programs or radio stations.
But Dan Patrick, who hosts a talk show on Houston's KSEV, called the charge ridiculous.
"Talk radio is just the whipping boy for any special interest these days," he told the Houston Chronicle.
AND FINALLY, TODAY'S UPLIFTING STORY
The Young Elephants Political Action Committee recently held a fund-raiser for families of those who died on Sept. 11 ensuring that United Flight 93 did not meet its end as a terrorist bomb.
Those passengers -- after learning via cell-phone about the other suicide attacks that day -- heroically fought back, with the plane ultimately crashing in a remote area of Pennsylvania. Their actions may have saved countless lives in the nation's capital, where authorities believe the plane was headed.
The Sept. 28 party -- Support an America United, at Washington's University Club -- raised funds for the Capitol Heroes Campaign. Cocktails and Texas Chili were served while the young elephants stomped to the music of a six-piece swing band.
(From UPI's Capital Comment)