February 16, 2006 |
It seemed for a while that Hurricane Katrina might give St. Augustine parish -- home to one of the nation's oldest African American Catholic churches -- a reprieve. After years of seeing its attendance drop, the numbers climbed as people pulled together in churches that were spared devastation.
January 28, 2006 |
Eight gang members who moved here from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina have been arrested as suspects in 11 slayings, police said Friday. The arrests follow a recent surge in violence in the Houston area, which police attribute partly to Katrina evacuees. A gang unit formed two weeks ago to investigate the crime wave has linked the killings to rival New Orleans gang members trying to get a foothold in Houston.
January 15, 2006 |
Scores of Jewish settlers rioted in Hebron in the West Bank, wounding a soldier and torching a Palestinian house ahead of the implementation of evacuation orders for a market in the city. Witnesses said more than 150 settlers clashed with Palestinians in the heart of Hebron. The Israeli army said settlers then clashed with police and soldiers who tried to disperse them.
December 28, 2005 |
Hanh Luong and her two young sons spend their days and nights huddled next to a packed suitcase with their cellphone nearby. For more than two months they have lived in a small dank room that a refugee organization has leased in one of the poorest sections of the Philippine capital, awaiting a call they know will soon come.
December 6, 2005 |
Rising seas have forced 100 people on a Pacific island to move to higher ground, a U.N. report said. Inhabitants in the Lateu settlement on Tegua island in Vanuatu started dismantling their wooden homes in August and moved about 600 yards inland. Taito Nakalevu, a climate change expert at a Montreal conference, said the rising seas seemed linked to climate change, but it was unknown if the island's coral base was subsiding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2005 |
The cluster of portable toilets, once a thriving brothel and occasional crash pad, is gone from the corner of Sixth and San Julian streets in downtown Los Angeles. So ends the skid row story of a john in every john, at least at that location. No more T.J. (Thick and Juicy) and T.T. (Tall and Tiny) plying their trade. No more drug-dealing in the johns while passers-by relieve themselves behind the toilets. No more bodies dragged out and shipped to the morgue. I noticed the change a few weeks ago.
November 25, 2005 |
Three years after President Hugo Chavez purged 20,000 employees from state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela, the oil giant's production still hasn't recovered, but many who became part of a global diaspora of Venezuelan talent slowly are putting their lives and careers back together. Take oil engineer Lino Carrillo, who was general manager of new business development at Petroleos de Venezuela, known as PDVSA, when Chavez sacked half of the energy giant's employees.
November 1, 2005 |
At the end of a long gravel driveway, up a few steps on a wide wooden porch, a mother and son discuss their conundrum. Gladys Brown, 66, and Maurice Brown, 47, praise God for keeping them safe through the ordeal. But two months after Hurricane Katrina tore up their homes and chased them out of New Orleans, they find themselves resettled in a place to which they feel -- mildly put -- unsuited. Like catfish in a cornfield. "Look here," Maurice says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2005 |
Does anyone know a good mover in the Santa Ynez Valley that can handle a Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round and zoo animals? Michael Jackson's attorney said Thursday the pop singer has made the Middle Eastern nation of Bahrain, not Neverland ranch, his permanent home. Attorney Thomas A. Mesereau Jr. declined to comment on local speculation that Jackson planned to sell Neverland ranch, but said the singer is very happy in his new home. "He's looking much better.
October 14, 2005 |
With almost 600,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees living in hotels and motels across the country, government officials are launching a massive effort to transfer them into more stable housing. The drive, if successful, will significantly reduce what has become an $11-million-a-day tab, paid by U.S. taxpayers. But officials are encountering an array of obstacles and inefficiencies that have threatened their ability to move evacuees into long-term temporary housing.