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  • Louisiana has lost nearly $1 billion in sales tax since Katrina

    10/28/2005 1:08:35 PM PDT · by caryatid · 45 replies · 757+ views
    AP ^ | October 28, 2005 | AP
    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana's budget deficit got an official number Friday, nearly $971 million lost in state tax income that the governor and lawmakers will have to slash from state spending in the remaining eight months of the budget year. Economists warned the budget problems could worsen as they get more concrete details of the lost sales, income, gambling and business taxes from the back-to-back blows of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • Southwest Louisiana Joins Fight for Levees

    10/28/2005 1:20:06 AM PDT · by caryatid · 12 replies · 514+ views ^ | Oct 27, 2005 | Marie Centanni
    Hurricane Katrina destroyed close to 30 miles of Louisiana's levees, and while the state and the nation debate over how to rebuild them, people in southwest Louisiana wonder why they've never had them. As he sits through meeting after meeting about how to rebuild New Orleans, a state lawmaker from the other side of the state feels left out. With Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, if you think about it, we're the middle child, Rita," says Senator Nick Gautreaux from Vermilion Parish. Rita's storm surge wreaked havoc on much of his district. In New Orleans, much of the flooding happened because...
  • Gas retailers slow to drop prices, reap big returns

    10/24/2005 11:22:08 AM PDT · by JZelle · 73 replies · 1,671+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-24-05 | Brad Foss
    When pump prices skyrocketed after Hurricane Katrina, gasoline retailers were caught in an uncomfortable paradox -- they were accused of gouging at the same time their profits were being squeezed by runaway costs at the wholesale level. Now the reverse is true. The outrage from consumers and Congress has died down just as gas stations across the country are reaping some of their best returns at the pump in years by passing along huge savings at the wholesale level as slowly as possible.
  • Many sex offenders evacuated during hurricanes remain at large

    10/24/2005 10:41:50 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 6 replies · 721+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | 10/23/5 | Beth Musgrave
    Michael Guirdy Allen was one of more than 400,000 people who fled the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina crippled the city's levees and flooded its streets. The 40-year-old man from Harvey, a suburb of New Orleans, still hasn't returned. But Allen left behind a string of warrants for charges as far back as 2000, including attempted murder, false imprisonment, three counts of child molestation and aggravated assault. Allen is one of more than 2,000 fugitives and sex offenders whom local, state and federal authorities are trying to locate and, in cases such as Allen's, arrest. Two months after Katrina...
  • Oil drops, Wilma spares Gulf ($59.70/bbl)

    10/24/2005 2:59:40 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 18 replies · 1,044+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 24, 2005
    LONDON (Reuters) - Oil shed nearly a dollar on Monday, sinking below $60 after Hurricane Wilma bypassed storm-battered U.S. oil and gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. light crude fell as low as $59.56 a barrel, the lowest since July 28. It was down 93 cents by 0922 GMT to $59.70, reversing a gain of 61 cents on Friday on fears Wilma could hinder the recovery of oil operations in the Gulf. Prices were 16 percent below the record-high of $70.85 a barrel struck in late August in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. London Brent crude lost 96...
  • Hurricane Heroes

    10/23/2005 10:20:38 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 4 replies · 420+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 10/21/2005 | Tony Carnes
    Government may have been tripped up by Katrina and Rita, but the Southern Baptists, among others, are standing tall. -s- Americans associate the Red Cross and the Salvation Army with home-front disaster relief on a grand scale. After Katrina, much of the $1 billion in private giving for relief efforts went to those two high-profile organizations. The Southern Baptist North American Mission Board (namb) has been less known for disaster relief. No longer. The extent of Southern Baptist relief preparation was clearly evident after Katrina hit in late August and the less potent Hurricane Rita in late September. From Mobile,...
  • Don't get soaked with flooded autos

    10/23/2005 12:21:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 1,111+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 23, 2005 | PATRICIA SABATINI
    Some of the estimated half-million cars and trucks buried and broken by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina could be headed to used car lots in your neighborhood. Don't get snookered. Flood-damaged vehicles are supposed to be branded with "flood" or "salvage" titles so they aren't simply spruced up and sold to unwitting consumers. Most of the hurricane-hobbled vehicles intended for resale undoubtedly will carry such a warning. But the con artists are out there. And they have gotten good at hiding the checkered pasts of wrecked cars. Unscrupulous dealers and wholesalers buy vehicles at auctions and fix them on the...
  • 'God's retribution' — Is nature used to punish sinful acts?

    10/21/2005 11:28:26 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 69 replies · 1,790+ views
    AP ^ | October 22 2005
    With the most powerful storm in recorded history weakening but every bit as devastating as its predecessors, saint, sinner and blogger alike are again wondering if God really does use nature in retribution for sin. Bill Moyers, late of PBS and CBS television and the day's keynote speaker, cited the incredible devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and linked it with the Genesis flood. He noted that millions of conservatives believe the biblical teaching that God brought the deluge to punish human sin and also accept "God-ordered genocide" elsewhere in the Old Testament. Others also used the Katrina moment to level...
  • Big Easy 5K Run Aids Hurricane Victims

    10/21/2005 4:30:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 243+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Oct 21,2005 | Army Staff Sgt. Robert Timmons
    Big Easy 5K Run Aids Hurricane Victims The run raised more than $6,200 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Timmons 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, TIKRIT, Iraq, Oct. 21, 2005 — While Iraqi citizens were helping themselves take a step forward to a representative government during the constitutional referendum, some U.S. soldiers were helping those struck hard by Hurricane Katrina by donating time and money to the Big Easy 5K run held here Oct. 16. "I like to run and it was a good cause." U.S. Army...
  • Rep Leach blames hurricanes on Global Warming

    10/19/2005 6:46:27 PM PDT · by LinnKeyes2000 · 32 replies · 956+ views
    Jim Leach | 10/19/2005 | Greg Happel
    Dear Greg, Thank you for contacting my office about Hurricane Katrina and the situation along the Gulf Coast. I appreciate hearing from you. Katrina was the most devastating natural disaster to befall this country in generations. As with any catastrophic event, a certain amount of discombobulation was inevitable at the outset. But the leadership failures and chaos that ensued after the levees gave way in New Orleans were inexcusable. Katrina exposed a shocking lack of preparedness in our emergency-response systems at the local, state and, most importantly, federal level. It almost defies belief, for example, that help was delayed for...
  • Stennis Sailors Help Community, Remove Refrigerators, Lift Spirits

    10/18/2005 5:03:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 233+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Oct 18, 2005 | Journalist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Gabriel Owens
    ABOARD USS JOHN C. STENNIS (NNS) -- Sailors from USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), assisted a grateful community in Pearlington, Miss., in October by removing old refrigerators from the area, which had become a health hazard after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast coastline. Stennis, homeported in Bremerton, Wash., sent 50 volunteers to the hurricane-ravaged area of southern Mississippi. The aircraft carrier is named for Senator John C. Stennis of Miss., and considers the state its adopted home. "These smaller communities receive little attention after [Hurricane] Katrina," said Rick Hines, a FEMA volunteer from the West Indianapolis, Ind., fire...
  • 2 States, 22 Observations

    10/18/2005 8:32:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 292+ views
    email ^ | current | Anon
    2 States, 22 Observations Things I have noticed while watching media coverage of the recent hurricanes. 1. Texas: Productive industrious state run by Republicans. Louisiana: Government dependent welfare state run by Democrats. 2. Texas: Residents take responsibility to protect and evacuate themselves. Louisiana: Residents wait for government to protect and evacuate them. 3. Texas: Local and state officials take responsibility for protecting their citizens and property. Louisiana: Local and state officials blame federal government for not protecting their citizens and property. 4. Texas: Command and control remains in place to preserve order. Louisiana: Command and control collapses allowing lawlessness. 5....
  • Numerous Violations Alleged in Bus Fire (Texas/Rita Bus)

    10/18/2005 6:29:58 AM PDT · by TCats · 4 replies · 423+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/18/2005 | Bill Brubaker
    Twenty-three Hurricane Rita evacuees died in blaze. The chartered bus that exploded near Dallas last month, killing 23 elderly Hurricane Rita evacuees from a long-term-care facility, had a defective brake, an illegal license plate and a driver -- charged yesterday with negligent homicide -- whose Mexican license wasn't valid in the United States, according to state and federal officials. The operator of the bus, Global Limo Inc., had a low federal driver safety rating. A government investigation after the accident found 168 alleged violations involving the four other buses in Global Limo's fleet, and the federal Department of Transportation has...
  • Oil drops $1, Wilma threat eases ($63.43/bbl)

    10/18/2005 4:47:33 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 589+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 18, 2005
    LONDON (Reuters) - Oil fell $1 a barrel on Tuesday as a threatened hurricane was expected to miss rigs and refineries in the U.S. Gulf and the world's top banker said record prices were eroding demand. U.S. crude lost 98 cents to $63.38 a barrel by 1125 GMT, after a gain of 2.8 percent on Monday. London Brent crude was $1.06 down at $59.51 a barrel. Tropical Storm Wilma gained strength in the Caribbean Sea and was expected to become a full-blown hurricane, but its path was set to shift east toward Florida and away from the heart of U.S....
  • Charges in Rita Bus Fire Deaths

    10/17/2005 12:58:04 PM PDT · by publana · 8 replies · 862+ views
    CBS News ^ | 10/5/2005
    (CBS/AP) Charges are being filed against the driver of a bus that caught fire near Dallas while carrying people fleeing Hurricane Rita. The driver is being charged with criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of 23 passengers.
  • Storms Alter Louisiana Politics: Population Likely to Reduce Influence of Black Voters

    10/14/2005 6:17:29 AM PDT · by no dems · 19 replies · 879+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 14, 2005 | Michael A. Fletcher / Spencer S. Hsu
    The massive population shift caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita holds seismic political implications for Louisiana, which faces a near-certain reduction of its congressional delegation and a likely loss in black-voter clout that could severely affect the state's elected Democrats. In a public service announcement released yesterday, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad W. Allen, who is in charge of the federal government's recovery effort, said: "In many areas, like the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans . . . the areas will be uninhabitable for many years." The unprecedented population shift is likely to have its first political impact in...
  • Campus Commies

    10/13/2005 7:05:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 210+ views
    Professor Stephen Bainbridge ^ | October 13, 2005 | Professor Stephen Bainbridge
    A poster on campus here at UCLA. Last time I checked, it was the government that was in charge of disaster preparation, levees, and the like... I would sooner put my trust in Adam Smith's invisible hand than in the competence and good will of some civil servant... Maybe levees and so on are a public good that must be provided by government, but whether or not that's true, it's still unfair of SPARK to blame capitalism when capitalism hasn't been tried.
  • Displaced People Should Stop Griping

    10/13/2005 10:47:04 AM PDT · by trillabodilla · 31 replies · 1,159+ views ^ | 10/13/05 | J.A. Oliver
    In regard to the hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, the havoc they caused to our state and neighboring states is catastrophic. I truly feel sorry for the people who lost all their worldly possessions and also the loss of loved ones. It must be traumatic to be displaced and have to live in an unfamiliar location, but I believe the state and federal governments are doing the best they can with such a monumental task. Some of the displaced people are griping about the accommodations made available to them, such as "we are too crowded," "not enough privacy," "debit card and...
  • New Orleans floodwater is not “toxic soup” ; Corps finishes pumping out New Orleans

    10/12/2005 3:24:57 AM PDT · by AFPhys · 45 replies · 1,594+ views
    ACS Environmental Science and Technology ^ | 10/11/2005 | American Chemical Society
    Shortly after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Louisiana coast, flooding the city of New Orleans, journalists began reporting on a “toxic soup” of chemicals and dangerous microbes bathing the city. Based on no reported data, these stories nevertheless seemed reasonable; the city’s sewer system had flooded, and thousands of cars, houses, and chemical storage tanks lay beneath water, which in part of the city reached more than 3 meters in depth. In addition, 24 Superfund sites are in the affected area, and the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard have tallied more than 400 oil and hazardous chemical spills....
  • Bush Leaves Louisiana After Spirit-Lifting Trip

    10/11/2005 6:37:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 576+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Oct 11, 2005 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON — President Bush expressed his pride Tuesday in military servicemen and women who have been helping with Hurricane Katrina relief. Speaking in Belle Chasse, La., to National Guardsmen representing 49 states, the president thanked the soldiers for their service. "I am incredible proud of those who wear our nations uniform and I am incredibly proud of the job you have done. You have brought great credit to your units, credit to your family and credit to our nation," Bush said....