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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Tuesday, December 18, 2001

The Left Lane
'Portraits of Grief'

A quiet tribute to those who died at Ground Zero is paid daily by The New York Times. In a section the Times calls "Portraits of Grief," are obituaries of those who died Sept. 11.

The obituaries are short and heartbreaking, no more than 250 words, each accompanied by a tiny photograph. Written by a variety of Times reporters, the tributes number between 10 and 20 a day, in memory of those who died there, now estimated at about 3,600. Reporters strive to make sure each obituary provides a fleeting glimpse into the lives of these ordinary people.

The Times began running the obituaries Sept. 13. They have continued every day since and will continue for months to come. The obituaries can be found at nytimes.com/pages/national/portraits/.

— Chris Oliver, Advertiser staff writer