Hurricane Katrina

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Fall Complete: Ex-NOLA Mayor Gets 10 Years

Democrat Ray Nagin convicted on corruption charges in February

(Newser) - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his conviction on bribery, money laundering, and other corruption charges. Prosecutors said the actions for which he was convicted spanned his two terms as mayor—including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.... More »

Judge Orders Newspaper to Name Online Commenters

Defense lawyers think they were prosecutors trying to sway case

(Newser) - A judge in New Orleans has given the Times-Picayune website 10 days to turn over the identities of two online commenters, reports Politico . The judge agreed to the request by the lawyer for Stacey Jackson, former head of the New Orleans Affordable Homeownership program who is facing federal charges of... More »

Uh-Oh: Brad Pitt's NOLA Charity Houses Rotting

But Make It Right Foundation is making it right

(Newser) - Brad Pitt got a lot of good press when he built a number of affordable, eco-friendly homes in New Orleans' devastated Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina ... but here comes the bad press. Some of the houses are starting to rot, and the wood will need to be replaced. "... More »

Cop Off Hook in Post-Katrina Shooting

'I do not have regrets,' he says

(Newser) - The second trial was the charm for David Warren, the New Orleans police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The jury acquitted Warren on all charges yesterday, just an hour after telling the judge they were deadlocked and that "tension is... More »

Hey, Pundits: Think Before You Say 'Nazi,' 'Katrina'

Bush was no member of Third Reich; ObamaCare is no deadly storm: Kathleen Parker

(Newser) - Ask a pundit, and you might learn that ObamaCare is this president's Katrina; or, as Sarah Palin recently attested, that that national debt is like slavery. Plenty of others have called George W. Bush and/or President Obama a "Nazi." It's time to rein in these comparisons,... More »

DOJ: We're Reviewing Katrina Conviction Reversal

Prosecutors' online comments lead to new trial

(Newser) - In a month, the five former New Orleans police officers found guilty in the killing and subsequent cover-up of two people after Hurricane Katrina will learn when they go back on trial—unless the Justice Department gets involved. A judge yesterday threw out the men's 2011 convictions in the... More »

29% of La. Republicans Blame Katrina Mess on... Obama

Despite the fact that he was still in Congress at the time

(Newser) - Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans more than three years before President Obama took office—but even so, 29% of Louisiana Republicans say in a new poll that they think Obama was more to blame than then-President George W. Bush for the poor federal response to the disaster. Another 44% say... More »

$700M in Katrina, Rita Aid May Have Been Squandered

24K families given up to $30K each

(Newser) - Officials lack "conclusive evidence" that up to $700 million in federal aid following hurricanes Katrina and Rita was used appropriately, a federal investigation finds. Some of the 24,000 families who received up to $30,000 apiece to elevate their homes used the money for another purpose, while others... More »

US Could Suffer a 'Katrina' Every Other Year

Major storm surges could happen 10 times as often by century's end: study

(Newser) - A new study offers a dire warning about climate change: Hurricanes like Katrina could be commonplace by century's end. Researchers found that intense storm surges, typically the deadliest aspect of such storms, could become 10 times as frequent over upcoming decades if the climate warms by 3.6 degrees.... More »

Cuomo: $42B Sandy Worse Than Katrina

Storm cost $42B: New York governor

(Newser) - So, where does Hurricane Sandy fall on the scale of recent disasters? Somewhere above Katrina, at least according to Andrew Cuomo. "Hurricane Katrina, in many ways, was not as impactful as Hurricane Sandy, believe it or not," the New York governor said. "Because of the density of... More »

Chris Christie: Treat Us Like Katrina Victims

Governor makes pitch for more federal aid

(Newser) - New York and New Jersey are looking for federal aid in their ongoing Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, and they're not being modest in their requests. "We expect to be treated in exactly the same way that the victims of Katrina were treated," Chris Christie said—a statement... More »

Hardest-Hit Katrina Victims to Bus Tours: Get Out

2006 law newly enforced, say angry tour companies

(Newser) - Since Hurricane Katrina, visitors to New Orleans don't just want to see Bourbon Street: Many have been taking bus tours to view the devastation wreaked in the Lower Ninth Ward. But residents have had it with tourists gawking at them while the vehicles cause roadblocks, the AP reports. "... More »

Court Clears Army Corps of Liability for Katrina

Because the government can't be sued

(Newser) - The Army Corps of Engineers can't be held responsible for the devastation New Orleans suffered during Hurricane Katrina, a federal appeals court ruled today, overturning a lower court decision that could have left the government open to a host of lawsuits, CNN reports. The appeals court cited the "... More »

GOP Defector: Republicans Are Reality- Challenged

Jeremiah Goulka explains why he had to leave party

(Newser) - Perhaps Karl Rove put it best when he described "creating our own reality": The GOP has a giant blind spot when it comes to the bigger picture, writes a former Republican and Justice department attorney in Salon . Jeremiah Goulka grew up Republican, and it wasn't until he turned... More »

Mercedes Buys Naming Rights to Superdome

Luxury carmaker signs 10-year deal despite Katrina memories

(Newser) - The New Orleans Superdome, home stadium to the NFL's Saints, will soon be sponsored and rebranded by Mercedes-Benz USA, reports Adweek . The luxury car manufacturer signed a 10-year agreement to link its name to the Saints' turf—despite the Superdome's lingering association as a makeshift refugee camp for... More »

After Katrina, Governors Ace Hurricane Politics

Across East Coast, governors stay active responding to Irene

(Newser) - With the specter of Hurricane Katrina still looming large, East Coast governors stepped up their emergency responses to Irene, issuing loud warnings, mass evacuations, and continued caution. “No amount of spin, money, or ‘strategery’ can replace the gut reaction to a leader from a scared populace,” said... More »

New Orleans Cops Convicted in Bridge Shootings

Post-Katrina incident left two civilians dead

(Newser) - All five New Orleans police officers accused of involvement in post-Katrina shootings on a city bridge have been found guilty. Although the jury did not find that their actions constituted murder, it ruled that the cops violated the victims' civil rights, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune . They all face long... More »

Nicaragua Quake Survivors Get Homes—40 Years Later

Government relocates hundreds of refugees from 1972 quake

(Newser) - In the aftermath of a 1972 earthquake that leveled 50,000 buildings and killed 10,000 in Nicaragua's capital city of Managua, many of the country's poor had no place to go. While 250,000 of their middle- and upper-class counterparts migrated to safer, more habitable locales, the... More »

FEMA Looks to Claw Back Money From Katrina Victims

Victims angry as agency says it gave out millions more than intended

(Newser) - FEMA gave out hundreds of millions in aid during the hurricane season of 2005—and it wants its money back. The agency is currently reviewing $600 million given to 154,000 victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, in the belief that it may have mistakenly overpaid many of them,... More »

Two Cops Get Long Sentences in Katrina Killing

David Warren gets 25 years, Gregory McRae 17 in death of Henry Glover

(Newser) - Calling the crimes inexcusable and barbaric, a judge sentenced two former New Orleans police officers to prison today for their roles in the shooting death of an unarmed man whose body was later set on fire in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The judge gave David Warren 25 years... More »

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