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5 years later, revival not complete

Gulf Coast residents tried to put Hurricane Katrina behind them on Sunday, marking its fifth anniversary by casting wreaths into the water to remember the hundreds killed. But part of the catastrophe lives on, in abandoned homes still bearing spray-painted circles indicating they had been searched and whether bodies were found inside.

Katrina a tale of Small Business Administration failure

Five years after Hurricane Katrina, Jay Young is still haunted by the desperate voices on the other end of the telephone crying and begging for help.

Residents cast off grief in symbolic Katrina burial

Hundreds of mourners dropped notes, cards and letters — many of them stained with tears — into a steel-gray casket on Saturday in a symbolic burial of Hurricane Katrina.

Priest among over a hundred still missing 5 years after hurricane

The night sky heaved like a living thing as Fire Chief Joe Perez took another slow cruise in the rescue truck down the two-lane road snaking across this town in the last patch of marsh standing between New Orleans and an angry Gulf of Mexico.

Ruling on Katrina flooding may allow claims against government

The harshly worded legal ruling this week that held the Army Corps of Engineers responsible for much of the flooding during Hurricane Katrina could have a far-reaching effect on national flood control policies and on the federal government’s refusal to take responsibility for its errors.

Post-Katrina ‘vigilante’ violence: rumor or fact?

Looters, rogue cops, rifle-toting vigilante militias, and homes protected by jerry-rigged alarm systems made of empty strung-together beer cans.

Obama: No turf wars, red tape in post-Katrina

President Barack Obama marked the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday by pledging to make sure that turf wars and red tape don’t slow the pace of the continuing recovery.

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Guard leaving New Orleans 3 1/2 years after Katrina

Three and a half years after Hurricane Katrina, the National Guard is pulling the last of its troops out of New Orleans this weekend, leaving behind a city still desperate and dangerous. Residents long distrustful of the city’s police force are worried they will have to fend for themselves.

‘Katrina’ pastor giving up promotion

A pastor who created a controversy by suggesting that God punished New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina because of the city’s sins said Sunday he will ask the pope to rescind his promotion. Pope Benedict XVI’s recent appointment of the conservative Rev. Gerhard Maria Wagner, 54, to auxiliary bishop in Linz, Austria’s third largest city, sparked an outcry among Catholics who warned it could prompt people to leave the church.

Lawrence resident in New Orleans ready to help if disaster strikes

With Hurricane Gustav churning in the Gulf of Mexico, a Lawrence man is there to lend a hand in case disaster strikes.

Michael Brown, the ex-FEMA director who resigned after the Hurricane Katrina disaster

Michael Brown, the ex-FEMA director who resigned after the Hurricane Katrina disaster, talks Wednesday night at the Dole Institute of Politics.

City prepares to take on huge levee project in the wake of Katrina

More than a year and a half after Hurricane Katrina, we continue to feel the effects here in Lawrence. The city is preparing to take an in depth look at our own levee system.