I was a little stunned when I ran across this image this morning. Every September 11, I think of Mary Lou Hague, who was lost on a sunny morning in New York nine years ago today as she worked on the 89th floor of the second tower to be hit. We lived in the same Melrose Place-type apartment complex one year in college, and our paths crossed again a few times when we were both living and working in New York. We didn’t spend a ton of time together and lost touch after I moved to the West Coast, but when we did hang out…either drinking some concoction created in a Hefty bag one silly night in college, talking Carolina basketball, or attending a Giants game at the Meadowlands…I had FUN with her, and lots of it. She was always so, so happy and had the most amazing smile. Mary Lou, may you and all of the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, rest easy and may friends and families find comfort in happy memories. You are missed.
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Liza Adams wears a necklace with a portrait of her daughter, Mary Lou Hague, 26, killed during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York September 11, 2010. Nine years after the Sept. 11 attacks, visible progress is finally being made toward rebuilding the World Trade Center site known as Ground Zero. Delays from political, security and financing concerns have dominated the public image of the roughly $11 billion project in the absence of a gleaming new skyscraper or memorial to those who died when al Qaeda hijackers destroyed the Twin Towers.