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9/11 Pentagon survivor recalls ‘palpable reminders of death’ after the attack

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Maj. Ryan Yantis was in the Pentagon watching the news on TV when he saw the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

“When the second one hit there was no doubt in my mind this was a deliberate terrorist attack on America,” said Yantis, who was a public affairs officer at the time.

Still, he had important business to attend to. Just before 9:30 a.m., Yantis left his office to escort a senior officer to a meeting held in another part of the building — but the senior officer could not recall where.

“We stopped in Corridor 4 and we got into a bit of a heated argument over where the meeting was going to be.” Eventually, they found the meeting in Corridor 7, and were eight minutes late when alarms started going off.

“The Pentagon had been attacked between Corridors 4 and 5.”

If Yantis and his colleague had gone straight to the meeting on time, “we both would’ve been right at the center of the impact and probably severely injured or killed.”

As he hurried to the crash, Yantis saw “a large roll of smoke that came around the corner, so I evacuated and went outside. The west face of the Pentagon was on fire.

American Airlines Flight 77 had flown straight into the building, killing 59 passengers and five hijackers.

Ryan Yantis poses for a portrait in front of the Wauconda Heroes of Freedom Memorial in Wauconda, IL on August 22, 2021.
Ryan Yantis, seen here at the Wauconda Heroes of Freedom Memorial in Wauconda, Ill., narrowly missed being in the crash zone at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
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A satellite image of the Pentagon shows extensive damage to the western side and interior rings of the multi-ringed building at 11:46 a.m. EDT September 12, 2001 in Arlington, Virginia.
Ryan Yantis was in the Pentagon watching the news when he saw the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
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first responders on scene following an attack at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 in Arlington, Virginia
First responders at the Pentagon after American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building on Sept. 11, 2001.
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FBI agents, fire fighters, rescue workers and engineers work at the Pentagon crash site on September 14, 2001, where a high-jacked American Airlines flight slammed into the building on Sept. 11.
FBI agents, fire fighters, rescue workers and engineers work at the Pentagon crash site on Sept. 14, 2001.
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“I saw that there were a couple of stretchers. I grabbed one and started … helping carry people out.”

For hours, the former Eagle Scout kept running back in and out to get medical supplies or bring injured people to the aid station. “There was smoke and soot and palpable reminders of death, devastation and ruin everywhere,” he said.

Yantis, who is now 60 and retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 2006, admits it took him years to think or talk about what happened that day. But one moment has always remained vivid in his mind.

Ryan Yantis points to the names of people who lost their lives at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001
Ryan Yantis points to the names of people who lost their lives at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
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Ryan Yantis touches a beam from one of the World Trade Towers
Ryan Yantis touches a beam from a World Trade Center tower.
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“This little Navy officer walks over to me and she’s in a long sleeve black sweater, knee-length Navy uniform skirt, low heels. And she asked me for my T-shirt.”

Removing his uniform shirt, he peeled off his sweaty, smoke-drenched tee, assuming she would use it as a bandage.

“She thanked me, dunked it in a bucket of water and then pulled it over her long brown hair. I asked her if she was OK,” he said.

She told him yes: She was on a search-and-rescue mission. “She just didn’t want her hair to catch on fire,” he explained.

By late afternoon, Yantis was pulled back to his communications job, writing an announcement about the initial casualties. A final report calculated that at least 125 people working at the Pentagon were killed, including 55 military personnel.


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But the true sense of loss didn’t hit Yantis until he reported back to work the next day.

“I arrived at the Pentagon at 5 a.m. It’s still on fire. As I was crossing the south parking lot, it almost had an apocalyptic feel. [It’s a] huge parking lot [and] almost empty except for the handful of cars — and the realization comes over me that the people whose cars were here didn’t drive home for a reason.”

Workers remove debris at the Pentagon September 15, 2001
Workers remove debris at the Pentagon on Sept. 15, 2001.
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Ryan Yantis poses for a portrait in front of the Wauconda Heroes of Freedom Memorial in Wauconda, IL on August 22, 2021.
The true sense of loss from Sept. 11, 2001, didn’t hit Ryan Yantis until he reported back to work the next day and saw the cars that were still left in the Pentagon parking lot.
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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
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There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

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