September 20, 2001 08:43 AM

• The U.S. Justice Department expects to have 50 new “sky marshals” trained this week, to provide security on the nation’s commercial airlines, officials said Wednesday. The goal is to have 100 more trained every three to four days. The department will be dealing with the 35,000 federal law enforcement agents who travel as part of their job, and possibly stationing them in first class to protect the cockpit. • The FBI investigation continues to expand, with law enforcement agents seeking 190 people for questioning about the hijackings, which they think were carried out by 19 men. Government and law enforcement sources say that additional terrorist actions may have been planned and that some of the 37 people on an FBI “watch list” who have had flight training had airline reservations this weekend. • About 5,800 people are dead or missing as a result of last week’s attacks, which leveled the twin towers of the World Trade Center and destroyed one section of the Pentagon. Another hijacked plane crashed in rural Pennsylvania, killing all 45 people on board. • New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani warned that the economy of the most populous city in America will be wounded by the body blow to major moneymakers, particularly tourism “We’re going to take a hit. It will probably be a large one,” he said Wednesday. But, he added, “overcoming the economic problems are the least of it.” • Mirroring the tens of thousands of layoffs announced across the country in industries such as airlines (see separate Daily item), more than 3,000 New York hotel workers and 1,200 office cleaners, electricians and elevator operators have been laid off since the attacks. • In addition, a couple of hundred actors and uncounted backstage crews will also jobless after four Broadway shows — “Stones in his Pockets,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “If You Ever Leave Me, I’m Going With You” (with Renee Taylor of “The Nanny”) and “A Thousand Clowns” (starring Tom Selleck) — close on Sunday. • But, on a positive note, signs of a return to normal life are beginning to emerge. On Wednesday night, Madison Square Garden reopened for a preseason National Hockey League game, the first major sports event in New York City since last week’s attacks.

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