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U.S. kills bin Laden
Long hunt for al Qaeda mastermind who backed 9/11 attacks ends with his death in firefight in Pakistan

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

President Obama addresses the nation with the news that U.S. forces have killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

By Helene Cooper and Peter Baker

of one of the most ruthless, far-flung terrorist networks.


1 A day of horror: Remembering the terror attacks of Sept.
11, 2001 — planned by bin Laden and al Qaeda — which forever changed the United States. A12

Bin Laden continues on A8

ANALYSIS Urban Development


Re-evaluating blueprint for historic preservation
By John King

Public-sector workers going on the offensive
By Joe Garofoli

If any Western city shows the value of historic preservation, it’s San Francisco. And if any city shows how broadly this value can be defined — not always for the best — it’s San Francisco as well. But when a Board of Supervisors committee meets

today to explore whether the cause of preservation has been carried to extremes, here’s something else to keep in mind: The balancing act here between old and new works more often than not. The hearing was called by Supervisor Scott Wiener, who insists his goal is nothing more than to “look at how historic
Preservation continues on A7

John King / The Chronicle

City Lights Bookstore is an architectural landmark, but for cultural reasons.

SACRAMENTO — The sign fourth-grade teacher Julie Timmerman held declared in large bold letters “I am a public service worker.” It was a tribute to the civil rights slogan “I am a man,” and it was an iconic image at the California Democratic Party

convention in Sacramento over the weekend. While Democrats dominate California’s political landscape and hold all its major offices, both political leaders and the labor unions that put them in power are sounding the alarm about anti-union initiatives that are creeping into the state and efforts to “demonize” union workers as the
Workers continues on A7

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WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the most devastating attack on American soil in modern times and the most hunted man in the world, was killed in a firefight with U.S. forces in Pakistan on Sunday, President Obama

announced. In a dramatic late-night appearance in the East Room of the White House, Obama declared that “justice has been done” as he disclosed that U.S. military and CIA operatives had finally cornered the al Qaeda leader who had eluded them for nearly a decade and shot him to death at a compound in Pakistan. “For over two decades, bin

Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol,” the president said in a statement carried on television around the world. “The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda. But his death does not mark the end of our effort. … We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad.”

1 Bay Area reaction subdued: Death brings a sense of a
relief, along with some concern for the future. A8

1 Obituary: Born into Saudi riches, bin Laden became leader

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