Eighty-year-old Samuel Alfonso Scarnato of New Orleans has achieved academic excellence in obtaining a PhD in education. It didn't come easily to a boy growing up in the Depression in western Pennsylvania coal country. He remembers attending a one-room schoolhouse where his eighth-grade class consisted of three students. He was in charge of keeping the classroom fire going in the cold months, and received a dollar a month for his efforts.
New Orleans, La. – Some of the clinics have been serving city residents for years, becoming especially crucial after Hurricane Katrina shattered the health care system. Now, the clinics care for one in five people in the greater New Orleans area, many without health insurance. Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the funding package at the St. Thomas Community Health Center.
New Orleans, La. – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is testing water quality in areas where researchers found an oil plume 22 miles long. Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution based their report on testing done in June near BP's oil spill. That gushing line was closed off in July. NOAA scientist Sam Walker says more recent testing shows the oil breaking apart.
New Orleans – Today - on "The Sound of Books" - with Fred Kasten - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet - and Gulfport, Mississippi native Natasha Trethewey's critically-acclaimed new book "Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast"...
For more information about Natasha Trethewey - "Beyond Katrina" - and Trethewey's reading at Octavia Books Wednesday evening, September 22, 2010 - at 6 pm - please click here .