Hurricane Katrina

5 years later, revival not complete
August 30, 2010
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
August 29, 2010
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.
Priest among over a hundred still missing 5 years after hurricane
August 29, 2010
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.
Residents cast off grief in symbolic Katrina burial
August 29, 2010
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.
Ruling on Katrina flooding may allow claims against government
November 20, 2009
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?
September 4, 2009
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
August 30, 2009
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.
Strings attached: Fiddler moves to national stage while reminding audience of New Orleans’ needs
August 18, 2009
It wasn’t your typical 18th birthday party.
Guard leaving New Orleans 3 1/2 years after Katrina
February 28, 2009
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
February 16, 2009
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.
New Orleans ponders cutting cleanup costs
January 9, 2009
Since Hurricane Katrina, the beer-soaked, urine-splashed, puke-puddled French Quarter has been scrubbed clean. But with the city facing tough financial times, it may no longer be able to afford to pay for all the services of an army of sanitation workers who pick up after the partying.
Ex-refugee 1st Vietnamese-American congressman
January 7, 2009
When Anh “Joseph” Cao was 8 and Saigon was about to fall, his mother asked if he wanted to take a trip to the beach.
Man’s last lotto ticket wins $10M for widow
January 4, 2009
On the day that Donald Peters died, he unknowingly provided financial security for his wife of 59 years and their family. Peters bought two Connecticut Lottery tickets at a local 7-Eleven store on Nov. 1 as part of a 20-year tradition he shared with his wife Charlotte. Later that day, the 79-year-old retired hat factory worker suffered a fatal heart attack while working in his yard in Danbury.