New Orleans, La. – Price admitted taking several golf trips to Pebble Beach from the city engineer and a developer who had projects in the city. Letten says those trips total about $45,000. He says the former mayor also used money from campaign funds to pay gambling debts and personal expenses and provided false tax statements. Letten says the five years and four months Price is set to serve shows how seriously courts are taking corruption cases.
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."