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Aug 30, 2015

Ten years later, ‘unbowed’ New Orleans reflects on Katrina

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Superdome, New Orleans launched a day of events on Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, paying tribute to its victims and homage to the city’s resilience in the face of disaster.

Dignitaries made speeches to honor the 1,500 who died, brass bands marched through the streets and neighbors gathered for block parties across the city, where the mood shifted in turns from somber to reflective to celebratory.

Aug 30, 2015

Ten years later, resilient New Orleans reflects on Katrina

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Super Dome, New Orleans launched a day of events on Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, paying tribute to its victims and homage to the city’s resilience in the face of disaster.

Dignitaries made speeches to honor the 1,500 who died, brass bands marched through the streets and neighbors gathered for block parties across the city, where the mood shifted in turns from somber to reflective to celebratory.

Aug 29, 2015

Like New Orleans, second-line parades struggle but survive

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – It is fitting that the “second line” parade, a central pillar of New Orleans African-American musical tradition, is playing a prominent role in the events marking the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago.

Like New Orleans, the marching brass bands and the colorful crowds they attract are survivors whose status is more celebrated than ever: a parade on Saturday in the blighted Lower Ninth Ward, accompanied by some of the city’s best known brass bands, has been billed as the biggest in the Big Easy yet.

Aug 29, 2015

With rhythm and reverence, New Orleans marks 10 years since Katrina

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – New Orleans, a town renowned for staging big celebrations, faces a tricky challenge on Saturday, 10 years to the day from when Hurricane Katrina slammed into southeast Louisiana and triggered flooding that would leave 80 percent of the city under water.

The city wants to recognize the progress it has made in recovering from the most costly storm in U.S. history. Thousands of people are expected to turn out as the city’s trademark “second line” parades snake through the streets and New Orleans puts its famous musical traditions on display.

Aug 28, 2015

Behind bright facade, Mississippi coast still battles Katrina demons

, Aug 28 (Reuters) – The columned
facade of Pass Christian’s city hall looks out over the
Mississippi coastline to a refurbished harbor, a new yacht club
and a bar where locals streamed in for sundown cocktails.

A few miles west, in the city of Bay St. Louis, tourists
strolled through the colorful galleries, antique stores and
cafes that dot its quaint main street.

Aug 4, 2015

New York City’s new drug threat: ‘weaponized marijuana’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It gives users super human strength, makes them impervious to pain and can be bought for as little as $2 across New York. It can also kill, police say.

Illegal synthetic marijuana, or “weaponized” marijuana as police are calling it, is spreading across New York, particularly the city’s homeless population in search of a cheap high but who often wind up hospitalized or dead.

Jul 31, 2015

Ohio shooting stokes debate over U.S. campus police forces

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For all that was shocking about a university police officer shooting a man at point blank range during a routine traffic stop near the University of Cincinnati campus this month, one thing was not.

Campus police across the United States, including Ohio’s University of Cincinnati, now frequently patrol off campus with weapons, in regular contact with the ordinary, non-student population.

Jul 17, 2015

Four Marines slain in Chattanooga united in pride in serving

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three of the Marines killed on Thursday in Chattanooga, Tennessee were battle-hardened veterans who survived tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The fourth was relatively new to the Marine Corps, fresh out of boot camp.

Even though their service records varied and they hailed from different states, the four were apparently united in taking pride in their country and their service.

Jul 17, 2015

Insight – A year after Ferguson, U.S. civil rights groups gather pace

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Taurean Russell was preparing to coach high school football in St. Louis last Aug. 9 when his Twitter feed began flashing images of a black teenager lying facedown on the street of a nearby suburb, shot dead by police.

    Within hours came photos of the dead 18-year-old’s stepfather, stony-faced, holding a cardboard sign that read: “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!”

Jul 17, 2015

A year after Ferguson, U.S. civil rights groups gather pace

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Taurean Russell was preparing to coach high school football in St. Louis last Aug. 9 when his Twitter feed began flashing images of a black teenager lying facedown on the street of a nearby suburb, shot dead by police.

    Within hours came photos of the dead 18-year-old’s stepfather, stony-faced, holding a cardboard sign that read: “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!”