Families of Sept. Hijack Victims File Suit

"The attacks will be impacting economic activity as late as 2004," said Ross DeVol, director of regional studies at the Milken Institute and principal author of the report. "The good news is that many of those jobs should come back."

Las Vegas will prove the single most vulnerable metropolitan area, likely to see nearly 5 percent fewer jobs this year because of the attacks.

— The Associated Press

Less Than 800 Treated After WTC Collapse

N E W Y O R K, Jan. 11 — Fewer than 800 people were treated at the hospitals nearest the felled World Trade Center over the two days following the Sept. 11 attack, a study released Thursday shows.

Of those, 18 percent were hospitalized for injuries, indicating that most people either walked away from the disaster or died when the 110-story towers collapsed. An estimated 18,000 workers escaped the tragedy that claimed nearly 2,900 lives.

Injured people began arriving at hospitals within minutes of the attack, with the number peaking two to three hours later. About half received care within seven hours of the attack.

"We found most of the injured had inhalation and eye injuries and were treated on an outpatient basis within hours of the attacks," said Dr. Dan Budnitz, one of the report's authors.

The study appears in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Using data from the city health department, it analyzed the number and severity of those treated at four emergency departments closest to the site and a fifth hospital used as a burn referral center.

— The Associated Press

Widow of Sept. 11 Pilot Will Return to Work as Flight Attendant

D E N V E R, Jan. 11 — Sandy Dahl, the widow of a pilot whose jet was hijacked on Sept. 11, plans to return to work as a flight attendant but says she will "scream and yell" to change the industry and make the skies safer.

Dahl's husband, Jason Dahl, was one of 44 people killed when United Flight 93 plunged into a field in Pennsylvania, apparently after some of those aboard fought the hijackers.

Dahl said Tuesday that she plans to return to work at the end of February and is taking self-defense courses specifically for flight attendants.

She said flight attendants are routinely trained to defuse tense situations but are not taught how to defend themselves or passengers.

"I don't think that's going to work anymore," she said. "To live, we're going to have to be aggressive, but only when it's appropriate."

Dahl also said she would rather see the military than the Transportation Department in charge of aviation security.

"If a person screwed up and let things go by at a security checkpoint, they'd have to answer to a lot stronger boss if it was military," she said.

— The Associated Press

Man Who Ran Past Airport Security Could Face Jail Time

A T L A N T A, Jan. 11 — The man whose dash past security guards shut down Atlanta's airport has been charged with trespassing and reckless conduct.

Both of the charges are misdemeanors, but Michael Shane Lasseter could face up to two years in jail and $2,000 in fines if he is convicted, Clayton County Solicitor Keith Martin said Thursday.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 1.

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