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2008-09-03 09:00:21

AS HURRICANE Gustav, larger and more dangerous than 2005's Katrina, barreled toward Louisiana last weekend, nearly 2 million people evacuated coastal areas in a coordinated, methodical effort. Shelters opened hundreds of miles inland. Patients were airlifted from hospitals and nursing homes. Volunteers helped register evacuees' pets, which were then trucked to shelters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency prepared truckloads of water, meals, blankets, cots and tarps and implemented a...

2005-10-10 19:22:25

By Michael Peltier BATON ROUGE (Reuters) - Louisiana officials said on Monday they were stepping up efforts to find 51 children in the state's foster care system still missing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. State child welfare officials said there was no evidence that the children -- among the nearly 2,000 foster children displaced by Katrina -- were harmed or died in the storm that ravaged the Gulf coast six weeks ago. Marketa Garner Gautrau, assistant secretary for the...


Word of the Day
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.'