Jon Stewart's show pressing Republican Senators to pass the 9/11 first responders health care bill (which has, in fact, now passed the Senate) has been grabbing a lot of headlines this week. Lawrence will be taking up that subject on tonight's edition of The Last Word.
But there's a smaller headline related to all of this out there, today. A pear tree that was heavily damaged during the attacks has been nursed back to health, and yesterday it was replanted at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. At the event New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the tree represents the resilience of New York City and the nation.
The tree was planted some time during the 1970s. In October of 2001 it was found in the rubble -- its trunk was blackened, its branches reduced to charred stumps, and its roots snapped. At the time, it stood about eight feet tall. Now, more than nine years later and back where it belongs... the tree has grown and now stands 30 feet tall.