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  • Cause of death of Italian saint uncovered

    06/11/2010 2:27:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies · 687+ views
    BBC ^ | June 11, 2010
    Santa Rosa lies in a monastery in Viterbo near Rome Researchers have used X-ray techniques to uncover the cause of death of a 700-year-old Italian saint. Santa Rosa - who died when she was 18 or 19 years old - was most likely killed by a blood clot in the heart, say the Italian research team. It is said the 13th Century saint had miraculous powers that allowed her to raise someone from the dead and to survive the flames of a burning pyre. Her mummified remains are conserved in a monastery near Rome. Santa Rosa is one of...
  • [South Texas: County Commissioners]Court passes resolution in support of immigration reform

    02/09/2010 3:23:09 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies · 403+ views
    The Monitor ^ | February 08, 2010 | Jared Janes
    EDINBURG — Hidalgo County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday recognizing the contributions of immigrants to the Rio Grande Valley and offering their support to comprehensive immigration reform efforts. Citing the $400 million that immigrants contribute to the state's economy, the resolution calls for change to immigration policies that cause "great anguish to county residents who daily experience the tragedy of families divided by ineffective laws." The resolution was approved in advance of a state convention by the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance where the group will ask Congress to pass legislation that provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented residents,...
  • Obama visit to New Orleans stirs up strife

    10/14/2009 6:12:31 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 65 replies · 2,716+ views
    Nola.com ^ | October 14, 2009 | James Gill
    In Norway they may think that President Barack Obama has a great knack for peace, but around here his forte seems to be stirring up strife. New Orleans is mad because Obama's visit tomorrow will be little more than a whistlestop. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is mad because New Orleans gets all the attention, such as it is, while the lingering effects of Katrina over there are ignored. And from southwest Louisiana comes the cry, "What about Rita, Gustav and Ike? The president really needs to take a look at Cameron Parish." Obama is also being denounced for an apparent...
  • Veterans In Politics Talk Show Introduces Chris Simcox and Rita Bonilla

    06/12/2009 1:31:05 AM PDT · by SteveWsanson · 5 replies · 580+ views
    Veterans In Politics International ^ | June 12, 2009 | Steve Sanson
    Veterans In Politics Talk Show Introduces Chris Simcox and Rita Bonilla LIVE on www.AllTalkRadio.net June 13:: Chris Simcox President/Founder of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps and Candidate for US Senator Representing the Great State of Arizona:: Rita Bonilla member of Secured Borders USA and activist "You Don’t Speak For Me!” "Veterans In Politics" is a weekly radio show produced by the Veterans In Politics International and hosted by Steve Sanson and co-hosted by Ronda Baldwin Kennedy. The "Veterans In Politics" show is live every Saturday 2:05 PM Pacific Time you can call in and speak to the guest or/and hosts...
  • A Transportation Alternative In Texas

    04/08/2008 5:44:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies · 228+ views
    The Houstonian ^ | April 8, 2008 | Sally Abdelmottlep
    Cars have been a huge part of our lives. We use them to get around anywhere. It might have been the best invention mankind came up with, but we all hate several common things about cars, such as the cost of gas prices and traffic. We think sometimes in our imagination how awesome it would be if cars had wings, so maybe one day we will fly through terrific! We also despise accidents, high insurance and drunk driving. Sometimes, I feel that we need other alternative means of transportation, such as a subway system in the state of Texas; maybe...
  • Hurricanes [Katrina & Rita] produced largest forestry disaster [AND GW!!]

    11/16/2007 7:36:51 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 28 replies · 484+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/16/07 | Anon
    New satellite imaging has revealed that hurricanes Katrina and Rita produced the largest single forestry disaster on record in America - an essentially unreported ecological catastrophe that killed or severely damaged some 320 million trees in Mississippi and Louisiana. The die-off, caused initially by wind and later by the pooling of stagnant water, was so massive that researchers say it will add significantly to the greenhouse gas buildup - ultimately putting as much carbon from dying vegetation into the air as the rest of the American forest takes out in a year of photosynthesis. In addition, the downing of so...
  • Howard K. Stern Sues Rita Cosby Over Anna Nicole Book ($60 million)

    10/03/2007 9:02:54 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 22 replies · 1,708+ views
    Anna Nicole Smith's longtime companion Howard K. Stern is suing a journalist for "exploiting" the memory of the late model/actress. Stern filed a $60 million lawsuit against Rita Cosby on Tuesday over "false allegations" in her new book "Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith's Death." The book claims Stern and Larry Birkhead - the father of Smith's daughter Dannielynn - were lovers who plotted to get control of the late star's estate. Cosby, a former MSNBC correspondent, claims there is a sex tape to prove the pair were lovers. But Stern's attorney, L. Lin Wood, has furiously...
  • Rita Cosby Out at MSNBC (Contract expires on April Fools Day)

    03/12/2007 9:35:22 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 87 replies · 3,599+ views
    Braodcast and Cable ^ | 3/19/07 | Anne Becker
    Rita Cosby is leaving MSNBC at the end of the month. Her contract was due to expire April 1 and was not going to be renewed, according to sources familiar with the matter. MSNBC cancelled Cosby's 10 p.m. show, Rita Cosby Live and Direct, in June. The network dumped Tucker Carlson's 11 p.m. show then too to make way for documentary programming. At the time, Cosby was named head of a new specials unit, but she has been featured sparingly since. The former Fox News personality gained notoriety for her celebrity pieces, most recently a story on Anna Nicole Smith's...
  • Accusations of Agency Error in Disaster Loans (Katrina/Rita)

    02/27/2007 5:50:12 PM PST · by PAR35 · 6 replies · 504+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 27, 2007 | RON NIXON and LESLIE EATON
    Last September, the Small Business Administration, which provides most long-term rebuilding aid to disaster victims, accelerated its lending to homeowners and businesses in the Gulf Coast, responding to criticism that it had been slow to respond to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita of 2005. But now federal investigators are looking into accusations that in speeding up its work, the agency made thousands of loans without following its own rules to avoid fraud. Current and former employees of the agency have told investigators that agency workers failed to secure proper proof that borrowers owned the houses they were supposed to rebuild or...
  • FEMA Wants Over $300M in Katrina Aid Back

    02/06/2007 4:04:09 AM PST · by Calpernia · 26 replies · 1,025+ views
    1010wins ^ | By FRANK BASS and MICHELLE ROBERTS
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- In the neighborhood President Bush visited right after Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. government gave $84.5 million to more than 10,000 households. But Census figures show fewer than 8,000 homes existed there at the time. Now the government wants back a lot of the money it disbursed across the region. The Federal Emergency Management Administration has determined nearly 70,000 Louisiana households improperly received $309.1 million in grants, and officials acknowledge those numbers are likely to grow. In the chaotic period after two deadly hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, slammed the Gulf Coast in 2005 - Katrina making landfall...
  • New ruling puts freeze on FEMA payments

    12/23/2006 7:35:55 AM PST · by OBXWanderer · 29 replies · 878+ views
    Chron.com ^ | 12/22/2006 | Patti Reinert, Susan Carroll
    WASHINGTON — Just as federal housing money was to start flowing again to thousands of Texas-based hurricane evacuees, a federal appeals court put everything on hold Friday. The ruling means that about 4,200 families in Houston, San Antonio and Austin who were left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will have to wait until at least February to find out whether the federal government is required to restore their rental assistance payments. By then, the temporary housing program will have expired — unless Congress or President Bush extend it.
  • FEMA emergency homes destroyed by the elements (UNUSED trailers)

    11/15/2006 7:43:40 AM PST · by FourPeas · 47 replies · 1,774+ views
    AP ^ | November 15, 2006
    NEW ORLEANS Hundreds of modular homes meant for hurricane victims were damaged beyond repair while unused and unprotected from weather.The Federal Emergency Management Agency bought the homes as emergency housing for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.Katrina slammed the Gulf coast in August of 2005.Rita came ashore in southeast Texas the following month.The failure to protect the homes from the sun and rain while they were in storage was outlined in a report by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general.FEMA says many sat unused for months at an Army depot in Texarkana, Texas, because of restrictions on where such homes...
  • Jurors won't hear about bus blaze

    09/26/2006 3:42:16 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 2 replies · 309+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 09/26/2006 | JAMES PINKERTON
    MCALLEN - Jurors today will hear about maintenance and safety practices of charter bus company Global Limo Inc. but not about the bus fire that killed 23 nursing home residents evacuated from Houston last year as Hurricane Rita bore down. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa granted a defense motion to limit testimony to alleged mismanagement that occurred during a four-month period before last year's accident. James H. Maples, president and director of Pharr-based Global, faces charges he falsified driver time records and failed to adequately inspect and maintain his fleet of buses. The company was shut down for safety violations...
  • Millions of dollars given to those fleeing RitaFEMA didn't require receipts or proof of damage

    09/25/2006 5:46:36 PM PDT · by Orange1998 · 8 replies · 317+ views
    Millions of dollars given to those fleeing RitaFEMA didn't require receipts or proof of damage By Ted Oberg (9/25/06 - KTRK/HOUSTON) - It could've been the most profitable toll-free phone call you ever made. During the Hurricane Rita evacuation last year, thousands of Houstonians stopped on their way out of town to call FEMA and collect thousands. If you didn't get free FEMA money, your neighbor may have. Thousands of dollars were just a phone call away. Last year, with Hurricane Rita spinning in the Gulf of Mexico and criticism of FEMA spinning out of control, the agency was willing...
  • Study Challenges thinking on the wetlands

    09/23/2006 8:36:01 AM PDT · by UpTurn · 2 replies · 379+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | September 22, 2006 | Mathew Brown
    Challenging the widely held view that levees and hurricanes are two of the biggest perpetrators in the ongoing demise of Louisiana's coast, researchers from Louisiana State University say the millions of tons of sand and silt swept in by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita prove that major storms actually help wetlands. Their conclusions, reported in today's edition of the journal Science and based on sediment measurements taken after the storms, call into question the entire foundation of Louisiana's sweeping coastal restoration program. That effort has been driven by the assumption that levees along the Mississippi River starved the coast of vital...
  • Time to Move the Mississippi, Experts Say

    09/23/2006 8:22:42 AM PDT · by UpTurn · 26 replies · 1,003+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 19, 2006 | Cornelia Dean
    Scientists have long said the only way to restore Louisiana’s vanishing wetlands is to undo the elaborate levee system that controls the Mississippi River, not with the small projects that have been tried here and there, but with a massive diversion that would send the muddy river flooding wholesale into the state’s sediment-starved marshes. And most of them have long dismissed the idea as impractical, unaffordable and lethal to the region’s economy. Now, they are reconsidering. In fact, when a group of researchers convened last April to consider the fate of the Louisiana coast, their recommendation was unanimous: divert the...
  • Katrina, Rita Actually Helped Wetlands, Study Says

    09/22/2006 7:03:27 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 597+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 9-21-2006 | Willie Drye
    Katrina, Rita Actually Helped Wetlands, Study Says Willie Drye for National Geographic News September 21, 2006 A new study makes the provocative claim that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita actually helped stabilize coastal wetlands by depositing tons of silt and sediment—even as the storms devastated dozens of square miles of the low-lying areas. The new findings contradict long-held theories that rivers are the primary source of the sediment that forms wetlands, says research leader R. Eugene Turner, an ecologist at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge. The study also counters beliefs that the loss of wetlands—especially on the eastern Louisiana...
  • La. may replant private golf course

    09/22/2006 7:32:03 AM PDT · by Ellesu · 18 replies · 659+ views
    nola.com ^ | 09/22/06 | Robert Travis Scott
    Money added to state budget for West Bank storm damage: BATON ROUGE -- After spending more than $13 million to subsidize a West Bank golf club before Hurricane Katrina, the state is now poised to spend half a million dollars more to replace storm-damaged trees on the course. The additional aid to the privately operated Tournament Players Club Louisiana is tucked into the state budget passed by legislators this spring and signed by Gov. Kathleen Blanco. The budget lists the $500,000 expenditure as a "forestry program for the planting of trees and other native plants due to losses sustained from...
  • Where are the Hurricanes? I blame global warming...

    09/15/2006 8:55:58 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 11 replies · 955+ views
    Dean's World ^ | Aug 9, 2006 | Scott Kirwin
    Where are the Hurricanes? I blame global warming...http://www.deanesmay.com/posts/1155133659.shtml Scott Kirwin Aug 9, 2006 Nearly a year ago the country was being slammed by hurricanes. As Americans suffered some claimed that the ferocity of Katrina and Rita was due to global warming. A search of Dean's World shows that this site is one of the few that argued against that idea over the course of 2005. So here we are, a year later. Where are the hurricanes? Where is the fury of Mother Nature? Where are her righteous swirls of rain and wind that shall smite the evil non-Kyoto Protocol signing...
  • OPEC members get rebuilding pitch (La. want new refinery)

    09/12/2006 7:43:05 AM PDT · by chemicalman · 12 replies · 644+ views
    NOLA.com ^ | Tuesday, September 12, 2006 | Pam Radtke Russell
    A representative from the state economic development office urged OPEC officials at their meeting Monday in Vienna, Austria, to consider building a U.S. refinery -- the nation's first in 30 years -- on Louisiana sugar cane fields. The state is trying to snag a refinery or some other major foreign investment, particularly in one of the parishes battered by Hurricanes Katrina or Rita, said Lana Sonnier, spokeswoman for the development office. Dane Revette, the agency's energy director, succeeded in "getting Louisiana on the radar" with his presentation, Sonnier said. She added that Revette has attended at least one other meeting...
  • THE LESSON OF KATRINA

    08/29/2006 8:27:05 AM PDT · by shortstop · 40 replies · 1,162+ views
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 08/29/06 | Bob Lonsberry
    The lingering lesson of Hurricane Katrina is the great value of self-reliance and the terrible danger of dependence. It was a huge storm. Possibly the largest natural disaster ever to hit the United States. It was the storm of the century. But it taught us more about human nature than it did about the power of nature. More frightening than the storm itself, was the widespread personal failure demonstrated in its wake. It was a peek into the entitlement culture and a sad display of the unwillingness and inability of some Americans to take the slightest responsibility for themselves and...
  • Biloxi Got It Right (Katrina Anniversary)

    08/27/2006 7:53:02 AM PDT · by mcg2000 · 43 replies · 1,400+ views
    Delta Democrat Times ^ | August 27, 2006 | ROSS REILY
    BILOXI - While New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin continues to get criticized for his actions and inactions before, during and after Hurricane Katrina, Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway has been a media darling. It seems that Holloway, 63, has made all of the right moves before, during and after the big storm. Despite that fact that many Biloxi neighborhoods were hit just as hard as Waveland and Bay St. Louis, Holloway's keen preparation and a little luck helped him and his city get back into the fight more quickly than most. “I put our success to the people of Biloxi,” Holloway...
  • (Vanity) Katrina & Rita - 1 year later

    08/13/2006 2:13:29 AM PDT · by Liberty911 · 64 replies · 1,499+ views
    Multiple Blogs ^ | August 13, 2006 | Liberty911
    Katrina & Rita - 1 year later - Appeal for help from a resident near Ground Zero... Let's see what the power of Freep can do to motivate the United States Government and it's legislators and beauracrats for 2 small Parishes (counties) in the United States of America compared what it can do for a hostile country roughly twice the size of Idaho (Iraq)
  • Blanco (D, La) sues federal agency over offshore environmental damage

    07/20/2006 1:53:55 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 13 replies · 673+ views
    The Associated Press NOLA via Dead Pelican ^ | 7/20/2006, 3:16 p.m. ct | The Associated Press
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Kathleen Blanco sued the federal government on Thursday in an ongoing dispute over Louisiana's share of federal royalties generated by oil production off the state's coastline. The suit accuses the federal Mineral Management Service of disregarding the environmental damage caused by oil and gas exploration, particularly after the damage done to the coastline last year by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Blanco seeks an injunction blocking a scheduled Aug. 15 lease of 4,000 blocks in the western Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration.
  • Global Warming Kicked 2005 Hurricanes Up A Notch

    06/27/2006 9:34:22 AM PDT · by cogitator · 57 replies · 802+ views
    BOULDER, Colorado, June 26, 2006 (ENS) - Global warming created about half the extra warmth in the waters of the tropical North Atlantic that stimulated hurricane formation in 2005, while natural cycles were a minor factor, a new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research demonstrates. The research by world leading climate scientists contradicts recent claims that natural cycles are responsible for the increase in Atlantic hurricane activity since 1995 and adds support to the theory that hurricane seasons will become more active as global temperatures rise. While researchers agree that the warming waters fueled hurricane intensity, they have...
  • 5 teens killed in New Orleans shootout

    06/17/2006 11:17:49 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 73 replies · 2,942+ views
    AP ^ | 6/17/06 | CAIN BURDEAU
    NEW ORLEANS - Five people ranging in age from 16 to 19 were killed in a street shooting early Saturday, the most violent crime reported in this slowly repopulating city since Hurricane Katrina hit last August. All were believed to have been gunned down while inside a sport utility vehicle that was found rammed against a utility pole in the Central City neighborhood just outside the central business district. Authorities said they were looking for one or more suspects but did not elaborate. Capt. John Bryson said police think the shootings were either drug-related or some type of retaliation attack....
  • Government wrongly paid for tickets, a divorce lawyer, vacations

    06/13/2006 3:39:30 PM PDT · by Ellesu · 13 replies · 486+ views
    wwltv.com ^ | 06/13/06 | Larry Margasak
    WASHINGTON -- The government doled out as much as $1.4 billion in bogus assistance to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, getting hoodwinked to pay for season football tickets, a tropical vacation and even a divorce lawyer, congressional investigators have found. Prison inmates, a supposed victim who used a New Orleans cemetery for a home address, and a person who spent 70 days at a Hawaiian hotel all were able to wrongly get taxpayer help, according to evidence that gives a new black eye to the nation's disaster relief agency. Agents from the General Accountability Office, the investigative arm of...
  • Storms' floods killed fire ants

    05/13/2006 10:32:04 AM PDT · by Rastus · 41 replies · 1,584+ views
    2theadvocate.com ^ | 04/30/06 | Mike Dunne
    Finally, a silver lining in all of that salt water that flooded parts of Louisiana during hurricanes Katrina and Rita: A lot of pesky fire ants died. The invasive little bugs, which bite with a real sting and often push “good” ants out of an area, apparently don’t mix well with salt water, according to findings by LSU Agriculture Center entomologist and Professor Linda Hooper-Bui and her researchers. Fire ants arrived in Mobile, Ala., from their native South America in the early 1900s and have spread across the southern United States. They are found in all 64 Louisiana parishes. Researchers...
  • Local "entreprenuer" arrested...

    05/11/2006 7:31:32 AM PDT · by P-40 · 14 replies · 654+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 5/11/2006 | Claire Osborn
    Local "entreprenuer" arrested... Detectives: suspect sold gas from driveway, then dyed hair. Round Rock man accused of stealing thousands of gallons from stores. By Claire Osborn AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Wednesday, May 10, 2006 It was the hair dye that helped detectives zero in on Shawn William Hoskins. Travis County sheriff's detectives, looking for leads on who had siphoned thousands of gallons of fuel from two convenience stores, got a Crime Stoppers tip to check Hoskins' address in Round Rock. They drove there to interview him, according to an arrest affidavit. During the interview, the affidavit said, Hoskins' 13-year-old daughter came home...
  • Evacuees in Texas score poorly on math tests

    04/28/2006 4:24:49 PM PDT · by Ellesu · 21 replies · 603+ views
    wwltv.com ^ | 04/28/06 | AP
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Math scores for fifth-grade students displaced to Texas after last year's hurricanes are lagging significantly, mirroring similar low scores in reading. Just 45 percent of the 2,396 fifth-graders who enrolled in Texas schools after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita passed the math portion of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, according to the Texas Education Agency. Statewide, 81 percent of Texas fifth-graders passed the April 4 math exam. Students must pass the test before they can advance to sixth grade. Officials blame students' low scores on New Orleans' poor schools, the trauma of being abruptly uprooted from...
  • Task Force Guardian opens intern’s eyes

    04/27/2006 4:07:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 368+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Robin Fulkerson
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 27, 2006) – Volunteering to work in public affairs for Task Force Guardian is somewhat like plunging into Lake Pontchartrain. It immediately awakens all of ones senses, while providing instant meaning to priorities and issues of real importance. While the experience was meant to expand my media-relations knowledge, it’s also schooled me in the power of the human spirit. As a Department of Army public affairs intern, I didn’t expect to have the opportunity to deploy to an emergency operations center. When the chance was offered to work with the Corps of Engineers, I quickly...
  • PCUSA disaster relief group approves seven-year plan for spending contributions

    04/14/2006 11:41:36 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 9 replies · 469+ views
    Layman Online ^ | April 7, 2006 | John H. Adams
    Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has decided to parcel out over a seven-year period the $14.4 million remaining from a record-setting burst of generosity by Presbyterians despite some complaints by hurricane victims in the Gulf Coast states that the denomination has been slow to respond to their needs. The decision to adopt a seven-year plan was made during a recent meeting of PDA's advisory board. The denomination raised $23 million in response to hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. About 70 percent of the contributions were made within 90 days after the storms. Donors were not informed that the distribution of their gifts...
  • Exclusive: Driver's violations blamed in bus fire

    04/12/2006 10:27:17 PM PDT · by txroadkill · 13 replies · 527+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | April 12, 2006 | MICHAEL GRABELL
    The deaths of 23 elderly Hurricane Rita evacuees in a horrific bus fire could have been prevented had the driver inspected the vehicle before leaving and known enough English to tell passengers where the emergency exits were, according to documents used to build a criminal case against him. Those documents also assert that the driver, Juan Robles Gutierrez, admitted to investigators that he tried to avoid police detection by switching the bus's license plates. The combination of all of these factors proved to be lethal," Dallas County sheriff's deputies wrote. "The driver's actions, had he been in compliance with the...
  • Bill Cosby tells New Orleans blacks to reject crime

    04/02/2006 6:28:05 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 42 replies · 2,613+ views
    Reuters ^ | 01 Apr 06 | Russell McCulley
    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Entertainer Bill Cosby urged New Orleans' black population on Saturday to cleanse itself of a culture of crime as it rebuilds from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina last year. Cosby, whose criticism of some aspects of modern African-American culture has stirred controversy in recent years, told a rally headed by black leaders that the city needed to look at the "wound" it had before Katrina struck. "It's painful, but we can't cleanse ourselves unless we look at the wound," Cosby told the rally of about 2,000 people in front of the city's convention center.
  • A Katrina survivors story: How I didn’t wait for the government to bail me out

    04/01/2006 3:26:30 PM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 4 replies · 890+ views
    Me | 4/1/06 | GeorgiaDawg32
    August 27, 2006, Capt. Larry Hooper packed his house and head out of the little town of Empire, Louisiana, located 60 miles south of New Orleans at the mouth of the Mississippi River. He decided to leave on the 27th to avoid the rush of traffic on the 28th. Left behind were 3 boats, 2 trucks, all fishing equipment, in effect, everything he owned. Taken with him were 3 tank tops, 3 pairs of shorts, 2 cats and his car. Fully expecting to return to Empire 2 days later, the wrath of the storm completely wiped Empire off the face...
  • Get Hurricane Help? FEMA May Want Money Back

    03/20/2006 2:03:05 PM PST · by Westlander · 11 replies · 806+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | March 20, 2006 | AP
    BEAUMONT, Texas -- Thousands of people who received money from the federal government after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma might be asked to give it back. The Federal Emergency Management Agency started sending letters last week asking people to return money they received in error.
  • Louisiana Faces an Exodus From the Coast

    03/18/2006 4:22:43 PM PST · by deport · 44 replies · 1,836+ views
    AP ^ | 3-18-06 | CAIN BURDEAU
    By CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press Writer LAFITTE, La. - Once the salt water is in your veins, Louisiana's coastal folk say, it's hard to give up the lifestyle of moonlit shrimping trips, the town "fais do-do" dances and afternoons spent on the bayous angling for catfish. But since last year's catastrophic hurricanes, this swampy land defined by Cajuns, cypress and tupelo gum forests, bayou-side saloons and, more recently, subdivisions may have become too vulnerable for that lifestyle to continue. Even before the devastation caused by Katrina, Louisiana's swampy coast had been sinking by as much as 2 inches a...
  • No big rush to buy flood insurance

    03/13/2006 8:29:23 AM PST · by oblomov · 15 replies · 643+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 3/12/2006 | Associated Press
    The raging hurricanes and floods last year haven't prompted a run on flood insurance. A survey by the large insurer, Chubb Group, finds that only 8 percent of 700 queried homeowners saw the destruction of Katrina and Rita as motivation to get some insurance for their home. Only 14 percent of the total group has flood insurance.
  • Rita Response Draws Apology [A DEM apologizes, hell just froze over!!!]

    03/10/2006 10:07:04 AM PST · by CajunConservative · 13 replies · 645+ views
    2theadvocate.com ^ | Mar 10, 2006 | By PATRICK COURREGES
    Jeanerette lawmaker says he, legislators failed hurricane victims Acadiana bureau State Rep. Troy Hebert, D-Jeanerette, is spending his campaign fund money to spread the word that he and fellow legislators failed the victims of Hurricane Rita. In comments Thursday, he said state government has focused on Hurricane Katrina almost exclusively, and the reasons might have more to do with voter base than need. Hebert recently took out a large newspaper ad listing “meaningful legislation that the governor and Legislature passed to help Hurricane Rita victims.” That heading is followed by a numbered column of five blank lines. The ad went...
  • Coastal Landscape Battles Weather to Protect Mainland

    03/03/2006 9:13:57 AM PST · by robowombat · 1 replies · 219+ views
    Watermarks ^ | March 2006
    Coastal Landscape Battles Weather to Protect Mainland taking on the might and fury of these storms are the state’s barrier islands and coastal wetlands — a fragile, yet proven, line of defense. “Barrier islands and marshes can’t stop the full force of a category 4 or 5 hurricane,” says Jack Kindinger, associate director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Florida Integrated Science Center. “But because these natural buffers reduce the effects of daily wave action and winter storms on shorelines and levees, a coast protected by wetlands will fare better in a storm of any size.” Marshes Soak Up...
  • Mayor Nagin ‘Disgusted’ by 2nd Katrina Video

    03/02/2006 2:37:08 PM PST · by NYTexan · 49 replies · 1,932+ views
    scrappleface.com ^ | 2006-03-02 | Scott Ott
    Just hours after the Associated Press (AP) ‘shocked‘ New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin yesterday by showing him video of a FEMA briefing during Hurricane Katrina in which government officials speculate about the impact of the expected Category 5 storm, the AP has shown the mayor a second “alarming and disgusting” video. The first video shows President George Bush, Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff and then-FEMA Director Michael Brown, among others, dealing with how to respond to the developing disaster, and what to make of inconsistent reports from New Orleans about the condition of the Lake Pontchatrain levees. The second video,...
  • They Knew EARLY! (Freep this poll! Also!)

    02/10/2006 12:35:03 PM PST · by Gordongekko909 · 40 replies · 1,541+ views
    According to former FEMA Director Michael Brown the White House knew New Orleans’ levees were breached the day Hurricane Katrina hit. Brown says FEMA was on top of the problem, but his pleas fell on deaf ears.
  • Brown says he's been made Katrina scapegoat (Freep this poll!)

    02/10/2006 12:10:12 PM PST · by Gordongekko909 · 26 replies · 867+ views
    CNN ^ | 2/10/06
    Is former FEMA boss Michael Brown being made a scapegoat for the sluggish response to Katrina?
  • Communications firms cite problems

    02/07/2006 12:30:02 PM PST · by Ellesu · 7 replies · 438+ views
    2theadvocate.com ^ | 02/07/06 | Gerard Shields
    WASHINGTON — In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Federal Emergency Management Agency workers commandeered gasoline from a company trying to restore telephone service to the hurricane-ravaged New Orleans area, a Senate investigative panel found. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Monday released an e-mail obtained from Cox Louisiana Telecom LLC. The company was trying to restore service to 85,000 customers, according to Kay Jackson, director of regulatory affairs. She complained about FEMA to the Louisiana Public Service Commission. “Our efforts to get our telecommunications network back up and running is being severely hampered by FEMA,” Jackson wrote....
  • Louisiana Opens Emergency Shelters Due To FEMA

    02/07/2006 8:28:34 AM PST · by Ellesu · 13 replies · 392+ views
    bayoubuzz.com ^ | 02/07/06 | bayoubuzz
    Due to the end of the FEMA-funded sheltering, the State of Louisiana is opening emergency shelters and has established a toll free number to assist hurricane victims who will be evicted by FEMA from motels and hotels on Feb. 7. “I have instructed my state agencies, led by the Department of Social Services, to immediately stand up emergency shelters for those who are ineligible for additional FEMA housing assistance and face eviction. Meanwhile the state will continue to work on permanent solutions for their families.” Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said in making the announcement today. “I am troubled that FEMA...
  • Gov. Blanco's speech to the Louisiana Legislature

    02/06/2006 6:51:58 PM PST · by Ellesu · 77 replies · 1,064+ views
    gov.state.la.us ^ | 02/06/06 | kathleen blanco
    Gov. Kathleen Blanco/Special Session of the Legislature: Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, distinguished members of the legislature, Mayor Nagin, parish presidents, council members, and distinguished guests: it is an honor to be here in New Orleans tonight. Let me begin by reflecting upon the contributions of Coretta Scott King, a woman who stood for the dignity of all humanity. Her life will be celebrated in Atlanta tomorrow. Her courage reminds us that even in the darkest hours, there is a great hope for the future. My husband, Raymond, and I extend our condolences to the King family. Louisiana has weathered the...
  • Coastal restoration: Lots of options, little progress

    02/06/2006 6:46:37 PM PST · by bayourant · 3 replies · 223+ views
    The Daily Advertiser - Lafayette, LA ^ | 02/05/06 | Claire Taylor
    http://theadvertiser.gns.gannettonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/DG/20060205/SPECIALSECTION0603/602280303/0/LAFUTURE Protecting South Louisiana from future hurricanes will require adding new levees, restoring wetlands and rebuilding barrier islands and reefs, scientists and state officials say. But those remedies will take time, money and political will. "The kind of mobilization or general consensus that is being drummed up for the levees in New Orleans is what we need for coastal restoration, because people need to make a mental connection with coastal restoration and hurricane protection," said Rusty Gaude, a Louisiana fisheries Sea Grant agent for Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.
  • Republicans Ready to Usher in "Golden New Era" Louisiana

    02/06/2006 2:31:24 PM PST · by bayourant · 11 replies · 574+ views
    wafb ^ | 02/05/06 | wafb
    http://www.wafb.com/global/story.asp?s=4456775&ClientType=Printable Saturday at the Republican State Central Committee Meeting, Republicans said now is the opportunity for a golden new era, saying their party's momentum picked up significantly long before Hurricane Katrina displaced thousands of Democratic voters across the country and destroyed its fundraising base in New Orleans. Republicans point to 2004 when voters here help re-elect President Bush, and voted in Louisiana's first Republican U.S. Senator since reconstruction. For those Republicans packed inside the state central meeting, the theme for 2006 appears to be one of second victories, and strong ones at that. The entire Louisiana GOP state central committe,...
  • City to open shelter if FEMA asserts hotel deadline

    02/05/2006 11:31:40 AM PST · by Ellesu · 28 replies · 636+ views
    katc.com ^ | 02/05/06 | katc
    LAKE CHARLES, La. -- The city of Lake Charles will open the Civic Center as an emergency shelter if the Federal Emergency Management Agency puts out hundreds of Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims from area hotels and motels by a Feb. 13 deadline. FEMA extended the deadline for evacuees to be out of their rooms by six days, from Feb. 7 to Feb. 13. Those who wanted to remain after Feb. 7 had to call FEMA by Jan. 30 to receive an authorization code that would extend their stay. FEMA has said it won't pay for rooms after Feb. 13....
  • New Orleans 'risks extinction'

    02/02/2006 10:08:40 AM PST · by ncountylee · 195 replies · 3,856+ views
    BBC ^ | 2 February 2006 | Helen Lambourne
    In the chaos that followed the worst natural disaster in American history, a forensic investigation has been taking place to find out what went wrong and why. The BBC's Horizon programme has spoken to the scientists who are now confronting the real possibility that New Orleans may be the first of many cities worldwide to face extinction. Modern day New Orleans was a city that defied the odds. Built on a mosquito infested swamp squashed between two vast bodies of water in what is essentially a bowl, its very existence seemed proof of the triumph of engineering over nature. But...