New Orleans, La. – Serpas took his oath of office from Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who campaigned that stemming violent crime would be his top priority. He says he chose Serpas because of his achievements in that area as chief of police in Nashville, where he just left. And Serpas grew up in New Orleans and understands the culture. Serpas says his mission is clear.
New Orleans, La. – Crane operators lowering the 100-ton concrete and steel box over the leaking well pipes have to be precise, and it's never been done before. The container could cap the leak, or smash it wide open. So far, about 210,000 gallons of crude are pouring out every day. BP executive Doug Suttles says one option being reviewed calls for plugging the leak with rubber and other materials.
New Orleans, La. – Former New Orleans Police Assistant Superintendent Ronal Serpas didn't attend the news conference to announce his selection. He was in Nashville, dealing with flooding problems. Landrieu says he appreciated the irony, and said the people of New Orleans should be understanding.
"It should, however, make people in New Orleans very comfortable that we're getting a chief that understands emergency operation response."
New Orleans, La. – A magnitude 8-point-8 earthquake devastated the South American country on February 27th. President Sebastian Pinera met with officials at the port of New Orleans for long-term advice. Mayor Ray Nagin advised the government to quickly funnel money to local agencies, and get sturdy modular housing for temporary shelter. He said it could take as long as 15 years to fully recover. Pinera is in Washington for a summit on nuclear weapons and energy technology.