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November 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Amid a Carnival-like atmosphere, streetcars began rolling past the historic mansions of New Orlean's Garden District for the first time since Hurricane Katrina halted the St. Charles Avenue line more than two years ago. Though only about half of the line has been reopened, many see the return of the 1920s-era green cars as a sign of progress in the city's recovery and a morale booster.
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October 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin says the state could take over the district attorney's office as early as Monday as the agency faces a multimillion-dollar civil judgment. A federal judge ruled last week that the office's assets could be seized to pay off a $3.65-million judgment pending from a 2005 case in which dozens of white office workers successfully sued Dist. Atty. Eddie Jordan for replacing them with black workers.
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September 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An hour after New Orleans officials opened shelters, warned of possible power outages and urged calm ahead of a threatening tropical depression, the system moved inland hundreds of miles away, and forecasters canceled the warning that had authorities on alert. Under partly cloudy, pale-blue skies, some in this city devastated by Hurricane Katrina two years ago wondered if it was a bit much.
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August 30, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
Against a backdrop of criticism over the slow pace of the federal rebuilding effort two years after Hurricane Katrina struck, President Bush marked the storm's anniversary Wednesday with an optimistic message. "This town is coming back," he said at a charter school in one of the city's most flood-ravaged neighborhoods. "This town is better today than it was yesterday, and it's going to be better tomorrow than it was today."
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August 29, 2007
Before katrina, John Knost hadn't really invented anything -- unless you count the foam insulation he stuck on the edges of his apartment's metal spiral stairs. They keep visitors from bruising their heads. But last year, he grew frustrated with the federal government's plans to make New Orleans safer. Raising houses, raising levees -- it seemed like the same old, same old, he said. Knost, 61, (above) is no engineer, but he had worked on the business side of the construction industry.
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August 29, 2007
Rising from a familiar morass of 9th Ward wreckage is a cluster of modest, brightly painted new homes. More are being built every day by a seemingly endless workforce of out-of-town volunteers. The music today is mostly saws and hammers. But when this project is completed, the majority of the subsidized, low-income homes will be occupied by New Orleans musicians. Musicians' Village is an unprecedented effort to sustain that diffuse and informal organism that is the New Orleans music scene.
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August 29, 2007
Samuel j. green charter school is home to 360 lower- and middle-school students, nearly all of them poor. Principal Tony Recasner still seems a little amazed that his modest campus would be the latest outpost of the trendy "slow foods" movement extolled by celebrity restaurateur Alice Waters. Green is one of 39 charter schools operating in post-Katrina New Orleans. Collectively, the campuses represent the most radical change on the educational landscape here since desegregation.
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August 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
new orleans -- Democrat Barack Obama said Sunday that the country could not fail New Orleans again and that as president, he would keep the city in mind every day. "The words 'Never again' cannot be another empty phrase," the Illinois senator said in front of one of the few rebuilt houses he saw on a brief tour of the city's Gentilly Woods section. "It cannot become another broken promise."
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August 24, 2007 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
A former employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to plead guilty to rigging a bid on repairs to levees in the New Orleans area, Justice Department officials announced Thursday, as part of a broader investigation into procurement fraud in levee reconstruction. The case marks the first criminal charges against a corps official involved in New Orleans levees since Hurricane Katrina, a department spokeswoman said.
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August 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The New Orleans district attorney lost his fight Wednesday against a ruling that said he violated the civil rights of dozens of white employees when he fired them after taking office in 2003 and replaced them with black workers. Orleans Parish prosecutor Eddie Jordan said he filled key positions with political supporters and did not discriminate based on race when he took over from longtime Dist. Atty. Harry Connick Sr. in 2003; he fired 53 of 77 employees.
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