A Twin Cities woman was sentenced to three years of probation and 50 hours of community service this morning for stealing $8,600 in disaster relief funds meant for victims of Hurricane Katrina. A couple weeks after Katrina hit in 2005, Rena McCarter, 62, told the Federal Emergency Management Agenc ... More >>
Toussaint, 71, to play Twin Cities Jazz Festival this summer
The coverage of the bridge collapse by the daily papers, particularly the Star Tribune, has been terrific. It's a prime example of why we need first-rate, adequately staffed daily newspapers. But some of the attempts to raise the import of the event have gotten a little out of hand.
Juvenile's New Orleans, the ghost town America made
Cuban on hunger strike for internet access, the inventor of the cubicle bemoaned his creation, the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Surveying the Katrina benefit albums
Calls to recall LA Gov. Blanco, force-feeding Gitmo detainees, Vulcan sock monkeys, ten reasons why you should never accept a diamond, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Hurricanes, war, avian flu, locust plagues, that annoying song you couldn't get out of your head. It wasn't the greatest of all possible years. Nor was it halfway decent. But to prove that it wasn't all bad, we asked 29 writers to rave about the ar
Five-hundred children separated from their parents during Katrina have yet to reunite, BVM with a condom on in a Jesuit mag, Cheney and Rumsfeld visit Brokeback Mountain, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Iranian bloggers promoting dissent, federal agents funding cut, Bill O'Reilly's enemies list, interviewing puppets, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
A congressman returns DeLay PAC money, the Danish Air Force compensates a part-time Santa over a dead reindeer, Brian Wilson on your phone, the Minnesota blog of the day, and more...
There's a superb story by Ken Wells in last Friday's Wall Street Journal titled "Oil, Saltwater Mar Louisiana Coast, Threaten Future." Here are some salient excerpts: [A]t least 193,000 barrels of oil and other petrochemicals were blown or driven by tides across the fragile marshy ecosystems and de ... More >>
Katrina and the lessons of the 1927 flood
It's not about FEMA--it's about the president and the black hole of "Homeland Security"
Forget Mos Def's silly, U2-bashing "Katrina Clap" and Skillbill's pointlessly politic "Blue Monday", which are each as opportunistic as Legendary K.O.'s "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People" without being nearly as funny (see below), and are each as creatively helpless given the subject as P ... More >>
Katrina was given a New Orleans funeral in Houston last Thursday at Sammy's, the club now being called "Treme, Texas" in homage to the flooded NOLA neighborhood. According to our Houston Press colleague John Nova Lomax, the ceremony included a parade marshal in a "Katrina" sash and a performance by ... More >>
Today's Star-Tribune quotes part-time New Orleans resident Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum as saying, "There probably isn't a better act to capture what people are feeling and hit a positive note about it than ReBirth." The good news is that these New Orleans second-line kings (interviewed in today's Cit ... More >>
Bodies, fuel, heavy metals, industrial chemicals, bacteria, gasoline from cars and up to 6,000 gas storage tanks in the city, garbage, sewage. --list of contaminants from WWL-TV live webcast Searchers were armed with proof of what many holdouts had long feared: The floodwaters are thick with se ... More >>
Gas prices wreak havoc on education budgets
Junior Senator's reponse to Katrina: Tax cuts for all my friends! It may have been Labor Day, but the powers that be in Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman's office were apparently hard at work devising a plan. Coleman is clearly becoming a sort of trial-balloon politician for the neo-con agenda's most egr ... More >>
The Associated Press is reporting there are over 100 volunteer physicians assembled in a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art mobile hospital marooned in Mississippi. Apparently government officials have been unable to unravel red tape and get them assigned to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. M ... More >>
If they act now, that is--this offer ends Saturday! BUSH MUSEUM WAIVES ADMISSION FOR KATRINA REFUGEES COLLEGE STATION, TX - The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will waive admission fees for anyone stranded in the Bryan/College Station area by hurricane Katrina. The Bryan/College St ... More >>
Hurricane Katrina reached land about an hour and a half ago near Empire, Louisiana, 55 miles southeast of New Orleans. The storm is moving north at 15 miles an hour and, while New Orleans will take a hit, coastal Mississippi is expected to bear the brunt of the storm. The latest news from CNN is tha ... More >>
Hurricane Katrina, now a Category 2 storm, has moved past New Orleans and is heading toward the Mississippi coast. Early reports from New Orleans include the previously mentioned pump failure, leading to water six feet deep on the east side of the city. In the French Quarter, water is pooling in the ... More >>