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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.
May 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A state judge suspended the criminal cases against 98 defendants in New Orleans over concerns they could not get adequate representation from the city's office for defending the indigent. Judge Arthur Hunter Jr. also ordered the release of 20 prisoners. The charges are not being dropped, he told dozens of defendants in his court, but until they get lawyers they won't be prosecuted.
May 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An administrator with a reputation for shaping up big-city schools was hired to lead New Orleans' beleaguered district as it recovers from Hurricane Katrina, officials said. Paul Vallas, 53, now the head of Philadelphia's public schools, will take over as superintendent of the state-run Recovery School District on or after July 1, Louisiana Education Superintendent Paul Pastorek said. "Everyone I spoke to said he is in the top tier of superintendents in this country," Pastorek said.
April 29, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mayor C. Ray Nagin led hundreds of marchers Saturday to the crumbling houses that still dominate the Lower 9th Ward, drawing attention to the area's slow recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Jackson said the Bush administration and much of the nation had largely forgotten the hurricane victims in the Lower 9th, most of whom are working-class and black, whereas areas that draw tourists and more affluent sections were recovering more quickly.
April 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Google Inc.'s replacement of post-Hurricane Katrina satellite imagery on its map portal with images of the region before the storm does a "great injustice" to the storm's victims, a congressional subcommittee said. The House Committee on Science and Technology's subcommittee on investigations and oversight Friday asked Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt to explain why his company was using the outdated imagery. The subcommittee cited an Associated Press report on the images.
March 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Mayor C. Ray Nagin said he wanted the National Guard and state police to stay in New Orleans through the end of the summer to help fight crime. Nagin wants Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to keep the 60 state troopers and 300 National Guard troops in the city past the June 30 deadline to help the depleted Police Department patrol the streets of the hurricane- and crime-devastated city.
March 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
With the boom of cannons, the Navy commissioned the U.S. transport ship New Orleans, the first time since at least World War II a Navy ship has been built and commissioned in its namesake city. "May God bless and guide this warship and all who sail on her," the secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter, said before hundreds of sailors in crisp, white uniforms ran onto the ship to set the traditional first watch and to salute the crowd below. The $1.
February 7, 2007 | Stacy A. Anderson, Times Staff Writer
In the 17 months since Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Sharon Jasper has shuffled from place to place, including a cot at the Superdome and temporary housing in Houston. On Tuesday, she and nine other displaced residents of New Orleans' public housing projects came to Capitol Hill to tell their stories, as the House Committee on Financial Services examined the loss of affordable housing because of the storm.
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