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Report: FEMA Took Weeks to
Get Food, Water to Puerto Rico
Oct 1, 2020 2:10 PM CDT
Report: FEMA Took Weeks to Get Food, Water to Puerto Rico
Provisions delivered to island included candy and cookies
- A US government report published Thursday found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency mismanaged the distribution of goods in Puerto Rico after hurricanes Irma and Maria, leading to delays in the delivery of food and water. The Office of the Inspector General said that it took more than two months...
As Puerto Rico Again Suffers,
an Outrageous Find
Jan 19, 2020 7:50 AM CST
As Puerto Rico Again Suffers, an Outrageous Find
A warehouse full of disaster relief supplies from 2017 discovered in island's south
- People in a southern Puerto Rico city discovered a warehouse filled with water, cots, and other unused emergency supplies, then set off a social media uproar Saturday when they broke in to retrieve goods as the area struggles to recover from a strong earthquake. With anger spreading in the US...
Puerto Rico Gov.
Jul 21, 2019 5:15 PM CDT
Puerto Rico Gov. Responds to the Furor
Ricardo Rosselló will no longer lead his party
- Puerto Rico's embattled governor says he will not seek re-election but will not resign as the island's leader, though he will step down as head of his pro-statehood party, the AP reports. Ricardo Rosselló made the announcement Sunday via a brief Facebook video as hundreds of viewers posted...
WH Official: Puerto Rico
Gaffe Was 'Slip of the Tongue'
Apr 2, 2019 1:45 PM CDT
WH Official: Puerto Rico Gaffe Was 'Slip of the Tongue'
Spokesman twice referred to American territory as 'that country'
- Puerto Rico is back in the headlines this week, as President Trump lashes out at its leaders, they lash back, and the Senate tries to figure out how much aid to deliver after the devastating hurricanes of 2017. "It is a mess," says an exec with the nonpartisan...
to Puerto Rico,
With Tears and
Its Original Star
Jan 12, 2019 5:30 AM CST
Went to Puerto Rico, With Tears and Its Original Star
Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised title role in emotional special fundraising performance
- Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised his lead role in the hit musical
on Friday night to start a two-week run in Puerto Rico expected to raise thousands of dollars for artists and cultural groups struggling in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Miranda took the stage for the first time since his...
Maria Protesters Mark
Message for Trump
Sep 23, 2018 5:41 AM CDT
Maria Protesters Mark Anniversary With Message for Trump
Hundreds of Puerto Ricans give nod to hurricane's 1-year mark by stopping by Mar-a-Lago
- Dozens of vehicles slowly approached President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Saturday afternoon, blasting reggaeton and salsa as they drove by. They honked their horns and waved Puerto Rican flags draped from their cars on their way to a rally a few miles away to mark the one-year...
Back Down From
Denial of Hurricane
Sep 15, 2018 8:40 AM CDT
Trump Won't Back Down From Denial of Hurricane Death Toll
President's Friday tweetstorm praised FEMA, railed against Puerto Rico death toll from Hurricane Maria
- President Trump spent much of Friday evening digging into a claim he'd made the previous day that spurred instant backlash. On Thursday, Trump accused Democrats of inflating the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, which a recent George Washington University report updated from 64 to 2,975....
Fellow Republicans Disagree
With Trump on Puerto Rico
Sep 13, 2018 1:40 PM CDT
Fellow Republicans Disagree With Trump on Puerto Rico
Paul Ryan, Rick Scott among those backing up the death toll of 3,000
- President Trump thinks the latest estimate of about 3,000 dead from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is a lie made up by his political opponents . But even some Republicans—especially those in Florida—are among those disagreeing with the president's assertion about the estimate from researchers at George...
Trump Goes All In on
Puerto Rico Hurricane Fight
Sep 12, 2018 9:59 AM CDT
Trump Goes All In on Puerto Rico Hurricane Fight
Calls response an 'unappreciated great job'
- President Trump's Tuesday declaration that the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria was "incredibly successful" drew complaints, especially in light of a recent federal report that found nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the 2017 storm. The criticism didn't deter him from doubling...
Sep 11, 2018 4:28 PM CDT
Trump Has Controversial Words About Hurricane Maria
As he warns about Hurricane Florence
- With a powerful hurricane bearing down on the southeast coast , President Donald Trump on Tuesday turned attention back to the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago, deeming it "incredibly successful" even though a recent federal report found that nearly 3,000 people...
Study Raises Death Toll
in Puerto Rico Yet Again
Aug 28, 2018 1:12 PM CDT
Study Raises Death Toll in Puerto Rico Yet Again
Estimate commissioned by government links nearly 3K deaths to Hurricane Maria
- An estimated 2,975 people died in the six months after Hurricane Maria as a result of the storm, with the elderly and impoverished most affected, according to a long-awaited independent study ordered by the US territory's government that was released Tuesday. The findings contrast sharply with the official...
11 Months After Maria,
Power Restored in Puerto Rico
Aug 15, 2018 6:55 PM CDT
11 Months After Maria, Power Restored in Puerto Rico
But outages are still frequent
- Power has been restored to all of Puerto Rico for the first time since Hurricane Maria struck nearly 11 months ago, the AP reports. The island's electric utility announced that crews working in the southern city of Ponce reconnected the last neighborhood that had been offline since the Sept....
Rotting in Trailers
Aug 11, 2018 9:30 AM CDT
Puerto Rico Donations Found Rotting in Trailers
National Guard, elections office swap quotes in the media
- Several trailers' worth of donated water, food, and other supplies designated for victims of Hurricane Maria have been found rotting in a Puerto Rico parking lot, the
New York Times
reports. A local radio station posted a video of at least 10 rat-infested trailers outside a state elections office Friday...
Puerto Rico Has Big New
Estimate of Maria's Death Toll
Aug 9, 2018 12:05 PM CDT
Puerto Rico Has Big New Estimate of Maria's Death Toll
Government now says 1,427, up from 64
- Puerto Rico's official death toll from Hurricane Maria has long stood at 64, despite independent assessments that the figure is much too low. The government now agrees, in a big way. In a report to be made public Thursday, Puerto Rico raises the total by a factor of more...
After $3.8B Spend,
Power Grid Still
May 31, 2018 4:19 AM CDT
After $3.8B Spend, Puerto Rico Power Grid Still 'Highly Fragile'
It's almost certain to collapse in the next hurricane
- After an eight-month, $3.8 billion federal effort to try to end the longest blackout in United States history, officials say Puerto Rico's public electrical authority, the nation's largest, is almost certain to collapse again when the next hurricane hits this island of 3.3 million people. "...
Official Maria Death Toll Is 64.
New Study Suggests 4,645
May 29, 2018 11:00 AM CDT
Official Maria Death Toll Is 64. New Study Suggests 4,645
Harvard researchers say government figure for Puerto Rico is 'substantial underestimate'
- The official government death toll in Puerto Rico from devastating Hurricane Maria stands at 64. A new assessment led by Harvard researchers puts the figure closer to 5,000, reports NPR . More specifically, the researchers calculate that Puerto Rico had 4,645 "excess deaths" between Sept. 20, 2017, and...
Puerto Rico Is Once Again
Entirely Without Power
Apr 18, 2018 12:28 PM CDT
Puerto Rico Is Once Again Entirely Without Power
It's the first island-wide blackout since Hurricane Maria
- An island-wide blackout has hit Puerto Rico, which is struggling with an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria hit the US territory. Electric Power Authority spokeswoman Yohari Molina tells the AP that crews are investigating the cause. Officials said Wednesday it could take 24 to 36...
A New Round of Misery
for Puerto Rico
Feb 12, 2018 7:33 AM CST
A New Round of Misery for Puerto Rico
Much of territory's north in darkness after fire, explosion, blackout on an overtaxed power grid
- An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the US territory's efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest blackout in US history. The island's Electric Power...
First the Meals Didn't Show.
Now Rats Ruin Other Supplies
Feb 7, 2018 9:09 AM CST
First the Meals Didn't Show. Now Rats Ruin Other Supplies
Infestation in Fla. government office affected boxes of supplies meant for Puerto Rico
- Puerto Rico is still in great need of hurricane relief supplies, as San Juan's mayor noted last week , which makes recent news out of Florida frustrating. The
reports that boxes of donated supplies meant to be sent to the island after Hurricane Maria remained stuck instead in...
One-Person Firm Got $156M
FEMA Deal. It Didn't End Well
Feb 6, 2018 4:38 PM CST
One-Person Firm Got $156M FEMA Deal. It Didn't End Well
Contractor was supposed to provide 30M meals to Puerto Rico, managed just 50K
- Another government contract to provide relief to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria is coming under scrutiny. The reasons, as spelled out in the
New York Times
, are pretty clear: FEMA awarded a one-woman company out of Atlanta—a firm that had zero experience in large-scale disasters—a $156 million contract...
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