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Melman on Gold & Silver

Deadlines are something we must live with at ICMJ as with any other publication, and as this columnist’s deadline approached early Tuesday morning of September 11, I turned on the financial channel to get some last pre-market commentary before completing this month’s column. What I saw was virtually beyond belief. A jetliner had just crashed into one of the two towers of the World Trade Center...

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