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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 05, 2011 Officers Guilty of Shooting Six in New Orleans
QUOTE: In a verdict that brought a decisive close to a case that has haunted this city since most of it lay underwater nearly six years ago, five current and former New Orleans police officers were found guilty on all counts by a federal jury on Friday for shooting six citizens, two of whom died, and orchestrating a wide-ranging cover-up in the hours, weeks and years that followed.
New York Times Jul 15, 2011 No Vacancies, but Some Reservations
QUOTE: BP argued that “there is no basis to assume that claimants, with very limited exceptions, will incur a future loss related to the spill.”...Under the formula, settlements would generally be double the demonstrable losses from 2010, with money previously paid by the fund subtracted.
New York Times Jul 06, 2011 Settlement Is Reached in Suit Over Katrina Grants
QUOTE: Federal officials announced on Wednesday that they had reached a settlement with a group of homeowners who sued the federal government and the State of Louisiana alleging discrimination in the state’s Road Home program, which distributed grants to those whose houses were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding.
New York Times May 26, 2010 California Puts Vote Overhaul on the Ballot
QUOTE: a [California-Ed.] ballot measure that would replace traditional primaries in state and Congressional elections with, effectively, two rounds of voting. All candidates would run in the first round, and the top two vote-getters — regardless of party affiliation, or unaffiliation — would then face each other in the general election. Voters’ ultimate choice could be two Republicans or two Democrats, or two candidates with high name recognition, or deep pockets, or populist appeal.
New York Times Feb 28, 2010 Civil rights-era killings yield secrets to FBI probe
QUOTE: Three years after the FBI pledged to investigate more than 100 unsolved civil rights killings, the agency is ready to close all but a handful. Investigators say they have solved most of the mysteries behind the cases, but few will result in indictments, given the passage of decades, the deaths of prime suspects and the challenge of gathering evidence.
Washington Post Jul 06, 2009 In Two States, a Lower Bar for Conviction (Sidebar)
QUOTE: ...Oregon is one of only two states that does not require juries to reach unanimous verdicts in criminal cases. Like Louisiana, it allows convictions by a vote of 10-to-2. ...defense lawyers say the rule was designed to make obtaining convictions easier.
New York Times Jul 21, 2008 Huge Math Error in Katrina Supply Giveaway
QUOTE: The household goods were supposed to go to people whose homes were destroyed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005...A recent CNN investigative story exposed that those materials never made it to storm victims.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 25, 2008 Safety Lapses Raised Risks In Trailers for Katrina Victims: Formaldehyde Found in High Levels; 17,000 Say Homes Caused Illnesses
QUOTE: Today, industry and government experts depict the rushed procurement and construction as key failures that may have triggered a public health catastrophe among the more than 300,000 people, many of them children, who lived in FEMA homes.
Washington Post Apr 14, 2008 Child Rape Tests Limits Of Death Penalty: La. Law Spurs Review Of Eighth Amendment
QUOTE: Proponents say society demands retribution for those who harm its most vulnerable members. But some child advocacy experts say the unintended consequences of the death penalty might be a decline in the reporting of sexual assaults by family members, or even an incentive for the rapist to kill the victim.
Washington Post Jan 29, 2008 Looking Anew at Campaign Cash and Elected Judges
QUOTE: Vernon Valentine Palmer, a law professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, could not understand how justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court could routinely hear cases involving people who had given them campaign contributions. It seemed to him a raw and simple conflict of interest.
New York Times Dec 19, 2007 Jamie Lynn Spears pregnancy raises legal questions
QUOTE: The announced pregnancy of Jamie Lynn Spears -- the 16-year-old children's television star and younger sister of beleaguered pop star Britney Spears -- is casting new light on how states deal with the thorny issue of consensual sex among teens.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 04, 2007 How hard can judges crack down on bias? The high court takes up a case where racial bias may have affected jury selection.
QUOTE: The US Supreme Court has ruled that race cannot be a factor in excluding someone from jury service. Both sides in a trial work hard to select a panel they believe will be open to their perspective. Amid this competition for sympathetic jurors, it is difficult – and in some cases, impossible – for trial judges to identify whether it is race or a legitimate factor behind a decision to exclude a prospective juror.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 03, 2007 New Orleans Hurt by Acute Rental Shortage
QUOTE: More than two years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is suffering from an acute shortage of housing that has nearly doubled the cost of rental units in the city, threatening the recovery of the region and the well-being of many residents who decided to return against the odds.
New York Times Nov 27, 2007 New Orleans' musical traditions changing
QUOTE: Hurricane Katrina altered many of New Orleans' most culturally rich neighborhoods and exasperated the plight of local musicians. Some living in low-income rental units returned to find unaffordable rents and new neighbors.
USA TODAY Nov 14, 2007 One warden's way of instilling hope behind bars: The prison at Angola, La., has gone from being one of history's meanest lockups to one of the most peaceable high-security prisons in America.
QUOTE: Some 1,000 Angola inmates are the beneficiaries of Warden Burl Cain's faith-based system of earned privileges that, in the past decade, has turned Angola from one of history's meanest lockups into one of the most peaceable high-security prisons in America.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 06, 2007 Critics Cite Red Tape in Rebuilding of Louisiana
QUOTE: Intricate, inflexible and open-ended, the [repair] process seems to value perfect paperwork over speedy resolutions, local officials here say, and requires endless haggling over every acoustic ceiling tile and paper-towel dispenser.
New York Times Oct 20, 2007 In Jena and Beyond, Nooses Return as a Symbol of Hate
QUOTE: Law enforcement authorities, including the Justice Department, are expressing concern over a recent spate of noose sightings in the aftermath of events in Jena, the small Louisiana town that has been engulfed by racial strife and was the scene of a recent civil rights demonstration.
Washington Post Oct 08, 2007 Katrina evacuees feel money pinch
QUOTE: That survey, by the U.S. Census Bureau, shows that thousands of people who fled the hurricane two years ago landed in dismal economic straits, often facing meager paychecks or unemployment after the storm scattered them across the USA. It found nearly a third of those who fled the hurricane could not find jobs last year, and thousands more weren't trying.
USA TODAY Sep 12, 2007 Businessman Ordered Jailed in Dispute With Utility
QUOTE: Mr. Seeber, who initially acted as his own lawyer, wrote to the company’s directors and J. Wayne Leonard, the chief executive, complaining that the company was trying to ruin his business with what he said was a baseless lawsuit. Mr. Seeber maintains that Entergy is simply trying to intimidate him, ruin his business and violate his First Amendment rights.
New York Times Sep 04, 2007 As New Orleans restarts its schools, most are now charter schools: Since Hurricane Katrina, the city has been determined to reform one of the nation's worst school districts.
QUOTE: Despite some bright spots, however, critics worry that this setup for the school district could further entrench educational and racial inequities. Thus New Orleans is becoming a proving ground for charter schools in US urban areas: Can they really improve academic achievement in places where reform is needed most?
Christian Science Monitor Sep 04, 2007 Residents: Nooses spark school violence, divide town
QUOTE: The case is getting international media attention -- a buzz that has drawn the NAACP and civil rights stalwarts such as the Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III -- but many in Jena are skeptical the boys can get a fair trial.
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 03, 2007 Insurers Bear Brunt of Anger in New Orleans
QUOTE: Insurance companies may have paid out $11 billion to Louisianians in the two years since Hurricane Katrina, but they have also become a new villain in the tales people tell about the slow recovery here. Every neighborhood is full of horror stories about companies that reneged on their promises, offered only pennies on the dollar in settlements, dribbled out payments, deliberately underestimated the costs of repairs, dropped longtime customers and sharply increased the price of coverage.
New York Times Aug 29, 2007 Governor Refuses Blame in 35 Hurricane Deaths
QUOTE: The lawyers made little secret of the hope that an unpopular official might shoulder blame. Ms. Blanco made strenuous efforts to stay out of court. In the end, state appeals courts offered her no shelter, and she was forced to account for her actions in the hours before the storm hit.
New York Times Aug 29, 2007 2 years after Katrina, pace of rebuilding depends on who pays
QUOTE: The delays have affected the poor the most — those dependent on government assistance to rebuild their lives. While middle- and upper-class neighborhoods have rebuilt using private insurance and contacts, residents of low-income areas such as the Lower 9th Ward and Holy Cross — roughly 20,000 of them — for the most part remain scattered throughout the region, their return uncertain.
USA TODAY Aug 17, 2007 Patchwork City: One Billion Dollars Later, a City Still at Risk
QUOTE: enormous floodgates... now protect prosperous neighborhoods like Lakeview, and though corps officials say there has been no favoritism, the effect has been to draw out old resentments and conspiracy theories in a city that never lacked for them.
New York Times Jul 25, 2007 No Indictment in Katrina Deaths
QUOTE: A grand jury Tuesday refused to indict a doctor accused of killing four elderly patients in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina...[but] Attorney General Charles Foti of Louisiana...defended the case Tuesday, saying independent expert pathologists had reviewed it favorably before it was brought.
New York Times Jul 23, 2007 In bayou, whose water is it? A legal battle brews over whether fishermen are trespassing when they fish in the flooded bottomlands.
QUOTE: ...Mississippi Delta landowners say they're warning off fishermen who traverse flooded, but privately owned, bottomlands that can stretch for miles on either side of a main channel on the Mississippi .... [But] The fishermen...say these landowners can't infringe upon what they see as their traditional and legal right to go anywhere the water can carry them.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 19, 2007 NATION IN BRIEF: Contractors Decry Late FEMA Payments
QUOTE: some politicians fear that the red tape will discourage companies from bidding on the big rebuilding projects that lie ahead for New Orleans.
Washington Post Jun 18, 2007 In Louisiana town, wearing low-rider pants may cost you: Supporters say the new ordinance aims to curb indecent behavior while opponents say it infringes on freedom of personal expression.
QUOTE: in its zeal to right what they see as a fashion wrong that touches on immorality and indecency, critics say this gritty Cajun shrimp-and-oil village has waded into a racial and generational morass.
Christian Science Monitor May 12, 2007 Fed Up in Louisiana
QUOTE: Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D) went off. Not in a girls fighting, "Hold my earrings!" kind of way. But in a blunt manner befitting a chief executive who endured the worst natural and engineering disaster in U.S. history, who continues to battle Washington for federal assistance, and who is not running for reelection.
Washington Post May 10, 2007 Katrina Hit Blacks Harder Than Whites, Study Finds
QUOTE: The proportion of black respondents who described their lives as "disrupted" more than a year after the storm (59 percent) was about double that of whites who said the same (29 percent). The racial disparities ran across job experiences, housing and health. Researchers said the differences persist even when comparing blacks and whites who have similar incomes.
Washington Post Apr 21, 2007 In Turnabout, Infant Deaths Climb in South
QUOTE: The setbacks have raised questions about the impact of cuts in welfare and Medicaid and of poor access to doctors, and, many doctors say, the growing epidemics of obesity, diabetes and hypertension among potential mothers, some of whom tip the scales here at 300 to 400 pounds.
New York Times Feb 06, 2007 A 'Road Home' to Lunacy
QUOTE: NEW ORLEANS -- It's beyond frustrating to hear well-meaning bureaucrats cite all the reasons that so little has been done to rebuild this ruined city and the rest of the Gulf Coast -- why, for example, out of more than 100,000 Louisiana households that have applied to the state government for their share of $7 billion in federal reconstruction funds, fewer than 400 have received their money.
Washington Post Dec 10, 2006 All That Noise? It's Just Derrick.
QUOTE: By Louisiana law you can't drill closer then 150 feet to an occupied dwelling. That may not seem too bad unless you are listening to the constant noise.
Washington Post Dec 08, 2006 New Orleans to Raze Public Housing: Many Units Closed Since Katrina to Be Demolished, Despite Protests
QUOTE: Public housing officials decided Thursday to proceed with the demolition of more than 4,500 government apartments here, brushing aside an outcry from residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina who said the move was intended to reduce the ability of poor black people to repopulate the city.
Washington Post Aug 30, 2006 The Press, Race and Katrina: In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, did African Americans get fair treatment from the media?
QUOTE: Where journalism failed [in its coverage of Katrina--Ed.] is not in any lack of emphasis on how disproportionately blacks were affected, but in how “too many people were making the surface observation that there were lots of blacks affected without spending the time parsing the facts that would make it meaningful or informative.”
Poynter Online Aug 22, 2006 With bulk of Katrina evacuees, Texans begin to feel burden: A year after the hurricane, Houston complains about their persistent joblessness. State officials plea for federal help
QUOTE: Indeed, in Houston and other cities affected by the relocation, some officials are beginning to reassess the financial implications of their generosity over the past year. Their conclusion: The federal government should continue to support the state and municipalities where evacuee numbers remain high because many are still not on their feet almost a year after the storm.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 17, 2006 Guest Workers Sue New Orleans Hotel Chain: Immigrants Say Decatur Group Failed to Deliver on Promised Employment
QUOTE: Latin Americans hired as legal "guest workers" by a major hotel group [Decatur Hotels LLC--Ed.] were recruited...after Hurricane Katrina...with false promises of good earnings and instead have been left with thousands of dollars in debt...
Washington Post Jul 27, 2006 The Wrong Lesson
QUOTE: The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which failed to employ the kinds of controls necessary to prevent an estimated $1 billion in fraud and abuse following Hurricane Katrina...cut back immediate emergency aid for families...
New York Times Jul 21, 2006 New Orleans arrests spark 'mercy killing' debate
QUOTE: Days after hurricane Katrina hit...a doctor and two nurses administered lethal doses of drugs to four elderly patients they claimed might not survive an evacuation. The three were arrested Monday, then released, pending formal charges.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 20, 2006 Medical and Ethical Questions Raised on Deaths of Critically Ill Patients
QUOTE: Experts in medicine and ethics have many questions about the accusations...that a doctor and two nurses used lethal injections to kill four critically ill patients in a flooded New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina.
New York Times Jul 14, 2006 Katrina Victims Say Agents Advised Against Flood Coverage
QUOTE: Six weeks before Hurricane Katrina tore up the Gulf Coast...Dr. Munson Hinman went to see his insurance agent to buy flood coverage for his home near the beach...Dr. Hinman testified in Federal District Court here on Tuesday, the agent talked him out of buying the coverage.
New York Times Jun 27, 2006 'Breathtaking' Waste and Fraud in Hurricane Aid
QUOTE: Hurricane Katrina...produced one of the most extraordinary displays of scams, schemes and stupefying bureaucratic bungles in modern history, costing taxpayers up to $2 billion...
New York Times May 08, 2006 A New Landfill in New Orleans Sets Off a Battle
QUOTE: ...the landfill lacks some of the safeguards that existing dumps do, like special clay liners. The government says they are not needed because demolition debris is cleaner than other rubbish. Residents and environmentalists think otherwise...
New York Times Apr 30, 2006 Insurers Retreat From Coasts: Katrina Losses May Force More Costs on Taxpayers
QUOTE: For taxpayers, a coordinated system to accurately price and insure against the risk of disasters would create true market incentives for homeowners, developers and lenders to buy and build stronger and safer homes, cutting the need for politicians to provide aid after a disaster.
Washington Post Feb 12, 2006 Katrina Report Spreads Blame: Homeland Security, Chertoff Singled Out
QUOTE: Hurricane Katrina exposed the U.S. government's failure to learn the lessons of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as leaders from President Bush down disregarded ample warnings of the threat to New Orleans and did not execute emergency plans or share information that would have saved lives...
Washington Post Jan 28, 2006 FEMA Workers Accused of Bribery
QUOTE: Two FEMA disaster assistance employees working in New Orleans were arrested yesterday on federal bribery charges, accused of accepting $10,000 each in exchange for letting a contractor submit inflated reports on the number of meals it was serving at a Hurricane Katrina relief base camp there.
New York Times Jan 24, 2006 White House Got Early Warning on Katrina
QUOTE: In the 48 hours before Hurricane Katrina hit, the White House received detailed warnings about the storm's likely impact, including eerily prescient predictions of breached levees, massive flooding, and major losses of life and property....The documents shed new light on the extent on the administration's foreknowledge....President Bush, in a televised interview three days after Katrina hit, suggested that the scale of the flooding in New Orleans was unexpected.
Washington Post Jan 18, 2006 New Orleans Mayor Apologizes for Remarks About God's Wrath
QUOTE: ...forced Mayor C. Ray Nagin to apologize Tuesday for declaring that God wants New Orleans to be a "chocolate city."....also said "God is mad at America" and "is sending hurricane after hurricane" because He disapproves of the United States invading Iraq "under false pretenses."
Washington Post Jan 08, 2006 Plan Would Open All New Orleans for Rebuilding
QUOTE: ...recommend that residents be allowed to return and rebuild anywhere they like, no matter how damaged or vulnerable the neighborhood....Many residents of low-lying neighborhoods like the Lower Ninth Ward and New Orleans East have said they are determined to rebuild their ravaged blocks, while some experts have argued that such areas are better returned to marshland for safety and economic reasons.
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