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2006-08-22 18:45:00

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Almost a year after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and forced an exodus from the flooded city, Mayor Ray Nagin on Tuesday was still trying to convince evacuees to come home. In Houston, he opened the first of what he hopes will be many "New Orleans Journey Home" centers aimed at helping evacuees get back to their devastated city. "We want you back in the city of New Orleans as soon as possible, because the red beans just ain't the same without y'all,"...

2006-08-16 16:47:29

By Timothy Gardner NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some 250,000 evacuees from last year's Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast may never return permanently and should be considered "climate refugees," whose ranks around the world could grow until global warming is mitigated, an environmental expert said. The number of "climate refugees" will grow unless the world cuts the amount of greenhouse gases it releases, said Lester Brown, president of Earth Policy Institute in Washington D.C. "What...

2006-08-16 16:45:00

By Timothy Gardner NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some 250,000 evacuees from last year's Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast may never return permanently and should be considered "climate refugees," whose ranks around the world could grow until global warming is mitigated, an environmental expert said. The number of "climate refugees" will grow unless the world cuts the amount of greenhouse gases it releases, said Lester Brown, president of Earth Policy Institute in Washington D.C. "What we're looking...

2006-04-08 20:14:15

By Jeffrey Jones NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Hurricane evacuees got a chance to grill New Orleans mayoral hopefuls on Saturday, quizzing them on their plans to bring back the more than half of the city's pre-Katrina population still in exile. Seven months after the storm triggered the flooding of 80 percent of the city, evacuees frustrated over still being unable to return represent the biggest unknown in the April 22 election. Proceedings for the top hopefuls were held at a New Orleans...

2006-03-24 12:35:00

HOUSTON -- People in Houston welcomed tens of thousands of New Orleans evacuees in the days after Hurricane Katrina but now sound as if they would like to see the newcomers go home, according to a poll published on Friday. The survey, conducted by Rice University sociologist Stephen Klineberg and published in the Houston Chronicle, found that 76 percent of respondents believe the 150,000 evacuees have put a big strain on the city. Sixty-six percent blame the evacuees for an increase in...

2006-01-27 20:52:07

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Eight Hurricane Katrina refugees who were members of rival New Orleans gangs have been arrested in connection with 11 murders of fellow storm evacuees, Houston police said on Friday. They said it appeared the gangs came from rival housing projects in New Orleans and carried a turf battle to Houston where they and 150,000 others fled to escape flooding after the August 29 storm. "Whatever crap they were doing in New Orleans, they're doing here," Houston police...

2006-01-12 16:59:51

By Michael Depp NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A U.S. judge ruled on Thursday that some New Orleans evacuees from Hurricane Katrina who are still living in government-paid hotel rooms can stay there until the end of Mardi Gras. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval gave the evacuees until March 1 to find other housing so they would have guaranteed shelter through the Carnival season, which ends February 28. In December, Duval ordered that Katrina evacuees could stay in hotels at the Federal...

2006-01-07 13:55:48

By Matt Daily HOUSTON (Reuters) - Police in Houston reported a 23 percent jump in murders over the last year as the fourth largest U.S. city grappled with 150,000 evacuees from New Orleans and no extra money to cope with the influx. Police statistics show that 336 people were murdered in Houston in 2005, compared to 273 the previous year. The city's murder rate was already increasing before Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, city officials say, and was worsened by a staffing...

2005-10-20 09:49:57

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Almost two months after Hurricane Katrina, neither the Bush administration nor Congress have come up with a detailed, long-term strategy for housing the estimated 1 million people made homeless by the storm. Instead, the administration, lawmakers, state and local governments and private interest groups have been debating a series of issues relating to reconstruction. These include how much of New Orleans should be rebuilt, whether evacuees...

2005-09-08 17:47:23

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Plucked from the ruin and chaos of Louisiana and taken in by the Los Angeles Dream Center, Stephen Graves is already star-struck. "That's Mr. Magic Johnson right there! That's a legend!" Graves shouted on Thursday as the basketball star turned entrepreneur made his way across the grounds of the former hospital that houses the faith-based Dream Center. Young men, who a week ago had to fight for their lives and then their survival after...


Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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