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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.
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."
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.
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.
August 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The doctor and two nurses once accused of killing patients in a flooded hospital after Hurricane Katrina face no further charges, authorities told a judge on Monday. "The attorney general's investigation is closed, there is no continuing investigation, no one is targeted," Assistant Atty. Gen. Julie Cullen said. "This case is closed." Orleans Parish Assistant Dist. Atty. Michael Morales said the case against Dr. Anna Pou ended when a grand jury refused to indict.
July 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A former police officer accused in the videotaped beating of a man in the French Quarter after Hurricane Katrina was acquitted in New Orleans by a judge who heard the case without a jury. "I didn't even find this a close call," said District Judge Frank Marullo. Robert Evangelist, 37, had been charged with beating Robert Davis, now 66, during an arrest videotaped by an Associated Press Television News crew.
July 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
New allegations tie Sen. David Vitter to a high-priced brothel in his hometown, days after he publicly apologized for his connection to an alleged prostitution ring in Washington, D.C. Vitter (R-La.) acknowledged being involved with a D.C. escort service that federal prosecutors say was a prostitution ring. On Tuesday, former madam Jeanette Maier said Vitter was once a client of her Canal Street brothel. She pleaded guilty to running the operation in 2002. Vitter won his seat in the U.S.
May 31, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Mayor C. Ray Nagin, in his first State of the City address since Hurricane Katrina, said Wednesday that New Orleans was a city on the mend, despite broken promises from the state and federal governments. "New Orleans is coming back, whether you like it or not," Nagin said to applause from a crowd of city workers and community members at the National World War II Museum. "And you might as well deal with it." Nagin called on President Bush and Gov.
May 24, 2007
Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme and PBS' Tavis Smiley will team up every night next week to present Demme's series on the post-Katrina efforts of various New Orleans residents as they try to reclaim their homes, neighborhoods, lives and livelihoods. "Right to Return: New Home Movies From the Lower 9th Ward" was filmed in New Orleans during 2006, leading into January of this year.
May 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Fats Domino took the stage before a sold-out crowd in a New Orleans nightclub, marking the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's first public performance since Hurricane Katrina. The 79-year-old New Orleans icon was crisp and energetic as he sang and played the piano. The crowd jumped and screamed when he belted out "Blueberry Hill." Domino lost his home, his pianos, his gold and platinum records, and much of the city he loves during Katrina.
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