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Opening Arguments

One World

Good thing I'm not one of those New World Order conspiracy nuts; this would be downright worrisome:

Once hailed as a beacon of rebirth in the aftermath of Sept. 11, the Freedom Tower has been stripped of its patriotic name -- which has been swapped out for the more marketable "One World Trade Center," Port Authority officials conceded yesterday.

It makes a certain amount of sense to make marketing a top goal -- isn't that what we do with our freedom? But using the location's actual address -- which used to be One World Trade Center and Two World Trade Center -- as a name gives it an unfortunate spin since there's only going to be one building now. Oh, but guess who one of the first customers is? A Chinese firm, Vantone Industrial Co., will lease six floors. One World Trade indeed.

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