February 2, 2010 |
South Florida remains on alert for the masses who may soon want out of Haiti. But many Haitian Americans here are busy looking for a way back in. One of them, 27-year-old poet and filmmaker Maeva Renaud, was waiting at a tiny Broward County airstrip Wednesday. She arrived in the predawn darkness in a Dodge Neon stuffed to the roof with medical supplies, cans of tuna, power bars and tents. With commercial flights to Haiti canceled, Renaud had found a pilot -- a friend of a friend -- who had been making humanitarian cargo hauls since the Jan. 12 earthquake, and she had persuaded him to fly her, along with a nurse, a social worker, and the gear, into the teeming mess of Port-au-Prince, where they hoped to set up a makeshift medical clinic.
January 26, 2010 |
It has the makings of a pulp novel: A star professional soccer player is shot and gravely wounded in a shady wee-hours bar. The main witness is a skimpily clad blond dancer, the top suspects a businessman known as "the Model" and his supposed bodyguard. Soccer-mad Mexico has been fixated on the mystery surrounding the shooting early Monday of Salvador Cabanas, a star forward for one of the country's most popular teams, Club America of Mexico City. Cabanas lay in an induced coma Tuesday in a Mexico City hospital after surgeons unsuccessfully attempted to extract a bullet that had been fired into his head in the men's room of a night club called Bar Bar. He was listed in grave but stable condition.
January 25, 2010 |
The ritual began just as the soft winter sun ducked behind the mountains Sunday, casting haunting shadows on this jittery Caribbean capital. Blackened pots bubbled with suppers of rice and beans above glowing charcoal. Sheets, cardboard mats and mattresses were laid neatly on the streets; a lucky few pitched pup tents. Chunks of rubble blocked roads to protect alfresco sleepers from passing motorists. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti nearly two weeks ago, and dozens of aftershocks, including a 5.9 temblor at dawn last week, has turned Port-au-Prince into a city deathly afraid of the indoors.
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January 25, 2010 |
For more than four hours Sunday, the pleas and prayers filled La Mission Chretenne D'Haiti, a Pentecostal storefront church on West Adams Boulevard that ministers to mostly Haitian immigrants and their children. Samuel Baptiste, a 37-year-old electronics worker, wondered how to get his fiancee to the United States and away from their homeland, which was devastated by the recent earthquake. Nadia Caton fretted that her mother, who arrived in Los Angeles from Haiti on Saturday with her year-old son, needed to find a way to extend her month-long visa.
January 24, 2010 |
At Port-au-Prince's main art museum, it looked as if a cruel giant had taken bites out of the walls and ceiling of the cavernous exhibition hall. Large wooden panels where paintings once hung had toppled. A bronze bust of DeWitt Peters, a California water colorist widely credited with bringing international attention to Haitian art in the 1940s, lay on the ground. Joseph Gaspard, a member of the board of directors of the College Saint Pierre museum, was inspecting the site Saturday for the first time since the Jan. 12 earthquake, crunching broken glass as he walked through the debris.
January 23, 2010 |
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 23, 2010 |
A harrowing effort to evacuate dozens of Haitian orphans to the United States started with some unexpectedly good news in those first terrible hours after the massive earthquake. Somehow God's Littlest Angels orphanage in the mountains above Port-au-Prince had survived the destructive shaking intact and all 150 of its charges were safe. Over the next 10 days, U.S. families who were already in the process of adopting 83 of the children organized a frantic effort to bring them to Miami, reaching out to politicians, humanitarian aid workers and the news media.
January 21, 2010 |
Moustang Brisson is in charge as a founding member of the executive board of the Delmas 36 Committee, representing several blocks' worth of homeless, destitute earthquake survivors. Notebook in hand, he has taken down in careful cursive the names of 389 residents at 36 Delmas Street, all in need of food, water and tents. "If we waited for the Haitian government to help, nou grangou ," Brisson said Thursday, using a Creole expression meaning they'd starve to death. Across Port-au-Prince, block by block, Haitians are arranging themselves into subsets within the chaos around them.
January 20, 2010 |
A powerful aftershock early today sent an already unnerved population rushing into Haiti's streets in panic. The U.S. Geological Survey website said the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.1 and was centered 36 miles west-southwest of Port-au-Prince, the capital. The original quake on Jan. 12 was magnitude 7. Haitian radio reported that a number of already damaged buildings collapsed in Wednesday's aftershock. It urged residents of the traumatized city to leave for the provinces.
January 20, 2010
Looking for Alarcon Re "Alarcon says his family isn't safe in his legal home," Jan. 16 I am astounded that Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon -- who apparently lives in Sun Valley, which is outside his district -- said that his Panorama City home was not safe enough for his child and that someone moved into it with the idea of being a squatter. I am a constituent, and I agree that District 7 is not as nice as District 2. But we are the district Alarcon was elected to represent.