Bwog brings you news from near and far as today on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Happening in the World: Typhoon Chanthu is headed directly toward Taiwan this weekend, with gusts up to 137 mph after the storm missed the Philippines. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that the typhoon could become a super typhoon (ABC).

Happening in the US: President Joe Biden has called for unity in light of the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Biden also recognized the Islamophobia perpetuated against Muslim Americans following the attacks, saying that “we must have a fundamental respect and faith in each other, and in this nation.” The number of hate crimes against Muslim Americans has never returned to its previous rate before 9/11 (REUTERS).

Happening in NYC: New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who took over after Andrew Cuomo’s resignation, will sign a bill today extending first responder status to all 911 operators and dispatchers. These responders have never had “first responder” status, unlike firefighters, police officers, and medical personnel (NY DAILY NEWS).

Happening in Our Community: At 8:45 am, the chapel bills rang to call everyone to participate in a moment of silence. Tomorrow, on Sunday, September 12, the Barnard Media Center will hold “Memory to Legacy: Living with Tragedy of 9/11”, a screening and discussion of the documentary In the Shadows of the Towers. This event will be held in Barnard Hall 304 from 5 to 6 pm. 

Twin Towers via RobertF, Creative Commons