20, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 526
Manhole Blows Sockets On 7th St Casting Darkness on All
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Feb. 20--It's dark and
scary in New York City. Our side of the street is void of
any lights. A manhole cover blew. The wires
fried. Terror rules.
We have just
returned to the city from being snowed in for five days near the Elk
River in Maryland. During those days, there was a sheet of
sparkling white snow covering the earth--more than 28 inches of it.
It was a pristine sight--the ice in
the Elk River flowing south and north as the tides changed, two bald
eagles roosting in a tree near the water's edge, squirrels scampering
in the snow, Canadian Geese honking overhead as they flew in
"V"-shaped wedges, and the cries of coyotes at night as they stalked
and sang their joy of the hunt.
Inside the farmhouse where we stayed with
16 other family members ranging from ages almost eight-months to the
early seventies, it was warm and cozy. A fireplace crackled and
the smell of cakes or brownies baking wafted through the air.
Children laughed and played, adults chatted, and the halls were filled
with snow boots, jackets and mittens.
was a far cry from a dark New York City apartment whose stairs were
lighted by the eerie glow of iridescent green light-sticks and outside
the growling of a Con-Ed truck's engines could be heard as workers
feverishly crawled through the bowels of the city's underground to
repair the damage that turned light into dark, warmth into an icy
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