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Louisiana’s Incarceration Is a Private Business

Louisiana has assailed its residents to a level unequal to any other state, entering the new year with another signature No. 1 ranking in lockups. It has created a system more efficient and despondent than state run prisons or regular privatization. The costs are low, profits high and human life is a commodity that allows the market to keep growing.

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Surveillance Video Captures New Orleans Parade Shooting

Nineteen people, including two children, were wounded after gunmen opened fire on the crowd at a neighborhood Mother’s Day parade. Authorities believe a possible suspect can be seen in newly released surveillance video.

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Katrina ‘Could Soon Happen Every Other Year’

With temperatures predicted to rise by at least 2°C this century, storms like the one that drowned New Orleans in 2005 could occur in the Atlantic once every two years.

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Zack Kopplin

Truthdigger of the Week: Zack Kopplin

Reason has a new friend: 19-year-old Zack Kopplin played a crucial role in getting the Orleans Parish School Board to ban creationism from its campuses.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall

Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana on Tuesday evening as a Category 1 storm, bringing with it wind gusts that reached speeds of up to 106 miles per hour off the state’s southeast coast. It then headed back out into the Gulf and is now barreling toward New Orleans on the eve of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

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Hurricane Isaac Nears New Orleans

President Obama has declared a state of emergency in Louisiana as Isaac, a tempest of wind and water barreling toward the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, has been upgraded to hurricane status.

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AP/Dave Martin

Weather Takes a Bad Turn for Mitt

Mitt Romney and the Republican National Convention are being buffeted by a force outside their control: the weather. Tropical Storm Isaac already has caused the GOP to cancel Monday’s opening events in Tampa, Fla., and it’s not finished yet.

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AP/Gerald Herbert

Former Police Officers Get Jail Time for Post-Katrina Shootings

Five ex-officers from the New Orleans Police Department found themselves on the other side of the law Wednesday, as they were sentenced to jail for their respective roles in the shootings of six unarmed civilians in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005.

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Gulf oil spill
AP / Gerald Herbert

BP Accuses Halliburton of Destroying Gulf Spill Evidence

Halliburton just seems to pop up wherever trouble can be found, such as the Bush White House (through Dick Cheney’s chummy history with the company) and also in the ecopocalypse that was the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in April 2010.

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Hurricane Katrina Pain Index 2011

With Hurricane Irene fixing to beat up much of the American Mid-Atlantic, now may be a good time to examine the legacy of Hurricane Katrina and U.S. “government bungling” for many of the still-stunned inhabitants of New Orleans. (more)

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 READ MORE



Associated Press

Old Habits Die Hard in New Orleans

New Orleans, despite its great charm, can often seem like a city out of place and time, where the fortress-like class dynamic one sees in economically stratified societies such as those of Central America has somehow set down pernicious roots.

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AP / Gerald Herbert

Cops on Trial in Post-Katrina Killing

In an event that pretty much defines the lawlessness and racial tension that existed in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, five current or former policemen are on trial for murder after the officers allegedly shot, burned and then shot again resident Henry Glover.

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Eve Ensler: Bald, Brave and Beautiful

The author of the hit play “The Vagina Monologues” sat down with me last week, in the midst of her battle with uterine cancer, to talk about New Orleans and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Full Transcript: Obama Marks 5th Anniversary of Katrina (Update: Video)

The president paid his respects to the people of New Orleans on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by recognizing their perseverance and determination “to rebuild in the face of ruin.” Full remarks follow the jump.

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The Killer Cops of New Orleans

A shocking spate of killings in the wake of Hurricane Katrina still haunts New Orleans and shakes the locals’ sense of security, owing to the fact that the five people who died within the span of one week were civilians, four were unarmed ... (continued)

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4 New Orleans Cops Indicted in Post-Katrina Killings

Four police officers have been indicted on charges related to the fatal shootings that took place on the Danzinger bridge days after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans. Two civilians were killed and four others wounded in the incident. If convicted, the officers could receive the death penalty.

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N.O. musicians
AP / Alex Brandon

Joyful Noises and Joyless Measures in New Orleans

David Simon’s HBO series “Treme” picks up on a theme that courses through the show: the longstanding tension between the city’s culture bearers and its powers that be. That tension has ratcheted up, or at least has grown more pointed, since 2005.

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Arbitrary and Capricious, Indeed

If you’re worried about judicial activism, take a look at the Ronald Reagan-appointed federal judge in New Orleans who just lifted the Obama administration’s moratorium on deep-water drilling.

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jonathanferraragallery.com

Oil Spill as Inspiration

The effects of the massive BP oil spill are bound to find expression in art, and indeed, the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans has given a handful of artists space to show their visions of oil-covered pelicans ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE



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Federal Judge Blocks Drilling Moratorium

You’d think that it might be a no-brainer to take the Obama administration’s suggestion that perhaps, just maybe, deep-water drilling projects ought to be put on hold in light of the Gulf of Mexico mega-disaster and all.  (continued)

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


Deepwater Horizon
AP / Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Lloyd, U.S. Coast Guard

Oil Rig Explosion Injures 7 Off Louisiana

At least seven people were injured and 11 went missing Tuesday night after an explosion went off on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana. But by late Wednesday morning, the missing workers were reportedly located on a lifeboat, according to The New York Times.

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AP / Tony Gutierrez

All-Stars, Steroids and the Super Bowl

L.A. Times columnist and Truthdig contributor Mark Heisler explains why the NBA All-Star game is no fun anymore and why overreacting sportswriters can’t forgive Mark McGwire for breaking their hearts.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Tony Gutierrez

All-Stars, Steroids and the Super Bowl

L.A. Times columnist and Truthdig contributor Mark Heisler explains why the NBA All-Star game is no fun anymore and why overreacting sportswriters can’t forgive Mark McGwire for breaking their hearts.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Larry Blumenfeld on Ned Sublette’s ‘The Year Before the Flood’

Four years after Katrina, New Orleans struggles against the odds to preserve its unruly spirit through its unique musical legacy.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


O'Keefe arrested
AP/Patrick Semansky

Anti-ACORN Filmmaker’s Hijinks Lead to Arrest

Budding filmmaker and right-wing sting operator James O’Keefe was among a group of four people arrested in New Orleans on Monday for entering the office of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu under false pretenses. The 25-year-old O’Keefe had previously been heralded by GOP types for shooting footage of ACORN employees allegedly involving themselves in the cover-up of a (fabricated) prostitution business.

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The Real Bad Lieutenant, Port of Call New Orleans

ProPublica, Frontline and the New Orleans Times-Picayune are investigating the rash of police shootings after Hurricane Katrina—in one week, police killed and wounded as many as they do in a typical year—and the results are troubling. (continued)

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE


Brad Pitt house
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Do the ‘Brad Pitt Houses’ Help New Orleans?

Does Brad Pitt’s housing development project in New Orleans’ Katrina-ravished Ninth Ward represent a much-needed boost to the neighborhood, no matter from whence it came? Or do his efforts amount to yet another example of a Hollywood do-gooder’s personal crusade ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE


Katrina aftermath
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Federal Judge Finds Army Corps Liable for Katrina Damage

Over four years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, a federal judge has ruled in favor of four plaintiffs from the vicinity of the city’s Ninth Ward, finding that the Army Corps of Engineers was responsible for some of the damage incurred by the storm and awarding each plaintiff over $700,000.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE



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A Good Idea, Up in Flames

Los Angeles seemed like a good idea at the time. So did New Orleans. Will we ever learn?

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 READ MORE



Larry Blumenfeld on New Orleans After Katrina

Why are New Orleanians—along with people from all over the world who continue to flock there—so devoted to a place that was, even before the storm, the most corrupt, impoverished and violent corner of America? “Nine Lives” by Dan Baum helps provide an answer.

Posted on Jul 24, 2009 READ MORE


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scrapetv.com

Playing Chicken of the Sea

The same day that President Obama released a message of new understanding and diplomacy to the Iranian people via his vlog, two U.S. Navy vessels collided in the Strait of Hormuz off southern Iran. More than 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled and 15 sailors were slightly injured.

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 READ MORE


Pelosi and Pitt
AP photo / Susan Walsh

OMG, Brad Pitt in D.C.!

Mayhem ensued Thursday when actor Brad Pitt visited Capitol Hill to meet with President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about rebuilding New Orleans. An anonymous Senate source told the AP that Pitt was possessed of a “nice face” but was “waaaay too skinny.” These politicians need to get their stuff together.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 READ MORE


Haiti Seeks Aid in Catastrophic Floods

With the mainstream news largely riveted on the U.S. election campaign and convention mania, little attention has been paid to the aftermath of the series of storms that rocked the Caribbean this past month. Flooding in Haiti has put 600,000 people at serious risk as hunger and disease rise in what Haitian President Rene Preval calls a “catastrophe.”

Posted on Sep 5, 2008 READ MORE


Gustav aftermath

New Orleans Spared by Faltering Storm

As it turned out, New Orleans dodged the full brunt of Hurricane Gustav, which had substantially weakened by the time it reached the Louisiana shoreline on Monday, but Hurricane Hanna still looms as a potential threat to the nation’s East Coast.

Posted on Sep 1, 2008 READ MORE


evacuating New Orleans
AP photo / Rob Carr

New Orleans Mayor Orders Evacuation

New Orleans residents began fleeing the city this weekend in preparation for Hurricane Gustav to hit the Louisiana coast just three years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin underscored the severity of the situation, telling locals they had to evacuate starting at 8 a.m. Sunday but would be wise to start earlier.

Posted on Aug 30, 2008 READ MORE


The Princess and the Frog
AP photo / Judi Bottoni

Back to the Drawing Board for Disney’s First Black Princess

Disney’s popular animated films have been criticized for creating 2-D characters from various non-Western (or non-white Western) cultures, so the Mouse House made an attempt to clear its name by creating a “black princess” character who ... works as a chambermaid for a bratty white Southern debutante in 1920s New Orleans. And that’s not the half of it.

Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE


Nevilles perform
Truthdig / Larry Blumenfeld

Jazz Fest ‘08: Homecoming on Muddy Ground

It’s easy in New Orleans these days to read meaning and purpose into every lyric or song choice—was Sheryl Crow commenting on the housing crisis by covering “Gimme Shelter,” or was she just doing a Stones tune? Also, it’s impossible to take in all the music and all the messages emanating from the Jazz Fest’s 10 stages. Still, a good deal of what I did catch was timely, topical and worth remembering.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


McCain in New Orleans
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

McCain on Katrina Scandal: ‘Never Again’

Sen. John McCain has a tough path and a lot to prove in his presidential campaign: that his age isn’t an issue, that he doesn’t have an anger problem and that he’s like Bush in ways some voters admire but unlike him in other ways. Thursday was a day for McCain to make himself appear very different indeed as he campaigned in New Orleans.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Larry Blumenfeld on New Orleans’ Refusal to Vanish

Ned Sublette’s remarkable new book tells an inspiring story of resilience and resistance by ordinary men and women who won’t cooperate in their own erasure.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


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english.people.com.cn

NRA Targets New Orleans

The National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation are suing the mayor and police superintendent of New Orleans because, they say, the city unconstitutionally seized some 1,000 guns during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Police say they took only stolen or abandoned weapons.

Posted on Dec 26, 2007 READ MORE


New Orleans Homes to Be Demolished

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to demolish thousands of public housing units in New Orleans this weekend, despite an urgent need for affordable homes in the city. This video explains why, and what you can do about it.

Posted on Dec 12, 2007 READ MORE


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From the Bayou to Baghdad: Mission Accomplished?

The host of “Democracy Now!” reports from New Orleans, where residents are fighting to keep their homes and resist the unholy alliance of opportunistic developers and an unresponsive government. Meanwhile, the president seems just as oblivious to the suffering of people in Louisiana as he is to that of Iraqis.

Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE


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Send In the Clergy!

KSLA News of Shreveport, La., is standing by its report on “Clergy Response Teams,” trained by the federal government to pacify an angry citizenry in the event of martial law. The idea being, as far as we can tell, that religious leaders are ideally suited to the task of explaining to people why they should give up their freedom for the “better good.”

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE


Laura Bush

Hurricane Ka…Uh…Whatever

Laura Bush misplaces a “t” in this clip that makes you wonder if she gets her news from bubble gum wrappers. Not to beat up on the first lady, but seriously, if you forget what one of the most talked-about events of the last two years is called, don’t just make something up.

Posted on Aug 6, 2007 READ MORE


Grand Jury Rejects Katrina ‘Mercy Killing’ Charges

In a case of life imitating art and vice versa, a New Orleans grand jury refused Tuesday to indict a doctor for the alleged mercy killing of four critically ill patients during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Anna Pou maintained her innocence throughout the affair, which was recently fictionalized by the left-leaning drama “Boston Legal.”

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


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Hurricane Season:  The Readiness Is All

Despite the lessons of Katrina, the U.S. is still incredibly vulnerable this hurricane season and looking toward a future—and still lacking in vision—that could spell serious trouble for previously pummeled targets like New Orleans, as well as some unexpected areas of the country.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Missed the Boat on Allies’ Katrina Aid

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. declined, delayed or didn’t collect aid in the form of supplies, manpower and hundreds of millions of dollars from Israel, Canada and Britain.  The Washington Post reports that the three countries offered $854 million, of which only $40 million has been used, according to State Department figures.

Posted on Apr 29, 2007 READ MORE


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