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2010-08-12 23:01:00

Crime is By Far The Biggest Concern in New Orleans Seven in 10 Residents Say Americans Have Forgotten The City's Plight African-Americans View Their Recovery Differently; It's Much Slower MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five years after Hurricane Katrina, an increasing majority of the city's residents says the rebuilding process is going well, but substantial majorities still report that the city has not recovered and feel the nation has forgotten them, according...

2008-09-08 15:00:33

"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools." -- Herbert Spencer Hurricane Gustav last week spared New Orleans a Katrina-like onslaught. While it was still a bad Category 2 storm, the levees held. And federal, state and city officials managed to evacuate most of the city before Gustav arrived, in a nice display of inter- governmental cooperation. Mayor Ray Nagin, who was in charge during Katrina, put it forcefully: "You need to get your...

2008-09-08 12:00:17

By Elizabeth Walters Would you come back? This is the question that dogs me every morning as I drive through the streets of New Orleans. Past the rebuilt homes and ramshackle shells, past the fresh trim jobs and spray-painted search crosses, past the cleared concrete slabs and the piles of debris that still litter every block, I travel and wonder about my own strength. I had never visited this area before Hurricane Katrina devastated it three years ago, so I am spared the firsthand...

2008-09-01 06:00:03

By Adam Nossiter and Shaila Dewan John Schwartz contributed reporting. * City officials ordered everyone to leave New Orleans beginning Sunday morning - the first mandatory evacuation since Hurricane Katrina flooded the city three years ago - as Hurricane Gustav grew into what the city's mayor called "the storm of the century" and moved over the weekend toward the Louisiana coast. Mayor Ray Nagin said that Gustav was larger and more dangerous than Katrina, and he pleaded with...

2008-08-31 18:00:16

U.S. President George Bush said Sunday he would skip the Republican National Convention and head to Texas to be with hurricane evacuees and emergency personnel. Bush met with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington Sunday for a briefing on Hurricane Gustav, which was gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico on its way to the United States. "The message to the people of the Gulf Coast is, this storm is dangerous," Bush said after his meeting with FEMA officials....

2008-08-30 09:00:12

By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) - As New Orleans residents warily track another threatening storm, a new report presents the clearest picture yet of deaths from Katrina in Louisiana. Of the nearly 1,000 who died, almost half were 75 or older, according to researchers.Most died on the day of the storm - Aug. 29, 2005 - and drowning was the leading cause of death. More than one-third died in homes.The results present a tragic portrait of elderly residents who may have thought the...

2008-08-30 09:00:11

By BECKY BOHRER By Becky Bohrer The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS Police with bullhorns plan to go street to street this weekend with a tough message about getting out ahead of Hurricane Gustav: This time there will be no shelter of last resort. The doors to the Superdome will be locked. Those who stay will be on their own. Forecasts Friday made it increasingly clear that New Orleans will get some kind of hit - direct or indirect - by early next week. That raised the likelihood...

2006-08-28 18:19:25

By Caren Bohan GULFPORT, Mississippi (Reuters) - One year after Hurricane Katrina battered the U.S. Gulf Coast and his political standing, President George W. Bush acknowledged on Monday that a complete recovery was still a long way off. "There is hope down here, there is still a lot of work to be done," Bush said. "This is an anniversary but it doesn't mean it's an end. Frankly it's just the beginning of what is going to be a long recovery." The August 29 anniversary of Katrina,...

2006-08-27 16:40:33

By Russell McCulley NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Storm-weary New Orleans residents were relieved to hear Tropical Storm Ernesto was likely to give the jazz city a miss but prepared for the worst on Sunday just in case it turned toward them just a year after Hurricane Katrina hit. "I have strong faith that it's not going to come here," said Jose Awill, purchasing supplies at a hardware store. "That devastation we went through last year, I believe, was once in a lifetime," he said. "But if...

2006-08-26 09:23:07

By Tabassum Zakaria KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (Reuters) - Nearly one year after Hurricane Katrina created a humanitarian and political crisis, President George W. Bush said on Saturday the storm showed the government was unprepared to respond to a disaster of that magnitude and revealed "deep-seated poverty" in America. Political fallout from the hurricane, which killed more than 1,000 people and displaced tens of thousands, was severe for Bush last year, sending his public opinion...


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