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November 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Dozens of homeless people living in pup tents in the shadow of City Hall packed up Wednesday and moved into hotel rooms with the help of a nonprofit group, while about 200 others remained in the camp. The colony in Duncan Plaza has grown in the last few months with people who said a tent is the only affordable housing they could find since Hurricane Katrina, which has caused the homeless population to skyrocket.
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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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October 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
westwego, la. -- Thousands of people paid their respects Friday to popular -- and controversial -- longtime Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee. After the viewing, his flag-draped casket was escorted from a suburban New Orleans auditorium to the strains of Frank Sinatra's "My Way." Lee, 75, died Monday. He had leukemia.
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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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September 18, 2007 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
For many elderly survivors of Hurricane Katrina, life has become a minor-key coda of rubble and ruin, of discomfort and displacement, of strained social services and fear of depredation. About 40,000 of New Orleans' 85,000 elderly have returned since the city flooded two years ago, said Howard Rodgers III, executive director of the New Orleans Council on Aging. The public and private sectors are doing what they can for the elderly, but they are overwhelmed by the need.
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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
Developer sean cummings envisions miles of parks stretching along the east bank of the Mississippi River. He envisions daring new architecture to complement the old: an amphitheater, cruise ship terminals, a hotel, a chapel. His design team has sketched pictures of elegant, glassy mid-rise residential buildings overlooking the historic, bohemian backstreets of the Bywater District.
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