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  • Bus Owner Charged In Explosion That Killed 23

    02/01/2006 8:18:40 PM PST · by flutters · 7 replies · 374+ views
    NBC 4 Columbus ^ | February 1, 2006
    MCALLEN, Texas -- A tour company has been charged with conspiracy and other crimes in the deaths of 23 nursing home residents whose bus caught fire and exploded as they were trying to flee Hurricane Rita. In an indictment unsealed Wednesday, Global Limo, Inc., and owner James H. Maples are accused of conspiring to falsify driver time records and failing to inspect the company's bus fleet to make sure the buses were safe. Maples, 65, was arrested Wednesday at his McAllen home. He was scheduled to appear before a U.S. magistrate Wednesday afternoon. The bus caught fire Sept. 23 on...
  • Louisiana In Limbo

    01/30/2006 12:38:06 PM PST · by UpTurn · 52 replies · 1,059+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 30, 2006 | Editorial
    New Orleans waits. While some heroic efforts at rebuilding are taking place, hundreds of thousands of residents have put their lives on hold until they know what the government's next steps will be, leaving the shells of their houses as placeholders. But the Bush administration has now rejected the most broadly supported plan for rebuilding communities while offering nothing to take its place. It has been five months since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast and for many the norm is still the claustrophobic new reality of tiny trailers and multiple families crammed into single apartments. Louisiana is trying. You...
  • Don't leave us to foreclosure (A messaage to the President)

    01/29/2006 2:17:44 PM PST · by Uncle Sham · 328 replies · 3,824+ views
    New Orleans Times Picayune ^ | 9-29-06 | Times Picayune Editorial
    Don't leave us to foreclosure Sunday, January 29, 2006 Here in a community full of ruined homes, it takes no imagination to predict an epidemic of foreclosures that could devastate families, cripple the recovery of greater New Orleans and strain the nation's economy. If your flood insurance payout isn't nearly enough to cover your mortgage, you wonder if you'll have to abandon your unlivable home. If you look down the block at a dozen other damaged houses and know that your neighbors are in the same bind, you understand the fear of losing your neighborhood to blight. If you travel...
  • Baker’s relief bill deserves try

    01/29/2006 6:51:06 AM PST · by Uncle Sham · 219 replies · 2,673+ views
    Baton Rouge Morning Advocate ^ | 1-29-06 | John LaPlante
    Political Horizons for Jan. 29 Baker’s relief bill deserves try By JOHN LAPLANTE Published: Jan 29, 2006 Ford to City: Drop Dead,” a legendary headline screamed in 1975, when a president refused to bail out New York City from financial disaster. Change the president and the locale, and Louisiana hurricane victims might be forgiven for thinking the same thing. After hemming and hawing for months about U.S. Rep. Richard Baker’s home-buyout bill, and never really saying what he had against it, Bush brushed it aside last week. Only after aides revealed his opposition did Bush grant a one-paragraph explanation. It...
  • Bush Out of Touch with Louisiana'a Katrina Reality

    01/29/2006 6:38:07 AM PST · by Uncle Sham · 33 replies · 860+ views
    Baton Rouge Morning Advocate ^ | 1-29-06 | Opinion Page Staff
    Out of touch with our reality Our Views By OPINION PAGE STAFF Published: Jan 29, 2006 Mr. President, we’re grateful for every dollar of aid we get, from private or public sources. But your statement of Thursday is simply out of touch with reality in Louisiana today. “I want to remind the people in that part of the world, $85 billion is a lot.” In the abstract, sure. It’s a lot of money. But as a senatorial inspection group found the other day, there has not been anywhere near $85 billion worth of progress. For one thing, that money isn’t...
  • Katrina mystery illness may have a name

    01/25/2006 10:09:33 AM PST · by UpTurn · 49 replies · 1,549+ views
    Ruston Daily Leader ^ | Jan 25, 2006 | George Graham
    The mystery rash and illness that has plagued thousands of people exposed to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina may have several names, and one of them is Parvovirus B-19. The disease is nicknamed “Katrina Rash” and the “New Orleans Crud,” and has affected at least three Ruston-area first-responders who went to New Orleans to help in rescue and recovery efforts. A Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Deputy, an Emergency Medical Technician and a Louisiana State Trooper all came down with variations of the ailment. Missy Staples, a licensed vocational nurse from Glasgow, Ky., became ill after caring for a patient with similar...
  • Many in La., Texas Lament Rita 'Amnesia'

    01/25/2006 9:10:12 AM PST · by ncountylee · 13 replies · 511+ views
    AP/HoustonChronicle ^ | Jan. 25, 2006 | DOUG SIMPSON
    LAKE CHARLES, La. — A steady procession of congressmen and U.S. senators have visited the Gulf Coast this month, inspecting Hurricane Katrina damage. But they didn't show up here, one of the places devastated by Hurricane Rita, Louisiana's "other" storm. Four months after Rita caused $4.7 billion in damage, people in southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas say they're concerned the storm has been erased from the country's memory, overshadowed by Katrina's assault on New Orleans. While New Orleanians fret about "Katrina fatigue," people here say they've been victims of "Rita amnesia." "We don't want anyone to lose sight of the...
  • Wasn't There a Hurricane Named Rita?

    01/25/2006 5:24:52 AM PST · by Muleteam1 · 38 replies · 912+ views
    AP ^ | Jan. 25, 2006 | DOUG SIMPSON
    MANY IN LA., TEXAS LAMENT RITA 'AMNESIA' By DOUG SIMPSON Associated Press Writer LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) -- A steady procession of congressmen and U.S. senators have visited the Gulf Coast this month, inspecting Hurricane Katrina damage. But they didn't show up here, one of the places devastated by Hurricane Rita, Louisiana's "other" storm. Four months after Rita caused $4.7 billion in damage, people in southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas say they're concerned the storm has been erased from the country's memory, overshadowed by Katrina's assault on New Orleans. While New Orleanians fret about "Katrina fatigue," people here say they've...
  • Crime Problem At FEMA Paid Motel

    01/24/2006 9:04:11 PM PST · by caryatid · 40 replies · 1,369+ views
    KPLC-TV [Lake Charles, LA] ^ | January 23, 2006 | Theresa Schmidt
    It's at least the 26th time so far this year, that Lake Charles Police respond to a call at Lakeview Motel where FEMA pays to house people displaced from the hurricanes; people like Stacy Arceneaux and her mother Charlotte Broussard. The frightened women who live here have this notice on the door: "Identify yourself, do not disturb, gun in room." Arceneaux says, "I will shoot you if I do not know who you are, period. If you look at my family wrong, I will shoot you." "I'm expecting a bullet to come right through the walls. There's a bullet right...
  • Corps of Engineers Help City Move Trash

    01/24/2006 3:28:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 372+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 23, 2006 | Elaine Eliah
    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 23, 2006 – New Orleans faced an uphill battle against mountains of debris after storm surge and levee flooding from hurricanes Katrina and Rita brought city services to a halt in 2005. With the city and its municipal solid waste collection contractor unable to resume operations, the garbage, stench and health risk increased with each sultry day. "Our contractors were having problems regrouping their people and equipment," said New Orleans Director of Sanitation Veronica T. White, a specialist in public and environmental health. "The No. 1 urgency here was health." On Sept. 21, New Orleans asked the...
  • Strangers Give Cameron Resident New Home, Life

    01/23/2006 10:02:53 AM PST · by CajunConservative · 4 replies · 226+ views
    American Press ^ | (1/23) | Warren Arceneaux
    Wanda Goldson is home. The former Cameron resident last week moved into her School Street home in Lake Charles that replaces her Cameron home, which was destroyed by Hurricane Rita. Goldson's new home was furnished at no charge to her after real estate agent Rose Holland started a donation drive to assist Goldson, who is unable to work because of a physical disability. Since the storm, Goldson has made about 20 trips to Shreveport — where she lived before moving to Cameron — mostly for doctor's visits and meetings with FEMA and insurance agents. "It was really hard on me,"...
  • 'Rita-Wood' Rebuilding Buras One Plank At a Time: Storm-downed Trees Used For New Homes

    01/23/2006 6:52:18 AM PST · by CajunConservative · 25 replies · 566+ views ^ | Monday, January 23, 2006 | Matthew Brown
    The pastor from Pineville calls it "Rita-wood," stacks of two-by-fours hewn from oak and pine trees that were downed by Hurricane Rita when it tore through southwest Louisiana and east Texas in September. Garry Jones, an Illinois native who brought his missionary zeal to central Louisiana four years ago, is processing those fallen trees in Texas, then trucking them into Plaquemines Parish to rebuild homes. Jones, founder of ReaLife Ministries, sees the lumber as the Providence-given raw material needed to lift the community from its hurricane woes.
  • Nagin Recruiting Hershey to Rebuild New Orleans

    01/17/2006 12:49:17 PM PST · by george76 · 80 replies · 2,487+ views
    ScrappleFace ^ | 2006-01-17 | Scott Ott
    In a further clarification of yesterday’s remarks that a rebuilt New Orleans would be a “chocolate” city, Mayor Ray Nagin today said he’s planning to recruit Hershey Foods to establish a candy manufacturing plant in the hurricane-ravaged region. The Democrat mayor’s latest clarification builds on yesterday’s explanation that his remarks are not racist because chocolate is made with dark chocolate and white milk forming “a delicious drink.” “We’re in the very, very early stages of discussions with Hershey,” Mr. Nagin said, “It’s still in the pre-meeting, pre-phone call stage. But that’s what this chocolate city concept is all about. It’s...
  • New Orleans Mayor Says God Mad at U.S.

    01/16/2006 3:15:27 PM PST · by jazzo · 112 replies · 2,142+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 01/16/2006 | Brett Martel
    NEW ORLEANS - Mayor Ray Nagin suggested Monday that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms were a sign that "God is mad at America" and at black communities, too, for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting. "Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country," Nagin, who is black, said as he and other city leaders marked Martin Luther King Day. "Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We're...
  • Louisiana Governor, Senators Go to Holland

    01/09/2006 6:18:49 PM PST · by george76 · 51 replies · 24,329+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 9 | DOUG SIMPSON
    Gov. Kathleen Blanco left for Holland on Monday to learn how the Dutch created the huge flood-control system that protects a land much farther below sea level than Louisiana. The trip means the Democratic governor will miss President Bush's visit to New Orleans, scheduled for Thursday... The governor was among more than 40 government, business and education leaders - including Sens. David Vitter and Mary Landrieu ... Landrieu said the ambassador told her about that country's flood of 1953, when 1,800 people died. "He said, `Why don't you all come over and see what we've done since then?'" Landrieu recounted....
  • Blanco orders remodeling just after storms Office tab: $564,838

    01/03/2006 6:24:20 PM PST · by macmedic892 · 61 replies · 1,356+ views ^ | 1/3/06 | Mark Ballard
    Some members of the governor's staff will return from the three-day holiday on Tuesday to newly renovated offices at the State Capitol. Shortly after the two hurricanes, Gov. Kathleen Blanco decided to renovate some of her staff's offices. At the time of her decision, Blanco also was hinting at deep budget cuts to state programs and the possibility of laying off 20 percent of the state workforce. The project cost $564,838. The newly refurbished office space on the sixth floor of the State Capitol includes hookups and mounts for two flat screen televisions, Swedish granite countertops, walnut paneling and frosted...
  • Disasters: Searching For Lessons From A Bad Year

    01/03/2006 3:18:10 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 313+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 1-3-2006 | John Bohannon
    Disasters: Searching for Lessons From a Bad Year John Bohannon No doubt about it, the 12 months since the last Breakthrough of the Year issue have been an annus horribilis. Three major natural disasters--the 2004 "Christmas tsunami" in the Indian Ocean, Hurricane Katrina on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and the Pakistan earthquake--left nearly 300,000 dead and millions homeless. In Pakistan, the disaster is still unfolding as winter engulfs the devastated communities. Insurance companies classify such events as "acts of God": misfortunes for which no one is at fault. But in their aftermath, many scientists are pointing out that natural disasters...
  • Jindal gets disaster update

    01/03/2006 8:45:16 AM PST · by CajunConservative · 3 replies · 327+ views
    The Advocate ^ | 01/03/06 | PATRICK COURREGES
    DELCAMBRE -- U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal, R-Kenner, worked a little outside of his regular congressional district lines Monday, walking, talking and touring a town half depopulated by Hurricane Rita. Delcambre Mayor Carol Broussard took Jindal and state Sen. Craig Romero, R-New Iberia, on the tour and gave a general assessment of what the town's government and the people who still want to live there are contending with. Jindal said part of the reason for the morning trip was following up on having helped get a load of tarps donated by private businesses shipped to Delcambre several weeks ago. He said...
  • From blue tarps to debris removal, layers of contractors drive up the cost of recovery...

    12/29/2005 7:16:21 AM PST · by CajunConservative · 35 replies · 1,038+ views ^ | December 29, 2005 | Gordon Russell
    The blue-tarp roof, a symbol of hurricane damage in south Louisiana and Mississippi as recognizable as curbside debris, may wind up as a post-Katrina emblem of government waste reminiscent of the Pentagon's fabled $435 hammers and $640 toilet seats. Depending on the extent of damage and the size of the roof, the federal government is paying anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $5,000 to install a typical tarp. The cost to taxpayers to tack up a covering of blue vinyl is roughly the same, on a per-square-foot basis, as what a homeowner would pay to install a basic asphalt-shingle...
  • Gulf hurricanes have tripled requests for rigs-to-reefs

    12/27/2005 7:04:44 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 7 replies · 526+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, December 27, 2005
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Damage to offshore oil and gas platforms from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has tripled the number of requests to convert rigs into artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries usually gets 10 to 12 requests each year to use abandoned rigs to create fish habitat. But that number has soared to 40 requests this year, Rick Kasprzak, program manager of the Louisiana Artificial Reef Program, told The Advocate of Baton Rouge for a story in Monday's editions. Oil and gas platforms in the program are located in federal...
  • No Greater Gift (Long Read)

    12/23/2005 10:26:20 AM PST · by CajunConservative · 8 replies · 498+ views
    Independent Weekly ^ | 12/21/2005 | Shala Carlson
    The destruction and despair wreaked by hurricanes Katrina and Rita were unprecedented. So was the generous response of the residents of south Louisiana. They came from all walks of life. Mechanics, sales clerks, bus drivers, business owners, college students, schoolchildren. They came from every neighborhood, some alone and some with family. In many cases, Katrina’s wild winds still churned as people poured into the Cajundome, into Acadiana’s shelters and churches, into our streets and our homes. They came because life in Louisiana had changed in those unthinkable moments when the levees burst. And then, even more came when, inconceivably, a...
  • Christmas Comes Early For Cameron

    12/20/2005 5:32:23 PM PST · by CajunConservative · 5 replies · 401+ views
    KPLC ^ | 12/19/2005 | Vince Atkinson
    Thanks to some private donations Christmas is coming early for one city in Cameron Parish. The city of Grand Lake has been struggling to pick up the pieces ever since Hurricane Rita came ashore. Now, thanks to a generous donation from some of our friends up north the city has the tools to make the rebuilding process easier. Dinah Landry with the Cameron Council On Aging says, "When the skeptics tell me there are not good people out there it is going to be hard for me to believe that from now on." That is how many people in Grand...
  • Texas National Guard Airman recognized by Allstate (Hurricane Rita)

    12/20/2005 1:45:47 PM PST · by Racehorse · 7 replies · 537+ views
    Texas National Guard Public Affairs via email | 14 December 2005 | CMSgt Gonda Moncada
    BEAUMONT, Texas (Dec. 14, 2005) -- An Airman from the Houston, Texas, area who has already won many accolades for his quick thinking and actions received yet another award from Insurance company Allstate Dec. 7 for potentially saving hundreds of lives in anticipation of Hurricane Rita. Faced with a new mission as a result of the hurricane, Master Sgt. Lynn Bailey, 147th Fighter Wing fuel superintendent, completed a task others might have thought impossible. The task garnered him the nickname “The Nozzle Man” because his nozzle was indirectly responsible for the getting vehicles carrying sick and elderly back on the...
  • Blanco Criticizes Levees, Hails Evacuation Efforts

    12/15/2005 4:57:38 AM PST · by ricks_place · 14 replies · 978+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/15/05 | Spencer S. Hsu
    Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D) yesterday declared efforts to evacuate state and New Orleans residents before Hurricane Katrina "an outstanding success" and told members of Congress they would not be investigating the government's flawed response into the Aug. 29 storm if levees protecting the city had not failed. Over three hours of measured, at times defiant testimony to a House investigative panel, the first-term governor rebutted Republican charges that overwhelmed state and city leaders did not order the evacuation of New Orleans soon enough or provide transportation or relief to poor, sick and elderly residents who did not get...
  • Hurricane Rita IRA relief

    12/13/2005 9:32:35 PM PST · by chuckles · 4 replies · 349+ views
    vanity | Dec. 14, 2005 | chuckles
    I'm retired and live off my IRA distibutions yearly. I live in the path of Hurricane Rita. I'm hearing of a new law that would allow me to withdraw some IRA funds without the 10% penalty. I've checked with the IRS and they of course "know nothing". My congressman says it's the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act and it just passed the House. It apparently hasn't passed the Senate and hasn't been signed by Bush of course. Does anybody know anything about this law? It's getting late this year an I have to send for my 2005 distribution. I would like...
  • Buddy Roemer

    12/06/2005 7:21:48 AM PST · by thebiggestdog · 166+ views ^ | 12-6-05 |
    Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer is the first person in a long time to stand up and tell it like it is. He quipped that current gov Kathleen Blanco had plenty of news conferences but hasn't done much else. Buddy is "waiting to see action," from Blanco. So are a lot of other people. I haven't kept up with every movement of Kathleen, but it does seem that once again she is waiting for somebody else to clean up the mess. She blamed Bush, and then went to Washington crying for money and help.
  • Lake Charles' hit from Rita gets little attention

    12/06/2005 6:20:11 AM PST · by CajunConservative · 22 replies · 852+ views
    The Advocate ^ | 12/06/05 | WILL SENTELL
    Residents of Lake Charles, many of whom will have blue tarps for roofs for the foreseeable future, have to feel a little slighted. Since Aug. 29 most of the news coverage, both inside and outside the state, has focused on what Hurricane Katrina did to New Orleans. The coverage is justified in light of what one of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history did to such a distinctive city. Yet almost lost in all the sad stories, at least outside of southwest Louisiana, are these two facts: Lake Charles and the region are still reeling from damage caused by Hurricane...
  • Katrina Dead Demographics Released

    12/05/2005 3:11:20 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 20 replies · 1,695+ views
    MetroSource News | 12/05/05 | MetroSource Staff
    Katrina Dead Demographics Released (St.Gabriel, LA) - Analysis of the people killed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita shows a nearly even split along racial and gender lines. Medical examiners say of the more than one thousand victims, about half are white and half are black. About half are men and about half are women. In all , the morgue set up to process bodies after the hurricane has recorded one-thousand-90 deaths. Of those, less than 500 have been returned to their next of kin. Officials are still finding bodies.
  • What Went Wrong after Katrina and Rita

    12/01/2005 6:18:01 PM PST · by Ellesu · 40 replies · 1,140+ views ^ | 11/30/05 | VERONICA MOSGROVE
    PEOPLE IN LOUISIANA HAVE SIX-MONTHS TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT HURRICANE SEASON. STATE HOMELAND SECURITY LEADERS MET TODAY TO DISCUSS WHAT WENT WRONG AFTER KATRINA AND RITA. NEW TWO'S VERONICA MOSGROVE WENT TO THE FOLKS IN CHARGE TO GET ANSWERS TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY. ALL AGREE COMMUNICATION WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST FAILURES. Return to index of stories... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WHAT WENT WRONG-PKG As Louisiana tries to pick up the pieces of this devastated region. State officials are reviewing everything that happened right before and in the weeks after the storm hit. U-S Senator Mary Landrieu...
  • Storm victims praise churches - want federal not local government to control rebuilding funds

    12/02/2005 2:30:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies · 748+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 2, 2005 | Audrey Hudson
    Louisiana residents gave churches higher marks than government agencies in responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and most prefer that the federal government control rebuilding funds rather than local officials, according to a Louisiana State University study. On a scale of one (not effective) to 10 (very effective), residents gave churches the highest mark of 8.1, and New Orleans city agencies and state agencies received the lowest rating of 4.6. "Louisiana residents were not particularly charitable when it came to evaluating government response ... but were considerably more favorable of the efforts of faith-based organizations and nonprofits, including local community...
  • Hurricane season finally ending Wednesday, but next year could be bad, too (Epsilon forms)

    11/29/2005 2:09:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies · 847+ views
    Daily Comet ^ | 11/29/05 | JOHN PAIN
    Hurricane season finally ending, but next year could be bad, too By JOHN PAIN Associated Press Writer November 29. 2005 4:27PM The busiest and costliest Atlantic hurricane season on record officially - and mercifully - draws to a close Wednesday, with hundreds of thousands of Americans still dealing with the devastation wrought by Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Despite the end of the June 1-to-Nov. 30 season, hurricanes could still form over the next few months. In fact, a tropical storm took shape in the Atlantic on Tuesday. But no hurricane has been known to hit the United States between December...
  • Powell: no federal commitment on upgrading south Louisiana levees

    11/29/2005 10:22:34 AM PST · by Ellesu · 10 replies · 488+ views ^ | 11/29/05 | Doug Simpson
    Three months after Hurricane Katrina killed over 1,000 people in the New Orleans area, the White House's top adviser on Gulf Coast hurricane relief said he hasn't yet determined whether the federal government should pay to improve the city's levee system. Donald Powell on Tuesday declined to say how long it would take before a decision is made on improving the levees beyond their strength prior to Katrina, a Category 3 storm that tore through levees at numerous points, killing 1,086. "Hopefully that decision will be made sooner rather than later," Powell said. Powell met with Gov. Kathleen Blanco at...
  • Official: Hurricane-hit states need federal help akin to 9/11 aid

    11/28/2005 2:13:26 PM PST · by Ellesu · 8 replies · 445+ views ^ | 11/28/05 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- Congress hasn't given the same attention and aid to states slammed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita as it did to New York after the 2001 terror attacks because the storms didn't spark as much patriotism, Louisiana's economic development chief said Monday. In an interview with The Associated Press, state Economic Development Secretary Michael J. Olivier called Congress' response to terrorism very different "from an act of God" like a hurricane. "I guess it's different because it was such a patriotic deal," said Olivier, in Washington to attend a meeting of rebuilding and economic recovery officials from the Gulf...

    11/28/2005 5:29:01 AM PST · by Calpernia · 72 replies · 1,811+ views
    Star-Ledger ^ | Monday, November 28, 2005 | BY RUSSELL BEN-ALI
    (snip) "As of December 1, if you choose to remain in the hotel, you will be responsible for paying the bill with funds you have in hand, including any funds that FEMA has already provided to you," read the notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the evacuees of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. "What am I supposed to do, go out in the street?" asked Sanders, 65, a former airline customer service representative, as she sat on the edge of a bed in the Comfort Suites Newark room she shares with grandsons Brandon, 3, and Shandon, 2. (snip) FEMA...
  • Some say Katrina victims' welcome worn out

    11/26/2005 4:40:58 PM PST · by Ellesu · 79 replies · 4,872+ views ^ | 11-27-05 | CRAIG SCHNEIDER
    Get a job. Find a place to live. Pull yourself up. These are the things some people are saying about evacuees from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, about 12,000 of whom remain in taxpayer-funded hotel rooms in Georgia. In the weeks after Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, people across the country opened their wallets, homes and hearts to the victims. But three months after thousands of evacuees arrived in Georgia, some attitudes have shifted from compassion to something very different. For Anna Corley, a 39-year-old communications worker from East Point, the change in attitude occurred while she was watching a television...
  • Few layoffs felt at state level (Louisiana)

    11/26/2005 7:06:32 AM PST · by Ellesu · 10 replies · 497+ views ^ | 11/26/06 | WILL SENTELL
    While hurricanes Katrina and Rita put more than 300,000 Louisiana residents in unemployment lines almost overnight, state employee layoffs remain a rarity. An estimated 197 state workers are set to lose their jobs through a variety of storm-related actions, including spending cuts ordered by Gov. Kathleen Blanco, state records show. However, most of the initial round of layoffs apply to workers listed as "missing," which means they have not been in contact with state officials since the storms. About 4,600 state workers are on furlough, which means they remain on the state payroll without collecting paychecks. Many are expected to...
  • Bush signs law to up flood insurance borrowing

    11/22/2005 2:26:14 AM PST · by Crackingham · 4 replies · 342+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/21/5
    President George W. Bush signed into law legislation drastically raising the borrowing authority of the government's flood insurance program to $18.5 billion from $3.5 billion to cover claims from Hurricane Katrina and other flood disasters, the White House said on Monday. Run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Flood Insurance Program recently has been swamped with more claims from storms than the total it has paid out since it began in 1968. Congress approved the expanded borrowing authority last week after lawmakers said the flood insurance program needed more cash. The program covers more than 4.7 million policies...
  • Eased voting rules sought after storms

    11/17/2005 11:38:33 AM PST · by JZelle · 14 replies · 375+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-17-05 | Audrey Hudson
    Louisiana legislators are scrambling to enable displaced voters who have moved to distant states to cast absentee ballots in a February election by loosening the state's identification requirements, although the idea's backers suffered a pair of defeats yesterday. A bill in the House and Senate limits existing laws that require first-time voters who have registered by mail to show identification and to vote in person. Opponents of changing the law say it could lead to voter fraud in a state with a long and colorful history of political corruption. A Senate panel this week passed a bill, introduced by state...
  • Lawmakers get $150,000 in travel, per-diem payments (Louisiana)

    11/15/2005 3:23:39 AM PST · by Ellesu · 16 replies · 915+ views ^ | 11/15/05 | MARSHA SHULER
    In the two months after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Louisiana legislators received more than $100,000 in extra income for attending briefings and other meetings related to the storms. A review of legislative files revealed legislators received another $50,000-plus in travel expenses to attend the meetings. Lawmakers get so-called per-diem payments for attending committee meetings and conducting other state business between legislative sessions. Lawmakers received $113 a day for September meetings they attended. The payment went up to $115 a day in October. Records also show that the hurricanes derailed the out-of-state travel plans of some legislators. But others went anyway,...
  • Driver in Bus Blast Avoids Indictment

    11/14/2005 9:53:32 PM PST · by txroadkill · 22 replies · 674+ views
    washington post ^ | 11/14/05 | AP
    DALLAS -- A grand jury declined Monday to indict a bus driver in connection with the deaths of 23 passengers killed in a fire that destroyed the vehicle as they fled Hurricane Rita in September. The Dallas County Sheriff's Office had forwarded to the district attorney 23 cases of criminally negligent homicide to consider against Juan Robles Gutierrez, 37, a Mexican immigrant.
  • Supply Chain: How Wal-Mart Beat Feds to New Orleans

    11/13/2005 8:05:37 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 65 replies · 2,347+ views
    CIO Magazine ^ | November 1, 2005 | BEN WORTHEN
    The hurricanes that flattened the Gulf Coast in August and September tested corporate logistics and supply chain operations, as companies struggled to move relief supplies and inventory to and from the region before and after each storm. One lesson from these storms is that having procedures for communicating quickly about what needs to be done is as essential for companies as having integrated inventory and logistics systems. "Resilient companies communicate obsessively," says Yossi Sheffi, director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. Wal-Mart, for example, was able to move food, water, generators and other goods to areas hit by...
  • Coastal Cameron remains wasteland of wreckage

    11/10/2005 2:44:43 PM PST · by caryatid · 3 replies · 404+ views
    2theadvocate [Baton Rouge, LA] ^ | Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005 | PATRICK COURREGES ( Acadiana Bureau)
    A car rests against a mound of sand and debris Wednesday in Holly Beach. The destruction caused by Hurricane Rita on Sept. 24 in coastal Cameron Parish is still evident in the background. Mandatory evacuation in place as cleanup mucks along HOLLY BEACH -- The north-south route through Cameron Parish west of the Calcasieu Ship Channel is cleared and open, though crumbling in places. But the only structure still standing in the Holly Beach community that it once led to is the water tower. A full month and a half has passed since Hurricane Rita scoured coastal Cameron Parish...
  • New Orleans Levee Failure Assessment - Part V

    11/07/2005 8:54:03 PM PST · by jeffers · 48 replies · 26,654+ views
    New Orleans Levee Failure Analysis - Part V Contents Introduction and Basic Levee Construction, Section and Elevation Details Section 1. Pre-Landfall Flooding in Kenner and Western Metairie of East Jefferson Parish Section 2. Analysis of the 17th Street and London Canal Breaches and Post Katrina Flood Sequence in Downtown New Orleans Section 3. Surge Sequence for the Industrial Canal Basin, Analysis of the Five Major Breaches and east Orleans Parish Flooding Section 4. Flood Sequence for St. Bernard Parish and the Lower Ninth Ward, MRGO Reach Failure Analysis Section 5. Contributory Causality, Political and Funding Issues Leading to Levee Failures...
  • Tornado trauma for Berkshire ( Subhead Buffett: Tough time )

    11/06/2005 10:47:06 PM PST · by sully777 · 11 replies · 661+ views
    Reuters/The Calcutta Telegraph ^ | Sunday, November 06, 2005
    New York, Nov. 5 (Reuters): Warren Buffett-run Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday posted a 48 per cent decline in quarterly profit — to the lowest level since 2001, hurt by nearly $3 billion of losses from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The company also reduced its stake in foreign currency contracts to $16.5 billion on September 30 from $21.5 billion three months earlier. Buffett has bet against the dollar since 2002 amid concern that high US trade and budget deficits might cause non-US investors to pull money from the country. Third-quarter net income for Berkshire, whose largest business is insurance, fell...
  • FEMA asks Louisiana for $3.7 billion (& ends $2,000 aid program, angering Rita victims)

    11/04/2005 9:02:43 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies · 1,047+ views
    2 The Avocate & KATC ^ | 11/04/05 | BRETT TROXLER
    FEMA asks Louisiana for $3.7 billion By BRETT TROXLER staff From a report by News 2's Tony Jones The federal government is asking Louisiana to come up with more than $3.7 billion. According to FEMA, the amount is a down payment for what the state owes for its share of hurricane relief. Denise Bottcher, a spokeswoman for Gov. Kathleen Blanco, said the state just can't come up with that kind of money. Bottcher said when members of the governor's staff first heard the request, they "just about fell over." Louisiana is already facing a $1 billion budget...
  • Special CNI, CNRSE Team Aids NAS Key West Sailors

    11/04/2005 4:20:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 285+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Nov 4, 2005 | James E. Brooks
    KEY WEST, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West Sailors returned home Oct. 30, after evacuating ahead of Hurricane Wilma, to flood-damaged homes but also to helping hands of a special hurricane recovery team from Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNI) and Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE). The CNI/CNRSE team gathered at Key West’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) youth center and set up a Task Force Navy Family Community Support Center (CSC) for Navy families and a command center to coordinate with parent commands. Partnered with NAS Key West offices, insurance companies, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and...
  • Louisiana can't pay Katrina, Rita bills

    11/04/2005 7:08:07 AM PST · by abb · 41 replies · 1,163+ views
    USA Today ^ | Nov 4, 2005 | Alan Levin
    <p>Flood-ravaged Louisiana can't pay the $3.7 billion that the U.S. government says is its share of hurricane relief, a spokeswoman for Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Thursday.</p> <p>"You can't squeeze $3.7 billion out of this state to pay this bill. Period. That would be difficult for us on a good day," the spokeswoman, Denise Bottcher, told USA TODAY.</p>
  • Airmen lend helping hand to enlisted village residents

    11/02/2005 6:00:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 282+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Nov 2, 2005 | Lois Walsh
    11/2/2005 - EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) -- Airmen here gave up their free time help their neighbors during Make a Difference Day Oct. 22 and 28. Residents of Bob Hope and Theresa villages and Eglin’s Thrift Shop benefited from these Airmen’s labors. The annual event is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. In 2004, three million people cared enough about their communities to volunteer on that day, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns. Staff Sgt. Jeff Henson, 68th Electronic Warfare Squadron’s Intelligence Directorate, said Make A Difference...
  • Military wants the weather on its side (Pentagon studies ways to predict or even influence storms)

    11/02/2005 2:13:14 PM PST · by emiller · 7 replies · 371+ views ^ | 10-31-05 | Leonard David
    The one-two hurricane punch from Katrina and Wilma, along with predictions of more severe weather in the future, has scientists pondering ways to save lives, protect property and possibly even control the weather. While efforts to tame storms have so far been clouded by failure, some researchers aren’t willing to give up the fight. And even if changing the weather proves overly challenging, residents and disaster officials can do a better job of planning and reacting
  • Computers Help Families Keep in Touch

    11/01/2005 4:11:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 366+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Nov 1, 2005 | Michelle Fayard, Commander
    GULFPORT, Mississippi, Nov. 1, 2005 - Through the efforts of Operation Homelink, personnel stationed at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, were able to receive 100 free, refurbished computers. The PCs, which are valued at more than $30,000, were given away during a four-hour period Oct. 28 to military families impacted by Hurricane Katrina, particularly those who have a service member preparing to deploy overseas. “This is an outstanding opportunity for our troops who suffered loss,” said Cmdr. Rodney Duggins, supply officer at the Seabee base. Northrop Grumman, one of the government’s largest providers of information technology systems and services, donated...