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Ground zero reborn

The week's news at a glance.

New York

A construction crew this week laid the cornerstone for a 1,500-foot skyscraper where the World Trade Center once stood. The Freedom Tower, which will be taller than the Trade Center’s fallen twin towers, won’t be completed until 2008. Architects are still squabbling over the design, and developer Larry Silverstein is fighting insurers in court for money he will need to rebuild at the site. Despite the uncertainty, political leaders said the unveiling of the 20-ton granite cornerstone marked a symbolic victory. “What our enemies sought to destroy—our democracy, our freedom, our way of life—stands taller than ever,” New York Gov. George Pataki said.

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