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2008-09-29 03:00:20

By Cohen, Ariella New Orleans officials must take a stronger lead in protecting its infrastructure and buildings from future hurricanes, said the planner behind the city's forthcoming 20-year land-use master plan. At the long-awaited launch of the citywide rezoning and planning initiative, planner David Dixon emphasized the need to "harden" city infrastructure against future hurricane threats. He said that without more storm-resistant power lines, buildings and sewerage systems, the city...

2008-09-04 09:00:22

By Adam Nossiter and John Schwartz Thayer Evans contributed reporting from Houma, Louisiana. * A mostly smooth evacuation from Hurricane Gustav turned sour as many New Orleans-area residents trying to return to their homes were turned away at roadblocks into the city or were stranded in parking lots across the region. Mayor C. Ray Nagin said Tuesday night that most residents would have to wait until after midnight Thursday to come back because power and medical care were not back to...

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2008-08-29 15:15:00

The mayor of New Orleans says it is "very probable" he will order the evacuation of New Orleans in advance of Tropical Storm Gustav. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said the order likely would come Saturday with Gustav expected to hit the Gulf Coast early Tuesday as a Category 3 hurricane, The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans reported Friday. Nagin said emergency officials stand ready to move as many as 30,000 people out of harm's way -- many of them survivors of devastating Hurricane...

2006-09-04 07:05:00

By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS -- Standing in the ruins of the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin envisions for the crowd a city rebuilt from Hurricane Katrina with new houses standing high above the reach of killer storms and grinding poverty. He speaks at the dedication of a monument to those lost in the storm and to one side, a vacant field sits, cleared of houses destroyed when a floodwall collapsed. On the other side twisted homes line the streets a year after Katrina deluged...

2006-09-01 14:01:49

By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin vowed never again to call the World Trade Center site a "hole in the ground" during a visit to New York on Friday to let investors know his hurricane-devastated city is reopen for business. Nagin stopped short of again apologizing for using that description of the Twin Towers site -- where 2,759 people died in the September 11 attacks -- during a U.S. television interview that aired last week. "I tell you what I...

2006-08-23 07:20:07

By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - To hear Agnes Ferrell tell it, the only reason that President Bush has mustered federal hurricane aid for New Orleans is that Mayor Ray Nagin would not leave him alone. "The president wasn't doing anything until this man (Nagin) go up to him," she said recently while picking up some groceries at what appeared to be the only convenience store open in the Lower Ninth Ward. A year after Hurricane Katrina swept through, killing more than 1,300...

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,"...

2006-08-22 17:52:17

By Russell McCulley NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A help center for Louisiana home owners to get rebuilding grants after Hurricane Katrina opened on Tuesday as Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco acknowledged frustration with the slow pace of aid. It took nearly a year for the state to secure more than $10 billion in rebuilding funds, the bulk of which will be used to finance a housing program. "We are moving in government speed, and it is rather frustrating," Blanco told a news...

2006-08-09 17:08:37

By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The Hurricane Katrina anniversary comedy night is off the schedule. Plans for celebratory fireworks were cut, too. Instead, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on Wednesday stood with religious leaders to announce a series of somber events a year after the deadly storm swept into the city, sending nearly all its residents into evacuation and flooding 80 percent of it. How to mark the anniversary of Katrina has been a matter of great debate as...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'