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March 7, 2010 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
When the earthquake hit last weekend, this surfing hamlet was hosting a competition from its signature point: the rock of San Pedro, splashed with a colorful mural of a surfer and partyers on the beach. A week later, young Chilean volunteers and environmentalists from the United States arrived in Curanipe, unified in their passion for surfing and a yearning to help this ravaged stretch of coast. "We're surfers, but we left our boards and our wetsuits behind. We've come here to help," said Joshua Berry, environmental director of the Save the Waves Coalition, a California-based nonprofit that seeks to protect surf spots across the globe.
January 25, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg
Cite Soleil looks like a place where an American soldier might be expected to fight. An impossibly crowded warren of tin-roofed shacks, open sewers and blind alleys, it is one of the poorest slums in the Americas, with a long history of unrest, crime and violence. So picture the scene: Just as dawn was breaking Sunday, a battle-hardened platoon from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division rolled into the area behind a well-armed convoy of Brazilian soldiers attached to the United Nations' longtime peacekeeping mission in Haiti.
January 24, 2010 | By Todd Martens
Los Angeles-based hard rock act Linkin Park hadn't planned to resurrect a 3-year-old unfinished song, but in the days after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, the band went scouring through its vaults, eventually finding and completing the track "Not Alone" at 3 a.m. last Sunday. The song, which was released online late Tuesday, is now the leadoff cut on the band's "Download for Haiti" digital-only benefit compilation. Artists including the All-American Rejects, guitarist Slash, Enrique Iglesias, the Dave Matthews Band and rapper Lupe Fiasco contributed to the album, available for free on the website Music for Relief, Linkin Park's disaster-relief charity.
January 23, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Scott Kraft and Mitchell Landsberg
The flow of supplies into Haiti by air and sea picked up Friday, and more shops reopened for business, but another sharp aftershock jangled nerves, giving an extra push to those considering leaving the shattered capital city. A man and an elderly woman were rescued a staggering 10 days after homes collapsed on them. An Israeli team pulled a 21-year-old man from what once was a three-story home, according to an Israel Defense Forces statement. And an 84-year-old woman was said by relatives to have been pulled from the wreckage of her house, according to doctors administering to her at the General Hospital, where she was in critical condition.
January 22, 2010 | By Scott Kraft and Ken Ellingwood
Reporting from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and Mexico City -- U.S. military officials in Haiti said Thursday that the use of three additional airfields and the capital's seaport would boost of the flow of food, water and medical attention to earthquake victims -- at least half a million of whom, according to one count, are scattered in more than 400 camps around Port-au-Prince. Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, said the military had begun using two airfields in the neighboring Dominican Republic and one south of Port-au-Prince, which was devastated in the Jan. 12 quake.
January 21, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Joe Mozingo and Ken Ellingwood
Reporting from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and Mexico City -- A sharp aftershock jolted earthquake survivors from tent camps and hospital beds across Haiti's capital on Wednesday, but relief efforts showed small signs of progress. Commerce began to revive, and U.S. troops working from a golf green and a stadium added muscle to the aid distribution network. The magnitude 5.9 aftershock that hit just after 6 a.m. about 35 miles from Port-au-Prince appeared to have inflicted limited injuries and damage.
January 20, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Ken Ellingwood
Reporting from Port-Au-Prince and Mexico City -- Earthquake-stricken residents in Haiti were jolted from sleep this morning by a magnitude 5.9 aftershock that sent people running into the street and sowed fresh fears eight days after a catastrophic temblor. There were no immediate reports of injuries, and it was unclear what more damage was caused by the aftershock, which hit just after 6 a.m. local time about 35 miles west-southwest of the devastated capital, Port-au-Prince, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
January 20, 2010 | By Joe Mozingo and Tracy Wilkinson and Ken Ellingwood
Reporting from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and Mexico City -- U.S. forces rushed Tuesday to prepare new airports to boost the flow of aid to Haiti, but a week after an earthquake devastated its capital the relief effort was increasingly hampered by a crimp in the supply chain: a shortage of gasoline that left medicine, food and water sitting out of reach of the needy. President Rene Preval said Haitian authorities had buried 72,000 victims of the quake, a figure that does not include an untold number buried privately.
January 19, 2010 | By Joe Mozingo and Ken Ellingwood
Reporting from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and Mexico City -- Thousands more Marines and airborne troops joined the struggle to provide desperate earthquake survivors with food and water on Monday, while Haitian officials sought to move people to the provinces to relieve pressure on the relief effort. Four ships carrying 2,200 Marines anchored off the coast and started ferrying supplies and personnel to Haiti's capital. A total of 1,100 members of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division had arrived in Port-au-Prince by late Monday, about a third of the deployment planned.
January 18, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Joe Mozingo and Ken Ellingwood
Reporting from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and Mexico City -- Haitians bereft of homes and loved ones held Sunday prayers in the streets of their earthquake-ravaged capital while rescue workers continued digging in the ruins for something like a miracle. In front of the broken churches, which in some cases still harbored bodies, worshipers looked to powers beyond their grasp for help. "Don't pray for the dead," boomed Joel St. Amour, preaching outside the Evangelical Baptist Church. "Pray for the living."
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