(August 26, 2001) Salman Hamdani, an NYPD cadet and EMT who was killed on 9/11. Photo courtesy Talat Hamdani

Muslim mother seeks justice for the son she lost on 9/11

(RNS) It’s been five years now that Talat Hamdani has been able to talk about her son without crying, but she still prefers mostly not to tell his story. “It’s all over the Internet,” she said. She’s stopped talking about how she initially didn’t worry when her son, Mohammad Salman Hamdani, who was a cadet with the New York City Police Department, didn’t answer his cellphone that night; about how police questioned her and her husband when authorities couldn’t find their son’s body, to see if he had any terrorist connections; about the New York Post headline a month after the attacks — “Missing – Or Hiding? – Mystery Of NYPD Cadet From Pakistan,” that cast him as a suspect in the 9/11 attacks. She’s mostly stopped talking, but she’s still fighting for the recognition she says is due her son.

RNS photo courtesy John Mahony

How the Lord’s Prayer saved a 9/11 survivor

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (RNS) For John Mahony, a retired U.S. Army colonel who was managing projects for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, instinct came before analysis as he fought to stay on his feet the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. By Kay Campbell. 

RNS photo by Sid Hastings/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Concerts and controversial opera bring faiths together in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (RNS) Terrorism stories are rarely happy stories, and yet the path Timothy O'Leary has taken — from bringing the controversial opera “The Death of Klinghoffer'' to St. Louis last year to the Sheldon's second annual Sept. 11 memorial concert this Sunday — ends with a hopeful, permanent pairing of faith and the arts in St. Louis. By Tim Townsend.