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Links 1 through 10 of 25 by Latoya Peterson tagged Katrina

"And I agree with Hov. Bush was in the White House during the cataclysmic Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed 3,000 people and toppled one of America‘s most iconic landmarks, the World Trade Center. This is a man who wrongfully and wantonly instigated the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, using extremely questionable CIA documents that falsely stated weapons of mass destruction were present in Iraq. And this was a president who was mentally absent during the historic collapse of the nation’s economy (spurred by corporate greed, predatory mortgage lending and corruption at Enron, Worldcom and other companies). Then there was Katrina. To have this single Kanye statement be called the worst aspect of Bush’s presidency is dumbfounding and abominable."

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"Yesterday, the former President appeared on Oprah to discuss his memoir Decision Points. He went into detail about he could've done a better job in handling the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and how it "irritated" him to be called a racist."

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"Later BriWi asked historian Douglas Brinkley “what happened to that national conversation we were all supposed to have about what was exposed by Katrina?” Brinkley says we “got amnesia” and “forget quickly.” One might suggest the country would be less apt to get “amnesia” and “forget” if powerful media folks like NBC and it’s uber popular anchors were more apt to shine a consistent light on the problem in the intervening years between big anniversaries. One might also suggest that we are in fact embroiled in a national conversation about race, it just simply does not look like what anyone imagined or hoped it would five years ago."

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"New Orleans now hosts 354,850 residents, almost 78 percent of its pre-Katrina population. At the same time, the city has become significantly whiter since the storm: It is now only 60 percent black, compared to 67 percent black, pre-Katrina. And many of the poorer black people who left town after the storm have yet to return."

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Five current or former New Orleans police officers were charged Friday in the shooting death and burning of a New Orleans man during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. According to earlier published reports, police were using a school as a temporary headquarters on Sept. 2, 2005, when a group of men drove up looking for help for 31-year-old Henry Glover, who had been shot. One of the men reportedly later told investigators that Glover was still in the back seat when a police officer drove off with his car. Glover's burned remains later were recovered from the charred car when it turned up on a levee near a police station.

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A second former New Orleans police officer pleaded guilty Thursday in connection with police shootings of civilians on a Louisiana bridge in the days following Hurricane Katrina, authorities said.

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Lil Wayne was vocal about how humbled and honored he was to be taking over folk icon Bob Dylan's part on Monday night's remake of "We Are the World." But at the end of his soft-spoken comments to reporters during the recording session, the New Orleans-bred rapper added one more thought that instantly sent a buzz through the room.

"I think it's amazing what's been done for Haiti," Wayne said...then he added, "But I also think it's amazing what hasn't been done for New Orleans."

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"I'm going to go back," Lee affirmed, "not just to New Orleans but to other areas affected, because it's not over. [...] "What the press is not really talking about is the mental state...suicide, self-medication," he revealed. "It's horrible.

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"Editor Eugene Hernandez relays an anecdote that this year's award-winning (but undistributed) documentary Trouble the Water — about the odyssey of African-American survivors of Hurricane Katrina — might be off buyers' radar because its "too black" "

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"The Federal Emergency Management Agency manipulated scientific research to play down the danger posed by formaldehyde in trailers issued to hurricane victims, according to an investigation by congressional Democrats."

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