September 14, 2005

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QUOTED: “We found it absolutely incredible that the authorities had no way to get there for four or five days, that they didn’t go in and help these people, and we made it in a two-wheel-drive Hyundai.”

— Duke University student Hans Buder drove to New Orleans with twofriends to evacuate stranded residents
(Story #10, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Official blocks radio station for hurricane evacuees”
[o2] “‘War on terror’ saves few lives: expert”
[o3] “Dusted”

KATRINA: SETTING THE STAGE
[o4] “A barrier that could have been”
[o5] “Money flowed to questionable projects”
[o6] “Katrina? No, a simulation run last year”

KATRINA: AFTERMATH
[o7] “Declaring area safe is a risky proposition”
[o8] “U.S. censoring Katrina coverage, groups say”
[o9] “Storm brews opportunity for deceit”
[10] “3 Duke students tell of ‘disgraceful’ scene”

GAY RIGHTS
[11] “OC student sues district over discipline for lesbian kissing”
[12] “Gay ex-student claims harassment”

ENVIRONMENT
[13] “100 victims: Thousands demand action”
[14] “Residents claim mining dried up wells”
[15] “English countryside ‘almost gone'”

VIEWPOINT
[16] “Keith Olbermann: ‘Louisiana is not a city'”
[17] “Lawyers vs. Katrina”

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TOP STORIES

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“Official blocks radio station for hurricane evacuees”
The National Journal, September 8, 2005

A low-power radio station with an FCC license at the Astrodome was shut down by officials worried about “electricity use.”

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“‘War on terror’ saves few lives: expert”
Reuters, September 8, 2005

A doctor says she calculated that the money spent on the war on terror is killing Americans by depriving them of medical resources.

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“Dusted”
Village Voice, September 6, 2005

Workers and residents exposed to dust from the twin towers say the EPA’s new plan to test for chemicals is too limited.

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KATRINA: SETTING THE STAGE

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“A barrier that could have been”
Los Angeles Times, September 9, 2005

A project approved by President Johnson could have saved New Orleans, but was defeated by environmentalists.

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“Money flowed to questionable projects”
Washington Post, September 8, 2005

The Army Corps of Engineers received millions for projects that bolstered New Orleans’ economy, rather than protect the city.

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“Katrina? No, a simulation run last year”
San Francisco Chronicle, September 9, 2005

270 Louisiana officials were trained to respond to a hurricane just like Katrina by a computer simulation last year.

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KATRINA: AFTERMATH

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“Declaring area safe is a risky proposition”
The Dallas Morning News, September 10, 2005

Environmentalists worry the EPA will fold under pressure to declare New Orleans inhabitable long before it actually is.

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“U.S. censoring Katrina coverage, groups say”
Reuters, September 8, 2005

U.S. media groups accuse FEMA of censorship for asking news outlets not to depict corpses on the streets of New Orleans.

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“Storm brews opportunity for deceit”
The Express-Times (PA), September 9, 2005

The FBI is investigating more than 2,300 Web sites claming to collect donations for Katrina victims for Web scams.

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“3 Duke students tell of ‘disgraceful’ scene”
The Herald-Sun (NC), September 4, 2005

Three students from Duke University drove into New Orleans and evacuated seven people themselves.

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GAY RIGHTS

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[11]

“OC student sues district over discipline for lesbian kissing”
Associated Press, September 8, 2005

A teenager says her high school forcibly transferred her for kissing her girlfriend on school grounds.

[12]

“Gay ex-student claims harassment”
Gannett, September 8, 2005

A lesbian claims in a lawsuit that her former high school ignored the bullying she experienced; the school board denies knowledge.

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ENVIRONMENT

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“100 victims: Thousands demand action”
Norwich Evening News, September 10, 2005

Norfolk has twice the national rate of esophageal cancer, which officials link to cadmium sprayed on the city in the 1960s.

[14]

“Residents claim mining dried up wells”
The Charleston Gazette, September 8, 2005

West Virginians are suing coal mines over the destruction of local water supplies. Many companies settle, but one is fighting back.

[15]

“English countryside ‘almost gone'”
BBC (U.K.), September 8, 2005

English officials dismissed a “doomsday scenario” report on the state of rural England that warns of sprawl and pollution.

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VIEWPOINT

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“Keith Olbermann: ‘Louisiana is not a city'”
MSNBC’s Countdown, September 6, 2005

Keith Olbermann comments on how a slip of the tongue by Michael Chertoff defined the government’s ineptitude in the Katrina crisis.

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“Lawyers vs. Katrina”
Robert Novak, September 8, 2005

Republicans are unhappy with the Bush administration’s reaction to the hurricane, they’re just quieter about it, writes Robert Novak.

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