New Orleans, La. – The government had planned to start removing the blowout preventer and capping stack on the well this week. But National Incident Commander Thad Allen says he doesn't want the equipment damaged as it's lifted off the well and hauled to the surface.
New Orleans, La. – The president returned to Xavier University for the anniversary. He'd been there before - as a U-S Senator - to speak to the first post-Katrina graduates in 2006. Despite being flooded, the university resumed classes four months after the storm. President Obama said the government's initial slow response has picked up. He said his administration has cut red tape and gotten funds moving, especially in housing, education and health care.
New Orleans, La. – President Obama says images will always remain of the government's failed response to the hurricane and levee breaks five years ago. He says it wasn't hard to image at that time that New Orleans would never survive.
"Instead this city has become a symbol of resilience and of community and of the fundamental responsibility that we have to one another."
New Orleans, La. – Letten says the statute of limitations for fraud is normally five years, but time constraints on prosecutors filing a case don't depend solely on when the fraudulent claim was first made.
"It also might not begin to run until funds are dispersed, or proceeds are actually -- if they're hidden or if there's any additional concealment done. So computing statues of limitations looks easy but it can be rather difficult, it'll be a little tricky."
New Orleans – One of the more intriguing - and intimate - observances of the 5th anniveresary of Katrina will be the "Remembering Katrina" reading by 8 poets associated with New Orleans Sunday afternoon, August 28, 2010 at 3:30 pm - in the Lavin-Bernick Center - aka the "U.C." - on the Tulane campus. WWNO's Fred Kasten has the story...
New Orleans, La. – A look at how Hurricane Katrina transformed artists and their work through the lenses of a dozen Louisiana photographers, in the book Before (During) After, just out from UNO Press. Essays by John Biguenet, Steven Maklansky and Dr. Tony Lewis.