Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute said, “Every great film starts with an idea, and it is a testament to artists that they continually find new ideas, new stories, new points of view and new ways of sharing them, year after year. We look forward to hearing from these artists not just through their words and images onscreen but also through the larger dialogue they create with audiences at our Festival and beyond.”
Updated coverage of Hurricane Isaac: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/28/isaac-nearing-hurricane-strength/?hpt=hp_t1
Tropical Storm Isaac -- yes, it's still a tropical storm -- remains rooted on a northwestward path that will take it on an agonizingly slow journey across the New Orleans area on Tuesday and Wednesday as a Category 1 hurricane, according to the 10 p.m. forecast of the National Hurricane Center. The center of Isaac will make landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, be over New Orleans at 7 a.m. Wednesday, and won't reach the north shore of Lake Pontchartain until 7 p.m. Wednesday.
In its first application since the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and spilled nearly 800,000 cubic metres of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the British oil company BP has asked the US government for permission to begin drilling for new oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico, Al JAzeera's Jesse Mesner Hage reports from Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON — Another 2.6 million people slipped into poverty in the United States last year, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, and the number of Americans living below the official poverty line, 46.2 million people, was the highest number in the 52 years the bureau has been publishing figures on it.
Three months ago, Republicans in the House of Representatives tried to slash 2012 spending for the Federal Emergency Management Agency by 55% compared with 2011 spending levels, 70% compared with the 2010 budget. Thankfully, Senate Democrats avoided the most extreme cuts to FEMA. But since then, the United States has been pelted by several major disasters and FEMA is almost out of money.
Hurricane Katrina exposed more than 50 incidences of design and construction flaws in the Army Corps of Engineers' levee system in and around New Orleans. When Congress handed the Corps $15 billion and told the agency to build it right this time, perhaps it was believed that the levee failure and flooding was simply an avoidable act of nature.
In New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, the grasses grow taller than people and street after street is scarred by empty decaying houses, the lives that once played out inside their walls hardly imaginable now.
After Hurricane Katrina, many of New Orleans' public housing projects -- sources not only of deep neighborhood culture and connectedness but also notorious crime and blight -- were demolished over furious opposition from advocates for the poor.
In the days before Hurricane Katrina, Jocquelyn Marshall kept her now-teenage son indoors. He came home, did his homework, then maybe played videogames. But he had to stay inside their apartment in the old bricks of the C.J. Peete public-housing complex. Not anymore. "Now, I'm not fearful of my son stepping onto the porch," said Marshall, whose new apartment, in what's now called Harmony Oaks, is also an improvement. "I don't have a plumbing problem. I don't have a rodent problem. No drug dealers are sitting on the porch," she said.
Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a highly critical report on the Orleans Parish jail that specifically found that staffers there weren't doing enough to prevent suicides. Nonetheless, federal deputy marshals last week placed at the jail a Coast Guard employee who was avowedly suicidal after he tried to wrest a gun from a security officer outside the federal courthouse in New Orleans.
Nearly six years after Hurricane Katrina tore through Louisiana, a federal jury today convicted five current or former New Orleans police officers in connection with the Danziger Bridge shootings, which occurred in the tumultuous aftermath of the storm. The shootings left two citizens dead and four others injured.
Lawyers suing BP over last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have filed a brief asking a federal judge in New Orleans to take over the $20 billion fund that the company established to compensate victims. The lawyers argue that the fund has only paid some 16 percent of “interim” claims from people with continuing damage, calling it an “abject failure.”
Durban, South Africa, July 25, 2011 –Today PUMA.Creative and Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation announced the five finalists for the first annual PUMA.Creative Impact Award, which will honour and support the documentary film that has made the most significant impact on society. The five finalists are Trouble the Water, The Age of Stupid, Burma VJ, The End of The Line, and The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court, Press release here: http://puma.britdoc.org/attachments/files/49_PUMA.Creative_Impact_Award_Finalists_Release_FINALE.pdf
A New Orleans judge gave preliminary approval today to a settlement agreement that would end a class-action lawsuit against one of the nation's largest publicly owned health care companies. Under the terms of the deal, Tenet Healthcare Corporation and a subsidiary will pay $25 million to patients and visitors trapped at Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina.
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A federal agent who investigated a post-Hurricane Katrina shooting in which police killed two people in New Orleans said one reason he doubted police claims of being shot at by civilians was that the officers never took cover.
A New Orleans teenager whose family members were wounded by police in the chaos after Hurricane Katrina testified on Tuesday that officers punched and kicked him before arresting him at the scene.
When Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, one victim was political scientist Daniel Aldrich. He had just moved to New Orleans. Late one August night, there was a knock on the door. "It was a neighbor who knew that we had no idea of the realities of the Gulf Coast life," said Aldrich, who is now a political scientist at Purdue University in Indiana. He "knocked on our door very late at night, around midnight on Saturday night, and said, 'Look, you've got small kids — you should really leave.' " The knock on the door was to prove prophetic. It changed the course of Aldrich's research and, in turn, is changing the way many experts now think about disaster preparedness.
NEW ORLEANS — On the sunny morning of Sept 4, 2005, five days after Hurricane Katrina, a team of police officers rushed to Danziger Bridge in the eastern part of this city in response to a report of shots fired.
The sounds of bounce music and hip-hop pouring out of every club on Bourbon Street in New Orleans on Thursday evening wasn’t necessarily an unfamiliar sight.
Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin may have sailed through his interview with gentle prodding from NBC’s Matt Lauer Monday morning, but the bizarre claims he makes defending his new Katrina memoir made Nagin the punchline Monday night when he was a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
A House panel has approved $1 billion in emergency money to repair levees and other flood control projects damaged by the devastating flooding along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.
On May 20, a few minutes before 1 p.m. and a few miles above the Port of Baton Rouge, the towing vessel Crimson Gem was pushing 20 barges loaded with corn into a tight bend on the Mississippi called Wilkinson Point. The river was raging at eight knots, or about nine miles per hour. It creamed and ripped against pilings and tore along the wharves with a low hiss. Sheets of surface current collided and whirlpools seven yards across spun down the seams. Two days before, at this spot, the Mississippi hit 47.5 feet, the highest level ever measured here. In recorded history.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt today denied a defense request to postpone the trial of five current and former New Orleans police officers accused of an unjustified shooting on the Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina and a subsequent cover-up.
A largely overlooked byproduct of the historic diaspora triggered by Hurricane Katrina, which shrank New Orleans' population by a quarter, is that parts of the city were more segregated last year than a decade earlier, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data collected last year.
The homeless population in Orleans and Jefferson parishes stands at 9,200, 70 percent higher than before Hurricane Katrina, with the largest share of people living in abandoned buildings, according to counts and estimates released Thursday by UNITY of Greater New Orleans, a collaborative of 63 social service agencies.
A long-awaited trial has begun in a class action lawsuit that could affect thousands of former New Orleans school employees who lost their jobs after Hurricane Katrina.
An emergency procedure intended to prevent the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers from flooding several river towns appears to be working Tuesday, as river levels have fallen more than a foot. However, water levels are rising as far south as Memphis, Tenn., where heavy rainfall could contribute to a river crest of 48 feet next Tuesday.
Former mayor Ray Nagin announced today via Twitter (his new favorite form of communication) that he would be publishing his memoirs next month in a book titled Katrina's Secrets: Storms After the Storm. On the cover: a contemplative Nagin looking out a window, somewhat reminiscent of the famous photo of President George W. Bush looking down at a flooded New Orleans from Air Force One.
BROOKS, Ga. (AP) — A mobile home was picked up by the storms racing across Georgia and disintegrated while it was tossed almost the length of a football field. Inside was Charlie Green, a man paralyzed by a stroke five years ago, and caretaker Jamie White, a mother of three. Both were killed. White, 22, was "a T-shirt and jeans girl" who loved horseback riding, being outside and spending time with her three young sons: Andrew, 6; Austin, 5; and Anthony, 1.
Before Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, Charity Hospital was the pride of New Orleans. A 1930s Art Deco–style icon built with WPA funds, Charity was one of the oldest continually operating public hospitals in the country and was regarded as one of the most vital and successful. “Charity was one of the best teaching hospitals in the country, where students from Tulane and LSU did their training,” says Dr. James Moises, a former Charity emergency room physician, noting that it served 100,000 patients a year before the storm.
The oil spill that was once expected to bring economic ruin to the Gulf Coast appears to have delivered something entirely different: a gusher of money.
A former photographer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune didn't report on, or tell colleagues about, police misbehavior he witnessed after Hurricane Katrina. It only came out in court. Media critic James Rainey writes about it this week in the LA Times.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation on Thursday announced a $1.5 million grant from the Ford Foundation that will help poor people find housing, jobs and transportation.
Heart attack rates that rose at Tulane University Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina remained high in mid-2010, and no one is more surprised than the researchers themselves.
It has taken far too long, but the Department of Housing and Urban Development has finally intervened in an outrageous case of housing discrimination by the government of St. Bernard Parish, an overwhelmingly white district adjacent to New Orleans.
The best of the Katrina documentaries thus far, to my mind, is Trouble the Water, which was released in 2008. A young New Orleans couple, Kimberly and Scott Roberts, poor sometime drug dealers living just across the Industrial Canal from the Lower Ninth Ward, began shooting home videos as Katrina approached New Orleans. They made an astonishingly vivid record of themselves and their neighbors preparing for the storm, then huddling in their attic when their narrow wooden house was flooded. They managed to evacuate to Alexandria, Louisiana, where they met and joined forces with Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, documentary filmmakers who had come to Louisiana for a different post-Katrina project that had gone awry.
A jury trial set to open on Monday will weigh whether one of America’s largest health care corporations should be held accountable for deaths and injuries at a New Orleans hospital marooned by floodwaters after Hurricane Katrina.
Long before Hurricane Katrina laid bare New Orleans’ deep social wounds, the relationship between the city’s police force and its black citizens had been deeply troubled. The city’s African American residents have long complained of frequent abuses at the hands of police. Katrina only intensified the sense of grievance, given the prosecution of several police officers that shot unarmed civilians, sometimes fatally.
Savoring her first taste of Carnival in New Orleans, Karimah Gottschalck broke into a shimmy as she strolled down Bourbon Street with a friend. Fat Tuesday was still days away, but at midweek the party already had started in the French Quarter. As the 25-year-old New Yorker soaked in the boozy sights, music blared from bars and people on balconies flung beads to eager recipients below.
If ever one needed their spirits lifted or simply a good laugh, one only needed a chance encounter with Londy. Londy's side-splitting antics would have most folks crying for her to stop. The family comedienne, the class clown, her reputation for turning life's lemons into lemonade was legendary. She also loved kids… her kids, your kids, everybody's kids… a PTO board member, a volunteer crossing guard - Londy's dream job was to one day own a day care center. In the Spring of 2008, at the age of 36, Londy, a mother of three, died of AIDS. "She's Left the Planet," her sister, award-winning poet, Nikki Napoleon pronounced, as she performed a heartfelt rendition of a love poem written in honor of her sister during the National HIV/AIDS Awareness rally through the Tremé neighborhood recently.
Forbes Magazine reveals that New Orleans, Louisiana will be the hardest city to find work in 2011 according to a study by www.indeed.com which put New Orleans at the very top of this list.
The New Orleans schooling system is a jigsaw puzzle, but no one knows it if it solved yet. This emerged as the central topic at "5 Years Later: A Forum on the State of Public Education of New Orleans," a Loyola University symposium on the state of New Orleans public education following Hurricane Katrina, hosted by the Loyola University Sociology Student Organization and the Loyola Society for Civic Engagement.
NEW ORLEANS -- The vice chairman of a task force set up by President Obama to restore the Gulf Coast criticized BP PLC. for what he described as an increasing reluctance to repair damage done by last year's massive oil spill. Garret Graves, the vice chairman of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force and a Louisiana coastal official, said on Monday that BP has become harder to work with.
It’s sometimes called the Greatest Free Show on Earth, but Mardi Gras is poised to translate into big profits for New Orleans-area hotels this year. Largely because the season starts so late, Carnival is shaping up to be the biggest in years for the tourism industry, hotel operators say.
NEW ORLEANS — The dark blue rescue van pulls up in front of a sad shell of a house, a few blocks from the police station and criminal court. It's turning into a cold January night. Slipping on gloves, social workers Mike Miller and Katy Quigley head in. "Homeless outreach! Anybody home?" Miller shouts as he climbs over a balcony and up a flight of stairs.
The government has raised the death toll for the January 2010 earthquake to 316,000, a substantial increase from the more than 250,000 deaths previously reported. Officials did not explain the change and did not respond to inquiries about it on Thursday. But Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, at a news conference on Wednesday marking the first anniversary of the disaster, suggested it had increased at least in part because additional bodies had been pulled from the rubble.
U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear case blaming energy companies and global warming for Hurricane KBY Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune, January 10, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a request to reopen a lawsuit that charged energy companies with contributing to the effects of Hurricane Katrina by emitting greenhouse gases.
A New Orleans police sergeant who admitted lying to the FBI in its probe of a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina has resigned.
The era of the FEMA trailer — a symbol of the prolonged rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina — might be drawing to a close in New Orleans.
A New Orleans police officer on trial for burning a man's body in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath denies he set the fire to cover up a police shooting.
It took five long years. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has finally persuaded Mississippi to do right by Hurricane Katrina survivors who were unfairly shut out of a federally financed disaster aid program designed by the state. Congress needs to rewrite disaster aid regulations so that a travesty like this one never happens again.
A cholera outbreak is worsening in Haiti just as an approaching storm threatens to displace hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors. New figures show that 105 people have died from cholera since Saturday, bringing the death toll so far to 442.
How upside down have our politics gotten? Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that those making more than $250,000 were "the people who were hit hardest by this recession." The absurdity of that claim was highlighted that same day when the US Census Bureau released its new poverty numbers. While the big number everyone's talking about is that one in seven Americans is now below the poverty level, that doesn't tell the whole story. Not by a long shot.
Over the last five years, the toll from Katrina has been palpable in art, literature, cinema, television and music. Works like the following are marked by the same frustration Katrina's victims felt as their pleas for help went unanswered. And they suggest the wounds have yet to heal.
In the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina, an order circulated among New Orleans police authorizing officers to shoot looters, according to present and former members of the department.
Less than three months after Hurricane Katrina chased her from her home on Deslonde Street in the Lower Ninth Ward, Oneida Banks, 93, was at a Sunday service for expatriate members of New Orleans’ Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in the borrowed sanctuary of First Baptist in Houston.
Did she hope to return home, she was asked.
“I do and I don’t, it seems like I won’t,” she replied with a shrug.
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, growing community of immigrants leaves some New Orleans residents anxious about jobs and status.
NEW DELHI (AlertNet) – Scant international donations to flooded Pakistan are being driven by a multitude of factors ranging from the financial crisis, donor fatigue, a low death toll and scepticism that the government can translate the contributions into effective aid, say relief workers and analysts.
The people fanning themselves in the crimson pews of the Evening Star Missionary Baptist Church had leveled these accusations before. Stories of the police targeting and "executing" their sons, of tiny bags of crack planted by the police in a baby's diaper, of a mentally ill man cooking breakfast when he was fired on by a SWAT team's worth of guns.
THE glittering young blonde in a low-cut gown is sipping champagne in a swank Manhattan restaurant back in the day when things were still swank. She is on a first date with an advertising man as dashing as his name, Don Draper. So you don’t really expect her to break the ice by talking about bad news. “The world is so dark right now,” she says. “One of the boys killed in Mississippi, Andrew Goodman — he’s from here. A girlfriend of mine knew him from summer camp.” Her date is too busy studying her décolletage, so she fills in the dead air. “Is that what it takes to change things?” she asks. He ventures no answer.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today announced the indictment of six current or former New Orleans Police Department officers in connection to the Danziger Bridge shootings, which occurred during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
NEW ORLEANS — Joycelyn Heintz spent eight months in a camper after Hurricane Katrina with her two daughters, now 20 and 12, while volunteer workers made her three-bedroom house — ruined by 14 feet of water — habitable again. She bonded with the volunteers to such an extent, she said, that when she regained the house in 2008 she joined their ranks as a liaison to other victim
Before it became the single biggest environmental catastrophe in American history, BP's Deepwater Horizon was a magnet for barracudas, which endlessly circled the oil rig in the Gulf's warm waters, feeding on smaller fish. The oil plume and massive cleanup have driven away many of the underwater predators. But as a group of Vietnamese-American lawyers discovered before returning to the Bay Area from the Gulf of Mexico last week, the barracudas have come ashore.
VENICE, La. – Some of the trailers provided to victims of Hurricane Katrina and banned from being used for housing again are showing up back on the coast as housing for oil spill cleanup workers.
Regardless of how you feel about David Simon’s New Orleans post-Katrina series Treme, you probably haven’t had many opportunities to talk about it. Unlike The Wire, Simon’s dramatic treatise on Baltimore, Treme hasn’t quite caught on to the point that you have to be prepared at parties to either discuss it intelligently or give some legitimate excuse—such as hysterical blindness—for not having seen it.
How’s this for a business model? First, you make a bundle of cash by providing essential services to the oil majors as they undertake tricky (and risky) offshore oil and gas extraction. Then, when one of the wells you’re working on blows up, you sneak away from any possible liabilities. And finally, to bring everything full circle, you then rack up additional profits with your oil spill cleanup division.
WASHINGTON — A $500 million marketing campaign will be necessary to combat public perceptions about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that could ripple for years, tourism officials told congressional staffers Tuesday.
Facing several dozen residents furious about the dearth of recovery projects under way in the Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux on Thursday promised to conduct a fiscal analysis of public financing of the citywide rebuilding program.
The winners of the 2009 Harry Chapin Media Awards were chosen by an independent panel of judges: Books: Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty by Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman. Judges’ Award: Let’s Get Free: A Hip Hop Justice by Paul Butler. Television/Film: Trouble the Water by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal Newspapers: "Deadly Detention" by Nina Bernstein (The New York Times) New Media: "Childhood Poverty in Colorado" by Tim Rasmussen (The Denver Post) Periodical: "There Goes the Neighborhood" by Alyssa Katz ( The American Prospect) Photojournalism: "Open Wounds: Bhopal 1984-2009" Alex Masi (The Guardian, Time Online, Vanity Fair Italy and BBC) The panel of judges were: Albert Bozzo, senior news editor in charge of features and special reports at CNBC.com; Jonathan Curiel, journalist and author of "Al' America: Travels Through America's Arab and Islamic Roots;" LynNell Hancock, reporter and writer specializing in education and child and family policy issues, and a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism; Melanie Mannarino, deputy executive editor of Redbook; Elizabeth McDonald, Stocks Editor, Fox Business Network; Laura Silver, freelance journalist/advocate; Kerry Truemann, co-founder of Eatingliberally.org and a frequent contributor to Huffington Post; and Erica Zolberg, freelance television producer. The winners and finalists will be honored at the Harry Chapin Media Awards Ceremony, presented by WhyHunger and Mediabistro, on Sept. 28, 2010 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, New York City.
CODEN, Ala. -- When Gulf Coast resident Louise Bosarge heard President Obama refer to her community as "resilient," her response was poetic: "We bounce back. We always bounce back. Bouncing hurts." Along with my daughter Mariah and a team of human rights experts from the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, I spent the last several days in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama speaking with commercial fishermen, deck hands, restaurateurs, ecologists, farmers, service providers, marina workers, hoteliers, kids and more whose lives are directly affected by BP's toxic tsunami swamping the Gulf Coast and wiping out the fishing and tourism industries which have been the mainstays of these communities for decades. "Oil will be all that's left," lamented one long-time resident. "And with the politicians in the pockets of the oil companies, there will be more pressure than ever to drill, baby, drill."
While President Obama insists that the federal government is firmly in control of the response to BP's spill in the Gulf, people in coastal communities where I visited last week in Louisiana and Alabama know an inconvenient truth: BP -- not our president -- controls the response. In fact, people on the ground say things are out of control in the gulf.
In David Simon's HBO series Treme, the music is almost as important as the people picking up the pieces after hurricane Katrina.
If the BP disaster tells us anything, it is that government and corporations can’t be left alone with the public’s business.
Villagers have been buried alive in Guatemala. Residents, caked in mud, have searched in the wreckage of their homes for loved ones. Aerial photos show entire swaths of the nation's coffee crop under water. Then, there's the giant Guatemala City sinkhole.
An “active to extremely active” hurricane season is expected for the Atlantic Basin this year according to the seasonal outlook issued today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center – a division of the National Weather Service. As with every hurricane season, this outlook underscores the importance of having a hurricane preparedness plan in place.
(CBS) White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told Bob Schieffer Sunday that the United States government is doing "everything humanly and technologically possible" to stop the oil leak in the Gulf - despite criticism that it has left too much responsibility to oil company BP and needs to do more.
Most of the lessons learned through Hurricane Katrina were applied this month during the Middle Tennessee floods, said the military official who was given high praise for coordinating relief efforts on the Gulf Coast.
(AP) NEW ORLEANS — Another former police officer has been charged with helping cover up the deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina, prosecutors said Friday.
The Justice Department described the New Orleans Police Department earlier this year as one of the nation’s worst. There is no doubt about that. The city suffers from one of the country’s highest rates of violent crime and unsolved murders. Its police force is currently the subject of at least eight federal investigations into accusations of brutality and unjustified killings of citizens at the hands of armed officers.
A whistleblower filed a lawsuit today to force the federal government to halt operations at another massive BP oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, alleging that BP never reviewed critical engineering designs for the operation and is therefore risking another catastrophic accident that could "dwarf" the company's Deepwater Horizon spill.
The Justice Department will immediately begin an evaluation of the New Orleans Police Department that will likely lead to a consent decree, federal officials announced at a news conference Monday.
BP was aware of equipment problems aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig hours before the explosion pumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, a congressional hearing was told yesterday .
Police fired tear gas outside the ruins of Haiti's national palace Monday to control 2,000 demonstrators calling for President Rene Preval's resignation in the largest political protest since the Jan. 12 earthquake.
Citing the need for “transformational change,” the city’s new mayor, Mitch Landrieu, announced on Wednesday that he was inviting the Justice Department to help restructure the troubled New Orleans Police Department.
The catastrophe continues, as Federal authorities have banned commercial and recreational fishing in a large stretch of water off four states. The view from space indicates that the oil may be leaking at a rate of 25,000 barrels a day, dwarfing the figure of 5,000 barrels that US officials and the British oil giant BP have used in recent days.
Appealing to voters weary of rampant crime, a lagging recovery and a strapped city budget, Mitch Landrieu spent his campaign for mayor of New Orleans hammering home this simple message: "I know what to do, and I know how to do it."
Even before the spilled oil reaches shore, the political game of assigning credit and blame is in full swing. The White House Saturday stepped up its efforts to respond to the Gulf Coast oil slick now within days of making landfall in Mississippi and Alabama – designating a new incident commander, introducing a new website detailing their efforts and announcing President Barack Obama himself would visit the Gulf Coast on Sunday.
A fourth New Orleans police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to participating in a cover-up of the circumstances of the police shooting of six civilians on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina.
IT is the siren call of a magnificent, broken city: “This, here, is the real New Orleans.” Spend any time sweating through a shirt and walking slow and purposeful along Magazine Street toward a Sazerac before dinner, and you’ll hear the cry, in this bar or that one. You’ll hear it on the radio, driving the high-rise bridge over the Industrial Canal, someone spinning funk on WWOZ and talking about New Orleans soul. You’ll see it in the defiant eyes of a man lurching out of a second line in Pigeon Town.
Queen Latifah. Lil Kim. Lauryn Hill. Missy Elliott. There’ve been a handful of visible female rappers, but none seem to have inspired a women’s movement in hip hop. Why? We looked at the New Orleans hip-hop style known as “bounce” a few months ago, and one of the striking things about the bounce scene is how strong a female presence (and even more striking, a queer and transgendered presence) that community has.
The radical right caught fire last year, as broad-based populist anger at political, demographic and economic changes in America ignited an explosion of new extremist groups and activism across the nation. Hate groups stayed at record levels — almost 1,000 — despite the total collapse of the second largest neo-Nazi group in America.
NEW ORLEANS — Officials expect to determine today or Tuesday whether they will soon be able to stop oil leaks coming from the deepwater well near Louisiana or will need months to stem the flow of what is now about 42,000 gallons of oil a day pouring into the Gulf of Mexico.
The crowds that flocked to the Fair Grounds Sunday afternoon for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell gratefully basked in the warm, sunny weather.
Mayor Ray Nagin leaves office without fulfilling his promises: to rid City Hall of corruption and laBy The Times-Picayune April 25, 2010 (This story was written by Gordon Russell and Frank Donze)
Ray Nagin swept into office in 2002 as the embodiment of a new way of doing business at City Hall. Though the former cable TV executive shared friends and business partners with his predecessor, Marc Morial, he wasn't shy about criticizing Morial's administration and some of the deals those same insiders had finagled.
WASHINGTON (NNPA) — President Barack Obama needs only to turn over in his bed to be reminded of all the Black women who are powerfully qualified to be U.S. Supreme Court justices. If First Lady Michelle Obama was not his wife, some legal scholars say she would be a clear and obvious candidate for the short list to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.
Federal investigators charged another New Orleans police officer in connection to the Danziger Bridge shootings, in which two civilians were killed and four were wounded in the days after Hurricane Katrina. The Danziger Bridge shootings are among a string of violent post-Katrina police encounters we’ve investigated in collaboration with PBS “Frontline” and the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
The best strawberry I’ve ever eaten was grown on the Gulf Coast. It was unassuming—a small, burgundy, heart-shaped thing—yet one bite was all it took. The berry was soft, not too juicy, and entirely unlike any out-of-season fruit I’d ever tasted. Thoughts of New Orleans bring to mind Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street, but few know of Louisiana’s agricultural bounty. The state is consistently one of the top 10 strawberry producers in the United States. It ranks number one in production of crawfish, shrimp, and oysters; is the second largest producer of sugarcane; and is the third largest producer of rice.
In an interview posted Tuesday with political blog Talking Points Memo, the head of the U.S. Department of Justice's civil rights division hinted at the possibility of the agency filing a civil lawsuit to prompt systemic change in the New Orleans Police Department.
David Simon’s new HBO series is called “Treme” and the title alone suggests the difficulty of the subject. Treme doesn’t rhyme with ream; it’s pronounced truh-MAY, and it’s the name of an old New Orleans neighborhood famous for music — and, in some parts, for crime. It’s the kind of area sought out by intrepid travelers eager to bypass the tourist traps on Bourbon Street, the kind of place that guidebooks label “authentic.”