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Pat Murphy
Chicago traders worry about friends, colleagues

Workers throughout Chicago were numbed and saddened by the horrors they watched unfold in Manhattan and Washington on Tuesday morning. But perhaps the most intense emotions came from the floors of Chicago's derivatives exchanges, where employees talk daily with friends and colleagues at the World Trade Center. Most exchange workers assumed the first airplane's collision with the building was an accident. But when the second plane struck, the atmosphere changed. "People were yelling that they should close the exchange," said Fred Schick, a clerk at the Chicago Board of Trade. But trading continued until 9:15 a.m., and despite active trading, the noise died down as...

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