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May 23, 1992
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced a relaxation of eligibility rules to give more food stamp aid to Los Angeles riot victims. The move came three days after the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and two other public interest attorney groups filed a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court, claiming the federal government was illegally denying the assistance.
March 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush handed out hugs to people in Alabama and Georgia who survived killer tornadoes, and he mourned the 20, including eight high school students, who died. "Out of this rubble will emerge a better tomorrow," Bush said. He climbed over piles of concrete, insulation, broken glass and textbooks at the shattered high school in Enterprise, Ala. Be strong and set an example for the other 1,200 students, he told the student government president and three others.
September 3, 1992 | Chris Woodyard / Times staff writer
While the federal government was taking heat over its handling of the Hurricane Andrew relief effort, Taco Bell was working in the kitchen. The Irvine-based unit of Pepsico Inc. rushed a self-contained mobile kitchen to southern Florida, along with several food carts. From them, the company is handing out free bean and beef burritos and soft drinks to hungry hurricane victims at Red Cross shelters.
May 1, 1991 | From Associated Press
A powerful typhoon battered densely populated Bangladesh for more than eight hours Tuesday, killing at least 1,000 people and leaving millions homeless. About 5,000 fishermen were reported missing. State-run television said at least 800 people were killed in the coastal districts of Cox's Bazar, Noakhali and Bhola when 20-foot waves whipped up by 145-m.p.h. winds swept ashore.
April 16, 2013 | By David R. Conrad and Edward A. Thomas
If the highest goal of fiscal reform is to reduce spending and better the lives of Americans, here's an idea that fits the bill: Improve the way the federal government responds to the growing number of natural disasters. Natural disasters have become increasingly costly to the United States, both in terms of the toll they take on American communities and in the direct costs of mounting a federal response. The federal government spent about $150 billion on relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina, and has so far committed about $60 billion for Superstorm Sandy.
November 30, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
When the weight of strangers' grief overwhelms him, Kenneth Feinberg takes a walk. Sometimes he buys an ice cream and sits on a park bench, letting the sun replenish his depleted well of compassion. Other times, after listening to the pain, anger and recriminations of the bereaved, Feinberg takes refuge in opera — not for its cathartic pathos, but because it's the one place where he can count on falling asleep. A balding, bespectacled lawyer with skin nearly as thick as his Boston accent, Feinberg must daily sort the emotional rubble of disaster.
Like many other communities, Emerald Bay was beloved for its small-town feel, a place where children could roam free, doors remain unlocked and family values reigned. But in this pristine patch of Southern California coastline, children play on six private tennis courts, or splash around an exclusive cove where the sand is white and the ocean color matches the jewel for which the community was named. The nest of 500 homes is usually secure behind a locked gate.
November 18, 2001
The American Red Cross' offer to refund any donations that some contributors want returned showed evidence of a great organization (Nov. 13). It is one for which I am proud to be a local volunteer, along with many who respond to disasters that happen locally. I know that what happened in New York and at the Pentagon struck horror in all of us. I was able to participate in volunteering for the Red Cross at the Pentagon, and to me it was a way to try to make things right. Many people donated blood or services, and many, many others donated money.
Because of the continuing threat of mudslides, the deadline for people affected by the fire last fall to apply for disaster aid has been extended to April 26. Rain-related problems in Laguna Beach, Malibu and other areas where soil erosion is a concern prompted federal officials to extend the filing period for disaster relief, which was originally scheduled to end last Friday.
April 24, 1994
Letter writer John Derevlany of Venice (March 27), though he was out of town during the Jan. 17 earthquake, has the gall to berate quake victims for continuing to "yammer" about their losses. To him, all I can say is, "You had to have been here, Jack." Virtually everyone is interested in the welfare of these disaster victims during this difficult time. These unfortunate people should be encouraged to take as long as they need to grieve and to work out their terrors with the knowledge that most of us who were not hit are rooting for them.
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