Hurricane Katrina

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Governor Who Had Infamous Run-In With Hurricane Is Dead at 76

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, RIP

(Newser) - Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state's first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by Hurricane Katrina, has died. Gov. John Bel Edwards' office confirmed Blanco had died Sunday in hospice care in Lafayette. She was 76, the AP reports. Blanco had... More »

New Orleans Braces as Storm Barry Nears

Rain and flooding could be the biggest threats

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Barry is gaining strength as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico while residents, governments, and utilities prepare for its landing in Louisiana by Saturday morning. Whether it reaches hurricane strength or not, CNN reports, torrential rains are the real danger Barry is bringing. Forecasters predict at least 10-15... More »

'Ghostly Reminder' of Katrina Set for Destruction

New Orleans mayor says it's time for abandoned Six Flags amusement park to go

(Newser) - The abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans once resounded with children's laughter and the shrieks of passengers on the thrill rides. Now the only sound is the drone of the cicadas. The amusement park on the city's eastern edge is perhaps the most high-profile, lingering, and ghostly reminder... More »

Steve King Finds New Way to Offend

The Iowa Republican favorably compares flood victims in his home state

(Newser) - Rack up another racially tinged remark for Steve King. The Iowa representative Thursday compared Iowa flood victims to Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans in 2005—and the Iowans come out a little better in his eyes, CNN reports. "Here's what FEMA tells me. We go to a... More »

He Targeted Anyone 'Darker Than a Brown Paper Bag'

Roland Bourgeois Jr. gets 10 years for racially motivated attack after Hurricane Katrina

(Newser) - A New Orleans man is finally doing time almost 14 years after shooting three black men evacuating the region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Roland Bourgeois Jr. fired a shotgun at the young men, who were injured, because they were black and entered his Algiers Point neighborhood bordering the... More »

13 Years Ago, a Dire Forecast Proved to Be All Too Accurate

Robert Ricks of the NWS was spot-on in his predictions ahead of Katrina

(Newser) - It's one of the most famous weather forecasts of the modern era, and it came out exactly 13 years ago to the day. That would be Aug. 28, 2005, one day before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Ricks issued a forecast so dire that... More »

Nate Makes Landfall, Follows in Path of Katrina

But he largely spares New Orleans, weakens to a tropical storm

(Newser) - Hurricane Nate came ashore along Mississippi's coast outside Biloxi early Sunday, the first hurricane to make landfall in the state since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The storm hit early Sunday with maximum sustained winds near 85mph but weakened later to a tropical storm as it moved inland, the US... More »

New Orleans Marks Moment Katrina Struck

Residents honor victims on 10-year anniversary

(Newser) - With prayer and the somber ringing of church bells, residents in Mississippi and Louisiana gathered today to mark the 10th anniversary of the day that Hurricane Katrina slammed into their states. At New Orleans' memorial to the unclaimed and unidentified dead, Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke of the dark days after... More »

We Still Have No Idea Who 30 Katrina Victims Are

Money allocated by FEMA to help identify bodies has dried up

(Newser) - Cleaning up after a massive hurricane is a difficult affair, but a decade after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and claimed what Live Science reports is an estimated 1,833 lives, 30 bodies have yet to be identified. WWL-TV arrived at that number after making a public records request to... More »

'Brownie': Katrina Was Not My Fault

Former FEMA chief defends his hurricane work

(Newser) - “And Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job." Former FEMA chief Michael Brown writes in Politico that he is still haunted by those words uttered by George W. Bush during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In the lengthy essay, Brown seeks to set the record straight as he... More »

10 Years After Katrina, the 10 Best Things to Read

Is New Orleans ready for another big hurricane?

(Newser) - Here are some of the stories catching our eye to mark the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:
  • New Orleans Is Still Not Prepared for the Next Storm, the Atlantic : Improvements made by the Army Corps of Engineers have helped, but more infrastructure investment is needed.
  • Katrina Washed Away New Orleans'
... More »

Post-Katrina Police Shooting Finally Ruled a Homicide

Previous coroner said there wasn't enough evidence

(Newser) - After almost a decade, the death of a man shot dead by police in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has been declared a homicide—a ruling that the Orleans Parish coroner stresses is "simply from a medical standpoint and simply means a death was caused by the intentional actions... More »

Dysentery? Floating Body? Williams' Claims Under Fire

Now NBC anchor's Hurricane Katrina stories are under the microscope

(Newser) - Brian Williams has been apologizing for falsely recalling being on a helicopter that came under fire in Iraq. Now, more controversy regarding the NBC anchor's memory issues: The New Orleans Advocate says claims he made while covering Hurricane Katrina in 2005—including an account of contracting dysentery and watching... More »

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 »

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