First Section of WTC Spire Hoisted Atop Tower

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    The first section of the spire that will crown One World Trade Center has been hoisted atop the building. It was lifted onto the 104-story building on Wednesday.

    The first section of the spire that will crown One World Trade Center has been hoisted atop the building.

    It was lifted onto the 104-story building on Wednesday.

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    Nine of 18 giant steel pieces of the spire arrived at the site in New York City Tuesday via barge from Port Newark, N.J.

    The arrival marked the end of a 1,500-nautical-mile journey that started in Canada on Nov. 16.

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    A plant outside Montreal produced the 18 pieces. The spire will make the tower the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

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